Avery Anniversary Ale - Seventeen (Dry Hopped Black Lager) - Avery Brewing Company
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2.3/5 rDev -41.8%
Had this on tap at Jackie O's the night before the "One Funky Afternoon" release.
Black color with a coffee and cream colored head.
Smelled very sour and acidic - this is a very unpleasant quality that some smoked beers seem to exhibit. Sweet chocolate and dark fruit aromas. The smoke itself is very potent but somehow artificial smelling; I was reminded of the liquid smoke my wife has tried cooking with in the past.
The taste is quite malty with lots of gritty char. Again, the smoke becomes acidic and souring, a big turnoff. I also detected rye type flavors. The finish is dry and bitter.
Good carbonation. Though my notes also mention that the beer was "dry as ass." Whatever that means. Super dry beer with harsh smoke is a suitable way to sum up this beer.
Some smoked beers can be quite tasty for me, but some are overpowering, unbalanced, and a chore to drink. This one was the latter, and I seem to recall not finishing my pint of this.
05-20-2011 08:46:59 | More by Spider889
2.4/5 rDev -39.2%
Black body, no highlights, huge billowing light tan head, loose lacing.
Toasty aroma, with hints of licorice, coffee, chocolate.
Taste is a mix. Notes of coffee and chocolate. Plenty of earthy hops. Underlying sense of alcohol is a distraction. Booze imbalance, not enough schwartzbier.
Smooth mouthfeel. As the drink continues, the alcohol comes out stronger and stronger in the finish. Cuts heavily into drinkability.
Like its cousin the Kaiser, too much heat for the style. Needed more toast and roast, less booze. Pass on this one.
11-22-2010 05:27:30 | More by RonfromJersey
2.6/5 rDev -34.2%
On-tap at Ale+Witch
A - The beer pours a coffee-brown hue, hazy, and is capped with a bone-white head.
S - The brew initially has a bunch of charred grain and burnt coffee in the nose, really fairly heavy malt, and is tempered by a very spicy hop that reminds me almost of root beer.
T - I am not a fan from the first second this touches my lips. Subsequent quaffs have not quelled my disdain. There is a healthy dose of roasted malt and a touch of smokiness and peat, all of which is fine with me; there is also a very bad (unpleasant) bitterness, reminding me of scorched and over-strength jasmine tea. I really can't manage more than a few ounces of this stuff.
M - Medium body with nice tooth, I just don't like the flavor much.
O - Bottom line, I do not like the hop addition; it seems to clash heavily with the malt. therefore, this beer in not very enjoyable, and I don't think it turned out very good.
05-31-2011 07:59:37 | More by ktrillionaire
2.7/5 rDev -31.6%
22 oz bomber pours a near black color with some ruby highlights showing through. Has a growingly massive tan foam that sticks around for a long time and leaves alot of lace on the glass. Excellent looking brew.
Herbal and fruity hops give way to a licorice and cola malt aroma. Almost has a spiced smell to it, not unlike an Anchor Christmas brew.
Taste is minty hops with alot of pithy citrus peel bitterness. Malts are a little chocolaty, low on roast and caramel. I imagine this is what an Andes mint on top of a slice of Terry's Chocolate Oranges would taste like. Hops overwhelm the malts for me and the minty bitterness is too much. Mouthfeel is rather thin, even for a lager. After the delicious 15, Avery's 16 and 17 have both been rather disappointing. Although it does get slightly better as it warms, this still will not be a repeat purchase for me.
08-04-2010 00:36:54 | More by twiggamortis420
2.73/5 rDev -30.9%
Looks like Avery is going down the Stone/Cambridge/BrewDog road for inspiration. On to the beer:
Black as ink with chocolate brown edges. The head is ivory colored, has a poofy look, and has good retention. The nose gives you a kick of piney-like hops and a little chocolate malt. Unbalanced, but interesting.
At first, this lookd like it was going to be good. Some juicy piney hops and a moderate chocolate hint for good times. Yet as the beer warms, the malt is wiped out by overwhelming hops. Even the smooth, thickish body and and hidden alcohol make this a slow drinker, and one that isn't calling for more sips.
Dear brewers, please stop imperializing scharzbier and overhopping them! This is interesting, I'll give 'em at, but that's where its affirmations end
09-03-2010 06:27:19 | More by DoubleJ
2.78/5 rDev -29.6%
A- dark cola with onyx edges. 2 finger fluffy head fades fast and leaves faint lacing
S- initial heavy dark roasted malt followed by bitter chocolate and an odd metallic hoppy smell
T- very hard to distinguish much. Very bold earthy tastes. The malt and hop combination definitely makes this bitter. Lingering smoke flavor on the tip of the tongue and on the throat
M- not sure if it's the smoke aspect or carbonation, but this is a very sharp brew. A lot of lingering bitterness and a heavy alcohol kick make this a very abrasive beer
D- hard to really say on this one. This beer has made me waiver from "wow" to "meh". I split the bomber, but even the 11oz share was an overall challenge.
Obviously this wasn't fresh, as the one time bottling was 05/10. At this point, the beer may have devolved, and doesn't know if it wants to be a smoked porter, a schwarzbier, a black IPL, or what. The dry hopping has all but faded.
Overall, not bad... Glad I tried it, but wouldn't have been upset if I didn't, knowing what I know now
01-27-2011 06:09:19 | More by imagese
3/5 rDev -24.1%
A: Light black with a dirty white head.
S: Lacking here. I didn't smell much at all on this and I really think that hurts this brew.
T: Bitter chocolate/cocoa up front with booze back end. Not much in the form of Hops.
M: Nice and thick
D: Not something Ill try again. It may have been my expectations as I was hoping for more of a hop bite.
09-12-2010 19:22:42 | More by jskoog
3.13/5 rDev -20.8%
Pours from a 22oz bottle into a pilsner glass a dark chocolate brown color with a stout and robust light tan colored head. Loads of lacing creat a nearly opaque veil down the sides of the glass. Rocky head keep up the pace for the duration.
Aroma is fruity and filled with fresh hoppiness. Is suppose that is where the dry hopping comes in. Slightly alcoholic with no noticeable roastiness or anything resembling a black or dark malt.
The dry hopping comes through in the flavor as well. Fresh hop flavor shines as well as the hop bitterness from the bitter hopping. Again, no noticeable roastiness. The fresh hops mixed with the alcohol and relatively low roasted profile lend a sweet, fruity, overall flavor.
Not bad. Kind of sweet up front with chalky bitterness in the finish. A bit unbalanced and not altogether enjoyable. I would pass this one up if offered again.
09-06-2010 19:25:38 | More by SaCkErZ9
3.15/5 rDev -20.3%
Pours very dark, nearly black, with a tan head that quickly settles to a thin layer of froth. It has a unique smell, somewhat of caramel and fresh hops with a clear alcohol scent. The flavor is something of a blunt bitterness that lingers, a certain astringency to it, with little complexity to the hop component, and a very apparent alcohol content. You might say the taste is straightforward, pulling no punches. The texture is even and thin, very easy going and bubbly, becoming somewhat watery as it is swallowed. I'm not so sure about drinkability, I don't think I'd want to sit and drink it for too long, and a schooner is more than enough for me. All in all, while not a bad beer, I won't be buying it again (unless a new batch is brewed, of course). Although I would love to try it uber-fresh on draft and see how the hop profile differs from that which has sat in a bottle.
02-28-2011 20:28:58 | More by Chyren
3.15/5 rDev -20.3%
A friend of mine split this with me and to be honest, I was disappointed. It was just unremarkable and I have usually found Avery anniversary beers interesting. Dark black color obviously with a malty smell. The taste was like a dark lager but was just kind of boring. The beer was not hard to drink but for an $8 anniversary beer I would expect a little more.
07-01-2010 02:57:27 | More by ArrogantB
3.2/5 rDev -19%
Review from notes taken on 7/23/10.
Bottled May 2010, poured from a bomber into a SA sensory glass. 17 appears a dark brown with red and lighter brown highlights. A finger's worth of tan head retains fairly well and leaves copious amounts of lace all over the glass.
The nose of this brew is mostly dark roasty grains with citrus hops and quite a bitnof mineral quality all about it. Strangely included is a smell of medicinal chapstick mingled with some smokey rauchbier like suggestions before the alcohol tingled in the back.
The taste has a bitterness upfront from a combination of bitter roasted grain and hops that are slightly piney. Lingering flavor of smokey roasted malt very reminescent of rauch. Through the medium light body is a modest amount of carbonation. It is distracting with the amount of mineral an sulfur included in this brew. Some solvent alcohol persists. This is not a brew I would try again. It seems like the beer got fouled up and in an effort to save it, decided to dry hop the hell out of it to mask the faults.
09-23-2010 19:54:31 | More by stakem
3.23/5 rDev -18.2%
Tap @ the Gingerman NYC. Decent frothy tan head, dissipated shortly after however.
Color is an almost total black with a brownish tint when held up to the light. Aroma is malty, much more than any Schwartz I've ever had, hints of coffee and a sweetness I can't quite place.
Flavor is like aroma with some nice bittersweetness standing out. Body is correctly carbonated and smooth throughout. Bitterness stands out much more as you consume. Much more body than the average black lager, which is a great quality for this style as I find most Schwartz's boring and thin. One of the first beers I have had which may be overly "sticky" from hops. Originally finishes smooth with a hint of hop bitterness, but as you continue to drink the hop profile dominates the malt. Drinkable in smaller quantities but in a 22 oz bomber, becomes hard to polish off. ABV level doesnt help. Some styles do not benefit from the Imperial bump, but this one def does. Had both on draft and in bottle and by far the draft is much easier to consume/finish/enjoy.
07-27-2010 15:31:12 | More by claspada
3.28/5 rDev -17%
Up for review is a 650ml bottle of Avery's Seventeenth Anniversary beer. Poured at cellar temp into a pint glass. Cost was around $7. Not too impressed by this one. One of their more boring anniversary beers. Where's the Brett? Seriously though, fairly unimpressive for the style. Lacks complexity.
02-21-2011 03:51:08 | More by rye726
3.38/5 rDev -14.4%
pours dark ruby brown almost black with a 1 finger tan head that left spotted lacing
smells kinda like a hoppy sasion? lemon
taste is very different then the nose - still hoppy grassy lemon hops but the base is burnt chocolate malts
mouthfeel medium body that is overly carbonated
srinkability so so - just not the beer for me - my have my tastebuds changed when only drinking once a week or so
07-11-2010 03:43:16 | More by jsh420
3.43/5 rDev -13.2%
A: Pitch black, no light is coming through the beer. Also has a thick tan colored head that leaves lots of lacing on the sides of the glass.
S: There is a sweet roasted malt aroma with some floral hop.
T: The initial taste is of floral hop. The hop is strong, so the roasted malt flavors only really show up in the finish. The hops leave a bitterness in the finish and the alcohol leaves some pepper, but the beer has a sort of soapy taste to it.
M: It's carbonated well, but the dry bitterness in the finish really puts a damper on the feel of this beer.
D: It's not bad, above average, but there are some things holding it back.
09-26-2010 22:36:49 | More by Kromes
3.45/5 rDev -12.7%
Caught this on tap at The Monk's Kettle. Listing it as a Schwartz beer is a bit miss leading given it's high alcohol (menu suggested 7.7% abv) which I noticed only after ordering.
A: Served in a tall slighly bulky pilsner like glass that showcased its deep black color and mouselike tan head. Good foam stand.
S: Rich malts with a clean neutral yeast character. Low to no hop aroma, not getting the dry hops here.
T: Rich complex malt with a low roast character, low hop bitterness, and low hop flavor. Perhaps the dry hops have faded or the use was minimnal. Lots of bready malt behind the chocolate like roastiness.
M: Full bodied with medium carbonation. All that malt makes for a silky pallet
O: A huge black lager with malt sweetness and melanoidins balanced by ethanol & low roast. Lots of bready malt has me thinking of an Imperial Munich Dunkles more than a schwartz beers. Desert like - tasty - just not my idea of a schwartz but I guess you gotta call it something.
08-30-2010 15:31:47 | More by BrewnZ
3.45/5 rDev -12.7%
A: Pours a very dark ruby with a massive persistent head. Even after waiting several minutes, I still have 2/3 of a pilsner glass full of foam.
S: Very German hoppy with a backdrop of doppelbock. Hopped raisin cake?
T: Follows the nose to some extent. There is a definite doppelbock thing going on with raisin and prune elements, but over the top (and over the top, so to speak) is the very high levels of German hops. In general, it's good, but there is something in there that isn't quite playing right.
M: Very velvety. Full bodied with ample carbonation.
D: Great for a one-off, but I doubt I'd want to drink numerous bottles of this.
10-21-2010 22:49:59 | More by speter
3.48/5 rDev -11.9%
Not really black in color, but dark brown, with a large tan head that had excellant retention. Quite a bit of lacing is left on the glass. Aroma consists of toasted malt, licorice, and some earthiness. Good flavor until the alcohol comes in to play. Starts with sweet malt, licorice, and some earthy hops. Bitterness is definately there but the alcohol spoils the party. This is a big body lager. Carbonation pairs perfectly with the beer. Good texture. The booziness limits drinablility as well as Avery's price point for their anniversay beers. Probably will not buy another.
06-29-2010 21:58:20 | More by morimech
Avery Anniversary Ale - Seventeen (Dry Hopped Black Lager) from Avery Brewing Company
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