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Avery Anniversary Ale - Seventeen (Dry Hopped Black Lager) - Avery Brewing Company

Avery Anniversary Ale - Seventeen (Dry Hopped Black Lager)Avery Anniversary Ale - Seventeen (Dry Hopped Black Lager)

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BA SCORE
88
very good

275 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 275
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.14%


Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  8.69% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WhatsNewinBooze on 05-20-2010)
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Zodijackyl

Connecticut

4.9/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 00:46:13 | More by Zodijackyl
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2011 20:14:10 | More by woodychandler
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adkirkish

Florida

4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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 !!

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2010 21:15:48 | More by adkirkish
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 05:34:09 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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bobhits

Kentucky

4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 03:19:37 | More by bobhits
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2010 01:39:18 | More by drpimento
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 01:20:27 | More by RoyalT
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TexIndy

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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]

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 02:15:47 | More by TexIndy
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Duhast500

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 06:18:46 | More by Duhast500
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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).

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 03:39:37 | More by BeerAdvocate
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IPAescotch

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 00:29:53 | More by IPAescotch
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Beer4Baltimore

Maryland

4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 00:37:15 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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GRG1313

California

4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 22:31:30 | More by GRG1313
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drtth

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a standard pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a deep black tinged with brown and capped by a 1/8" light tan head that recedes to a ring and small patches of foam. For about the first 2/3 rds of the beer, sipping leaves a complex pattern of lacing and foam patches that cling to the sides of the glass. By the last 1/3 of the beer the lacing is minimal.

Smell: The aroma is more complex than the typical black beer. It has some dark chocolate from the dark malts but the dry hopping has also left some earthy, slightly grassy notes. I'm not picking up very much alcohol despite the ABV of this beer.

Taste: The flavors, as anticipated from the nose, are a truly wonderful balance of the dark malt chocolate and coffee flavors along some restrained but definite bitterness and earthy taste from the hops. Some sweetness creeps in and that is possibly from the alcohol, but there is no burn or unpleasantness here.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and silky with continuous moderate carbonation that is prickly fine and fills the mouth. The finish is moderately long with some dark chocolate and bittersweet character that fades away into some nicely balanced dry bitterness that leaves me wanting more.

Drinkability: This is a delightfully drinkable beer. I could easily have another and another. Each sip follows the next quite naturally and easily and the beer is too soon gone. While I'll keep and eye open to try to have this one again before the stock is gone I do regret that it is a one-off and probably won't be brewed again. Given that dry hopping is not the usually thing with Schwartzbiers one might be tempted to down grade this beer in the ratings, but it is just too good and so rating to style takes a back seat when it comes to the qualities of this beer. It pushes the style boundaries in ways that deserve a high score.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2010 00:49:12 | More by drtth
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deepest of browns if not entirely black with a sheen to mahogany at the bottom. Densely thick capping of cocoa tanned foam sits a good two nearly three fingers high and leaves tons of snowflaked sheeting lace as its consumed.

Aroma is of a light dry tangy lemony hoppyness covered in a milk chocolate shaving of ice cream. Perhaps even more complex then that, but its not wafty enough to get into some of the intricacy of its nose. Semi roasty, moslty chocolatey, milken, lemony, tangy, lower end of citrus but its there.

Sublimely subtle taster. Wow! Quite nice. Tangy, dark, rich, thick, with a unique pie filling essense that brings to mind chocolate cream pie spritzed with lemon and blood orange. Touches to Brazilian berry fused creamed coffee. Quite porteresque with a Baltic touch of sourish tanged malting. Nice finish of dusty milk chocolate late and the impression of malty tang sits forever. Yum!

Creamy, lush, dark, rich, thick, fullish body. Nearly perfect spot on carbonation as its smoothness holds the tongue well letting the malty chocolatey roasted tang sooth in with ease. The hops add a nice peppy combo of citrusy roundedness and nothing overpowering here. Subtle, clean, robust, and very soothing.

I really liked this beer! Avery usually does a fantastic job on their Anniversary brews and this one does not disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 19:54:18 | More by tavernjef
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dry hopped Schwarz beer. Draft pour into pint glass for $6.

A: Served with 2 fingers of well retained creamy/foamy light-medium brown head that throws a soapy sheet of lace on to the upper edges of the glass. The body is a void of darkness and no light passes through. Lacing continues nicely. Little is left to be desired with this fine looking brew.

S: Nose is full of dark roasted chocolate malts with a bit of oatmeal raisin cookie. Malts are heavy with additional aromas of dark, sweet bread and grains. Rich rendered caramel. Yeastiness is evident with doughy notes and fruity esters highly noticeable. The dry hopping isn't a prominent feature although this brew might seem incomplete if it were missing. Lightly earthy, lightly woody. This nose is fantastic.

T: Taste follows and continues to impress. Although alcohol does make an appearance on the palate, but at nearly 9%, it's forgiveable.

M: There really isn't a weak aspect to this brew. Avery nailed the mouthfeel too. Enlivening on the tongue, medium creamy body. Tingling carbonation. Long flavor duration.

D: A very drinkable beer in any season. In my opinion, Avery has a few hits, a lot of near hits and a few misses. Seventeen is one of their more complete offerings.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2010 23:31:46 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a black color with a 1/2" head that slowly falls to a spotty foam. Some lace develops during the session.

Smell: roasted malts, grapefruits, and a floral bitterness creates a pleasant aroma.

Taste: roasted malt, dark bitter chocolates, grapefruit, a bit of pine, and a nice floral bitterness create a nicely flavored beer. Alcohol is barely noticeable and is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smooth at the finish. Long aftertaste here.

Drinkability: despite the higher alcohol levels, this been was easy to consume, and after finishing the bottle I could have had some more. Nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 13:35:49 | More by Gavage
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DoktorZee

Alberta (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a big 22oz bottle into a schooner. Bottling date was May 2010, but this still rocked so it appears to be cellar-able.

A - it pours a deep, dark black beer with a fluffy tan head

S - nice combination of chocolate malts combined with some grassy hops; moderately intense

T - some initial hops bite resolves very quickly into a dark and smoky foundation with strong chocolate notes. In spite of the darkness and depth it's not overly bitter

M - surprisingly light and sharp, though it doesn't show a lot of carbonation

D - very drinkable (scarily so considering it's fairly high test) with a combined smoothness and just a hint of alcohol warmth

A great beer and really something to enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 13:26:36 | More by DoktorZee
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TheSarge

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one into a half lite dimpled stein. I poured this brew in quickly and the head produced was dark tan, and about three fingers thick. The body is jet black with some reddish/black tea hues shining through on the edges of the glass.

The aroma is on a milky lactose type of aroma, along with vanilla and fig.
Taste wise it's smoky, a little coffee and vanilla, with a hint of chocolate.

Feels smooth and full in body. A desert in a glass for sure, and a lager unlike I've had before!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 21:58:13 | More by TheSarge
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jampics2

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Adam, I raised a toast to you with this one. Congrats on 17 years of running such a kick-ass brewery!

On tap @ the Beer Engine. Pours a dark black with an offwhite head. Head sticks around for the long run. A very nice looking beer.

Smell is roasted malt, a nice hoppiness lurking around, and even a touch of smoke. The roast gives impressions of coffee and chocolate. The smell is nice, nothing too crazy but certainly not traditional.

Taste is awesome! I'm a HUGE fan of a well done Schwartz, and this breaks the mold but has the flavor and clean finish I crave. Chocolate, some mild rauch character, nice clean German dark malt. The hops are more earthy than pine or citrus in the taste. There is also a nice liquorice or anise taste that is mild but makes its presence known. Yeah, the flavors are an interesting take, but I would say this still qualifies thanks to the malt, lightness, and clean finish thanks to the wonders of lagering.

Mouthfeel is light to medium. Creamy and smooth. Nice carb and great finish.

Overall, I loved this beer. I'd have it again in a heartbeat. Thanks for the last 17 years of great beers, Mr. Avery. I salute you with a resounding "prost"!

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2010 18:01:29 | More by jampics2
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WesWes

New York

4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a beautiful black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a wonderful black and chocolate malt scent along with a subtle hop aroma. It has a dry, roasted character with just the right amount of crystal malt sweetness. The taste is great! It has a smooth roasted character with an excellent hop finish. It's dry and bitter with a crystal malt balance. It's extremely flavorful; a damn fine black lager. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an incredible beer. It goes down silky smooth with loads of malt character and a fantastic hop flavor. Happy seventeenth Avery! Keep up the good work.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 00:14:47 | More by WesWes
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cpanossian

New York

4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into clear glass mug - very generous 2-3 finger mocha colored foamy head that dissapated leaving some of the most fascinating all encompassing sponge-like lacing I've ever seen. Color is a handsome espresso cola brown with a root beer red tint. I normally don't go for dark beers like porters or stouts so I quaffed with trepidation. But its refreshing and fresh smelling aroma of fresh biscuits and malt and light hop flavorings lured me in. Creamy and velvety on the palate. Toasty malted sweetness on the tongue with a whips of hop bitterness - very nice and way too easy to drink. Drinkability is phenomenal - would drink this all night with pals if I had a case to share haha. Good job Avery!

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 01:00:16 | More by cpanossian
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Naugros

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What an interesting brew. I guess you have to call a black lager a schwarzbier, but this is one of those that really defies classification so I will decline to review to the style. Honestly, if I hadn't read the label I would have sworn I had poured a stout from the looks of this one. A full two inch head that rose above the rim of the glass and held it for quite a while. Mocha in color on top of a near black beer. But then the smell gave away that this was not a stout. I would have guessed a black IPA at this point except for the roasted smell behind the piny hops turning the overall olfactory experience into something akin to pitch...especially with the alcohol kicking in to help.

Now for the taste...schwarzbier perhaps, but it's got some flavor elements of a porter. A little smoky and seriously roasty with a nice hop balance to the malts in the form pine tar. You even get that chalkiness you sometimes get from a good porter.

This is one serious hybrid of a beer that pulls in elements from so many different styles. Yes, a black lager is technically a schwarzbier, so their label even points to that classification but even if I were to review it to that style it would get high marks. And Avery continues to impress with pushing the flavor profile of their beers to the limit. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 02:12:39 | More by Naugros
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m1ked

California

4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At the BT Avery event.

A- at first blush looks like a porter, dark dark brown with a glimmer of ruby in the light. A cappacino like foam cap with big bursting bubbles, leaving behind some real sticky lace all around.

S- Thought I was going to get one thing and got something different. I get some subtle milk chocolate and black licorice, with a brown sugar throughout the background. Nice nose.

T- mmm-mmm so once I again I get a pleasant surprise. The black licorice ( a la mike & Ike) with a caramel tilt is the moat prevalent flavor I get. There is some low earthy hops bitterness near the end. With a little of that milk chocolate plus a tad of coffee near the end.

M- medium bodied with a crisp carbonation that evolves into a creamy mouthfeel which works well with coffee chocolate late hit.

D- totally caught off guard. With the term dry-hop I think I was anticipating something more like Stone 11th anni. What I got instead was a rich flavorful unique brew. Really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2010 22:28:38 | More by m1ked
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Atlas1

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Feldman's in McAllen, TX yesterday. Was very excited to get home from work tonight and crack it open.

Pours a dense dark brown color. Really dark. Hints of mahogany on the sides when held up to the light. Nice, firm tan head. A good looking brew. The nose is rich as well, with notes maple and brown sugar. I really like the taste here. Bold for a lager, with maple again, and dark fruit. Very malty, but with a spicy peppery kick to it (the dry hops, no doubt). Mouthfeel is dense.

This is a really nice beer from the folks at Avery. One of the bigger black lagers I've had. Resembles perhaps a dopplebock in richness and complexity, but the hoppiness of this beer really sets it apart. I would happily return to this one again and again, and may very do just that.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 23:09:21 | More by Atlas1
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Avery Anniversary Ale - Seventeen (Dry Hopped Black Lager) from Avery Brewing Company
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