Avery Anniversary Ale - Seventeen (Dry Hopped Black Lager) - Avery Brewing Company
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4.9/5 rDev +24.1%
Pours an extremely dark black with a tinge of red around the edges when held up to light. Large and thick light brown head, very creamy and fairly fine.
Strong aroma of chocolate with fruit, perhaps cherries and grapes, and a little bit of lightly roasted coffee. The malt smells toasted and fresh, balanced with a hop sweetness, but not as strong as the color might suggest.
Taste begins with a strong fruity flavor or grapes and cherries up front, followed by the strong flavor of hearty dark roasted malt with a bit of sweet hops and mild chocolate flavor throughout that is somewhat sweet but always secondary to the other flavors. The flavors blend together even better after a few sips, and the smoothness of the malt and overall brew becomes a defining feature. While the malt is slightly bitter and roasting brings this out, it is balanced out very well and could not be brewed into a fuller flavor.
The mouthfeel is incredibly creamy and smooth, lightly carbonated to enhance the subtlety of the sweetness, bitterness, and smoothness of the beer.
This is incredibly drinkable, flavorful and smooth. It is incredibly complex and pushes the boundaries of what I am familiar with in black lagers. Certainly one of the best tasting and most drinkable beers I have experienced.
08-02-2010 00:46:13 | More by Zodijackyl
4.75/5 rDev +20.3%
Transcribed from notes dated T, 24 Aug 2010. Had on-tap at (now) Anthony's Micro Pub.
It looked as though it had come out of an N2 tap what with its thick finger of deep-tan head and great retention. Color was a deep, dark brown with ruby highlights at the edges. Nose had a roasty chocolatiness to it. Mouthfeel was super creamy, causing me to again glance at the tap. CO2, no boostin', yo! Jodi then reminded me that this was a Black Lager. No effin' way! Zounds! Taste was rich with notes of dark chocolate, smoke, a chipotle pepper smoky spiciness and even some alcohol heat on the tongue. Finish was mainly chocolate but with a bourbon-coconut heat. Phew!
06-12-2011 20:14:10 | More by woodychandler
4.58/5 rDev +15.9%
Appearance - pours mostly black but does have a dark, muddy red tint. Scads of foam, light mocha, and too abundant! Three fingers, then four, about to erupt!!! I took a huge mouthful to avoid a mess, then couldn't suppress a cough. The resulting spray was 5x worse than if I'd just let the damn thing ooze over. Oh well, it tasted good. The lace sets up very dry, crystalline, and sticky.
Aroma - excellent mix of roasted grain and muted but still plenty aromatic citrusy hops. The beer has an almost Belgian-like smell, as a result that front-runner hoppy aroma is a little underplayed. For a schwarz, I think that is preferable.
Taste - big roasty, malty flavor. The sweeter side plays first, then the hops come is, smooth and not a bit brashy. A mostly grapefruit flavor, their identity is masked by the intense grains. The swallow brings in more dark grain and some great coffee flavor, fresh and roasty. The aftertaste and finish peal off smoothly, ending with a pleasant dry, citrus bitterness.
Mouthfeel - good smoothness, much carbonation as I expected but it does a good job of clarifying and helping to pick out the different flavors.
Drinkability - an excellent brew, enjoy it while it lasts and before the dry-hopping fades.
09-15-2010 05:34:09 | More by brewdlyhooked13
4.58/5 rDev +15.9%
A: Poured very dark brown / on the verge of black, w/ a light foamy tan head. Excellent lacing as consumed.
A: A complex blend of (Piney) Hop aroma - couldn't exactly place the hop blend myself - combined with sweet dark toasted malts. No esthers, no diacetyl or off aromas.
F: Sweet and dark malts upfront and then finishes with a hop bitter finish as it creeps down . While the flavors don't combine, it's a compare and contrast between the malt and hops (Oil and Water), but they do it so nicely!! The balance is equal between the malt and hops respectively.
M: Medium bodied and carbonation and medium heavy mouthfeel. No apparent alcohol warmth.
O: I'm still unsure of style placement : Cascadian Dark Ale / Black IPA / and Schwarzbier now? Style aside, this is a tasty beer. I enjoyed it when I was steve mckennad out of bottle and out of draft. I only felt it proper to re-review the beer while I wasn't steve mckennad. Respect Beer right? Thought so. I would be tempted to stash one of these away for a year, but no longer than that. At 8.6 ~ A little iffy for aging, but worth a go. Happy Anniversary Avery !!
08-03-2010 21:15:48 | More by adkirkish
4.58/5 rDev +15.9%
Thin bodied and somewhat watery in the world of black beers. Dark brown and some light will show through. A good medium dark head with incredible lacing.
Roasted malt, toast, and hops. Some dark chocolate to go with.
A malty sweet followed by some burnt toasted flavors and finishing amazingly bitter. I have to say that no dark lager will ever be judge the same way again. This is just amazing stuff. The contrast in the malt and the hops are just amazing. This is what I often expected to come from black IPA's, but never got. The roasted flavors with the amazingly hoppy finish (they only dry hopped this, are they sure they didn't add a crap load of hops?) works masterfully in this beer.
The mouth feel is a lot thicker than the pour and look suggest. I really enjoy how creamy and full bodied it is. Really lets the beer linger in your mouth and allows one to savor the flavor.
I'm loving this beer. Simply one of the best beers I've had and because I know when this came out one of the few Avery beers I'd risk buying in a bottle.
10-22-2010 03:19:37 | More by bobhits
4.53/5 rDev +14.7%
Appearance - This came out a gorgeous dark brown in color, almost black, with one of the most beautiful heads that I've ever seen. It was brownish-white in color, very leaning towards brown so that you'd almost call it a light creamy brown, and besides showing great retention when it finally did subside it left thick globs of foam all around the inside of the glass and a bubbly island in the middle. This really is one of the best-looking heads that I've ever seen in my life.
Smell - This is almost evenly weighted between malts and hops. First you have the dark, rich, roasty malts that show some light coffee grounds and a nice, dark cocoa. The raw sugars rightly set off the more bitter notes and so the malt portion of this bouquet is well-balanced all by itself.
Then comes the hops. They didn't make the mistake of overkill with giant PacNW monsters and instead, and some would say surprisingly for this brewer, did an intense take on rather mild hops. This has the effect of producing a strong European hop aroma but staying in tandem with the wonderful malt base. Brilliant!
Taste - This is medium-bodied IAW the style with some refreshing bitterness throughout but nothing overdone. It is quite filling yet waters the lips. The carbs are very mild indeed, again keeping with the style.
Drinkability - I had low hopes for this Avery effort with Kaiser flashbacks meaning another overdone effort at a classic, easy-drinking German style but for everything they did wrong with Kaiser they nailed exactly right here. This took a lot of finesse and indeed a ton of restraint and they managed to pull this off quite well.
10-08-2010 01:20:27 | More by RoyalT
4.53/5 rDev +14.7%
Excellent beer! Served with a nice foamy tan head and some lace. Color is an opaque brown black. Aroma is very malty, cocoa, hint dark ripe fruit, bare hint of hop, and toffee. Flavor is like aroma with some nice bittersweetness standing out. Body is very big with a mouth filling lushness and perfect carbonation for the style. Much more body than the average black lager. Finish is like flavor and of medium length with a bit of alcohol there. Can have several of these.
07-27-2010 01:39:18 | More by drpimento
4.5/5 rDev +13.9%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #43 (Aug 2010):
Hah! This hoppy Black Lager is throwing it in the face of Black IPAs! It has an epic head and is pretty damn dark. There's a big, soft resin smack of hops in the nose, with jasmine, black tea, burnt sugar malt and faint mandarin orange in the mix. This beer has a sublimely smooth, full-ish body with a hefty malt base and a faint, roasty sweetness. The hops are very complex yet inviting with a soft spice resin within the oiliness. It's hard to tell this beer's real strength. It has a light, roasty and big hoppy finish. Killer ... yes, this beer is sessionable (as we could not stop sipping it).
01-11-2011 03:39:37 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.5/5 rDev +13.9%
Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. One time anniversary release bottled in May 2010. Was black in color with some reddish edges when against a light. It had a large brown head that very slowly settled into a constant foam cap. Great lacing with lots sticking.
The aroma was very good. Roasted malt, light chocolate and light smoke combined with some light German hops and slightly spicy yeast. Really good mix on the malt vs hops with the malts slightly in front. For a Schwarzbier this had great aroma to it as the style is usually a little limited. The flavor matched the aroma with a great roasted malt base backed up by a right sized dose of hops. Very well balanced and it works for me. The mouthfeel was creamy with just a bit too much carbonation. Good aftertaste.
Overall, I wasn't expecting much after a friend had it and didn't like it and then a lot of the reviews were mixed but I rather enjoyed it. I love scharwzbiers and hops and they blended excellently here. Highly recommend. Avail here in TX for limited time. Rotation: will need to get a few more before they run out. If it was a regular release, it would make the rotation [O;Y;OTR]
07-07-2010 02:15:47 | More by TexIndy
4.5/5 rDev +13.9%
Poured from a 750ml glass into a tulip glass.
The color is a dark black with two or three fingers of brownish foamy head and thick lacing.
The smell is wet hop and floral bitterness with some malty sweetness. Some piney flavor is there in the nose and is a surprise for a black larger.
The taste is bitter at first with some piney flavors that come out at first. There is a nice sweet malt flavor that comes out and takes control when you're not looking. The sweet pop slides down the tongue and leaves the hop bitterness as is goes down. There is some roasty malts in the background but the hops pop back out to insert their dominance. The fight is on and it is really a great juxtaposition.
The feel of this beer is full bodied and quite smooth as it goes down. A really nice drinkable beer that is well crafted and a surprising flavor profile. An experience on to itself.
08-14-2010 06:18:46 | More by Duhast500
4.47/5 rDev +13.2%
Smells spicy and peppery. The hoppiness is very apparent from the moment you open the bottle. Scents of curry.
Tastes earthy. Spicy and bitter, maybe a tad watery. A little peach flavoring, or more like a kiwi, very fuzzy and fruity
Creamy and carbonated. Not syrupy, but in that direction. The hops and the carbonation synergize excellently with the milky texture.
More drinkable than most beers of the same abv. Not too thick, very enticing, and earthy without just tasting like dirt. Very well balanced quality beer, very drinkable
09-18-2010 00:29:53 | More by IPAescotch
4.45/5 rDev +12.7%
A - black somewhat viscous looking pour topped off with a big finely bubbled head with loads of lacing.
S - some hops and caramel with a big dose of rich malts.
T - first I've had of this style and it reminds me much of a bock. Figgy fruity tastes combined with rich malts and a subtle hoppy background. The aftertaste is of mild lingering hops and roasted malts.
M - moderate carbonation with a smooth creamy body.
D - goes down very easy.
Quite a nice juxtaposition to the black hoppy ale I had last night. Would like to try a tasting of black hoppy ales and bocks & black lagers.
09-14-2011 00:37:15 | More by Beer4Baltimore
4.43/5 rDev +12.2%
I have refrained from writing a lot of reviews the past few months despite tasting lots of beer. I've decided to perhaps write only about the "best" and the "worst" of my experiences and to otherwise just keep quiet. This one is worthy of discussion and drinking!
Tasted at room temperature which I think is essential to get the best out of this one.
Pours dark brown/black with a tan head that quickly fades but is nice looking and inviting.
Nose is a light cherry chocolate with a light molasses brown sugar quality to it; not real assertive but pleasant and welcoming-grows as it sits in the glass and become very inviting, sweet and floral; a bit of a "sweet whiskey" character in the nose that's great.
Mouthfeel is rich, creamy, full and "expensive" tasting. A wonderfully rich full body that's almost chewable but still bright.
Flavors are big, full and rich thick black coffee, rich creamy unsweetened expresso with bitter black chocolate. This beer is full of big full and expressive black flavors that are nothing but appealing.
This is one of Avery's real winners and with a big rich bitter espresso finish that leaves you wanting more.
This is so nicely done that it could replace many a person's "standard stout," (and, it's a black lager!)
A must try if you like big full rich black roasted, toasty, coffee chocolate flavors and want to experience the best of the style. Kudos to Avery for this one.
06-09-2010 22:31:30 | More by GRG1313
Avery Anniversary Ale - Seventeen (Dry Hopped Black Lager) from Avery Brewing Company
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