Avery Anniversary Ale - Fourteen - Avery Brewing Company
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4.45/5 rDev +11%
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!
03-27-2012 01:29:10 | More by ehammond1
4.13/5 rDev +3%
2007 22oz bottle enjoyed on 3/16/12.
Appearance: Very dark brown with a fluffy light tan head that maintains its presence. Sitcky lacing on the sides of the snifter.
Smell: Strong scent of dark fruits, and that candied sugary sweetness one expects from a dark Belgian.
Taste: Starts out with a strong malt sweetness and progresses to a roasty flavor that is delicious. Subtle chocolate notes became more noticeable to me as session went on. Finish is a pleasant, muted hop bitterness that I sure would have been much more forward if it was new. Spicy and warm as it goes down. Very interesting and not the same flavors for each sip.
Mouthfeel: Very little carbonation and light to medium bodied. The finish was dry and chalky.
Overall: Probably past its prime, but still a high quality beer from Avery. Super drinkable, looked forward to the different layers of flavor, and can really only dock it heavily for the chalky texture.
03-17-2012 01:20:15 | More by mfavoino
4.1/5 rDev +2.2%
22 oz. from 2007 poured into a snifter. Was going to hold onto it for a bit longer, but read some of the reviews on here on how the age is showing, so I figured I may as well drink it now.
A: Beautiful dark brown liquid with a nice, one finger tan head.
S: Primarily dark fruits. There's even a little hint of a tropical fruits.
T: Immediate shot of roasted malts, followed by sweet, dark fruits. After the fruit subsides a bit, the roasted malt comes back, finishing it off. The entire taste is sort of enveloped in a mild hop flavor. It's a nice mix of stout, BSDA, and a bit of pale ale (from the hops.) It's a very nice combination. No alcohol taste, which is interesting considering it's almost 9.5%.
M: This is where this beer really excels. There is a nice bit of carbonation, but it's amazingly smooth as it goes down.
O: This is really just an amazing beer. It has the great dark fruit taste of a BSDA, a nice robust roasted malt flavor near the end, and all supported by a great hop taste. The mouthfeel is legendary. It's really, really amazing. Light carbonation tingles the taste buds and the beer just effortlessly slides down the throat, leaving a trail of warmth behind.
This beer stands out and transcends classification.
It's a shame they don't brew this anymore. If you run across it, I implore that you acquire it!
10-10-2011 05:32:53 | More by TTAmod
3.08/5 rDev -23.2%
Poured a nice dark brown color with a dusty brown 1/4' head of lace. I was surprised that this still had some nice carbonation to it.
Smells were dark dried fruit (raisins and dates) and some nice roasted malt aromas. Slight estery alcohol notes in the background.
Taste was sweet and fruity upfront but then there was a chalky flavor right before the roasted malts took over. It was off putting and didn't really allow me to focus on the rest of the chocolatey bitterness in the finish. Alcohol warmth in the finish.
Mouthfeel was thick and syrupy. Had a nice way of coating the palate and the little bit of carbonation it still had was a nice touch.
I never had this beer fresh but it taste pretty good now except for the chalky taste I described. Seems like it could take atleast 1 more year in the bottle.
09-23-2011 17:44:01 | More by snpub540
4.28/5 rDev +6.7%
This is my 200th review and what a great choice it was.
Look: Dark brown with a light brown ring around the edges and a 1/2 inch head and ok retention with some spotty lace and visible yeast
Smell: Dark fruits in full abundance raisin plums dates and figs
Taste: Upfront it taste like a chocolate covered raisin and finishes with copious amounts of chocolate. I do not taste any hops and it says dry hopped but that is probably due to the age
Mouthfeel: Creamy buttery and velvety. Low carbonation and medium to full body
Overall: I am blown away by how good this beer is right now I do not remember what it tasted like fresh but I do not remember it being half this good. So damn good
09-23-2011 02:39:52 | More by DarthKostrizer
4.22/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
09-19-2011 23:21:27 | More by MrVonzipper
3.7/5 rDev -7.7%
Thanks to cbutova for breaking this out, I've never heard of this beer, from 2007.
Pours very dark brown, slight highlights, visible flecks. Nice beige head retains well and leaves some lace, great considering the age.
Scent shows it's age a little bit...pure metal/pennies at first but improves alot with warmth, smell reminds me of an old ale, aged caramel sweetness.
Tastes similar to an old ale as well, surprised to see this categorized as a Belgian. Dusty chocolate, old caramel, molasses, a bit of toffee, dark fruit, some oxidation there too. No hop flavor to speak of but the bitterness is there.
Pretty good mouthfeel, no booze, good carbonation for a 4-year old beer.
Probably a bit past it's prime at this point but it's held up pretty good considering.
09-17-2011 23:43:41 | More by Chico1985
3.7/5 rDev -7.7%
Been meaning to taste this one for at least two years now, finally took it out last night.
A- Very dark brown body with some red around the edges. Impessive creamy tan head, great size and retention. Tons of lace rings.
S- Age has taken over. Very oxidized and deep old ale caramel forward. Tons of strange things going on from oxidation, cardboard, pennies, dog hair. With some time it evens out to a dark fruit, caramel old ale overall.
T- Again, a ton of age presence. Old ale caramel and stale oxidation as well as some nice fruit, oak vanilla, raisins and nutty spice hints.
MF- Silky moderately thick body with a nice creamy feel and moderate carbonation.
I would say this is past it's prime. The oxidation is really showing and I can't see anything new and great coming up.
09-17-2011 21:43:58 | More by cbutova
3.93/5 rDev -2%
Bottled in 2007. This 22 oz. bomber has been sitting in my "cellar" for almost 5 years. I can't wait to try this beer.
Black, dark brown , and ruby colors abound with sediment, but an awesome tan head that maintatins throughout all 22 ozs. and has great lacing and a thick foam.
Leathery and roasty in simple flavor upfront. The taste develops to somthing almost smokey. The dry hopping adds a musty flavor and texture to the beer, like when you walk into an old house for the first time. Theres old coffee, dry chocolate, and but lots of character in every sip.
I'm glad I aged this beer for as long as I did.
07-20-2011 04:34:06 | More by scruffwhor
4.45/5 rDev +11%
Thanks to benz08 for this one. It took me a while to break into it, but I'm glad I did. This is one amazing beer! When you pour it you swear that you've just poured an Imp Stout. It's dark, dark brown with a beige head that's super dense, 2 inches thick and made of tightly packed microbubbles. The carbonation is evident as the lees can be seen swimming around in there like those faux mermaids in that roadside tourist trap in Florida (don't remember the name). The bands of lacing left behind are only broken by the beer flowing to your waiting maw. It's not often I get to use the word "maw", so bear with me. The ABV here is well over 9% so it should make this review interesting as I'm almost finished the bomber in less than 15 minutes.
The smell is remarkable: mostly milk chocolate from the malts with a hint of coffee and even licorice. The hops throw off some citrus and the whole shebang works together to make for a feast for your nose. Will the taste stand up?
Oh yes it does. The first sip sucker punches me with a wallop of booze...just like a Belgian-style stout or the strongest of Imp Stouts...but then the malts start to take over. Yes, they bill this as a "very Dark, Different, Dry Hopped Ale" so Juan would think that the hops would be the star but Juan would be wrong. The malts are throwing off acrid coffee notes, bitter chocolate and even some dark fruits (prunes, which they now call dried plums because if Juan thinks "prune", Juan thinks "old, decrepit people who can't take a crap). Oh but we were just talking about the malts, "What about those hops?", Juan would ask. Well Juan, they're contributing as well with some citrus in the form of grapefruit. Okay, right about now Juan might ask. "All of those flavor must certainly make for one mess of a brew, right?" Wrong again Juan! Somehow Avery has managed to throw together elements of an Imp Stout, a Belgian Quad and an American IPA and made it work! How these guys successful blur then lines of the style guide every year for their anniversary is beyond me. Perhaps they've sold their soul to the ghost of Michael Jackson, but whatever they did it was worth it.
Oh yeah, mouthfeel: a little chalky, but still pretty smooth. Medium in body even though Juan would think it would be heavier. Again, Juan would be wrong. The dark malts and the hops deliver a double-barrel shot to the taste buds of bitterness. The bottle says the IBUs come in at 60 and that seems about right. Even though you're getting a double-pronged attack it's not overwhelming. The alcohol is not all that well hidden but with all the flavors in this brew you really don't mind. It might have turned out a bit too sweet if not for the bitterness and the alcohol. It does seem that malt load was massive.
Yes, I've finished the whole bottle (please, no more "interventions", I'm fine!) and I'm still typing and not face down on my keyboard, shorting it out with my drool. I'm pretty sure in the future that the thought of this beer will activate the salivary glands and drool will be a distinct possibility. It's a shame that I will never taste its like again. Go away Juan, you bother me. And what is it that your brother Jose sees by the dawn's early light?
07-19-2011 01:29:08 | More by Naugros
3.75/5 rDev -6.5%
Thanks to Thirstybird for sharing. Pours a dark brown with a thin, off-white head. Nose reveals dark fruit, cocoa, sour milk, a nutty quality and a trace of booze. Taste is ashy and malty with the addition of raisins and figs. Mouthfeel is medium-light, with an even carbonation. Not bad, but in my opinion, this beer is slightly past its prime and on its way downhill.
02-13-2011 00:50:00 | More by Jwale73
4.5/5 rDev +12.2%
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.
11-13-2010 20:01:54 | More by BeerAdvocate
District of Columbia
3.78/5 rDev -5.7%
Pour is a dark brown good head. Smell and taste are heavy malts, a bit sweet with molasses, figs, caramel and other dark fruits. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, perhaps a bit thin. Wouldn't go for it again, but I think I sat on it too long as the hops are faded. Approaching barleywine qualities now.
11-12-2010 03:58:15 | More by craytonic
Avery Anniversary Ale - Fourteen from Avery Brewing Company
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