Anniversary Ale - Twenty Five
Avery Brewing Company

Anniversary Ale - Twenty FiveAnniversary Ale - Twenty Five
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Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
4.28 | pDev: 7.24%
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Anniversary Ale - Twenty FiveAnniversary Ale - Twenty Five
Notes: 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.
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mschrei from Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a light head and minimal lacing, very dark. Dark fruit notes on the smell with some chocolate. Taste is raisin, dates, prunes, brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, . Feel is medium/big body, boozy, a bit mouth watering. Warms up/opens well. A full bodied, flavorful, well developed, tasty beer.

May 01, 2020
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stortore from Illinois

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

22 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled in June 2018, had 3/21/20.

Pours an opaque dark brown, thick looking, with a one inch foamy head and some soapy lacing. Aromas of Belgian yeast, raisins, dates, chocolate, coffee, cola, spices, malt, some figs and molasses, light licorice, some tobacco when warm. Flavors of raisins, malt, honey, dates, chocolate, spices- cloves for one, some figs and prunes, some cola, light coffee, light molasses and licorice, a little peppercorn. A little sweet. Smooth, a solid medium to full body, well carbonated.

This is pretty different, but really well executed. The raisins and dates stand out, but the sweetness is controlled and it still feels like a BSDA. A bourbon barrel version of this would be really interesting. Very enjoyable.

Apr 14, 2020
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ThickNStout from Georgia

4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Red foil capped 22oz from Bruisin Ales (Asheville, NC). 14.00. Bottled 6/20/18. Served in an Avery snifter. Enjoyed 8/4/19.

Pours a dark chocolate brown with a tall cap of pale khaki froth. The head subsides, leaving littl retention.

Smells of candied dark fruit, wet oak, sweet, sugary Belgian yeast, chocolate and caramel.

Flavors of chocolate, dates, raisins, oak, Belgian yeast, turbinado sugar, honey glaze and a hearty dose of alcohol.

Creamy, full body with slightly conservative carbonation. Chocolate, dark fruit and oak in the finish.

Happy 25 years to Avery. This anniversary ale pay tribute to the Belgian strong dark ale while upping the ante with honey, dates and raisins.

Oct 17, 2019
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a very dark brown with a two finger tan head. Heavy amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is raisins, dates and oak.

T - The taste is raisins, dates, prunes, banana, chocolate, vanilla, molasses and oak.

M - Full body with low carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a soft dry finish.

O - This is a serious beer. Big rich flavors with the 14.5% extremely well hidden.

Oct 13, 2019
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Eddieeight from Ohio

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

Pours dark cherry red almost black. Smells like dark fruits. The label says raisins and dates and that’s pretty accurate. Slight alcoholic scent. The taste follows the nose as far as fruits go. The label also says dark candy sugar and a blend of dark hops. However there is a heavy warming to this beer that washes out my mouth and throat for up to 30 seconds after I swallow. It could be wine - perhaps because it’s got such a high alcohol content. Mouthfeel is moderately thick. Overall a very tasty beer.

Sep 08, 2019
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Im sampling a cellar temp bomber bottle that I recently picked up at my local beer store. I found this for $3.99 a bottle which seems like a steal on the ABV alone! Seems like its right up my alley from the description on the bottle and Im excited to try this one.
Pouring into my trusty snifter the beer pours the color of a coco-cola and has a tan fizzy head that is also similar to a coke. Only a very thin edge layer sticks around with one deeper cluster of bubbles on a third of the rim of my glass.
The aroma on this brew is much less robust than I anticipated, but I get some dark fruit, raisins and dates, with a hit of molasses as well. I also get a bit of floral honey note and some dark cacao and brown sugar. I dont get any hops on the nose even though they used 6 different varieties according to the label. The booze is not dominant as I thought it may be but is in the background.
The first sip reveals a big sticky textured body with very fine yet tingly carbonation. The beer coats my palate after each sip and the physical traits keep this on the sipping side of brews.
THe flavor is lots of complex malt notes. I get some dark chocolate and again raisin and dates but also some black cherry and a bit of brown sugar mixing together. Again, I dont get any real hop profile here, but the booze does show up. There is a little black peppery note and then some warming on the swallow that again adds to the sippability on this brew.
this is a big boozy malt driven beer, if that is your thing then get after this one if you see it. Im probably heading back to buy another bottle for my cellar!

Aug 05, 2019
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57md from Pennsylvania

4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brown color with a thin layer of head. The dominant notes in the nose are molasses and alcohol. The flavor starts rich and sweet and ends dry and boozy (in a good way).

It's a shame that this is a one-and-done offering.

Feb 17, 2019
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BeerImmediately from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into tulip.

Great looking beer ... tan head over deep brown body, and really good lacing.

Aromas were lighter than expected. Some dark fruit and oak, for sure, though.

Flavor and mouthfeel were just awesome though. Plenty of dates, raisin, vanilla/oak. If we’re considering this one a BSDA, then it’s a bit thick relative to others in the category.
Shocked that this weighs in at 14.5%, though. It’s definitely rich, but there is no alcohol burn.

Jan 23, 2019
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BlunderfulGuy from Nebraska

4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bought new, let it sit in the chilly basement for just a little while, opened it on 01/18/2019.

Very dark brown ribbon into a wine glass, noisy fizzing and some bubbles but no head, tiny island of bubbles when swirled which vanishes in a second, no real lacing but slight legs. Blackstrap molasses in the glass, brown molasses edges with tiny ruby highlights where the light can shine through.

Molasses-y and raisin-y or figgy aroma with some banana nut bread and roasted grain coming through. Very nice surprise to be reminded of Mephistopheles. Coffee beans and darker cigar wrapper come through as it warms.
Punch of bright fruits (raisin, fig, almost raspberry or blackberry or strawberry licorice) that swirl around with vanilla, molasses, and toasty and roasty oak and roasted malts. Long finish, great fruity roasted grain aftertaste that takes ages to fade, more reminders of Mephistopheles crossed with a Belgian holiday style ale. No barrel nor fruit domination at all, everything works very well together.
Significantly lighter than a typical stout or imperial porter despite breaching that flavor territory, hitting where a good strong dark ale should, never getting cloying. Carbonation is low compared to some Belgian styles, but is very soft and just present enough that it works very well for the beer.

Fantastic overall. Just about perfectly aged right now, too.

Cracked open shaved some aged havarti, manchego, and asiago after a few sips and enjoyed it even more.

Jan 19, 2019
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

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.

Jan 13, 2019
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polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

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.

Jan 04, 2019
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Rogerlb from California

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.

Dec 31, 2018
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Cthulhusquid from Washington

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.

Dec 09, 2018
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beergoot from Colorado

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.

Nov 23, 2018
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Viaduck from California

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!

Nov 03, 2018
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dcscientist from Colorado

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.

Oct 29, 2018
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

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.

Oct 26, 2018
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

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.


Oct 21, 2018
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

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

Oct 20, 2018
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

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.

Oct 12, 2018
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

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.

Oct 06, 2018
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Avitra from Switzerland

4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Oct 06, 2018
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Oct 06, 2018
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AlarmClock314 from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Sep 08, 2018
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bbtkd from South Dakota

4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Sep 03, 2018
Anniversary Ale - Twenty Five from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 80 ratings