Avery Anniversary Ale - Thirteen | Avery Brewing Company

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Avery Anniversary Ale - ThirteenAvery Anniversary Ale - Thirteen

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TastyTaste on 05-06-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.94/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Once upon a time, in a passing conversation with another beer lover, I described Avery as a "seller of shameless booze-bombs, of little more notice or worth than Hurricane".

Well, boy is there egg all over my face on this one. I want to say . . . wait . . . no . . . I can't . . . but, it's true, but NO! Blasphemy!

Yes, I have to say it.

No. I can't.

But, yes!

It is better than Aventinus. Yes, it's a Weizenbock, rather than a Doppelbock.

Let's break down the stats:

The beer pours jet black. Actually, rather stout like. It is also Stout like in terms of its fairly modest head that quickly leaves. This is the least impressive part of the beer, and I've gotta say, it is still pretty good looking.

The smell is inviting. The banana/clove esters are present, but muted. Even as it warms, they never manage to really come through. However, there is a strong wheat spice smell mixed with malt, malt, malt malt.

The taste! Oh, the TASTE! Imagine Aventinus mixed with rich caramel and chocolate. Rather than letting the yeast-esters and malt fight a noble battle, in this case the malt wins without too bloody a battle. I know, I know, people will cry "one dimensional", but, man, we have different definitions of 'one dimensional". We are talking rich caramel, sweet milk chocolate, refreshing wheat all lightly balanced by a slight twang of banana and clove.

The mouthfeel is thick and rich without being cloying. Full, is the proper description. Truly wonderful. Not sticky sweet, not big because of sugar, but big because of careful malt selection and a mastery of the art of brewing.

Drinkability? You wanna talk drinkability? If I had regular access to this beer, I'm not sure I'd drink much else.

Wonderful beer.

Wonderful beer.

Wonderful beer.

Thanks ColoradoBobs for letting me experience this wonder. Excellent beer. Wonderful. I can't say enough.

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Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

07/02/06- Purchased at Hi-Times Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bomber, 2006 release. Poured into my Ayinger Weizen glass.

Appearance- Dark brown pour, maybe some hints of auburn. Full inch head, remnants of a good size creamy ring remains. Lacing is a bit above average.

Smell- Dark and sweet roasted caramel malts, butterscotch, carob, banana, clove....kitchen sink, etc...Good scent, but kinda throws your nose in many different directions...a bit overkill.

Taste- Hint of a very light metallic taste throughout the entire beer. If not for that it would be practically phenomonal. Great sweet thick caramel and butterscotch malt flavors combine with the lightest of hop presence, but a really nice weizen clove/banana flavor buried under the malt base. Flavors meld extremely well together.

Mouthfeel- Soft, creamy, lower to mid range carbonation level.

Drinkability- Abv hits harder than expected. Nice beer anytime of year I would think. Wonderful meld of flavors.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Avery Thirteen came out deep reddish brown in color, and the tall three finger thick head was nearly perfect for a Weizenbock. The aroma was bursting with dark malts. The smell of dark fruits tropical soaked in rum was more reminiscent of a Barleywine than a bock, because of the penchant Avery has for putting in an ample amount of hops without deference to the claimed style. The taste was also bursting with banana, dark fruit, and clove flavors that are typical of a Weizenbock, and a spicy hoppyness that is not. At the end of the session, this beer started morphing into somewhat of a Double Stout, with a roasty dry character coming out. The alcohol was also definitely up there, with warm numbing sensation beginning to permeate throughout the body. Silky smooth and soft on the palette, the beer became creamier as it warmed. I was very impressed with this year’s offering from Avery. It was a ton better than the awful lavender Saison from last year.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.46/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled June 2006
Pours with a frothy, light brown colored head that is creamy and large bubbled. The beer shows a deep, dark, ruby hued purple color when held up to the light, otherwise it is a dark brown, opaque morass that is approaching black. This has a really strikingly fruity aroma that is sweet, almost to the point of being saccharine. Fruity notes of raisins, hints of cherries and a butterscotch note that seems a bit out of place. Rum-like notes of alcohol also are found in the aroma. The aroma is almost too weird; it is right on the edge of not being good. Hopefully it is just a bit green and will mellow with a couple months of age.

The beer is incredibly smooth and creamy. Silky with a big palate coating body up front, but it moves to a sharp alcohol bite in the finish. Some light roast character is found in the finish as well. Notes of clove and banana are here as well. Once again it seems like the life has been stripped from another big brew by Avery. I just don't get the need to filter all of the character from a beer. Passable, even drinkable, but this could be so much better. Hopefully age & a touch of oxidation will add some much needed complexity and depth to this brew.

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Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Listed as a weizen Doppelbock on label,poured into an Aventinus glass a brilliant russett brown with a fluffy light brownish colored head that settled nicely into a creamy-like mass.Really like the nuances in the aromas in one way the slight clovey and banana notes show the weizen notes and the caramel,mollases,and semisweet chocolate character is becoming of a good doppelbock I enjoyed the nose of this one alot.Flavors mingle very well starts out somewhat doughy and sweet with notes of brown sugar and and caramel with clovey flavors melding into a peppery/spicey finish.This beer has real character and complexities and is well rounded.a great beer to be had.

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Photo of TPoling
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thirteen pours and deep brown to ruby red with a tawny head.

Aromas are of fresh wheatberry bread, dried fruit and cherries.

There is yeasty breadiness from the first sip that mellows the alcohol immediately. A little spicyness from the hops and a fermented fruit character provide a slightly warming finish that hints of peach brandy

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Photo of Bighuge
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, clear mahogany. Thin cap of light brown head. Lace is minimal. Great aroma. Banana and light clove. Sludgey yeastiness. Bread pudding. Light chocolate. I dig. Taste starts out raisiny with a little of that bread pudding aspect. Spicy yeastiness accents nicely. A light dusting of cocoa as well. Nice breadiness overall to the taste. Mouthfeel is quite creamy with just a bit of a prick of CO2. The slightest bit of a sting of EtOH lingers on the aftertaste. Overall, this is a solid Weizen Dopplebock.

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Photo of russpowell
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours deep ruby red/maroon with a 4 fingers+ mocha head. Minmal head retention & some lacing

Smell: Slight matliness followed by bannana peels & slight breadiness

Taste: Huge alcohol presence up front then maltiness followed by brown sugar. A slight banana flavor combined choclate, very bannana-split like! Finishes fruitty & spicy

MF: huge & well balanced

This was bit ponderous, but tasty. Will age well I bet. Nice take on the style (weizenbock not dopplebock IMH0!), just not perfection

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Photo of beertastegood
2.86/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a deep, dark ruby with a small tan head. Aromas of solvent-like alcohol, along with sweet candied fruit - cherries, plums, and dates. Banana notes along with bready aroma on closer inspection. Lots of caramelly sweet malt smells, almost like smelling concentrated malt extract used for homebrewing.

Taste: Alcohol heat is dominant throughout the tasting, but underneath there are toffee/caramel/brown sugar flavors, along with a pronounced bread taste. Lots of phenolic spiciness here as well. There is a slight tanginess to this beer, has to be from the weizen yeast. Toward the finish the entire flavor changes, becoming chocolatey with some roasted grain bitterness and a slight herbal hoppiness that keeps this beer drinkable. The aftertaste, phenolic pepper-like yet sweet and laced with boozy alcohol, coats the tongue for a long time.

Mouthfeel: Full body, the alcohol content gives it a slickness in the mouth. High carbonation.

Drinkability: Uh, not really.

This would be an excellent beer if they would tone down the alcohol. Fusel alcohols tend to take over this beer, muddying the myriad of flavors that weizenbock is renowned for. I don't know how they do this at Avery, but it seems that a lot of their beers have this problem; maybe they ferment at too high of a temperature. This is an interesting beer, but the solvent-like quality detracts from the experience.

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Photo of ZAP
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown with some red hues...light tan head...

Smell: Roasted malts on the nose..a little dark cocoa...also some light freshly baked banana bread notes.

Taste: Sweet but dry...caramel drizzled banana bread with chocolate chips...

Mouthfeel: Pretty substantial body....high side of medium or low side of full...medium carbonation....lingering dark cocoa mild bitterness on the finish

Drinkability: A nice effort by Avery. Wouldn't rate at the top of my weizenbock list but I sure would consider buying a pint or two if I saw it on tap.

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Photo of maxpower
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle pours a dark reddish brown color with a nice creamy light brown head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Chocolate, caramel and fruity aromas. Caramel, plums and chocolate flavors, medium to full bodied with a soft and full mouthfeel. Alcohol is noticeable as it warms, very enjoyable.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Gold foiled bomber bottled in 2006. Purchased at Merchant's in Dearborn and poured into a pilsner.

Black fading into dark reddish brown as the glass gets slender. Two fingers of light tan above that enjoys a long life thanks to the steady carbonation. Nice thick webs of lace on this one. Beautiful beer!

Lots of dark fruits and clove to banana yeast aromas. The wheat becomes more apparant as it warms. There's also a touch of chocolate and sugary sweets. Very complex and pleasing.

The taste follows along the same lines as the nose. The combination of sweets, fruits, cloves and some roasted notes is an eclectic mix that all fits together so well it amazes me. The finish is both hoppy and a bit roasted. The abv is very well hidden.

Full mouth that is smooth and has just the right amount of carbonation for balance. Very enjoyable. I expect this will fly off of the shelves as this could rank as Avery's best effort yet. Get some!

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Photo of carln26
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber and mahogany in color with a thin tan colored head. Aroma has a wonderful esthers. The banana character comes across immediately. Nice rich malty back with toasted caramel. There is just a touch of black cherry as well. Nice flavor. The weizen esthers are subtle just the lightest clove and banana. Loads and loads of malt. Dark caramel, and just a touch of dates. The black cherry is not there (not that it matters). Mouth feel is mildly slick, and more substantial than I expected. There is some heat from the alcohol, but overall pretty nice drinkability.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a weizen glass)

A- This beer has a dark opaque body with a nice brown hue where the glass narrows enough to let light through. There is a thick creamy tan head that last for the whole beer.

S- The smell of dark coffee malt with a soft banana quality has a faint brown sugar hint that is more like bourbon but not quite. There is a faint spicy alcohol smell in the finish.

T- The taste of dark malt is very vinous with notes of dark toffee and dry prunes with a faint bread and banana notes. There is a faint lighter fruity note in the finish with some soft alcohol bite and a dark roasted malt bite. As it warms there is a pumpernickel bitterness to the finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a faint alcohol finish.

D- This beer is an interesting beer and it taste like what I would expect a good Weizen and Dopplebock to taste like but it was just not my favorite flavors.

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Photo of gbontrag
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark red brown-modest tan froth.
Smells sweet and vanilla; whifs of alcohol loaded dried fruit, fresh yeast cake, and new black leather.
This is tastes and feels like a malted chocolate ball. There's the distinct wheat spice, although lite. It's chalky like grain dust.
The froth rises instantly with a shake, and leaves thick, thick lacing.
I savor brandied fresh black cherries, and a dark caramel sauce.
There's a thicker mouthfeel: Smooth, a little creamy, sweet and a little cloying, but enticing. The best parts of this beer seem to drown in the caramel-toffee sauce.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thirteen is the color of dark cola. Head is tall, thick, and light-brown in color. Aroma is rich, with a toasty caramel smell. A bit of mild yeast aroma is also noted. Taste is very malty, but light on weizen flavors. Malt flavor is thick, rich and has a flavor of dark fruits meeting dark bready malt. Toasted malt flavor, caramel, and even light roasted malt are also present. As Thirteen warms up spice flavors begin to make their presence known, more peppery than expected and not the typical yeasty flavors associated with weizens. Alcohol is also present, especially in the finish, and is very warming. This is hard to categorize, there are flavors here that remind me of German dopplebocks, spicy Belgian beers, and of stouts. Anyway, there is a lot of great flavor here, and given the interesting mix of flavors, I consider this a "must try" beer.

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Photo of HoustonTX
4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Black from afar, deep dark brown in reality, rich frothy head, which left a good amount of lacing.

S - Started out smelling of coffee and chocolate. As the drink warmed, smell turned into dark fruits. Especially grape which stood out. Waves of citrus also spewed forth.

T - This drink was really incredible. at first it definitely tasted like a Doppelbock. As it warmed, it came into it's Weizenbock form. It was awesome. Started out with a nice spicy clove-chocolate-cream coffee taste. As it warmed the citrus, wheat, and numerous other flavors poked out.

M - Creamy and light on the pallate.

D - For 9.50%, I could have several 22oz bombers. Exceptional.

Thanks Avery for this world class brew. It was a treat. Please guys, if you can get your hands on this brew - get one now. You wont regret it.

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Photo of Foxman
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a deep, lustrous mahogany, milk chocolate brown in spots. Three fingers of tight light tan head swell and linger a while. Sheets of lacing skirt the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, there's a veritable melange of caramel malt, tangy wheat, port, black cherry, vanilla, anise, lightly baked dough, and clove. Oh, and a mild drift of alcohol to boot.

Upon sipping, it presents a fruity malt sweetness, rich with sweet and tart cherry, blackberry, and crisp apple, and countered by a dusky wheat bite. A warm vinous port note carries a credible strain of alcohol, and a doughy yeastiness hugs the back of the tongue. A secondary push of earthy grain sweetness cedes ground to a rounded spiciness, which morphs slowly into a gentle but persistent bitterness. It's genuinely complex, bordering on busy, but especially well blended.

Full bodied, the fruity grain presence is chewy and it all combines to coat thickly and smoothly.

This beer seems to have a few identities, but minus and damning schisms. Sure, it's complex and dense, but it has no hard edges, and hums pleasantly on its trip across the palate. The ABV is big and it doesn't hide, and fits well with the rangy, sizable character of the beer. So, no matter who it is, it's likeable and a treat to experience.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to egajdzis for this...
Appears a dark brown with a red hue around the edges and a small tan head that slowly fades out. Small amounts of lace are left as streaks around the glass.
Smell is of chocolate, bready dough, nuts, black grapes, plums, bananas, and a slight hint of cloves and black pepper.
Mouthfeel is smooth, fruity, full of the wheat base, making for a medium body and drinkable Weizenbock...yes, should be just called a weizenbock b/c it's not lagered and it has a wheat base that has been fermented with an ale strain. They did a nice job with it though, whatever they want to call it.

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Photo of briman
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours dark brown, but is more of a dark ruby red when held up to the light. Decent dark tan head, good retention. Some lacing.

Aroma is wheat malt, bananas, cloves, and noticeable alcohol.

Taste is sweet upfront with fruit & spice notes coupling with the wheat malt. Bubble gum flavor comes through more towards the back, but seems to compete a little bit with an alcohol bit in the finish.

Medium full body, good carbonation. Seems a little imbalanced as the alcohol seems a bit too dominant in the finish. Noticeable alcohol warming as well. Overall, a very good beer that would be excellent with a little better balance.

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Photo of BeerRun13
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear dark brownish color with a touch of garnett highlights. Has a nice tan head and good lacing.
Smells a little wheaty and a litlle chocolatey.
How wonderfull. This is one tasty, tasty brew. The balance between the chocolate tones and wheat are great.
Medium to full bodied, but mostly full. Creamy and good.
What a fantastic and drinkable beer.

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Photo of ADR
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Muddy Pig, St. Paul, MN...

Dark black appearance, essentially opaque with a glistening tan head that settles at 1/4 of an inch in height for about a minute. Laces in thin horizontal strings. Smokey aroma, bitterish oily backdrop. Mouthfeel is full with low silky carbonation. In contrast to the smell, the flavor is quite sweet to start off, dark chocolate and flesh fruits, with a decided bubblegum backdrop that doesn't seem subtle and certainly seems to indicate an estery Wiezenbock heritage. Finishes with some extra fruit tones but an un-subtle gasoline afterburn that comes off as a little too obvious. Other than the very dark color, this beer doesn't seem so mysterious, its an Avery amped-up boozy version of a style that has plenty of things going for it without the heat.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is dark cola brown, creamy tan head. Brown sugary malt and a banana-like yeast presence in the nose. The taste is heavy and strong. Initial brown-sugar sweet then goes to a funky banana dark roasted malt flavor with chocolate and a slight earthiness. Hops are apparent, but not in the forefront, this beer, however, does leave a bitter and tart flavor in your mouth long after you drink it. Mouthfeel is full and creamy, alcohol burns, carbonation tingles. A dopplebock? kind of. A Weizenbock? kind of. Good? Yes. Thanks Avery, I look forward to 14.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost opaque mahogany color with a nice tan head that leaves kickass lacing for a beer this strong. The aroma has notes of banana and clove (typical of weizenbocks) as well as toasted bread, chocolate, dak fruits (cherrry, grape, fig and plum), along with caramel, some slight earthy and floral hops, and some alcohol. The flavor is intense and complex, with notes of banana and clove upfrong, along with cocoa and toasted bread, dark fruits (cherry, grape, plum), floral and earthy hops, yeast and a touch of alcohol. The mouthfeel is bordering on full, with moderate carbonation and drinkability is high considering the ABV. An intriguing hybrid of a weizenbock and a dopplebock, complex and intense...cheers to Avery for a great anniversary brew.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So I'm suppose to write a description after Tavernjef pulls off another beautifully descriptive piece. Ya', well, I'm not in that league. Nonetheless, here's my feeble attempt at a beer review of a notable piece of beer art.
Aroma after pouring is noted for alcohol first then a candy sweetness reminiscent of a belgian ale. A little clovey and spicy (pepper).
A really fine looking beer. Nice one inch tannish head that at first is somewhat dense then breaks up interestingly by creating larger gaps of bubbles. But this is a slow process that leaves lacing at is proceeds. Dark amber that shows dark clear garnet in the light.
Initial tastes also remind me a Belgian ales as well, maintaining similar characteristics as the aroma (candi sweet, alcohol, pepper, cloves and spiciness). Malt character is strong though too. A nice German malt character appears in time with a heavy richness that tastes of dopplebock, but this is fleeting and still overwhelmed in most sips by the other qualities. Fruitiness leans towards a prune quality. Gradually growing dryness that stays in the mild range but very persistent. Flavor becomes consistent in time showing less variability towards the bottom of the glass. Burbs seem to have a banana taste. Hmmmm.
Carbonation is wonderfully soft in it's fullness. Works well with the malt at creating a nice smoothness. Moderate heaviness. Significant warming in the stomach that I'm sure will be a kick in the head in no time.
I like this, but weizenbock seem more appropriate, despite what's labeled on the bottle. Drinks quite easily and goes down smoothly. This is a funny drink in it's lack of clarity of what it is, high alcohol, yet apparent ease in drinking. Well done Avery in making something interesting and fun to drink.

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Avery Anniversary Ale - Thirteen from Avery Brewing Company
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