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Avery Anniversary Ale - Fourteen - Avery Brewing Company

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Avery Anniversary Ale - FourteenAvery Anniversary Ale - Fourteen

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

263 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 263
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
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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Reviews by kkipple:
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kkipple

South Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the famous Brick Store Pub in Atlanta. I should mention that it was super fresh as they had recently tapped the keg.

Whoever our bartender was, mad respect to them as they actually filled the glass to the limit! The beer arrived with the fat, toasty tan head sitting proudly a good inch above the rim, but hardly a drop was wasted down the side. Someone knew what they were doing...

Anyway, enough head talk. Avery 14 is a deep red-black beer, clear but difficult to tell as it's so darn dark. Think a heavy doppelbock color. The head lasts several minutes before settling, leaving some sticky lacing down the glass. Sorry... I'll stop for real now.

I'll get right down to it -- 14 is a deliciously complex smelling beer. I had a real hard time placing it -- I suspected some sort of Belgian Strong, but this is strongly Americanized. No Belgian yeast smell here, but tons of alcohol, sweet dense roasted malt, massive citrus hop aroma (I later find out it's dry hopped), fruit and prunes, brown sugar, molasses and solid coffee all hits me in waves. It's all there, folks. Styles can take a flying leap, this is a strong offering that wears its ambiguity proudly!

It'd be redundant to describe, in detail, the taste of this one, as most of the aforementioned smells are present here in some regard. 14 is a sweet, alcoholic, citrus-hoppy, nutty, roasty, hot beer that somehow, amazingly, works. You wouldn't think a bizarre blend of so many flavors -- coffee, citrus, pine, prune, molasses, etc etc -- would blend but the cats at Avery have done it.

The mouthfeel is scintillating. Creamy, full, silky, and finishes bittersweet and hoppy. It's rich but I daresay I could nurse another pint of this over an hour. How do they do it?

Let me digress a moment and mention that oftentimes American brewers take the lazy way out and grab a style, turn it up to 11, dry hop it and shove it out the door. The hopheads and people who dig 12% beers lap it up (and there's nothing wrong with them, really) but the end result is a less subtle, less interesting, and ultimately less satisfying beer. Avery 14 is not that beer.

Bottom line: I'm not really sure what this beer is, but I do know I want more of it immediately. It was sublime on tap; now my quest for bottles begins...it's good to have goals, no?

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2007 02:10:31 | More by kkipple
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A thick dark brown black color with a healthy light brown head and a solid cascade of spider web lacing on the pint glass. The aroma offers deep pomegranate malt and licorice along with some chocolate prune. Really top notch. The flavor starts with a tart lime that marries easily with the deep licorice malt and prune ideas that came through in the first nose hit. And again I can identify some chocolate as well as orange and fig. Just a taste treat that obviously didn't lose anything after sitting for a few years. The body is near full with a slick feel that's well short of being too syrupy. Goes down pretty easily for a big beer but you'll want to make it last. Awesome stuff.

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22oz bottle poured into a goblet. This beer has been in my cellar for a long time. Six years old, I suppose, seeing as Twenty dropped recently. Let's see if it held up.

A: Pitch black on the pour. One finger of beige head settles into a thin slip after a short time. A thin, delicate ring of lacing remains on the glass.

S: Deep notes of dark chocolate and black cocoa powder. Dry, cake-like brownies and tootsie rolls. Grape-like candi sugar. Soft and subtle yeasty spice builds as the beer warms. Brown sugar and faint cinnamon and clove. A hollow, leafy hop scent has been all but lost with the time.

T: Chocolatey up front with tastes of tootsie rolls, dry brownies, and black cocoa powder. Chocolate truffles. Brown molasses. Candi sugar brings a distinct raisin taste. This gets wrapped up in all the chocolate, and the marriage is a beautiful one. Plum and black raspberry round out a fruity center. As in the nose, the yeast brings mellow spice: Faint clove and cinnamon are almost lost. Perhaps a dash of pepper. Brown sugar. Slight papery/cardboard oxidation, but that's to be expected at this age. Absolutely no trace of alcohol despite the high abv. Any hop taste ironed itself out long ago. Dry chocolatey and yeasty finish.

M: Full mouthfeel, body is on the thick side but not weighty. Filling and somewhat chewy. Candi sugar and high attenuation keep it from being heavy and viscous. Scrubbing carbonation provides some lift too.

O: Having not had this beer fresh, I can only speculate as to what it was like younger. It has definitely held up to the time, but at six years it seems that it may have lost a step or two. Particularly in the hops department. As it stands it was a solid drink, but man do I wish I could taste this fresh, when the dry hopping was still apparent.

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Avery Anniversary Ale - Fourteen from Avery Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.