Avery Anniversary Ale - Twenty One - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by Cubatobaco:
3.89/5 rDev +1%
Poured into a Stone IPA glass and consumed while watching the Stanley Cup Finals.
A - Because I didn't read the bottle, nor think to look, I was expecting a DIPA, but was met with a murky, brown ale, with 2 inches of a fluffy, khaki head. Seems to be a lot darker for a brown ale than I'm used to, but displays a nice color nonetheless.
S - Sweet malt presence with the hop aroma breaking through as the glass is swirled. Pine, a small amount of citrus, and a roasted malt character the dominant aromas. I also and picking up a touch of yeast/bread. Very intriguing!
T - Now this is pleasant! I've never been a brown ale guy, but as a hop head, I could enjoy the change of pace if this were regularly produced. A great balance of roasted malts and hops hit you as it first enters, turning into a generous flavor of caramel and nuts.
M - This is a medium-bodied ale that is supported by a decent amount of carbonation. Slight dryness and a reasonable finish time.
O - Although I would not buy this again, it was a pleasant experience. This beer gives you the best of two worlds; the hoppiness that I've come to know from Avery and a malty, brown ale that I rarely drink. Well worth trying if you come across it or like this sort of thing.
06-05-2014 12:13:43 | More by Cubatobaco
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3.15/5 rDev -18.2%
22 oz bottle, bottled on May 2014. Pours ruby brown with a medium frothy, creamy light tan head that retains fairly well and laces the glass.
The aroma is sweet roasted chocolate malts and some cola with piney hops.
The flavor is sweet cola, roast chocolate, nutty malts, a little fruit, and big piney, leathery hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, a decent hoppy brown.
06-06-2014 05:30:19 | More by Beaver13
4.24/5 rDev +10.1%
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.
Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with some hints of ruby. Moderate amount of bubbles and a big three finger light tan head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of lacing.
Smell: An earthy, toasty, and fairly robust balanced aroma of malt and hops. Toasted barley malts with big hints of biscuit, toasted bread, chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee, nuts, and yeast. Big hop presence for a brown ale with earthy hints of grass and pine. Citrus hints of orange peel, grapefruit, and lemon. Subtle hints of brown sugar. A pretty big balanced aroma that is almost like a black ale.
Taste: Like the smell, a big and balanced taste of toasted malts and earthy hops. Dark toasted barley malts with big notes of toasted bread, biscuit, nuts, chocolate, and coffee along with some toffee, grains, and yeast. Sweet notes of brown sugar. Big presence of nicely bitter hops with earthy notes of grass and pine. Citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, and tangerine. Nicely rich and creamy. A pretty good hopped up taste.
Mouthfeel: Body is on the fuller side. Carbonation is moderate. Nicely creamy, chewy, and drying on the finish. Alcohol heat is hidden well.
Overall: A pretty good and interesting twist on a brown ale. Big toasty malt taste with an equally big hop presence. Tastes a lot like an imperial black IPA.
07-12-2014 07:23:32 | More by MattyG85
3.95/5 rDev +2.6%
On tap at the Barrel Republic. Served in a snifter.
Appearance: Dark red-brown with a very durable tan head that leaves patterned, sticky lacing.
Aroma: Surprisingly hoppy: think IPA. Floral and fruity with faint malts. Good complexity.
Flavor: Mild-moderate bitterness; loads of hop flavor; some appreciated medium and sweet malt balance. Bitterness peak mid-taste rather than in hte finish or aftertaste.
Feel: Medium body with good carbonation. Some warming.
O: High ABV is partilly hidden. Worth seeking out.
07-03-2014 03:39:46 | More by chinchill
3.79/5 rDev -1.6%
Bomber bottled in May of this year.
Served cold into goblet, Avery's 21st Anniversary ale is dark color brown in color. It has thick tan head that settles quickly and leaves some spotty lace on the glass.
Aroma is hoppy but not overly so and certainly not as much as the imperial moniker would have me expecting. Especially coming from the maker of Maharaja. I do get some of the toasted malt character though.
Flavor is well balanced, again maybe too balanced for an imperial, with caramel and toffee, citrus and pine.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.
Overall a solid effort but nothing exceptional. A style hybrid that doesn't quite deliver on the imperial part of the billing.
05-31-2014 00:16:38 | More by GilGarp
4.25/5 rDev +10.4%
Avery Twenty One
22 ox. brown glass bottle, coded "14160B6 10:25261"
$$7.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ
Avery never fails, and their "Twenty One" is no exception. This "Imperial India-style Brown Ale" is really more "Imperial" because of its girth than it's hoppiness.
The base is a rich but not over-blown maltiness that's softly roasty and chocolatey, as well as directly grain-like. At it's heart it has that barley sweetness that you find in bigger beers like barley wine and old ales, yet it's not full in the mouth... I'd say it's medium-full leaning towards full, but it's also slightly crisp, and then silky smooth. Alcohol, of course, makes its way into the equation as well, giving it a subtly spicy flicker.
It has a solid bitterness, of course, which balances the malt and dries it; and the alcohol helps a little bit as well. It's only 8.3% alcohol but it shows. In certain beers I'd say that that's a defect, but in other beers, such as this one, it's almost a necessary component - without that delicate pinch of alcohol you might find the beer to be somehow dull or lack-lustre. The alcohol livens it a bit, and for an "Imperial" ale isn't that kind of a requirement?
Hops, of course, are also required in an Imperial Indian-style ale and there are plenty of them, but they aren't that aggressive. They don't jump out at you, and they don't overwhelm. If there were any more than what's already there, you wouldn't find the maltiness as it is; and I think, in fact, that you'd find a skewed beer, and maybe a different style altogether. No, this beer is about stability and balance. But what of the hops themselves? Well, they perch atop the malt, giving off a beautifully floral, softly citrusy, and delicately piney essence. If you search you'll also find some fruitiness, although I felt that came through more as a secondary to the malt in the flavor: there I found apple and red berries, backed by light pineapple, papaya, melon, and lastly, guava. Back to the malt, if it were any more roasty or chocolatey I think you'd lose some of the hop character.
As is often the case, the beer changes as you drink it, with the temperature increasing, and your palate becoming accustomed to certain flavors. Initially leaning more towards malt, as it warms that sways over to hops. That's part of its complexity.
Overall, I enjoyed it, and I could see drinking more than one of these in a row (but not two, because the strength will get to you). Nicely balanced! Worth seeking out before it's gone.
08-20-2014 19:45:37 | More by NeroFiddled
Avery Anniversary Ale - Twenty One from Avery Brewing Company
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