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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
An ode to twenty-five years of dynamic, powerful, and odds-defying brews, this resurrection of demonic proportion ascends to new heights by melding our massive, dark, and high-gravity virtues with our future audacious ambitions. Peace to all and follow your dreams.

Added by DISKORD on 06-07-2018

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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of Luckydog91
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjgiant
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A dark brown, lightly viscous pour yields a bit of froth in the glass. The dark brown head seems to struggle against its release for a bit, but eventually decides to stick around for about half of the glass. Lacing fades at about the same rate as the presence of the cap, even though there is at least a thin ring the whole glass.

Nose isn't jumping from the glass, but has mainly dark chocolate and dark fruit notes - fig, raisin, with a little bit of booziness. A bit of a port wine aspect comes out as it warms.

The taste is more obvious and shows a bit more details than the nose. A light chocolate roast malt acts as a platform for the raisin and fig initially. The fig gains a bit as the beer goes down, as does the richness, though the beer doesn't push all the way to medium-heavy. There is a little stickiness, though the alcohol bite cuts through that a little bit.

A nice, warming big beer with a good mix of fruity tang (raisin/grape), malt base (dark chocolate), and alcohol bite.

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Photo of psmith161
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of B_B
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of polloenfuego
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This may have been one of the best American BSDAs that I have ever had. It is rich and fruity, and the honey adds a nice sweetness which could have become cloying, but really balanced out as the beer came to room temperature.

A very enjoyable sipper that I would happily revisit.

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Photo of Rogerlb
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a slight amber tint at the edges, but this is pretty dark/ black. Hardly any head -- just a ring of small bubbles. (With a careful pour).

Presents as a dark ale. Aroma is malt, wheat, caramel. Taste is at first burnt raisin, honey, spice. Cinnamon. And it's boozy. Because it's an Avery joint. Sticky molasses. Rum waffles. Raisin syrup on your honey waffles.

Doesn't taste as strong as the 14.5% might suggest, but it IS 14.5 and it's close. They only hid some of the ABV. Share.

Good strong dark ale, boozy honey cinnamon is my takeaway.

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Photo of Curt3
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of videofrog
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.96/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Look : Half a finger brown-white head, dark brown body.

Smell : See below.

Taste : Sweet dark carmalized fruits, honey, mild nuts, mild baking spices.

Feel : Low carbonation, full body, sweet upfront, warming alcohol finish.

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Photo of archero
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mmilyko
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Birdlegs
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DocD
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Goofster
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beergoot
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Coal black body; thin yet lasting tan head; layered sheets of foam along the glass. Fine charred grain aroma infused with notes of figs and dates; cherries. The taste mirrors the aroma with additional notes of booze and some lighter fruit hints; earthy spices; cinnamon. Heavy body; rich and velvety; gentle alcohol warmth counteracts the heavy sweetness, bringing some gentle dryness to the overall feel.

A lovely beast of a beer, dense with complex and satisfying dark flavors and aromas. A lot of the malt is of a wheat nature which certainly seems to contribute to the roasted grain smoothness. The high ABV stays pretty much in the background while the base beer does the most of the talking. Exquisite.

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Photo of Heeenrik
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dactrius
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Viaduck
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
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 +4.7%
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 -5.6%
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 -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
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 -4.2%
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 -2.3%
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 +3.5%
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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Anniversary Ale - Twenty Five from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 62 ratings