Archive for the ‘Avery Brewing Company’ Category

Tonight’s beer is one that gets rave reviews on all of the beer review blogs that I read. When it first came out, it was difficult to find. They released more of it and I found one bottle hanging out on the shelf and decided to pick it up. I stuck it in the cellar for a few months before I pulled it out to give it a shot.


ABV: 10.8%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A double dose of vanilla derived from both fresh Bourbon barrels and the trio of Tongan, Ugandan, and Mexican whole vanilla beans is complemented by essences of chocolate, caramel and molasses to round out this luxuriously silky stout.”

Random: People at Motor Vehicles are generally not happy. I had to go there recently and everyone was so unhappy.

The beer poured with a quarter of a finger of tan head. It went away dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was an inky black color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of cocoa powder, dark chocolate and espresso. It had a touch of vanilla bean and some booze. The taste had a decent amount of sweetness up front. It also had some vanilla extract and bitter dark chocolate. Espresso came through next. The booze was present, but not offensive. It had a thick body with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sticky with dark chocolate and espresso. A bomber of this was $14.99, which broke down to $.68 per ounce. This was an expensive beer, but quite good. I just wish it had more vanilla.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0


One of the first beers that I searched out when I started the blog was Avery Maharaja. At this point in my adventure in craft beer, almost anything could blow my mind flavor-wise, but I was very impressed by that beer. When I heard they were released what appeared to be an updated version in cans, I was curious to see if it matched up to what I remembered about the beer and enjoying so much.


ABV: 8%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Brazenly bitter. Dashingly dry-hopped. Raja is an audacious addition to our lengthy lineage of intrepid IPAs. Hops for all! All for hops!”

Random: This beer is available in cans and on draft.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was bright yellow in color and had some chill haze as well. Despite that, I could see a decent amount of carbonation in the beer. The nose started with grass, sweet malt and a touch of alcohol. The taste had a lot more pine, which was quickly backed up by a sweet malt backbone with a lot of caramel. There was also some pine sap and crushed pine needs to tit as well. It had a thick and chewy body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with pine. The alcohol wasn’t nearly as pronounced in the taste as the nose. I picked this up for $2.17 a can, which broke down to $.18 per ounce. To get a quality can of a DIPA, that price is quite stellar. I highly recommend this one.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

This beer really doesn’t need much of an introduction. I’ve been looking for this beer for awhile and found some sitting on a shelf in a beer store in Philly. I was very excited to crack this open.


ABV: 17.81%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our very own Parker, of the cartoon and cat loving variety, created this cult classic character back in our 17th season. Appearing in several episodes under another stage name that was deemed inappropriate, our executive producers and editors decided that a name change and further character development — a 4-month hiatus in Bourbon barrels — were necessary to satisfy our most ardent and demanding viewers.”

Random: This is an annual release from Avery in November and December.

This beer poured with a half a finger of light brown head. It dissipated slowly and left very little lacing on the glass. The body was dark brown with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was filled with oak, vanilla, bourbon and hazelnuts. There was some roasted malt thrown in for good measure with cold brew coffee. The taste was much like the nose, but had additions of booze, although not nearly as hot as the ABV would imply. There was also with cocoa powder, chocolate syrup and it then went into vanilla and oak. After the beer warmed a bit, some licorice and wood smoke was present as well. This was a thick, chewy beer with light carbonation, making it the perfect winter sipper. It had a lengthy finish with some booze warming and espresso. This beer was expensive at $18.49 a bottle ($1.54 an ounce), but it’s worth the hit to the wallet to try at least once. If I see this on the shelves again, I’ll be picking some up to age.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

Tonight’s selection is a big beer. It’s one that I’ve waited for at least 5 years to pull the trigger on. I finally did and I wasn’t disappointed.


ABV: 17.6%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Mephistopheles is the crafty shapeshifter, the second fallen angel; he who does not love light. Herein he patiently lies, waiting and willing to do your bidding, but for a price. Enter into his darkness, a tangled and intricate labyrinth of bittersweet rapture.”

Random: Val got me new socks for my trip and they are very cushion-ey.

The beer poured with less than a half a finger of tan head. It dissipated slowly, but left no lacing on my glass. Instead, it left a rather thick crown on top of the inky, black body. I couldn’t see anything through it. The nose had a lot of roasted malts and cold press coffee with leather. There was also a slight note of black licorice, but it didn’t overwhelm the beer. The taste started with roasted malts and intense smoke. Espresso came through too. It also had licorice and some sweetness that were like cocoa dusted truffles. The alcohol was present, but not nearly as big as the ABV would suggest. Anise was at the back of the sip. The body was syrupy thick with light carbonation. The finish hung around forever with coffee and truffles. A single bottle of this was expensive at $12 a bottle ($1 per ounce). I was impressed by this beer. It had incredibly depth and was a perfect sipper. I would highly recommend it.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

I’m really enjoying what Avery is doing lately. I first saw this beer on someone else’s table awhile back in Philly. I found a bottle of this at The Craft Beer Outlet and had to have it. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 6.5%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to, “Avery Raspberry Sour is joining the brewery’s line of wild and sour ales. A part of Avery’s Barrels & Botanicals series, Avery creates a sour ale with ripe raspberries. Luscious ripe red raspberries are elegantly intertwined with a bountiful amount of lactic acidity and delicate barrel nuances to cultivate this stunning sour ale. Avery Raspberry Sour is now available in 22oz bottles, year round. At least initially, Avery Raspberry Sour will be limited to just a handful of the brewery’s markets.”

Random: Our DVR is down to being 56% full. I think that’s the lowest in recent memory.

This beer poured with a one and a half finger, off white head that dissipated slowly. It left no lacing on my new Tree House Teku glass. The body was a dark mahogany with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had lots of acidic notes and lactobacillus. The raspberries came through with a hint of oak. The taste was assertive and acidic with raspberry juice. Lacto was there as well. At the end of the sip, a touch of vanilla and sweetness came through with the oak. It had a long finish with oak and tart raspberry. The beer was $18.99 for the bomber, which came to $.86 per ounce, which was a bit on the expensive side. Despite this, it was a really nice beer that had a generous amount of tartness and the oak gave it a lot of depth. I would definitely have this beer again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

In the summer, a witbier always hits the spot. I started seeing very positive reviews of this one, so last time I went to Half Time, I was hoping that they had this beer so I could give it a shot. They only had a few cans left of this beer, so one came home with me.


ABV: 5.6%

Style: Witbier

Trivia: According to, “Avery Brewing Company will release Liliko’i Kepolo, a new beer in the lineup of beers available year-round. This witbier features tart Hawaiian passion fruit, so Avery is throwing a luau in its honor, complete with leis and surf rock music. Liliko’i Kepolo ‘adds a tropical island flair to a spicy tradition witbier, erupting with monumental passionfruit aroma and acidity along with a sublimely succulent finish.'”

Random: Why is this not distributed in Jersey? I could see this being incredibly popular.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy yellow with no visible carbonation due to the cloudiness. The nose was really bright with citrus and yeast and passionfruit. The taste had tartness up front and quickly went into citrus and yeast and a burst of passionfruit. The flavors were really balanced and the beer was incredibly crisp and refreshing. The body was light with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with fruit. Since this beer is only available in New York, I paid New York prices for it at $3.50 a can ($.29 per ounce). This beer was outstanding and a great summer beer. I could put a few of these away without a problem. This is worth searching out and keeping stocked in your fridge.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

This is a beer that I was very excited to pick up from Half Time. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 16.73%

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We wondered what would happen if a monstrous pumpkin ale, plump full of spicy gourdiness, were aged in fine fresh rum barrels to add suggestions of delicate oak and candied molasses. Rumpkin is what happened! This first member of the Annual Barrel-Aged Series was brewed with roasted pumpkins from a local Boulder County farm, and spiced with nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger.”

Random: I cannot wait for the Fall. This hot weather is so not me.

This beer poured with a half a finger of tan head that dissipated instantly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, mahogany color with a lot of floaties. I couldn’t pick up any carbonation because of the cloudiness. The nose was intense. I picked up molasses, pumpkin, ginger snap, rum and nutmeg. It was very strong and very complex. The taste was even more intense. Obviously there was some booze to it given the ABV. But more than that, there was dark molasses, rum, wood, pumpkin and nutmeg. It had some ginger snap and lots of sweetness, but given that this is a sipper, it worked for the beer. The body was thick and syrupy with light carbonation. It had a long finish with lots of heat and rum. This beer is expensive at $17.99 for the bottle, which is $1.50 per ounce. Despite that, if you like pumpkin beer, this is an outstanding sipper to give a try. This is highly recommended.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0