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Avery Anniversary Ale - TenAvery Anniversary Ale - Ten

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Mitchster on 06-12-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 92 |  Reviews: 88
Reviews by Skidz:
Photo of Skidz
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden yellow and sits a reddish-orange in the glass with a little white head on top.

Smells of hops, caramel and some light citrus notes. A very light malt presence is there, but very well covered by hops.

Taste is highly sweet, yet surprisingly well balanced. Starts out with some caramel and fruity esters (apples, pears, raisins, figs), then moves into hop oil country (Notes on this in mouthfeel). Bitters come in slow and gradually, but come out strong. Citrus and leafy flavors come out in a controlled, bitter finish. A very different taste, but also quite intersting.

The mouthfeel is perhaps the most peculiar thing about this beer. This beer boasts a very large body and feels syrupy in the mouth. Hops oils coat all ends of your tounge and mouth, leaving you with pleasant flavors for a long while after swallowing. Carbonation is light and helps keep the flavors flowing, though it makes it much harder to pick out aromas.

I'd like to be able to drink more of this, but one bottle of this thick, syrupy beer is just so much. The flavor is all there, but the body is a bit strange.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Ten poured a golden orange with a medium off-white head that went quickly to a thin layer and laced the glass. It had a strong aroma of grapefruit / fig, caramel and some grassy hops. I was suprised by the taste - I was expecting it to be much bolder and hoppier. It was a little thin, with some grassy citrus (peach / apricot) notes up front, then a buttery malt, followed by a subtle hop finish. Not at all what I was expecting, but it was pleasant nonetheless. I didn't notice the alcohol in the taste but it had a nice warming effect. Overall a suprisingly drinkable brew.

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Photo of merlin48
4.72/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Couldn't resist this 22 oz capped bottle any longer, while foraging around my basement beer cellar. This one is, truly, an achievement in the annals of Colorado microbreweries. I could easily adopt LongBeachBum's assessment of this bottle's presentation and appearance, and TavernJef's appraisal of the taste and drinkability. So, I adopt their reviews as such, and incorporate those segments into my review(if that were possible). Anyway, the Avery 10 pours into my glass a clear, orange/copper amber, with a beige head that slowly diminishes into some sheets of Belgian lace.
Aroma is a "WOW!", with English, German, and American westcoast hops jumping all around a caramel and rock candy maltiness.
Mouthfeel is a robust smothering of various hops and active carbonation. Floral, citrus, piney, spicy, bitter...you name a hops sensation on the tongue and it's here.
Taste is dazzling in its complexity. Several layers of malt weave in and out of the profile: caramel, crystal, and pale malts, tease with cotton candy and toffee notes. This magical brew, however, lives up to its billing as an Imperial IPA, as the extraordinary hops rodeo gets going. Grapefruit, spruce pine, mandarin orangerind, and funky Fuggles all play well in this circus ring. Very complex, and absolutely wonderful in my book.
This is a bottle I plan to look for, and stock up on. A marvelous elixer, and noble anniversary ale for one of Colorado's finest brewers.

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Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, with foil over the cap. Pours a nice golden, copper color, clear. Minimal head/carbonation/lacing. Nose is full of alcohol, malty and hops in the background. Medium bodied, coating and sticky on the tongue. Complex, flavorful,richly malty, hops come through loud and clear. Citrusy and piney. This is obviously a big and strong beer. Malty sweetness nicely balanced by gobs of hops, 10% very nicely hidden behind all the flavor action. I love the style and greatly enjoyed this take on it. The bottle I sampled was at least a year old, so it seemed to have aged/melded together nicely. Classy and potent sipper. If you can find more of this stuff, buy it and enjoy it!

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Photo of far333
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy honey-colored, almost iced tea colored. No head to speak of, but an inviting aroma of sweet honey and corn, ripe pears and some citrus hops. Mouthfeel is full, but a little flat, seemingly with low carbonation. Flavor is sweet and fruity, a little biscuity, with citrusy hops, followed by a bitter orange peel and pine hop finish. The hops are a little muted by sweet malts, and the finish is punctuated with an alcohol warmth. The alcohol doesn't overwhelm the flavors. This gets better as it warms a little. The more I sip, the more I want. Damn drinkable for such a big beer. Thank you Brent for sharing this limited item.

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Photo of cokes
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Perfectly clear orange-hued golden. Small and vanishing pale khaki fizz.
Pineapple nose is coupled with a toffee malt base along with evident alcohol and metal. Not as strong smelling, hop- or alcohol-wise, as expected.
Malts lay their cards first. Toasted caramel and barely contained plummy dark fruits. A buttery toffee lies below. Turns increasingly fruity and the hops begins to manifest themselves. Mango and kumquats soaked in gin. Turns more bitter, but never assertively. The malt-hop confrontation continues throughout. Cracker dryness competes with pine needles and loads of orange-rind. Sourdough faces off with acrid metallics. Herbals draw a bye and are left uncontested. Though this is not as hoppy or as flavorful as one might expect. Alcohol contributes too much to the overall fray, and is continually gin-like and ever-present, perhaps with some additional white rum sweetness. It's never obnoxiously hot, however, a good deal of the perceived bitterness is octane-induced.
Medium mouthfeel belies the relative heft of this beer. This is a meaty-ass brew, though never too heavy or cloying.
Overall, a solid, huge IPA, but probably a bit too filtered for its own good. A little yeasty softness would reap substancial benefits. It is certainly interesting and worthwhile, just a bit "hard" and exposed.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After a year and a half in the cellar, I finally got around to moving this one to the fridge where, due to the huge back-up in my list of beers to review, it sat for another 3 months. I'd had one back in late '03 or early '04, and it's changed since then. But I wasn't expecting much from this bottle as I figured it would have lost its hop character, and it did, but there wasn't really that much to begin with. So I'm faced with a quagmire...has the mistreatment of this beer actually improved it in some bizarre way?... well, perhaps.

Even poured from a longstanding refrigerated bottle, it's orange body is still a little hazy (must be from the hops). A bit of effort was required to bring up the head, which was a creamy yellowed-white, but it dropped shortly to a wide collar and whispy surface covering. Fortunately, it does leaves a wall of thin, tiny splashes and specks of lace.

The nose expresses vanilla cookie-dough; the soft white innards of a fresh, hard-crusted loaf of bread; melted caramel; some resinous, subtly piney and citrusy (orange, pineapple) hops; and a touch of woodiness.

In the mouth it's medium-full and dextrinous enough to leave it creamy across the palate despite the light bristle of it's very-fine bubbled, moderate carbonation.

The flavor is rich and full, but not as sweet and bready as the nose suggests, but there is a distinct honey and orange character present. A mildly toasty side gives it breadth of character; and it's dried out a bit since I've last tasted it. The citrusy hops have lost their crispness; and the resinous/piney hops are softened a bit - yet the bitterness seems to have risen.

It finishes surprisingly dry, a bit toasty, and a touch chalky with some residual maltiness that's steeped in hop resin and lingers nicely.

As bizarre as it might seem, and completely going against the grain on what I believe regarding the cellaring of hoppy beers, I think this one has actually improved.... but I do have to note that it wasn't really overly hoppy to begin with!!! That said I'd still have to say that if you've got it, drink it now - it will only go down-hill from here.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a bright amber-orange hue topped by a small creamy white head. Balanced aroma of sweet malt and fruity hops, tempered by a bit of Belgian-esque yeast and a good bit of a phenolic character. Notes of biscuit, caramel, pine resin, and alcohol. Palate is complex - slighty sweet malt, rich fruity hops, and assertive yeast. A syrupy sweetness pervades, probably a result of aging this beer significantly past its prime. The significant alcohol content makes its presence known. I wish I hadn't sat on this one for so long. Truthfully, it's still interesting in its current state, but just barely drinkable.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a rocky, craggy and lacey head, off-white in color that sits upon clear light amber w/red highlighted liquid. The nose is comprised of bready maltiness covered by a spicy hop note. Big maltiness is apparent at first sip. Quite bitter hoppiness comes next, though not in a palate blinding style. Fruitiness and malt sweetness returns in the swallow. Finishes long bittersweet and tasty...where's the 10% alcohol at? I don't really taste it at all, very decieving!

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Photo of bditty187
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Peachy-coppery-gold in hue, there is a very slight haze but it is largely clear. A vaguely off-white head of one finger formed on a hard pour. The retention of this head was fair; it got skinny in the middle and then turned soapy, a bit thicker around the edges. The subsequent lacing was spotty and it didn’t cling well. I don’t find the nose to be all that hoppy, in fact there is an odd harshness lurking. This worries me a bit; I don’t want this to be an indication of how the palate is going to taste. The main aroma is peach/guava juice mix with an alcoholic twang of course. The hops are second fiddle; they offer a raw bitterness, rinds, and a hint of pineapple flesh. Way off in the distance, doing its own thing, is the malt, weak caramel notes. The potency is not very strong. Inviting enough. The palate is as harsh as the nose said it was going to be. Honesty is the best policy. But for some damn reason these big-ass beers from Avery push the right buttons with me. I taste them and I see almost no redeeming value in them. Hell, I don’t even see any craftsmanship in these beers. Yet, I like them every once in awhile. Just like I prefer the driving range to the golf course on occasion. Back to the beer, this is very juicy and alcoholic, fruity but not outright bitter. I wouldn’t call this an IPA; it just tastes like a mess to me. The alcohol is raw and warm and right up-front, it smacked my tongue as hard as it smacked my brain. The fruitiness is a blend of peaches, pineapple, grapefruit, and guava. Sugary sweet, the caramel malt “backbone” fades away before the finish. The outright hoppiness is low. I don’t know what to make of the taste; it is good but flawed, weak but tasty. The aftertaste is hot, somewhat bitter but more so sweet. Medium in body but too watery, the carbonation is low; overall the mouthfeel is adequate. This beer is not all that drinkable, unless you really enjoy big, harsh beers. I should have split this bomber and I should have had some cheese on hand. Live and learn I guess. It is a “fun” beer to quaff but I don’t have much of a need to re-visit it. The novelty wore thin. I bought a 22-ounce bottle in Loveland, CO.

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Photo of benmiliron
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $5.99 for a 22 oz bottle. Slightly hazy orange-copper color. Very nice smell, hoppy and malty together. Taste very reminiscent of the style, with a good floral dose too. Nice and hoppy with good maltiness. Not as hoppy or as malty as DFH 90 minute or Dreadnaught, but still a good brew. Not as thick as I expected from an IPA of this magnitude.

A good brew, well worth the money.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber brown and orange that is slightly hazy. Aroma is dark and citrus fruits with a mild yet spicy hop note in background. Taste is a definite wow ! Grapefruit and prune juice in the front, some oily bitterness and neavier malt in the middle, followed by a mildly bitter spicy end. Slight hint of alochol in the aftertaste. Almost too much going on with this one but is very good. Only issue I see is that its acutally very sweet so drinkability becomes an issue.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.83/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle split and poured into a La Fin Du Monde tulip. 1.093 O.G., 10% ABV, Keep refrigerated, Bottled in 2003!

Thanks to Sweemzander for sharing this bottle he picked up while we were at Martha's. Luckily, even with the 7 years of age on it, it's been in the cooler.

A - A tall pour creates no head what-so-ever. A swirl releases a thin ring of off-white bubbles. The color is a hazy apricot orange with golden highlights.

S - Huh. The nose is really strange. Some fruity mango and light citrus hop aromas with a pinch of herbs falls slightly behind a bold caramel malt nose. It smells almost barleywine-like. A swirl ruins the nose completely by adding a moldy, plastic alcohol hint that made me shiver with repulsion. Good aroma until the swirl though.

T - Toasted caramel malts make up the majority of the flavor but it definitely doesn't taste fresh in the least (obviously). Apple cider is all over the flavor and hops are next-to absent but that's a given with the age. A tiny pinch of bitter citrus.

M - Medium body with decent carbonation still. A low, lingering bitterness still comes out on the finish.

D - Not something I'm gonna finish but I gotta hand it to Avery; this beer is still decent with the age on it, it's just not very good. Also, it should be noted that this came highly recommended by a cashier at Martha's who said it was fantastic even recently. That makes me a little concerned they were trying to get rid of one of the last two bottles.

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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Brent
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The brewery website describes this as an "imperial IPA" - I won't debate the existence of that style, besides, this hit me as a strong ale/barleywine, more akin to Arrogant Bastard than anything else. A nicely complex beer - the multiple malts and hops put to good use. Hefty mouthfeel with a spicy malt and bittersweet well-hopped finish. A fair bit of fusel alcohol flavors, making the middle a bit raw. I'd vote to lay this one back for a while.

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Photo of Gusler
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is a crystal clear deep amber color with the head being modest in size and the texture frothy, as it erodes the lace forms a concealing sheet upon the glass. Sweet malt aroma, very clean and fresh, quite appealing with the start richly malt and somewhat sweet. The top is middling in feel, the finish pleasantly acidic, the hops pronounced in their spicy bite, the aftertaste dry and long lasting with a bit of alcohol bitterness. A real “Belly Warmer” as it hits bottom, quite a load this one and one I enjoyed very much, a great beer from a great brewery that has grown to be one of my top ten breweries.

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Photo of frank4sail
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tangerine rind malty sweetness in the nose. Peach carbonated hazy slightly murky white look in the glass. Not much head retention at all after the pour. Very very slight white head. Big grapfruit bitterness upfront with some lemon and white pepper in the finish. Big full chewy thick malty mouth (a little too full...) this hurts drinkability a little. (bottled in 2003) Just not all that and a bag of chips.. it's unbalenced and confused in its flavor delivery IMHO.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.19/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very clear amber, surprisingly so, generous white head with irregular bubbles, many of which are ridiculously oversized. Aroma is pretty faint for a beer with that much ingredients, slightly vinous with notes of alcohol and sweet malt. Taste is initially very sweet, toasty cookies malt with a complex hop character, obvious alcohol. Long-lasting bitter aftertaste that stays on the tongue for quite a while and is very warming. Low-to-medium lacking body like Hog Heaven as MartinT points out, slightly creamy. While this bottle is around a year old, this could definitely be a bit more mellow. A living proof that it takes more than a bunch of ingredients and big numbers to make a fine tuned crafted brew.

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Photo of weeare138
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog for bringing this...
Appears a transparent gold orange with a small white head. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, mild oxidation, citrusy hops with mild pine.
Taste is of the same aromas with toned down hop presence that I'm sure was once lively but has since fizzled out.
Mouthfeel is caramel sweet, full bodied, and bitter.
The good news is that even though the "10 hops" seem to have faded, it would appear that the 10% abv has vanished, as it was hardly noticeable in this.

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

Beer pours a cloudy amber color with a off white head that dies quickly. Aroma is big and malty with lots of hops present, mixture of fruity juicy citrus hops orange grapefruity with a nice pine aroma in the background. Taste is good lots of malt background lightly sweet with big hop flavors abounding juicy fruity flavors blend and compliment the malt not an overly bitter beer light pine resin coating left in your mouth begs for another drink. Mouthfeel is on the right side of medium nice substantial mothfeel. Drinkability is very good. This beer has aged well and made for a well balanced I2PA thanks go to merlin48 for sharing this fine beer with me.

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Photo of trep
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bottle, 3 years old

Golden bodied, decent sized off-white head with no carbonation rising.

Nice malt aroma and a slight alcohol presence.

Decent hop character and for 3 years is pretty unbelievable. Smooth as hell malt and a slight hint of toffee.

Medium bodied with nice carbonation and the 10% in this one has mellowed out to make it very easy to go down.

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Photo of Zorro
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

FROM THE LABEL: Wow! Ten Years of brewing. Wish everyone could turn their passion into a profession. It has been immensely satisfying. Thanks to all our friends and loyal fans who have made it possible. To Celebrate, we've created a Ten, a very complex blend of 10 malts, 10 hop varieties added 10 different times, 10% a.b.v., and 10 years of brewing excellence. Peace to all and follow your dreams."

Wow sounds like overkill on complexity; lets see if we can taste it shall we?

When poured we get a cloudy copper colored brew, looks nice but not great. The head never really forms and just laces the top a bit, might be due to the 10% ABV. The cloudiness never clears up.

Smell is very malty. Hop scent is surprisingly absent; didn't they use some of those hops to dry hop at least a little bit? Lots of sweet fruity scents are carried on the alcohol fumes from this; pleasant Brandy and Whisky scents not jet fuel scents. Mostly the scent of apples and honey and caramel are present and maybe a tiny bit of grapefruit. It smells OK just not like a heavily hopped American beer.

Taste comes next. Taste is heavily malty and tasty fruity with a mild hop finish. You can clearly taste the Cascade hops in this and is fairly hop laden but it's no Stone Ruination either. This has a fairly woody and earthy aftertaste. 10 different malts I can believe, but I don’t think you can really ever taste more than three hop types in a brew, they all taste like hops with a few exceptions.

Mouthfeel is milk thick.

Drinkability is good as a beer; tasty it is but not a Double IPA. This would be better described as a hoppy barleywine, as that it is pretty good. Biggest shortcoming is the lack of a hop scent in the nose. I thought about giving it a 3.5 here but it doesn't say "Double IPA" on the bottle and it is a tasty hoppy barleywine, so I give it a 4.

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Photo of meathookjones
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Found this in the refrigerated section of Siciliano's so I figured what the hell. Cloudy orange with a decent tan head with nice lacing. Hops still stand out quite a bit in this for its age. Malt sweetness and alcohol have definitely caught up to any big hoppiness this may have once had. Some other elements in the nose as well that make it interesting. Sweet caramel malt is most dominate in the flavor. Citric and piney hop flavor are there but not as big as they once were most likely. There is still a good bitter bite to it that adds to the taste. Light bitter sweet flavors linger a bit in the aftertaste. A bit syrupy in feel but other wise decent mouthfeel. Drinkability is ok, but this isn’t something I would pick up too often. Interesting brew at this point but I am guessing it will be downhill quickly from here.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from hoppymeal, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a vibrant orange color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is sweet, tart and alcoholic with citrus, brown sugar, caramel and a good amount of hops for a beer that has been aging for four years.

T: The taste is sweet and contains flavors of citrus, caramel & brown sugar. There’s a decent hops bitterness but it’s very subdued. The malt character is hearty and provides a good deal of substance. There’s a significant alcohol burn that gives it an ABW quality, but that is probably also attributed to the aging. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily enough for a beer this strong, not too filling, hell of a kick, good representation of style, Unfortunately I never drank this beer fresh, however, it seems to me that this beer has aged as well as any 2IPA can. It’s certainly a beer that you’re only going to want to drink one of but it’s a very good beer overall.

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Photo of aracauna
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fairly dark amber with a hint of ruby. The head is sluggish and short lived. The aroma has a bit of that old fruit barleywine aroma, but there’s not enough of it there to qualify. There’s a good bit of caramelly malt in the aroma, but very little hops. The malt is biscuity with the caramel and the alcohol never really shows it’s true strength.

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Avery Anniversary Ale - Ten from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 92 ratings