Avery Brewing Night Warden
What the brewers say
"Strong notes of vanilla and caramel from fresh whiskey barrels complement a roasted malt bill ... a smooth and full-bodied stout."
What our panel thought
"Oak and chocolate aroma; rich, underlying malt and roast. Sweetness and bitterness moderate; fairly strong oak, chocolate, coffee. Crisp, dry, roast finish—a bit stark. Some oak astringency. Malt floor kind of drops away; doesn’t quite stand up to the oak."
What our editors thought
"Leathery-brown malt nose with toasted whiskey barrel; caramel and vanilla touches. The sip is cool, thin, dark chocolate–forward. Barrel recedes as creamy, bitter chocolate emerges. Light for its intentions."