Avery Anniversary Ale - Fourteen | Avery Brewing Company

BA SCORE
89
very good
267 Ratings
Avery Anniversary Ale - FourteenAvery Anniversary Ale - Fourteen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.46%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Mebuzzard on 05-16-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
267
Reviews:
231
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
11.47%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Durge
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A thick dark brown black color with a healthy light brown head and a solid cascade of spider web lacing on the pint glass. The aroma offers deep pomegranate malt and licorice along with some chocolate prune. Really top notch. The flavor starts with a tart lime that marries easily with the deep licorice malt and prune ideas that came through in the first nose hit. And again I can identify some chocolate as well as orange and fig. Just a taste treat that obviously didn't lose anything after sitting for a few years. The body is near full with a slick feel that's well short of being too syrupy. Goes down pretty easily for a big beer but you'll want to make it last. Awesome stuff.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ryan1788a5
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a goblet. This beer has been in my cellar for a long time. Six years old, I suppose, seeing as Twenty dropped recently. Let's see if it held up.

A: Pitch black on the pour. One finger of beige head settles into a thin slip after a short time. A thin, delicate ring of lacing remains on the glass.

S: Deep notes of dark chocolate and black cocoa powder. Dry, cake-like brownies and tootsie rolls. Grape-like candi sugar. Soft and subtle yeasty spice builds as the beer warms. Brown sugar and faint cinnamon and clove. A hollow, leafy hop scent has been all but lost with the time.

T: Chocolatey up front with tastes of tootsie rolls, dry brownies, and black cocoa powder. Chocolate truffles. Brown molasses. Candi sugar brings a distinct raisin taste. This gets wrapped up in all the chocolate, and the marriage is a beautiful one. Plum and black raspberry round out a fruity center. As in the nose, the yeast brings mellow spice: Faint clove and cinnamon are almost lost. Perhaps a dash of pepper. Brown sugar. Slight papery/cardboard oxidation, but that's to be expected at this age. Absolutely no trace of alcohol despite the high abv. Any hop taste ironed itself out long ago. Dry chocolatey and yeasty finish.

M: Full mouthfeel, body is on the thick side but not weighty. Filling and somewhat chewy. Candi sugar and high attenuation keep it from being heavy and viscous. Scrubbing carbonation provides some lift too.

O: Having not had this beer fresh, I can only speculate as to what it was like younger. It has definitely held up to the time, but at six years it seems that it may have lost a step or two. Particularly in the hops department. As it stands it was a solid drink, but man do I wish I could taste this fresh, when the dry hopping was still apparent.

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3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not sure if it was my fault or what, but this thing gushed. Maybe just shaken up.

Pours really dark red with four fingers tan head, bunch of sediment too.

Smell is like a barleywine but lighter, coco, malt, red fruit, really complex,

taste is a bit stale, but very complex, bitter, coco, espresso, molasses, some fruit flavor too, interesting beer for sure.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4.69/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Steady carbonation with a pale tan head. Nice lacing for a 6.5. The label reads "A very Dark, Different, Dry-Hopped Ale."

Aromas stand out from the start with licorice & chocolate. the taste has more of licorice, bittersweet chocolate and very ripe cherry + sweet malts & dark fruits of raisins & figs. The temperature rising increases the intensity of the chocolate. Partially due (I imagine) from the yeasts opening their doors in welcoming the flood of burnt sugar, syrupy bitter chocolate and fruit. Carbonation dissipated somewhat, but kept teasing to the final sip. Tasted with 2 brewers & general manager from Morgantown Brewing Company, WV.

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4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally decided to open this one - Avery's anniversary beer from 2007

Murky soft brown body that shows little to no activity. A finger of pale tan head retains rather well and produces decent lacing and beading beneath.

Chocolate, licorice and rotten cherry. Dark, sweet malts and red fruits... brownie and Belgian yeast. The alcohol seemed rather potent upon first opening the bottle, but it's more smoothed out than I had initially thought - there is still a bit of heat though on the tail end of it.

Dessert fruits, chocolate syrup, some papery sweetness... a little chalky but it doesn't seem to detract from the overall drinkability of the beer. A little medicinal in the finish but it's rounded out by a sense of syrupy fruit presence.

Very interesting stuff. Give it a whirl if you're interested.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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