noturdadsbeer (25) - centennial, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Opened at Euclid Hall, from bottle, into a Snifter for maximum breathability.
A: Pours black into the snifter with a chocolate brown head that quickly falls. Lacing is low and fades fast, just like the head.
S: Cherries! The beer smells like a blast of carmalized malts and twizzlers. Amazing how much the cherries from the aging comes off. The malts are sweet and carmalized from the sugar added and its a very inviting beer. The aroma is heavy and lasting and man is it a great nose.
T: Its quite a rich stout with cherry sweetness and carmal up front on the palate. The finish is very long and doesnít fall flacid. Deep coffee tons lightened by the cherries makes this a pleasure to drink. Its not nearly as large as Mephistopheles with roasted/burnt malt but its still present.
M: Has low carbination and isnít very heavy. I like this. Its a very rich and powerful stout but you donít feel the weight of the malts which is pleasent. The alcohol is very well masked and doesnít come across boozy. Its very balanced yet still way powerful. Canít wait to see how this thing ages.
D: I wish they brewed this beer yearly. Itís outstanding. I think should be aged for a least a year but probably 3 to 4 before being cracked again. Its a beer for a cold night or celebration. I wish they sold more than 6 bottles per person because I would have got 5 cases.
Camons (6095) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ private beer tasting, Denver. Thanks to Adnielsen. Pours black with a shortlasting tan head wich setles into a ring along the glass sides. Aroma of oak, coffee, chocolate, smoke, toffee, cherries. Taste is roasted malty, tart cherries, coffee, oak, vanilla, coconut, soy, bourbon, just layers upon layers of taste. Medium body, low carbonation, alchohol very well hidden. Very delightfull beer, just wich i could get some more. 090311
dionysus (1448) - Arizona, USA - MAR 20, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge thanks to daknole! Bottle pours deep brown/black with hints of red all underneath a beige head. Aroma shows notes of roasted malt, dark chocolate, bourbon and sour cherries. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of brown sugar, cinnamon, smoke, more bourbon, salted caramel, and oak. Overall body is full, viscous and delicious.
deyholla (6714) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 19, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to DDDDDoodler! Surprised to see this listed as an IS. Pours black with a dark brown head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma has a roasted malt, coffee and dark grain note with some sour cherries that meld surprisingly well with the roasted malts. Flavor is full of roasted malts and dark grains but has a growing sour cherry note that is quite nice. Surprisingly drinkable.
daknole (9225) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown pour with reddish edges and a tan head. Peaty molasses, bourbon, oak,salted caramel, butter cookies, fucking crazy aroma. And the flavor! WOW! Flavor is tart, sweet, toffee, saltwater taffy, espresso, heath bar, fruitcake. Holy shit this beer is simply insane.
brokensail (11085) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 7, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: This beer pours a very dark brown, nearing black, with an off-white head.
S: Wood is front and center right from the beginning. Sweet cherries follow and thereís tons of vanilla and bourbon notes to go with it. A really smooth and luxurious aroma to this beer that is just great.
T: An awesome bourbon and barrel aroma. Plenty of oak and vanilla, caramel, molasses, and maple syrup all come to mind. The beer itself provides just a touch of roast and chocolate. The cherries are great and just have a subtle tartness to them.
M: The body is medium to full with a smooth, low carbonation.
D: Iíd say only Sui Generis is better of the barrel series from Avery. This was just fantastic.
BMan1113VR (7867) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to GRG1313 (BA). Bottled 1/8/11. Pours with a tan head and a black body. Aromas of bourbon, alcohol, sweetness, dates, cherries, pepper, vanilla, maple and cotton candy. Alcohol. Flavors of cocoa, earthy, cherry, oak. Very well hidden ABV! Smooth, booze, cinnamon in the finish.
craftbeerdesign (2182) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
bottle big thanks to ratman197. big pop upon opening the bottle. pours a light black / dark brown with a small wispy tan carbonated head. superb nose filled with bourbon, oak, sour cherries, molasses and raisins... the alcohol warmth tingles the nose. sweet chewy mouthfeel. the sour cherries coat the tongue along with layers of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, red grapes and fig notes. a slight cherry tartness comes through from the top towards the back followed by some alcohol heat. overall, Margarete is a delicate and powerful beer - extremely smooth and drinkable (despite the high abv) - while packed with flavor and temptation. this beer is a true pleasure in the glass. with time the heat will calm down, creating a more tamed temptress.
Sammy (8726) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasty stuff, courtesy of Jason B. who hooked me up in person. Pours opaque dark. Cherry is in the nose with the roast. A fullish mouthfeel, containing a great integration of stout and cherry, as good as it can be. Great flavour, drinkability.Only a notional sourness
NeonBlackBrain (19) - Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2011
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Margarete was a uniquely intense masterpiece that transformed with every sip. Its dark and rich color was complimented by just the slightest head. At fist the aroma fell short showing only Mephistopheles and bourbon but seconds after notes of chocolate covered cherries, coffee, caramel, graham crackers and coconut creme followed. The taste was just as satisfying as the flavors transformed themselves taste after taste. With a very full mouth feel and an array of flavors this was one of the best beers Avery has produced yet.