womencantsail (6896) - Garbage Grove, 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 (7377) - 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 (2123) - Alpharetta, Georgia, 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 (7034) - 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.
Doodler (299) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle - opened two of these at Averyís to share with buds. Never seen such a crazy madhouse at the taproom before...sold out in an hour and turned most patrons away empty handed. A first in my experience there...
Anyhow - this poured a dark caramel brown with minimal head but still nicely carbed. Wonderful nose of bourbon and oak. Loved the aroma of this one over most of the other BA series from Avery. Mmmm....could inhale this one for hours.
The first taste is a beautiful combination of woody whiskey flavors and slighlty soured cherries that qucikly fades, followed by sweet malts and dark fruits, finishing dry with loads upon loads of figs and raisins. Wow...yummy stuff.
Seriously bummed I couldnít get more than these bottles to share. A very nice brew from Adam and the crew. Please make more....
hophead21112 (217) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a brown head that recedes quickly. Strange. Drinking buddies beers recede to a thin film of bubbles while mine ends up with nothing on top. Very strange. Aroma is incredible. Dark chocolate, dark chocolate and more dark chocolate on top of whiskey, just a hint of the cherry, vanilla, slight oak. Very complex. Slick mouthfeel, tingly carbonation at the front palate, slight burn going down, full bodied. Nicely layered on the palate. Heavy stuff! Overall an outstanding beer. Donít know whatís up with the appearance, though. Weíll see where itís at when I crack open the second of four bottles in a year from now.
Ratman197 (7610) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle poured a clear deep dark reddish brown nearly black with a lasting creamy brown head. Aromas of sour cherries, bourbon, oak, bitter chocolate, prunes, carmel and light vanilla. Palate was medium to full bodied with a smooth dry warming finish. Flavors of sour cherries, bitter chocolate, bourbon, carmel, oak, vanilla, prunes and a hint of coffee with a smooth dry warming lingering chocolate cherry finish. Another GREAT Avery beer!
adnielsen (6180) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2011 Bottle @ home. I wanted in line over an hour to get a six pack and then had to wait another hour to get home. On top of that, as soon as I got the beer poured, my cat grabbed the bottle and started drinking from it for a considerable time. It took me a total of four hours to get this baby and my cat got the first taste!
Dark black appearance with a tinge of redness. Pours a creamy, one finger dark brown/red head. The color of the head was very unique in the amount of red that is combined with the not surprising brownness. Aroma is very potent as soon as you open the bottle and continues for several minutes even at a distance. You get the typical dark chocolate maltiness with alcohol like Mephistopheles with an added sourness, specifically cherry-smelling. A closer whiff will get you a noted oak and a fairly mild Bourbon aroma. At first taste, thereís the characteristics of Mephistopheles- a deep dark chocolate flavor on roasty dark malts thatís very powerful when you add in the high alcohol content. The Bourbon and oak flavor are pretty mild and are noticeable as the beer lingers in your mouth. As you finish, you get a fairly sour cherry cordial flavor that completely envelops your mouth. The finish is strong, quite sweet, and cherry-like with a potent alcohol flavor. Afterward, a tart cherry and dark chocolate flavor lingers endlessly in your mouth with a tingly feeling. This beer is a trip.
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Weíve been drinking the barrel aged series all day in celebration of the new release, and the hype I was putting on this beer was huge. My buddy Hatchattack from Richmond VA came out to get some bottles for himself and boys over at Mekong Restaurant. The beer, again, has survived the hype. An excellent aroma as I open the bottle. Bourbon, molasses, Satanís Chocolate (Revelations 21:8), super syrupy fruity, almost like a strawberry/cherry puree (I want waffles), butterscotch, but also just caramelized fruits...fruits in maple syrup. Flavor hints at a whiskey chocolate ball at Christmas, all over my lips, sweet, but easier than Iíd expected, smoothed over Whiskey, but the cherries blend nicely. Again, molasses, syrup, boozed out chocolate, semi-funked fruits, a little tart behind wild whiskey chocolate. Did I mention the chocolate? Finishes burning long but smooth and easy. The second was even easier.
P.S. TO be continued......