Night Warden

Colorado
United States
Night Warden, Avery Brewing Co.
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
88
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

Strong notes of vanilla and caramel from fresh whiskey barrels complement a roasted malt bill that makes Night Warden a smooth and full-bodied stout. At 8.2% ABV and in a 12 ounce six-pack, Night Warden brings the richness of barrel-aged beer often reserved for special occasions to your everyday routine. The Avery Brew Crew's 15 years of experience in barrel-aging and love of great whiskey come together in Night Warden, our flagship stout aged for three months in fresh whiskey barrels. Aged to enjoy every day, Night Warden is the keeper of Avery's infamous cellar, and your guide to the bigger aromas and flavors of barrel-aged beer.

Profile

ABV: 
8.2%
IBUs: 
30
Malts: 
Two Row, Chocolate, Roasted Barley, Midnight Wheat, CaraAroma, Oats
Judges Review 
Michael Heniff's picture
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Night Warden by Avery Brewing is a whiskey barrel-aged Stout and is being evaluated as a Specialty Wood-Aged Beer (category 33B from the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines).  Specialty Wood-Aged Beers are aged in spirit barrels and should have a harmonious blend between the barrel characters (typically vanilla and toasted oak) and the barrel spirits.  Night Warden measures in at 8.2% abv.

Night Warden pours black in color, is opaque, and sports a big brown head.  The aroma is moderate roasted and chocolate malt with lighter toasted oak, vanilla, and whiskey.  The body is medium (almost medium-full) and has a high level of creaminess.  The flavor is moderate chocolate and roasted malts with slightly lighter toasted oak, vanilla, and whiskey.  The beer finishes moderately bitter and fairly dry with light lingering roasty malt flavors, toasted oak, and whiskey.

Night Warden is a very good whiskey barrel-aged stout.  Night Warden does not have aggressive flavors like many barrel-aged Imperial Stouts.  Regardless, it is a well brewed whiskey barrel aged stout.  Cheers!

Brewery Introduction

A Colorado-based brewery for over 25 years, Avery Brewing has a singular focus on creating the perfect beer. In a world full of discord, we believe that a singular dedication to something as seemingly simple as beer can transform the world. Beer First. The Rest Will Follow.

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