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Avery Anniversary Ale - Fourteen - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

263 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 263
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 8
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.46% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 05-16-2007)
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine July 2007.

The folks over at Avery jokingly described this as a "Dubbel IPA" and on the label "a very dark, different, dry-hopped ale." Yeah, fuck beer styles!

A somewhat typical Belgian nose, in that it's soft with some sweet suggestions; a bit malty and spicy, but interestingly herbal with alcohol and some floral and orange scents going on--think Grand Marnier. Silky smooth and incredibly creamy, blissful on the palate. You can feel it gently glide down the throat with a trailing alcohol burn--very warming and spicy. Maltiness is rich and complex, with flavors that literally pop and meld: tastes of brownies, ripe and juicy fruits, roasted nut butter, molasses, honey, black treacle, plus a semi-burnt raisin note. Hops get a bit resiny, with some major herbal action going on and a nice citrus smack on the backside. Black pepper. Faint vegetal; raw and leafy at times. Orangey. Roasty finish, a bit coffee-like. Dry.

Intricate doesn't even begin to describe this beer. Todd's wife, Candice (aka Cfahooligan), says this is probably one of Avery's best beers ever. We'll agree and leave it at that. Pairing? Here's your next barbecue beer.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 13, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1.090 original gravity
Alcohol 9.46% by volume
60 IBU's-per bottle.

Poured into a large wine glass a deep amber/brown with a wel formed1 1/2 finger light brown head that stuck like glue to the glass as the head slowly dissapted.Candied sugar and phenolic clovey spice mainly in the nose as well as some prune/raisin a hint of American piney hop shows thru but its somewhat faint.Dark fruit and brown sugar-like sweetness flavors up front a nice dryer almost resiny hop quality comes thru and lingers thru the finish with a light unsweetened chocolate flavor as well coming thru as I drink more..Hmm this is different its Belgium and the U.S. in a bottle the richness of a Belgian dark ale the hop profile of say a left coast strong ale,very nice I liked it.

oberon, May 17, 2007
Photo of RoyalT
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This is a thick, luscious brown in color with a brown head that came up just right. This is what I think of when I think of BSDA.

Smell – This has the classic Belgian yeast and big, darkish malts, but there's a spicing here that's very unique. Mostly you find this type of spicing in the BSPAs, but this puppy is super-spicy with lots of dark, dirty herbs.

Taste – I like the way the herbs mate with the big malty flavors, which grow exponentially as the ale warms. The yeast really adds to the smooth and sultry flavors of the malt.

There's some butter here, but not a lot. I'm also getting a light burnt flavor. It's very light; just enough to compliment the other flavors.

Mouthfeel – This is almost full-bodied with wonderful carbonation and a slight, burnt bitterness.

Drinkability – Avery is known for everything but drinkability, but this edition breaks the mold. It is very well done, with lots of class, and certainly deserving of a try.

RoyalT, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally cracked this one. Pours deep dark brown with red hues and a khaki head on top that leaves spots on the side of the glass. Aromas of dark malts kick things off with raisins, molasses and chocolate in the mix. Lots of dark fruits mingle in along with an herbaceous hop backbone. Belgian yeast tones wrap this one up nicely.

First sip brings somewhat sweet dark malts upfront cavorting with fruit flavors all over the place. Molasses and chocolate meet midway through along with raisins and spice. Mellow coffee on the back end along with a bitter kick of floral, herbal hops on the way down. Belgian yeast tones round out this delectable brew. Almost reminds me of dessert with the rich chocolate and fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fast flowing carbonation. Slightly gritty on the way down. Overall, this is an interesting brew for sure and really quite tasted. It has aged well. Ranks as one of my favorite of the anniversary series.

orbitalr0x, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of Beaver13
2.4/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a ruby brown with a large fluffy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is chocolate malts, and oddly enough pesto and leather - pretty odd for a beer. Peppery nuts and smoke come out as it warms.

The flavor is sweet sugary malts and cola followed by some piney hops (with tinges of pesto - it's stuck in my head now), a little banana and smoke, and a sharp medicinal plastic finish. The mouthfeel is medium and creamy.

Overall, an interesting and unique beer, it just doesn't appeal to me.

Beaver13, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of merlin48
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle pours a clear dark brown body with a fluffy beige head. Lavish sheet and patch lacing is left on the goblet.

Aroma is a cornucopia of different elements. Wow! Orange pulp, orange peel, grapefruit, pine cone, bubblegum, chocolate, dark roasted malts, floral hops, spicy pepper, caramel.... a bit of everything in the nose here.

Body is between solid medium and full with a solid but unobtrusive carbonation.

Taste is bold and complex. Pine and floral hops bitterness goes well with the different malt dimensions. Lots going on here. Berry and anise notes work surprisingly well with malty caramel and dark chocolate. Finishes with a pine hops bitterness.

This is certainly a jumble, but it works incredibly well. There are elements of several styles here but it is very well constructed and quite tasty.

merlin48, Sep 07, 2007
Photo of Billolick
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber, $6 at New Beer in NYC, "bottled in 2007" on the label. Pours near black under a looong lasting cappuccino head that shrunk to 1/8 of an inch and stayed there...gobs of thick and clinging lacing and sheeting. Nose is luxuriously of mocha, coffee, and chocolate. Tasty, complex creation, notes of raisins, more coffee and chocolate, leading to a leafy, earthy, hoppy finish. Smooth and coating on the tongue. Long lasting, enjoyable finish. Fine, fine suds from Avery. Go get some! Ready to be enjoyed today and/or put down for a year or so of seasoning

Billolick, Jun 29, 2007
Photo of mattster
4.72/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap 5 May 2008 at Papago Brewery served in a snifter glass.

Brought to the table, it had a thick nice head of 1" that held rather well above a thick dark brown/black goodness.

Smell was of thick malts and tons of earthy/spicy goodness. Taste is almost overwelming. Very nice dark fruit notes with excellent hints of chocolate. Nice bitterness - actually a great balance of the taste. Somewhat sweet, but great with the malts used. Really great mouth feel and nice finish. I like this brew - a lot. I wish I'd ordered another, but maybe I'll get a few bottles before it is all gone.

mattster, May 10, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear darker brown pour with ruby redness. Thick tan head. Heavy aroma of malt and molasses, toffee, sugar, hops, and a bit of fruit. Complex taste. Malt and sugar up front, very reminiscent of a tripel. Fruits and bread in the middle, with some cherry and tobacco. It lingers for a bit before the dryness of the hops kick in. Some smoke and metal with the hops, and a semi-dry finish. I've never had anything like this before.

magictrokini, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of jcdiflorio
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber crimped cap foil wrapped crimped cap served into my Mad elf tulip glass.

Opaque,black with a dense,creamy,chunky tan head with very good retention leaving a trail of nice lace curtians.

Dark fruit,spicy/herbal good moderate hop aromas,vinious,earthy with a hint of alcohol. Complex and inviting.

Belgium-like spicyness with heavy sweet carmell,molasses with bakers chocolate reminded me of ovaltine,also had some oatmeal tastes. Dark fruit with subtle booziness,The complexity really shows as the beer warms.

Very full mouthfeel,thick body with some cloying. Smooth and very enjoyable,a bit on the filling side. Would love to get more of this beers seems like a beer that would age well also.

jcdiflorio, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of Osiris9588
4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bomber, capped, no date. Pours a deep, nearly opaque mahogany. Creamy three-finger tan head--great retention, as it slowly recedes leaves ample, large-bubbled, fluffy lace.

The aroma is dominated by toasty caramel malt, along with some cherry, maple, yeast and bark. The flavor follows the aroma, along with some candied sugar, clove, a nice dry-hopped woodiness on the finish, and a warming buzz of alcohol.

This is full-bodied, well-carbonated, and complex--a lot stuff going on here, as we get a nice juxtaposition of cream and sweet versus woody and spicey. Very drinkable, with the velvety middle, despite the high ABV and smokey finish. Buy this up, I'm sure it would be great for the cellar.

Osiris9588, Jun 08, 2007
Photo of ehammond1
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2007)

Thanks for the gift, DarthKostrizer!

(Aged for 4+ years)

Dark brown throughout with no clarity. The edges are a very dark ruby. The head is tightly bubbled, moderately sized, and light brown in color. The beer leaves ribbons of sticky lace down the glass. Gorgeous.

The aroma is a divine combination of dark fruits, namely smashed, juicy raisins. Along with the raisins are some fig and sweet date aroma, but the raisin character is abundant, along with a bit of cocoa powder. As a raisin lover, this is right up my alley, and this nails it. There's minimal yeast presence; it's all (dark) fruit.

The flavor is dark fruit forward, similar to the aroma, with raisins and fig leading the way, along with bittersweet, though rich, chocolate, some graham cracker, mild yeast character, and low bitterness. The flavor of chocolate-covered raisins lingers on and on long after the swallow.

Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

This is why I drink beer. The needles in the haystack that blow you away make this hobby as fun, interesting, and exciting as it is. Cheers and thanks again, Cory!

ehammond1, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of far333
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip glass. Pours chestnut brown with ruby highlights and a thick and foamy head of dimples and craters that lingers long.

Aroma of marshmallow and caramel, some toffee and clove, the slightest suggestion of hops.

Even flavor of caramel and cocoa, some raisin and peppery spice, molasses and roasated malt, clovey finish, with some Belgian yeastiness. Spice and clove linger in the finish and aftertaste.

Good firm and round mouthfeel, but only above average drinkability for me since the cloves and spice seem to dominate.

far333, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of glid02
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at the Piedmont Tower in Atlanta.

Pours an opaque black with a one-finger tan head. The head dissipates into a patchy layer of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. The lacing is pretty sticky.

Smells good. Lots of roasted malt with a chocolate aroma. There's also a good smell of sweet Belgian sugar.

Tastes great. There's a sweet sugar taste up front to go along with a bitter chocolate flavor. It segues into a more robust chocolate taste, then into a mild toasted malt flavor that finally ends with a light bitterness. Lots of flavors that work very well together. There's also a slight alcohol taste at the end and a nice warming sensation as the sip finishes.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness with a mild carbonation that's still robust enough to bring out the flavors.

Drinkability is good. It's just a bit too heavy to make it exceptional, but it's certainly very good.

Overall I'm glad that I found this gathering dust at Tower. I like to check there and Capital City on Collier every now and then for hidden gems that nobody's snapped up. If you can get your hands on one of these, it's a good deal for the price, certainly worth a shot.

glid02, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of IntriqKen
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hmmm...Thirteen was definitely more interesting.
Pours a dark mahogany with a nice 2 finger head of off white foam that is very slow to melt to very sticky lacing.

Aromas are sweet dark amber malts and oak notes mellowing and balancing it all out. There is another aroma in there I cannot identify but that makes it all the more mellow and smooth. (wait....plum????)

Taste is sweet amber malt, brown sugar (light brown sugar), a very small hint of dark candied fruits, citrus hop bitterness, and alcohol...in that order. A hint of plum comes to play as you swallow as well.

Aftertaste is mostly dark fruit and strong alcohol.

Warming and smooth afterwards. I think this will either mellow and truly identify itself with age (I will buy 3 more bottles to age) or whatever individuality it shows right now will completely disappear as it ages.
Time will tell.

IntriqKen, Jul 20, 2007
Photo of tastybeer
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks almost 100% opaque. Color is very dark, deep brown and head is large and fluffy, creamy colored with a slight orange tint. As the large head shrinks big blotchy globs of head remain glued to my glass. Nose has a very fresh, clean clarity to it. Hops smell like they're lurking in large quantities beneath the deceptive clarity. the malty smell is smooth with light creamy toffee, bread grain, molasses, coffee, nuts and a confusing but interesting touch of pumpernickel. Rye? Hops are hard to pick out individually. Floral, spruce, dark orange citrus, and smoothed out resins. Taste is crazy, as expected from the aroma. I'm not entirely or evenly partially sure what the hell is going on within this but it is definitely entertaining. Beyond all the flavors there is a pointedly dry, prickly finish. Body however is almost full but has a very light silky feel to it. Carbonation is relaxed, but I almost feel it has to be to offset the hoppy assault. There is an extended implosive sour bitterness that remains in the mouth far after the finish. Again, this beer is favorably (I think?) insane. Drinkability is slowly but surely. Smells like intoxication more and more as it warms too.

A crazy/insane beer.

tastybeer, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of MrVonzipper
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark walnut color with a surprisingly lively 2cm head tan head. Medium retention and lacing. Visible yeast.

Huge sweet dark nose. Big dark fruit like liquored plums, raisins and dates and a mild chocolate note.

Flavor is bold, rich and sweet. It's tastes exactly like chocolate covered raisins to me. That's is The Only and best way to describe it.

Creamy, oily and viscous mouthfeel with low carbonation.

Overall it was surprisingly much better than I had anticipated after being bottled 4 years ago. Conditioned and maintained really well. Very much a dessert beer now in my opinion.

MrVonzipper, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of jmz62565
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark brownish amber with a huge tan foamy head. The head lasts forever and leaves great lacing. The smell is strong with Belgian candy sugar,alcohol,bread yeast,and dark fruit. The taste is sweet with candy sugar,dark fruit,coffee,and some alcohol. A nice flavor,but it is very sweet. The m/f is medium with all the flavors mixing very well. A very good beer from a brewery that I find myself liking more and more. Happy 14 and many more Avery.

jmz62565, Aug 01, 2007
Photo of alamode
4/5  rDev -0.2%

alamode, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Blupoet03
4.72/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From last night's notes:

It poured with a large orangish-tan head, with a near-black body with caramel tones. The head is pillowy, and lingered all the way to the bottom of the glass.

Aroma: grapefruit and melon hops scents, toffee, and even a bouquet of flowers.

Taste: caramel, chocolate/cocoa, grapefruit, starts sweet and is followed by a sharp bitterness. One of the wives chimed in with "its a million flavors at once." It was smooth, lingering, and very refreshing.

Drinkability is high, but this is a thick and strong beer so go slow.

Avery doesn't define a style for this beer. We would argue that if you cross a Russian Imperial Stout and an American Double IPA, this is what you'd get.

None of the four of us could think of a beer we've enjoyed more.

Blupoet03, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice deep brown with ruby tints and a big fluffy light tan head. Nose is some dark malts, and slight fruits with a little licorice. Taste mocks with dark fruit, figs, nice malty sweetness and a little bit of licorice. Nice mouthfeel, but missing that true belgian texture. Drinkability is outstanding for the abv. Overall a very nice beer, don't expect some cuvee van de kaizer but still quite good.

AKBelgianBeast, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am a fan of these dark IPAs showing up, a couple of them Canadian. I received complexity between a good amount of hops and malt and barley. One of the better Avery's. Hoppy and dark and hoppy bubbly head. Very drinkable with supper. Good mouthfeel.

Sammy, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of alovesupreme
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark for an ale but not opaque. Good head and retention, Nice Lacing a little sticky.
Alcohol, Molasses, almost medicinal.
Roasted malts, Molasses, alcohol still alludes to an ale.
Not to thick but good carbination and good for the beer.
One small glass is probably enough.

alovesupreme, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of pmcadamis
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this one for a little over a year...picked it up in Colorado while we were visiting my sister-in-law and her fiance.

A - Rich and dark molasses and caramelized sugar color with a massively dense four finger head of solid...and I mean SOLID foam. Head retention is outstanding, and the head is a russet-tinged beige/tan color that contrasts the deep mahogany brown of the beer. As the head slowly, slowly recedes, lumps of mashed potato like mounds form in the foam. This one is super-cloudy, and leaves thick solid sheets of tan lace on the glass that get sticky after a few seconds. This glass is gonna be hard to clean!

S - I can smell deep maple syrup and bourbon notes before I even get close to the glass. Up close, I smell brown biodegrading leaves, molasses, maple syrup, roasting chestnuts, high quality dark chocolate, and big time malted milk balls. Smells a lot like a dense chocolate malt milkshake, enjoyed by a roasting fire with a handful of mixed nuts drizzled in molasses. Damn, sounds like my idea of a good time!

T - Roasted coffee grounds, dark toffee, peanut brittle, and a good deal of what I always think of as "brown" hop flavors. I don't know anything about home brewing or hop varietals, but there are some beers that have a hop favor that reminds me of crinkled up old brown leaves in autumn, and this one has that characteristic in abundance. There is a sweet, almost barbecue sauce flavor in this one that seems a bit off, and that, along with an out of place stouty roastiness is keeping me from rating the flavor as highly as the nose.

M - Full bodied with some surprisingly prickly carbonation, and that (along with the aggressive hoppage) helps keep it from being to heavy or cloying. The finish is nutty, long, and fairly dry, leaving a woody feel in the mouth.

D - Good stuff! One of the prettiest beers I've seen in a while, and the nose is ridiculously complex and inspiring. This is a slow sipper to be savored. Avery never fails to impress me and this is one of their best.

pmcadamis, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kkipple for this bottle.

Not knowing what to expect from this beer I was a little surprised that it was so dark when I first poured it. I guess I was actually expecting something lighter like in the Fifteen.

Anyway, it's dark. A porter? No, not really... it smells a bit chocolatey and caramelish, but there's also some floral and oddly fruity notes that don't quite fit with porter (melon, mango, fig, prune). It's actually quite fruity! It looks kind of like a porter though. Nice opaque black body beneath a creamy head of tan. Excellent head retention. Very good lacing.

Back to the aroma. It's hoppy, a hint chalky and citrus-rind-like. Fruity and sweetish. OK, time to check the label. ??? Not much there - "massive chocolate and molasses maltiness, limitless fruit on the nose, and an imposing floral and zesty dry-hop finish".

Or, am I wrong in saying about the label, 'not much there', is it all there?... that description checks out perfectly. Is this just a free-for-all go-for-it beer? No specific style? Well, I'm down with that.

Let's move on to the flavor. It's full. I don't want to say rich because I don't get that depth of character, but it's wide ranging in its characteristics to be sure. Lots of dark fruit. Lots of sugar. Almost scorched dark sugar. Raisins! And golden raisins too. And pineapple. And grapefruit, but it's soft grapefruit. And that's obviously at least a little bit from hops, and I find some gentle pine or spruce as well. It all seems so refined and focused though. It's not at all raspy. And what about the alcohol? Well I don't feel it (yet), and I certainly don't get it in the aroma or the flavor.

It's interesting in that it's completely focused on just slightly tart and very sweet fruit with a backing of dark caramel, burnt sugar, and chocolate maltiness. Usually beers run the other way around.

The bitterness, as might be expected given what I've written so far, is moderate given the maltiness it displays. It's present, and it helps to dry the finish, but to be honest, the sharpness of the pH and the dark fruitiness really handles that. The bitterness is just the base that lies beneath the beer.

So what of this beer? It's unique. Kind of Belgian, kind of not. Kind of American, kind of not. Slightly tarty fruity and chocolatey dark. Worth trying, for sure. Let it warm a bit and enjoy it to its fullest.

NeroFiddled, May 08, 2009
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Avery Anniversary Ale - Fourteen from Avery Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.