Style: Barrel-Aged Flavored Stout
Avery Brewing Company Vanilla Bean Stout
What the brewers say
“In this silky stout, a double dose of vanilla derived from both fresh bourbon barrels and the trio of Tongan, Ugandan, and Mexican whole vanilla beans is complemented by essences of chocolate, caramel, and molasses.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Aroma is overall muted, but moderate caramel, mild coffee, light chocolate, moderate toast, moderate plum and cherry, light vanilla. Reminds me of a Belgium Strong or perhaps an Eisbock. As it warms, more spiciness comes out.”
Flavor: “Moderate sweetness, roast, plum, cherry, coconut, earthy. Touch of caramel and vanilla, big dark chocolate and mouthfeel. Big sweet fruity notes up front, almost sangria-like. Light chocolate and coffee notes in the background mixed with a moderate alcohol warming. A nicely balanced beer that reveals more as you sip.”
Overall: “Dark chocolate, vanilla, and hints of roast coffee dominate the front of this beer, and coffee, dark cherry, and dark chocolate linger at the end. Pleasant and easy drinking. Take a sip, and you’re happy to take the next sip.”
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Cracking open a Hop Knife takes me right to the hops fields in Yakima,’ says our brewmaster, John Trogner. ‘When we’re out there for harvest, walking the fields and talking to the farmers, those notes of citrus, pine, and tropical fruit are everywhere. For me, Hop Knife embodies that whole experience.’
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Who is Dr. Pat? A dentist, third-generation farmer, and cofounder of High Hops Brewery. Dr. Pat cultivated our on-site hops farm in 2007, which led to the opening of High Hops Brewery in 2012. It’s his recipe that creates this malty, heavily hopped beer. We brew it with continuous hops additions using hops grown in that same field more than 10 years later.