Beer #165 Avery Maharaja


Avery Maharaja


Name: Maharaja

Style:  Imperial IPA

Brewery: Avery Brewing Company.  website

Country: USA

Region:   Boulder, Colorado

ABV: 10.3 % Abv

How served: 22oz capped bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.  

My Overall Opinion:  Very Good 

I paired this beer with:  Snyder’s of Hanover Hot Buffalo Wing pretzel pieces.   This was a very interesting & a very good pairing.

Tasted on:  Tuesday April 6th, 2011  

Notes:   This beer poured a deep amber color with a thick off white 2 finger head which left a minimal lacing on the glass.  This beer had a very pleasant nose; mostly fruity/floral hoppy notes hitting me 1st then some piney hoppy notes in the background.  The taste started off sweet with sweetness from the malt then a quick rush of citrusy hops hitting my taste buds with grapefruit rind the primary taste, then a milder piney hop taste in the end.  The mouthfeel was of a medium body with a nice refreshing finish and a nice level of carbonation.  The drinkability was good, the alcohol level was very apparent as you drank this beer making you slow down as you enjoyed this beer.  As far as Imperial IPA go, this is a very good representation of the style, but there are other which are much better.  However given the price point of this brew, this is an awesome bargain and should be on your list of top Imperial IPA’s to try and try again year after year.

On the Label:  Maharaja is derived from the Sanskrit  mahat, – “great” and rajan – “king”. Much like its namesake, this Imperial IPA is regal, intense, fierce and mighty. With hops and malts as his servants, he rules both with a heavy hand. The Maharaja flaunts his authority with a deranged amount of hops: tangy, vibrant and pungent, along with an insane quantity of malted barley, fashioning a royal scarlet hue and an exquisite malt essence. Welcome to his kingdom!

Brewed with Rocky Mountain water, malted barley, hops and yeast.


From their Website:  

The Avery Dictators Series was born of an inexorable need to trek further into the depths flavor: all three of the Dictators represent an exploration of beer flavor through the medium of traditional ingredients. How far can you stretch the boundaries of what beer can be using only water, malted barley, hops and yeast? The Czar, The Kaiser and The Maharaja are our answers to that question. Intrigued? Avery Brewers invite you to search out all three and further your own understanding. 

Beer Style:

Imperial India Pale Ale
Hop Variety: Simcoe, Columbus, Centennial and Chinook
Malt Variety: Two-row barley, caramel 120L, victory
OG: 1.090   ABV: 10.24%   IBUs: 102
Color: Dark Amber
Availability: Seasonally produced from March through August. 22oz. bombers, 1/6BBL and 1/2BBL kegs.
Maharaja is derived from the sanskrit words mahat, – “great” and rajan – “king”. Much like its namesake, this imperial IPA is regal, intense and mighty. With hops and malts as his servants, he rules both with a heavy hand. The Maharaja flaunts his authority over a deranged amount of hops: tangy, vibrant and pungent along with an insane amount of malted barley – fashioning a dark amber hue and exquisite malt essence.

Be aware that The Maharaja is a limited release only available for the summer. Welcome to his kingdom!

Food Pairing: Try The Maharaja with some Shrimp Cocktail and you’ll find that the intense, “grapefruity” hop aroma is a perfect compliment.

Beer #121 Avery Black Tot

Avery Black Tot

Name:  Black Tot

Style:  Imperial Stout (Barrel-Aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout)

Brewery: Avery Brewing Company website

Country:  USA

Region: Boulder, Colorado

ABV: 10.08% Abv

How served: 12oz foiled capped bottle poured into a Maredsous glass.          

My Overall Opinion: Very Good.

I paired this beer with: Nothing.

Tasted on:  Thursday June 10th, 2010. 

Note:  This is a limited one time only brew.  This one poured with a dark tan 1 finger head.  The nose was a mix of chocolate, raisins, rum and roasted malts.  The taste matched the nose, with rum the primary flavor, followed by chocolate, coffee, sweet malts, raisins and some vanilla.  The mouth feel was smooth and silky. I have heard rumors that some of the bottles have been infected and had a “sour” taste.  This bottle was not infected and no such sourness was noted.  I hope I had more than one bottle in my beer stocked fridge.  If not, I hope Avery will consider making this brew again in the future. This was one great after dinner beer. 

On the Label:  # 3 in our Barrel-Aged Series. Stout Aged in Rum Barrels. Bottled on Jan 15 2010 with a production of 315 cases.   Experimentation. Ales and lagers that defy styles or categories.  This is what we are about: our driving force, our passion.  To further facilitate this innovative spirit, we’ve developed our Barrel-Aged Series where anything, and we mean ANYTHING, goes!  Brewed for those as adventurous as we are!  No. 3. Swabbies, what could be better than yer daily rats o’ thick, chewy, and robust Imperial Oatmeal Stout?  What say you, mateys?  Aye, throw it in yer beloved empty rum barrels for aging!  To our sweethearts and wives, may they never meet! Huzzah! 


From their website: (newsletter about the release)

“No. 3 in our Barrel-Aged Series will release on January 15th 2010 at the Avery Tap Room.

Be present at the release to make sure you get some bottles of this incredible and indelibly unique brew: Imperial Oatmeal Stout aged in Gosling’s Rum barrels. Huge. Chewy. Endlessly deep. Smooth beyond belief with plentiful amounts of subtle flavors that work their way out as you sip. This beer is so good that you can quaff a pint or sip and savor a few ounces with equal ease. The only difficult part is deciding what you want to do with it! $8 per 12oz bottle. Max 6 bottles per customer.

We’ll have just a tad over 300 cases of this beer (24/12oz.) to go around. Limited one time release, with a few cases being sent to select states after the release date. Coming to Black Tot Day at the Avery Tap Room is the only way to GUARANTEE that you get your hands on some bottles! We’ll also have unoaked, rye barrel and bourbon barrel versions of the Imperial Oatmeal Stout on tap just for the release. No door charge.

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