Anniversary Ale - Twenty Five | Avery Brewing Company

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Anniversary Ale - Twenty FiveAnniversary Ale - Twenty Five

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by DISKORD on 06-07-2018

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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of Dactrius
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Viaduck
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours thick, certainly not thinned out by all that alcohol. It’s one of the darkest beers I’ve tried, almost black in color. It’s tan head is slightly disappointing in its height. Aromas of caramel, honey,barrel& vanilla Typical of an Avery, there is a lot of flavor: here are the dates & rainsins & a fair amount of smoke & spices with a touch of alcohol burn. The taste is slightly sweet with a hint of bitter. I’m getting a pretty good buzz going, watching a Mexican zombie movie with subtitles & really enjoying it. The feel is quite thick but not syrupy with enough alcohol to cover for the low carbonation. Halfway through my first glass & I’m really enjoying its 14 point whatever percent & this zombie movie. Happy 25th Avery, I love you!

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Photo of dcscientist
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Yeah, this is damn good. I expect Avery to make great heavy beers, as this is really their wheelhouse, and this one was no exception. Broke out a bottle and shared with a few friends, and each of us got something different from the taste. I definitely got the dates and raisins but not as much of the honey, though others really got a strong honey flavor. It's 14.5%, much like most of their big beers, and they always give you the flavor of the beer and not just the booze taste. Happy 25th to Avery, and many more.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As a brewery that's never backed down from a challenge, Avery might be showing a side of maturation with an anniversary ale that celebrates the time honored character of the stronger, darker, Belgian-styled ale. At a mere fourteen percent in alcohol, year twenty five seems to show some semblance of restraint and responsibility.

Deep mahogany and shrouded in a gaze of fogginess, the simple and aptly named Twenty Five pours with ominous garnet and ruby low lights before crowning with a tall khaki column of froth. Drawing in the senses with a plethora of dark fruit, spice, wine and caramelized aromas and the beer seems like a fruitcake in a glass. Sweetness pulls from the caramel and hits the tongue with a wallop of brown sugar, brittle and maple savory maltiness early on the palate.

As the savory dark sugars stew on the middle palate, a quick strike of fruit floods the tastebuds with blackcherry, date, fig, red grape, apple, redcurrant and raisin in a strong port or sherry kind of way. A spice of peppercorn, woodsy hops, cinnamon, allspice and a hint of clove takes an edge off of both the fruit and sweetness, but the jolt of strong rummy, and winey alcohols finish the balance and eventually chase the taste into a ether filled finish.

Lavish, full and spicy, the ale provide a host of challenges and rewards, seeming to approach cloying and also showing an intimidating prickle on the tongue that leads to a numbing and heated finish. A long aftertaste of spirits laced sugars has this ale rivaling the most assertive after dinner digestives. Age will certainly be kind to this ale.

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Photo of gangstabobangsta
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From the 22 oz bottle in a snifter. This most delicious brew pours a
brownish black with a modest head of foam that dies quick to a thin
razor ring with subtle light lacing. Nose of figs, raisins, strong booze,
subtle oak, and sweet candy syrup. Flavors exceed the nose with
a mead sweetness awash in raisin and fig with strong booze and
mild clove note against an oaken background that is nice and
mellowing. Nice mouth feel; slick, smooth, warming, lightly
coating, low carbonation, and a warming malt driven finish.

Overall, a SOLID brew from a great brewery.


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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Dark brown, 1 finger of head and not much lacing

S - Grapes, prunes, sugar, raisons, figs

T - Fruit, figs, sugar, and heat from the booze

F - Thin body and well carbonated.

O - An excellent strong belgian, and a slow sipper. Enjoyable

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Very dark brown colored pour with a soapy off white lacing ring.

S - Chocolate, figs, dates, raisins, earthy floral, and light spice.

T - Cherry, chocolate, spice, dark fruit, dates, honey, oak, and boozy.

M - Full bodied and silky with lip smacking stickiness.

O - Enjoyable. But the alcohol forced me to dig deep to find the nuances.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black with reddish tint and a thick dark tan head that remains and leaves great lacing. Aroma is dark fruit and honey. Flavor follows the nose, raisins, dates, honey and oak. Feel is medium heavy with low carbonation. Overall a very nice dark ale.

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Photo of Avitra
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Figs and Raisins, chocolate and molasses. Sweet and just a little smokey. This is a pretty balanced beer. To my taste ,I would have liked it to be a tad less sweet, but still very good and compex.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$ 14.72 (Including tax and discount)/22 oz bottle ($ 0.67/oz) from Spec’s, DeZavala, San Antonio, TX. Reviewed 10/5/18.
Undated bottle but 2018 on the label. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 55 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.25.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque.
Head – Large (Maximum six cm, aggressive center pour), tan, dense with a rocky top, average retention, diminishing to a six mm ring and a complete layer.
Lacing – Excellent! A wide band of tiny to small bubbles with an occasional gap.
First pour – Dark brown, clear.
Aroma – 4 – Raisins, honey, a hint of complex alcohols, and is that clove? No hops or yeast.
Flavor – 4.5 – Begins with a hint of tannic bitterness and some honey. Some raisin comes through. No malt or yeast. Picking up a little date flavor without the oft overpowering sweetness. Ends with some tannic bitterness, probably from the oak and raisins. No hops. No alcohol (12.5% ABV!), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 4 – Full, creamy, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 4.25 – A very good Belgian strong dark ale, slightly tarter than most. The alcohol is well-hidden and makes this a very deceptive brew; if you consume mass quantities, don’t plan on standing up.

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stofko1992
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.84/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of curlybird
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AlarmClock314
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, undecipherable date stamp, 2018 version, 14.5% ABV. Pours brownish black with a smaller sized khaki head that fades to a ring. Smells of complex dark fruit, and licorice with a hint of honey, oak, and earthy hops. The taste follows with dark fruit, licorice, oak, earthy hops, roasted malt, honey, and cocoa. Some noticeable alcohol comes through. Medium sweetness and bitterness with a little dryness. Pleasant mouthfeel; above average and slightly sticky body with below average carbonation. Overall, it's a well made and very dark fruit forward beer with good flavor complexity.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Avery Anniversary Ale Twenty Five, 14.5% ABV. Pours black with a one finger foamy tan head that left decent lacing. Nose is dark fruit, honey, vanilla, and caramel/toffee. Taste follows, plus fairly strong alcohol, moderately sweet, and a slight bitter hop close. Excellent mouthfeel, overall outstanding.

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Photo of gobuccos
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HattedClassic
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer doesn't pour much head. The beer itself has a nice deep and dark black with a purple hue to it. It has kind of slick with a bit of thick texture to it.

The smell is pretty good. It has a good mix of dark fruits such as fig and dates mixed with a moderate honey that is sweet but not too sweet. There is also a bit of an oak note to it as well towards the end.

The taste is fairly sweet and pretty good. It has more complex and mixture of notes such as dates and figs with a bit more of a bitter hop note to it in the finish. The honey note is good and not overpowering. There are Belgian yeast notes that mix well with the other notes in the finish. The oak note is still there but it's overwhelmed by the other notes.

The feel is good. It's a heavy body and a bit of thickness to it, which is a pretty good feeling.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer worth getting and drinking fresh.

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Photo of darktronica
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A Belgian-style, oak-aged dark ale brewed with honey, raisins, and dates. Virtually every word there checks another box for me, and I generally have a higher-than-average regard for Avery's big bruisers, so I was very much looking forward to this release. When they say it's a dark ale, that seems to be Avery-speak for a Belgian-style stout. This one pours very nicely, thick and glossy with a full finger of head and excellent retention and lacing. Nice Belgian esters on the nose, with banana and clove playing against chocolate and dates; however, there is much less volume on the aroma than the full flavor profile. Good oak presence, Belgian spices, milk chocolate, vinous and tannic qualities from the raisins, a bit of apple brandy, and a moderately dry finish thanks to the honey and Avery's aggressive yeasts. The closest comparison I have is Mephistopheles, but this manages to present some unique characteristics worth cellaring for a few years to come.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.61/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jewellrunner
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

In my Duvel snifter the beer is black with a little red hue around the perimeter. There was no head.
Strong alcohol aroma. Vanilla and dark fruit.
More came through in the taste. Alcohol dominates, but there is a pleasant background of dates, raisins, molasses, and vanilla.
A little too hot, but still a great beer.

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Photo of RochefortChris
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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