dionysus (1443) - 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 (5381) - 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 (8005) - 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 (9108) - 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 (7690) - 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 (2132) - 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 (7714) - 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 (310) - 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 (218) - 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.