Avery Anniversary Ale - Fourteen - Avery Brewing Company
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3.53/5 rDev -12%
Pours a not quite opaque black with a decent slowly diminishing head that leaves no lacing. The aroma is somewhat well balanced between hops, malts and yeast. This is an extremely interesting brew, typical taste for the style with an extra kick of hoppiness, however, it just doesn't do all that much for me. It does not seem worthy of celebrating an anniversary. The beer is medium to heavy bodied and the alcohol is somewhat hidden. I am glad I tried this beer, but I likely wouldn't seek it out again.
06-10-2007 16:56:16 | More by atsprings
3.08/5 rDev -23.2%
Poured in a tulip galss, the Avery 14th Anniversary Ale pours a very dark garnett with a big foamy tan head leaving waves of foamy lace. Hmm, looks like a RIS...
The smell is rich chocolate and crystal malts and an unusually pungent funk to the hops, maybe they're getting lost in all that dark malt? It's pretty strong, and I don't really care for it...also, as it warms, some booziness struggles to break through that weird hop/malt mix.
The taste is pretty much along the same lines, more roasted then chocolate malt, with caramel notes as well, and lots of west coast hop character. I just don't find the pungent fruitiness of the hops to go well with this RIS style malt base. As mentioned on the bottle, lots of molasses as well, which, with the coffee like roast, gets a bit astringent.
As much as I keep thinking RIS, maybe that bitterness is mosly hops, as the malt base is more sweet, like a Baltic Porter? But no, there's definately some roast as well. Inconcievable! Well, and interesting puzzle when I start to fret about style, but that's always a bad idea! I should just try to enjoy what I can about this one...e.g. the alcohol is barely perceptible, with a warming feeling in the back of the throat.
The mouthfeel is on the lighter side for such a dark, strong beer, creamy but oily.
This was moderately drinkable. It was lighter then it looked and tasted, and while it had it moments, I just don't think the experiment was a success. Something about all the floral hops and dark malt...
So yes, after working my way through the bomber, warm and cold, I'm thinking it's more of a Baltic Porter the RIS malt base, with a touch of roasted malt and floral west coast DIPA hops. Interesting, but ultimately not a winner to me. Laying it down for a while might bring it more into BP territory as the hops fade, but by that time, I doubt it would be as sweet and luscious as I'd like.
06-09-2007 06:13:54 | More by ccrida
4.58/5 rDev +14.2%
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.
06-08-2007 20:20:05 | More by Osiris9588
4.15/5 rDev +3.5%
Pours a deep golden brown with a nice rising head and lacing that sticks like glue.
Smell is super complex, spice, dark malt, earth, caramel, almost a Belgian yeast note.
Taste is much the same. It starts with spice, ginger, molassas, dark burnt malts, earth, peat, with a very dry finish.
Mouthfeel is thick and massive, pretty well carbonated.
Very interesting brew. Alcohol is well hidden in the spice notes. Well done brew.
06-05-2007 22:32:33 | More by kirok1999
4.9/5 rDev +22.2%
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Leaves a crazy, big three finger-plus-deep foamy head that is the color of espresso foam. The head has excellent retention all the way down and it leaves webs and webs of sticky lacing. Body is black. Beautiful to behold.
Smell - Lapsang suchong black tea ( i.e. tea dried over pine-wood fire ), richly roasted barley, burnt crust malt bread, sugar, molasses, hint of overripe dark skinned fruits, hint of spicy alcohol. This is very mouthwatering.
Taste - delivers everything promised in the smell. Richly roasted and smoky malt, pine-wood fire dried tea, burnt crust malt bread, molasses, chocolate, raisins, and plums. Some spicy alcohol on the finish, but mostly the alcohol is very well hidden. This is excellent ale.
Mouthfeel - full bodied, and very, very dry.
Drinkability - this is a very excellent ale, it's very hearty and delicious. Only the high abv limits its sessionability. Also, the label invites the drinker to decide what the style is, and here I think that this has to be misidentified as a BSDA, it is very much more hearty than that - I think it is an American Double Stout, or an RIS combined with an Irish Dry Stout.
06-04-2007 14:34:15 | More by ultralarry2006
4.03/5 rDev +0.5%
Appearance - Extremely dark with some red highlights when held to light. A very large tightly packed head rises immediately, and slowly recedes leaving behind gobs of lace in it's wake.
Smell - Clean citrus hops from the dry hopping dominate with just a little malty, yeasty background.
Taste - Deep maltiness gives way to a vibrantly bright hop glow. Some apricots hang aroung the mouth before the swallow, but are quickly washed away by torrents of toffee and a slight tartness. The bottle proclaims "A very dark, different, dry-hopped ale". I couldn't agree more.
Mouth - Smooth and oily. A light carbonation causes a very nice amound of tongue prickle.
This is a damn fine ale, nice and complex without succumbing to drinkability issues.
05-30-2007 04:04:57 | More by Bobikel
3.3/5 rDev -17.7%
Pours deep burgundy/ with 3 fingers+ of sand/tan colored head. Superior lacing & head retention
S: Chocolate & coffee (?) notes
T: Coffee notes up front, taste morphs into intense roasted grain & old/stale hops (tanins). I then get an intense woody dryness, doughynes, raisins & some vainilla as this warms. Dates & bakers chocolate are there as this warms some more, I start getting alcohol burn & mega pine hoppyness in the finish. Kind of settles in a little bit at the end, but otherwise, kind of an almost beautiful mess
MF: Slick with low carbonation
ABV listed at 9.46%, but the crazy flavor profilie is what really slowed me down. I must be missing the boat here, previous reviewers rated this high. Will check & see why, maybe they let it warm way up?. Age this & I bet it's completely different
05-28-2007 04:17:19 | More by russpowell
4.08/5 rDev +1.7%
Previous review was from the tap, this one from the bottle, and quite a bit of difference, especially the appearance.
Poured a bit hard produced a head that took up more than half the glass (pint glass, that is). Thick head foamed up to form a small representation of Devil's Tower in Wyoming (y'know from Close Encounters). "Wet" black body, glossy.
Smells of rich yeast, some baked caramel and chocolate cake donut.
Tastes a bit different that the tap as well. More of a Belgian style dark, than an American stout. Better? Nah, just different.
Feels a bit thin or weak, would like to see a bit more feeling in this one, but I guess it's a 'unique', styleless brew anyway.
Went down well. A bomber is a bit big at 9+% abv
05-27-2007 19:44:02 | More by Mebuzzard
4.8/5 rDev +19.7%
Holy crap. A new contender for the crown of 'My Favorite Beer.' Had this off the tap at the Avery Brewery in Boulder, CO. I had been excited to try it, having loved their last anniversary brew, Thirteen. It pours a deep, dark brown, with dark red highlights. A bit of frothy head (hard to tell in the little taster glasses). Smells like hops, malts, and everything good about beer. I will need to retaste in a better environment, since I had people shoving other beers (Maharaja, Out of Bounds, Samael) under my nose to smell their bouquets, so honestly, other than knowing that I loved the smell, I can't say for sure what notes made up the hop bouquet.
Goes down like drinking ambrosia, the nectar of the gods. Mouthfeel is thick without ever once bordering on syrupy. It just *feels* good. The taste is...multi-dimensional. There is a lot going on here. Malty, on several levels. Hoppy, from several directions. Basically, anyone who likes beer should be able to find something they like about this. Accompanied by extended family members who made NO bones about their dislike of Avery's IPA or Maharaja (good, more for me!), they all LOVED the Fourteen. Not sure what makes it so special, but the boys and girls at Avery definitely hit a home run with this one. Thankfully its a big beer, otherwise I might be tempted to drink a six of this, and then marvel at the massive ABC it packs!
05-27-2007 15:30:38 | More by HaVoKnYnJ
4.1/5 rDev +2.2%
Appearance: It's dark, dark brown with a creamy, tan one and a half finger head. Very good retention and lacing.
Smell: Very hoppy. Very intriguing considering the look of this beer. There's some fruity elements (grapefruit and maybe some orange and pineapple). Even a bit of dark fruit, as well. Also smells a bit like chocolate and coffee. Very complex.
Taste: Initially, it tastes like chocolate with a bit of light coffee. Hops kick in and provide a bitter taste. Very interesting follow up to the first flavors. Grapefruit and perhaps a bit of dark fruit are noticeable. This is a very good beer.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and very, very smooth. At 9.6%, it's not a session beer, but still very drinkable. Overall, excellent beer. Perhaps the best Avery offering I've tried. Definitely recommended.
05-23-2007 01:17:26 | More by prototypic
4/5 rDev -0.2%
This was a very strange beer. It was dark black with a tan whip-cream-like head. The smell made me think chocolate. The taste followed suit but had some real hoppiness going on. Sorta grassy, piney, and almost like chocolate mints. This beer was tasty but very complex. It felt like my taste buds were being assaulted!
05-22-2007 15:51:34 | More by ArrogantB
4.3/5 rDev +7.2%
I picked up a 22 at Wilburs and have to say this is a pretty good beer. A dark but not exactly black colored beer with more off red highlights. The aroma has a nice citrus and grassy nose and feels like an IPA. If you were blindfolded, you wouldnt even know that this was a black beer. Although unlike other black IPAs that I have tried before, the astringency for Fourteen is subtle. There is more of a chocolate balance in the malt but the hops really shine with some grassy notes up front and lemony citrus in the finish. The body is good but has some chalky finish to it. Overall a easy drinking beer at nearly 9.5% which feels more hoppy then stout. Good stuff.
05-17-2007 15:14:02 | More by Oxymoron
4.13/5 rDev +3%
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.
05-17-2007 00:13:15 | More by oberon
Avery Anniversary Ale - Fourteen from Avery Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.