Avery Anniversary Ale - Seventeen (Dry Hopped Black Lager) - Avery Brewing Company
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3.85/5 rDev -2.5%
Poured into a Chimay chalice, Seventeen is opaquely dark, with a thick, dense tan head, about a half-inch thick. The nose gives notes of sweet caramel and a spicy tang that I assume is hops, but it's not identifiably so. The flavor offers an initial bitterness that slowly gives way to black patent malt with a light touch of a roasted edge. The transition between the flavors is interesting, but it's not a particularly complex beer, nor memorable, as far as Avery anniversary brews go.
06-23-2010 01:28:52 | More by allengarvin
3.85/5 rDev -2.5%
22 oz bottle. Pours brown-black with a big creamy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is roasted chocolate malts, some dark fruits, and a touch of coffee and some hops.
The flavor is roasted chocolate malts, coffee, and black licorice with a big burnt bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly watery.
Overall, a nice beer. I like the ark hoppiness and the lager aspects add something different than the black IPAs.
06-22-2010 05:25:01 | More by Beaver13
3.8/5 rDev -3.8%
pours a black with a red tint and a medium size khaki head, and great lacing.
smell is of hops, some floral, cocoa, coffee, and malt.
taste is thick, cocoa, a touch of coffee, roasted malt, and hops, ends bitter and dry, and with a coffee aftertaste.
06-20-2010 20:56:14 | More by froghop
4.1/5 rDev +3.8%
A: pours a very dark brown almost black with a full two finger, light brown head and very thick, sticky lacing clumped on the glass
S: smells of yeast, roasted malts and piney, grassy german hops
T: roasted malts, some bittering dark chocolate and earth, piney hops
M: light/medium body with good popping carbonation
D: very easy to drink with a slightly higher abv that was very well hidden and went down smooth.
Overall, this is one of my favorite anniversary beers from Avery. The dry hopping of this beer made this lager much more enjoyable. I plan to buy at least one or two more bottles of this one.
06-20-2010 17:54:17 | More by CosmoHopHead
4.1/5 rDev +3.8%
Avery Seventeen pours a dark, mahogany brown color. Light cuts through and reveals nice burgundy highlights all over the place. A soft, tan head covers the top. It's big and stands over two and a half fingers tall. It's slow to recede, leaving a sticky web of lace in its wake. Not bad at all.
One whiff confirms that Avery Seventeen has a German character to it. The yeast and hops give it away. The hops have to be some form of noble hops. Yeast is actually the strongest aroma in the house, and it smells pretty darn good. It's a little earthy and features some dark malt notes throughout. Smells like some ancillary licorice and light spice notes are present. Alcohol is masked well. Smells good to me. Certainly what you'd expect for the style.
The flavor tracks the nose very well. Yeast is very strong in the mix. It has an excellent flavor that is very reminiscent of all things German. I like that. Dark malts give it a nice, semi-sweet base. The hops certainly taste noble to me. They add a nice, light bitter flavor that's a very nice touch. There's an earthy flavor to it that lingers throughout. It actually works pretty well and is flavorful. Light licorice and perhaps anise are noted at the secondary level. Alcohol is not very noticeable. It finishes a little earthy and hoppy.
Seventeen has a medium body that's nice and smooth. Carbonation is dialed down nicely. It's not quite creamy, but for the style, it's pretty well done. Drinkability is good. Quite good. This is a rather tasty Schwarzbier that goes down easy. It's not too strong or intimidating. I like it. A bomber = no problem at all.
I wasn't expecting Avery to go with a Schwarzbier for its seventeenth anniversary release, but I'm glad that they did. This is a nice release. A little left of center? Sure, but it is good. There's not much here that will 'wow' you. But, it is a very solid Schwarzbier that performs nicely all-around. Easily recommended. Nice job, guys. Happy seventeenth!
06-19-2010 03:19:38 | More by prototypic
3.8/5 rDev -3.8%
On tap at Max's today.
The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lots of sticky lacing. On the nose, I let this beer sit for a bit, but I still get almost nothing. At the most, I get some light coffee, burnt toast and light vanilla. Considering this is supposed to be a hoppy black lager, I sure don't get that on the nose. On the palate, there is considerable more flavor then I was expecting from the nose, with coffee, chocolate, vanilla and some noticelable hoppy bitterness in the finish (which counters the moderate sweetness rather well). Mouthfeel is soft, smooth and long, with a fairly long finish. Drinkability is pretty good, though there's a touch of heat in the finish. Still, this is a pretty impressive effort from Avery, and was just what I was looking for... an imperial schwartzbier. I can't believe Southern Tier didn't beat them to it.
06-16-2010 23:18:46 | More by John_M
4.25/5 rDev +7.6%
A: Dark brown color; no light. Poured a 2 finger light tan head that dissipated to a lumpy skim. Lots of sticky lacing.
S: Piney and grapefruit hop aromas. Lots of toasted malt too; chocolate, caramel. Alcohol tickle.
T: Toasted malt flavors and slcohol most prominent. Roasted nuts and coffee with some resiny hops in the middle. Very dry and bitter in the fisish.
M: Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Dry and warming.
D: Drinkable despite the big malts and ABV.
06-16-2010 18:58:52 | More by Haybeerman
4/5 rDev +1.3%
Pours deep black with frothy tan head. Aroma has a nice strong blend of dark roasted grain and floral hop. Flavor of strong dark roast grain, hints of coffee, notes of dark chocolate, strong noble hop that leaves a some what piney and fresh grassy flavor with a nice bitterness at the end. Mouth feel is medium body with medium carbonation. Overall, I really enjoyed!
06-15-2010 21:53:49 | More by Swalden28
4.22/5 rDev +6.8%
A: Holy head Batman! Initial three fingers of off-white airy foam that quickly dissipates and holds steady at about half an effervescent inch. Black and opaque. Dark coffee/amber coloration when held to the light. Lacing appears but inconsistently, and towards the end of a 12oz pour the head has a large bald spot in the center.
S: Right off the bat sweet hops hit the nose. Grass, pine, citrus (mostly grapefruit and tangerine with a touch of lemon) all rise to the occasion. In the background a touch of roasted oat and coffee stays true to this beers color.
T: Ha ha. . . the black IPA has fooled me again. Like a bizarro Crystal Pepsi this beer is nothing like it appears. Hops rule with the same complexity as in the nose with tangerine their driving force. There is however the presence of roasted malt and the lingering flavor of dark roasted coffee beans. The aftertaste, in combining this coffee flavor with the bitterness of the hops provides a sense of drinking a bitter cup of joe . . . except it is exceedingly pleasant.
M: Well carbonated. Medium yet effervescent body, despite its appearance. Moderate to strongly dry on the
finish due to the hoppy bitterness.
D: Lovely. Little alcohol presence, light mouthfeel, complexity of flavor and that awesome tangerine make me coming back for more! The dry and bitter aftertaste only entice me to take another sip. The bomber goes down with absolutely no problem.
06-12-2010 08:38:54 | More by bluetravlr
4.22/5 rDev +6.8%
A: poured a very dark brown with brown highlights and a half finger of head that left good sticky lacing.
S: roasty malts and piney hop aromas with hints of chocolate, caramel, and booze.
T: boozy roastiness flavors up front that has a mild hop bite with chocolate accents and molasses notes. There are also subtle coffee notes as well.
M: light to medium body with moderate carbonation that has a sweet mild bitter finish.
D: drinks well and is pretty good for a dark hoppy brew I really like how avery experiments on their anniversary beers.
06-11-2010 23:06:28 | More by Gobzilla
3.55/5 rDev -10.1%
A: The pour is a dark brown color with a moderate off-white/tan head and some light lacing.
S: A heavily grassy and herbal hop nose with an underlying aroma of roasted malt and perhaps even a bit of caramel.
T: Things stay much the same on the tongue. A strongly herbal flavor to the beer with a nice sweetness in the form of caramel. A bit of bread and a mild bitterness.
M: The body is light to medium with a moderate level of carbonation.
D: An interesting beer, but I am not the hugest fan of the hop character in this one. A bit too grassy and wild for me.
06-10-2010 06:27:58 | More by womencantsail
3.9/5 rDev -1.3%
22 oz bottle, 8.69% abv. Pours a cloudy dark brown. Nice rocky mocha head. Very nice retention and lace.
A bit of chocolate in the nose. Maybe a hint of caramel, but pretty clean. Slightly spicy and earthy hops. The hops blend well with the malt, as everything is pretty well rounded and easy going.
Smooth chocolate malt. A hint of roasty flavors, without the bitterness. A bit of sweetness lingers. Good amount of hop bitterness without being overwhelming. Spicy hops are a nice compliment.
Light to medium body. Nice amount of carbonation. Only a bit of alcohol shows through. A bit lacking in the nose, but I like how it comes together in the mouth.
06-10-2010 01:00:22 | More by Bierguy5
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
3.65/5 rDev -7.6%
A: This beer pours black and is rather opaque. I feel like when I hold it up to the light I can almost see through it but It appears to be devoid of any coloring other than darkness. Topped off with an off white to light tan head which has excellent retention and nice lacing.
S: The hoppy aroma here is familiar... I cant quite put my finger on what it reminds me of. It has a steel like quality but not really in a bad way. A very soft chocolate malty presence comes through for me as well... but its not in the forefront.
T: There is a chalky pollen like quality which is the most notable in this beer for me. Its like concentrated Lupulin dust or something. Bitter chocolate Kind of weird. Roasted malts come through in the background and help give the beer some balance. Overall there seems not to be a ton of depth in this one...
M: chalky, prickly
06-09-2010 03:47:24 | More by flannelman808
4.28/5 rDev +8.4%
First off this is not an American Adjunct Lager by any means. I have not read about any adjuncts being used for this at all. This is a dry hopped black lager. I would call that a Schwarzbier.
A: Pours a dark black color Almost opaque, with a little ruby/brown around the edges. A two finger tan head forms with good retention. The foam gently recedes to a ring, and leaves some light lace.
S: A light roasted malt aroma. Creamy, milk chocolate. Some sweet toffee and licorice aromas. Spicy floral hops linger. Very nice.
T: Roasted malt with lots of dark chocolate and toffee. Some light licorice. Hops are present, and is in excellent balance with the malt. Light floral and grassy flavor in the background. The hops leaves a lingering dryness after the initial sweetness from the chocolate. I really like it.
M/D: A full body that is slightly sticky. Very creamy and smooth. There is some warming alcohol, but I had no problem finishing the pint. Very easy to drink.
I really enjoyed this. An excellent souped up Americanized Schwarzbier. The dry hopped Noble hops are noticeable, but always in the background. While not a perfect traditional Schwarzbier, much closer in style than to an adjunct lager. Something that I highly recommend.
06-09-2010 00:20:24 | More by champ103
3.73/5 rDev -5.6%
Big creamy tan head with decent lacing atop this ruby-brown-molasses colored beer. Not quite black, but a pretty nice looking beer. Pine on the nose from the hops, but then some malty sweetness comes through, with an almost clovey note. Interesting.
Taste is very quantized, separated into an initial malty, bready, toasty note and a piney, herbal, hoppy note. The first malt blast subsides before the hops kick in, leaving a strange vacuum mid-palate. As the beer warms, that middle part is filled a bit with a raisin, woody, sweet note, not unlike a dubbel. Odd, but interesting. I'm not totally sold on this one.
MF is light and drinkable, decent carbonation keeps it moving and cuts through some of the sweetness. Drinkability is hampered a bit by some booziness poking through. An interesting stab at this schwarzbier / hopped-up black lager style.
06-07-2010 16:13:55 | More by LordAdmNelson
3.78/5 rDev -4.3%
22 oz. bottle, 16th Anniversary came late last year (July), but I had the 15th on June 6, 2008, 2 years to the day, so this seems appropriate,
A: Pours black with a creamy mild light tan head, big lace.
S: Very green hop nose with smoke and black malt.
T: Lots of dark black malt upfront, definitely has a firm hop character, the green pine comes through the dark malt with ease. Piney, pot-like in the finish, very floral.
M: Medium-bodied with some ethanol on the finish, a tad boozy, the smooth lager base isn't hiding it too well.
D: A more interesting beer at this point than the 16th, I'd love to see what the 15th is like now that's for sure. It makes me wonder what this would be like in a year. An interesting beer, but these Avery anniversaries are getting expensive ($8), fine for once a year, I've been tasting them since the 14th, but I haven't found one I'd repurchase at the price point.
06-07-2010 02:27:01 | More by Halcyondays
3.78/5 rDev -4.3%
22oz bomber purchased at the Whip-In (Austin). Poured into a Michelob pilsner glass. Not quite sure this is an "American Adjunct Lager" (more of a Schwarzbier along the lines of Rogue's Dirtoir).
Very impressive pour--hearty black body with a hidden clarity that sparks to a cola color in the light. The head is towering, tan, and slooow to recede. With all those German hops, I'd expect nothing less than excellent lacing, and Seventeen succeeds in that aspect, coating the inside of the glass with thick webs of foam. Earthy, hoppy nose, with equal parts toasted chocolate malts and spicy German hop oils. Lots of depth to this aroma, too, as a white pepper note from the yeast and alcohol combines with hints of toffee and soil.
Equal parts dark lager and imperial stout, with every part of the 8.69% ABV making itself felt on the palate. Big, flavorful notes of roasted Vienna malts blend well with powdered cocoa, black licorice, Earthy hops, coffee, and dried beef. Perhaps a little too powerful and complex, as the malty nuances get overshadowed by a big, breathy booziness. The mouth warms with a spicy finish of hops and alcohol, as does the stomach. Mouthfeel is a bit harsh & chewy for the style, and somewhat overly-carbonated...wish Avery had gone for the creamy, crisp route instead, as this hurts the drinkability a bit. Still, Seventeen is an impressive and unique beer, and ultimately succeeds.
06-06-2010 05:13:05 | More by wagenvolks
4.25/5 rDev +7.6%
Poured into a DFH shaped pint.
appearance: Beauty. Dark brown with a full mocha head.
smell: Roasty, choclately malt with strong hops.
taste: mmm....as advertised by the nose but a near perfect balance. Hops are up front and the malts weigh in to ensure the finish is not too bitter.
mouthfeel: medium with high carbonation.
drinkability: Going down nicely.
Another fine Avery.
06-05-2010 22:18:51 | More by cindyjeffsmith
4.1/5 rDev +3.8%
22 oz. Near black, just some brown around the edges. 1 finger of cream colored foam. Laces the glass ok as it goes down.
Aroma has some hop pine, leather and roast with hints of bakers choc.
Quite a bit of roast malt in there, the piney hop resin balances it a bit kind of like a "black" ipa, but there really isn't that much hop presence. Mid through finish is more of the roast and slight coffee bitters. You do get the hop burp from this though.
Fairly lively carbonation keeps this active on the tongue and helps it from being too thick. Alcohol is not very present even with the carbonation edge, which makes this pretty drinkable for the abv.
A hopped Schwarz is definetely a better description, but still probably not quite accurate. Good all around even if there isn't a classification it fits in.
I'll agree with some others that with a little more effort this could be pretty damn good. As it is still an intersting brew to try.
06-05-2010 03:59:43 | More by Bung
3.65/5 rDev -7.6%
Gold foil topped bomber, served cool into a pint glass.
Seventeen is a very dark brown with thick head and good retention.
Aroma is slightly roasty and nicely hopped.
Flavor is intensely roasty and bitter. It's hard to tell if more of that bitterness is coming from malts or hops but it's pretty strong. Theres a bit of smokiness as well.
Mouthfeel is medium-plus with more carbonation that I prefer especially in a strong dark beer.
Overall it's good but I know Avery is capable of better.
06-05-2010 03:12:18 | More by GilGarp
3.85/5 rDev -2.5%
Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.
Pours a sneakily dark brown color with a two-finger tan head. The head recedes slowly into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.
Smells of dark malts with hints of roasted undertones. Also present are earthy and somewhat leafy hops with hints of anise.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet dark malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by earthy hops. Midway through the sip the sweet malt flavors are lightly tempered by mild amounts of anise and toasted malt flavors. The ending is equally bitter and sweet.
Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.
Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.
Overall I was expecting more hops after looking at the label but the hop selection was subtle as was the general hop influence. Definitely more of a schwarzbier than an American adjunct lager but even the former may not be the best classification. Either way, it's an interesting beer that's worth a shot. I feel like the use of traditional European ingredients will supply the next wave of American beers.
06-02-2010 05:50:15 | More by glid02
3.58/5 rDev -9.4%
Another awesome surprise at Bodega in Columbus's short north.
A- Long lasting frothy head. Insane lacing thats almost like a nitro'ed beer. The beer is decidedly lager like. While it is dark, nearly black, light still makes an attempt to pass through this beer.
S- Wet dog, cinnamom, and coffee as well and some dark fruits and a sugary character.
T- Very different. Lots of sweetness that is at times very strange. Notes of grapes, chocolate covered raisins, cinnamon, brown sugar, and root beer.
M- Pretty light and fluffy with big time smoothness. It finishes very clean for what it is.
D- While this is a good beer, I didnt finish my pint easily. It was strange at times and a bit overly sweet.
The style needs changed on this one. It is most definitely not an adjuct lager. Maybe a Schwartzbier?
05-31-2010 23:33:11 | More by MbpBugeye
3.9/5 rDev -1.3%
Poured into a Perfect Pint glass. I'm guessing that the style was plugged into the BA database wrong, because this is anything but an adjunct lager.
A: Deep garnet, a shade or three sort of black. A dense cream cap starts very strong before settling to a thin pillow. Leaves a nice amount of lace.
S: Heavy on the noble hops, with strong notes of lemon, grass and pepper. Behind all those hops is a light baking chocolate aroma.
T: Starts out with a dry chocolate and burnt wood flavor that's quickly replaced by a rush of bitterness. The noble hops rule with a profound pepper bite, plus a bit of lemon tartness. Finishes with a mouth puckering tartness and lingering pepper and burnt wood flavors.
M: The medium body is somewhat sticky, as well as syrupy. The carbonation could stand a little less enthusiasm.
D: This one is hard to judge. It strikes me as a black IPA that's been brewed with lager yeast. It's different, if nothing else. The I liked the beer once I let my mind open up to it. Yet another well done anniversary beer from Avery.
05-31-2010 01:57:32 | More by Rayek
4.18/5 rDev +5.8%
This poured very dark, with a solid two finger head. Strong earth hops and oddly, peppered beef jerky on the nose. Taste was definitely interesting. Strong hop character, mostly earthy European, but just a hint of citrus as well. And, definitely a peppery quality. Overall, I enjoyed it, but not one of my favorites from Avery.The peppery quality was just a bit too strong and kept this from being a great beer.
05-29-2010 15:14:56 | More by artcurtis
Avery Anniversary Ale - Seventeen (Dry Hopped Black Lager) from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.