What do Imperial Stout beer, bourbon and vanilla have in common? They all come together in this delicious treat from Avery Brewing Company in Boulder, Colorado. This big mother of a beer is an Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels with vanilla beans. It weighs in at a hefty 10.8% ABV, has an unspecified IBU and gravity and packs on the pounds at a rib-sticking 324 calories per 12 ounce serving.
Pours a near-black opaque dark brown hue with a half inch of tan head that quickly recedes to a thin ring. The nose is greeted with a wallop of vanilla, some bourbon, fruity esters and a touch of toasty bread. The palate is greeted with a strong vanilla blast supported by a backbone of roasted malt, plum, dark chocolate and black coffee. Bourbon dominates the finish with a slight burn going down and leaves a long finish. Thick body with low carbonation. Drinks very smooth with no roughness.
What can I say? This is a world-class beer. I can’t really find fault with it. Definitely a winner in my opinion. It would be a great beer to pair with dessert and would lend itself well to a number of different cigar pairings (for those who are curious I’m currently smoking a Blanco Nine Lancero with this beer – goes very well together).