Beer Review: Avery Vanilla Bean Stout

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).

Rating: 5/5.

3 thoughts on “Beer Review: Avery Vanilla Bean Stout

  1. Being in the San Diego area I’m a huge fan of craft beers. I think they make you move if you’re not😝 I especially like stout! Thanks for the review. I’ll have to see if I can find it here amongst the many other offerings.🌻🌴😎


      • I haven’t tried them all. Waaaay too many and I really don’t drink that often. Not a good idea with the pain meds I’m on. I will say that Belching Beaver has a peanut butter milk stout that is incredible. I don’t know if you like cream ales but Mother Earth Brew does a good one, Cali Creamin. It’s obviously a lot lighter but still good.


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