Avery Anniversary Ale - Fourteen
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Belgian Strong Dark Ale
4.05 | pDev: 11.36%
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Reviews by Georgiabeer:
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, almost black,with ruby highlights. Nice head and lacing as well. Alcohol, prunes, stewed cherries, vanilla, and wood in the nose. A little hot, will probably integrate as time goes on. Taste is very interesting.There are some typical Belgian flavors of clove and dark fruit from the malt and the yeast, but there is also a healthy amount of bitter, earthy hops as well. Very interesting combination and very dry. Mouthfeel is very dey and tannic. This and the hogh abv makes it a sipper.

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Photo of bassmantin
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing redish brown with a large clumpy tan head that clings to glass with a vengeance.

The smell is hoppier than I expected with a hint of chocolate as well. Extremely unique.

The taste is reminescent of an IPA with some grapefruit and citrus but there are also notes of chocolate and roasted malts. Incredible. It tastes like a mix of an IPA and a porter.

I love it. What a unique blend of tastes. Awesome!

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4.9/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Leaves a crazy, big three finger-plus-deep foamy head that is the color of espresso foam. The head has excellent retention all the way down and it leaves webs and webs of sticky lacing. Body is black. Beautiful to behold.

Smell - Lapsang suchong black tea ( i.e. tea dried over pine-wood fire ), richly roasted barley, burnt crust malt bread, sugar, molasses, hint of overripe dark skinned fruits, hint of spicy alcohol. This is very mouthwatering.

Taste - delivers everything promised in the smell. Richly roasted and smoky malt, pine-wood fire dried tea, burnt crust malt bread, molasses, chocolate, raisins, and plums. Some spicy alcohol on the finish, but mostly the alcohol is very well hidden. This is excellent ale.

Mouthfeel - full bodied, and very, very dry.

Drinkability - this is a very excellent ale, it's very hearty and delicious. Only the high abv limits its sessionability. Also, the label invites the drinker to decide what the style is, and here I think that this has to be misidentified as a BSDA, it is very much more hearty than that - I think it is an American Double Stout, or an RIS combined with an Irish Dry Stout.

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Photo of dfried
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Quite dark brown with a little transparency near the bottom and edges where there are a lot of ruby highlights., large fluffy light coco colored head. Sugary, chocolaty aroma with a lot of floral perfuminess emanating from somewhere between the hops and the spiciness created by the yeast. Dark fruity esters, rich molasses.

Pretty big malt in the taste, chocolaty with molasses and some almost biscuity toastedness. Fruity from the beginning with some plums and brambles, but even fruitier as it warms with some berry notes showing up. With the malt backing it up, it was almost like a chocolate and fruit fondue plate. But through this whole beer the perfumy spiciness is not to be understated, its always there providing a tangy edge, pepper, anise, and spiced rum. The hops leave a slightly citrusy aftertaste too of orange peel.

Overall: damn good beer for their anniversary. Big and malty, a lot of complexity, fair amount of hops to back it up. Though I may not put it on my own top beer list, I respect that it is top shelf quality. I bet it would age very well too. Good work Avery, keep knocking out the Belgian-esque big beers please.

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Photo of MEsquandoles
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Released Spring 2007. Was able to save a bottle, put in the beer cellar fridge about 6 months ago, mostly room temp before that.

Poured into Duvel glass and Lucifer glass (what I call a modern snifer).

No problem with carbonation and head retention, perhaps because of Belgian-y yeast and 60 IBU/dry-hopping?

In short, a cross between an (American) Imperial Stout and an aged non-authentic Quad.

I remember the fresher versions being more roasty, more overall hop presence, and slight alcohol presence.

This one is definitely sweeter. A little bit of American Old Ale taste as it warms. No trace of harsh alcohol in nose, but some in taste as it worms. I was slightly worried about how it'd be by now, but it has held up pretty well. More fruity now. In short, dark chocolate covered dark cherries with some espresso. Some roasted nut. Dates, figs. The dark chocolate Snickers comes to mind, but not in an artificial or pejorative sense. Black and red licorice.

Actually I probably would have liked it better last winter when there was more roastiness and hoppiness to pair with this sweetness. Still a pleasure to drink tonight though! Complexity and mouthfeel are enjoyable. Some creaminess but not too much, especially in comparison to the thick head, and I'm usually n ot a fan of super creamy. A little bit of pineapple/apricot zestiness here and there that is more than welcome.

Could certainly pass as an well hopped (American) Imperial Stout fermented at high temperatures (more ester production than authentic Belgian-y tasting). I'd be very interested to hear about the yeast used and the fermentation stats...

It'd be interesting to make the following concoction to compare:
1 part 3 year aged Mephistopheles
3 parts New World Porter
2 part 1 year aged Reverand

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Photo of brdc
4.97/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Large capped bottle, poured into a goblet.

Very dark brown, almost impenetrable, with an occasional golden highlight, capped by a coffee and milk colored head, with good retention and some lacing.
The impressive, rich aroma is a good clue of what is to come: the first whiff out of the bottle is a hoppy, piney and grassy smell. First impression, a hop bomb. Then another whiff, and a sugary, caramelized maltiness makes me wonder if I did not smell it properly. Another whiff, and both aromas come together, along with molasses, a yeasty note, dark fruits, citric fruits and even some spices, predominantly peppery.
Full bodied and creamy, the multiple layers of piney and citrusy hops meld perfectly with the caramelized malts, yeastiness, waves of multiple fruits.
An absolute masterpiece!

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Photo of Flyer
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful reddish brown with a rich, deep khaki-colored head. I didn't get much aroma, other than a little resin. The flavor is caramel/toffee and some anise, with a big hop presence underneath, but without intense hop bitterness. A nice bite, distinctive, fairly good overall. Reminded me a little of Great Lakes Nosferatu, if only for the hop flavor, though this is a little creamier overall, and lacking Nosferatu's sharpness (which, by my standards, places it a notch or two below Nosferatu). Recommended.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Almost black, but when held to a light, the clear ruby color shows through. A massive off-white head forms and leaves wonderful lacing. Absolutely beautiful.

S- Very aromatic. The citrus and dark fruits really blend well with the sticky malt backing. Very complex.

T- Very complex. The citrus is wonderful, and there is almost a little bit of perfume flavor as well and maybe a hint of coffee. But the dark fruits and caramel are there to balance things out. Wonderfully complex and tasty.

M- Kind of sticky, but overall very creamy and chewy in the mouth. Very crisp and clean upon swallowing.

D- A little sweet and the booze really seemed to catch up with me. But very enjoyable and highly recommended.

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Photo of jrob21
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of number1bum
4.78/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a 22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass it's nearly black, but more like a porter than a stout, as it shows some clear garnet hues around the edges. The head is super creamy, a beautiful tan color that has outstanding retention. Also leaves lots of patchy stick all over the sides of the glass. Awesome.

Smell has some Belgian candy sugar and yeasty notes, but it's also super malty and displays some fruity and hoppy characters, as well. Malts are caramel and chocolate and pair with some Belgian candy sweetness, dark fruits like maybe plum and raisin, and some floral hops to make a super complex and enticing nose.

As great as the smell is, the taste is better. The malts are rich and bold like a stout, with caramel and chocolate sweetness, then some raisin and other dark fruits and some floral, resiny herbal hops through the finish. There is just the right amount of bitterness to complement the sweetness beautifully. My goodness is this every wonderfully complex.

The hops in this one contribute not just to the flavor but to one of the smoothest, creamiest mouthfeels of any beer I've had. Simply awesome. Although the ABV is pretty high, it's masked very well and barely affects the drinkability.

The smell shows more Belgian-style characteristics than the taste, so to label it a Belgian strong dark ale is misleading. On the other hand, to label this as a stout is to greatly oversimplify its complexities. But styles be damned! This is an awesome brew that I will definitely be grabbing more of to drink and to cellar. This immediately jumps up to the top of my list of favorite beers. I really love this brew.

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Photo of HoustonTX
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fourteen pours with a nice semi-thick viscosity. A seamless off-white head, with a halo of lace.

Aroma of chocolate, medicinal fruits, tobacco, and aromatic hops.

Taste is leaning towards that of a hoppy-stout. Yet, still holds true to it's Belgian style. Loads of chocolate and rich maltiness dominate with a thick rich attack of flavor. Backed with hints of smoke, fig, black licorice, coffee and semi-tart milk. All while cascading along a dry-hopped herbal bonanza. Lovely.

This beer hits the nail on the head. It's really one of Avery's best creations. I would absolutely love seeing it brewed as part of their lineup. It's just that good.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes:
Quite dark brown, ruby red around the edges and the bottom. Head is soft and large, takes on a dark tone but is the color tan.

Um. The menu indicated weizenbock. This isn't that: lots of spice, baking chocolate, some nuttiness and a bit of smoke on the nose. These reappear in the flavor, along with some dark fruit. The malts are generally caramel sweet and chocolate bitter, plenty of prickly alcohol.

Finish is long in the mouth and on the alcohol. Good body, has a nice, active feel, but this is nowhere near a weizenbock nor a BSDA.

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Photo of ccrida
3.07/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured in a tulip galss, the Avery 14th Anniversary Ale pours a very dark garnett with a big foamy tan head leaving waves of foamy lace. Hmm, looks like a RIS...

The smell is rich chocolate and crystal malts and an unusually pungent funk to the hops, maybe they're getting lost in all that dark malt? It's pretty strong, and I don't really care for it...also, as it warms, some booziness struggles to break through that weird hop/malt mix.

The taste is pretty much along the same lines, more roasted then chocolate malt, with caramel notes as well, and lots of west coast hop character. I just don't find the pungent fruitiness of the hops to go well with this RIS style malt base. As mentioned on the bottle, lots of molasses as well, which, with the coffee like roast, gets a bit astringent.
As much as I keep thinking RIS, maybe that bitterness is mosly hops, as the malt base is more sweet, like a Baltic Porter? But no, there's definately some roast as well. Inconcievable! Well, and interesting puzzle when I start to fret about style, but that's always a bad idea! I should just try to enjoy what I can about this one...e.g. the alcohol is barely perceptible, with a warming feeling in the back of the throat.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side for such a dark, strong beer, creamy but oily.

This was moderately drinkable. It was lighter then it looked and tasted, and while it had it moments, I just don't think the experiment was a success. Something about all the floral hops and dark malt...

So yes, after working my way through the bomber, warm and cold, I'm thinking it's more of a Baltic Porter the RIS malt base, with a touch of roasted malt and floral west coast DIPA hops. Interesting, but ultimately not a winner to me. Laying it down for a while might bring it more into BP territory as the hops fade, but by that time, I doubt it would be as sweet and luscious as I'd like.

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Photo of BlindPig
2.05/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A- Poured into my Chimay glass with about just under a inch creamy tan head on a really dark body but when held to light you get clear hues of ruby.
S- Dark fruits like cherries, few plums, and hint of raisins. Also there are some figs, light spices, big malty body everything stands on, and a perfect amount of hops as "garnish".
T- After smelling this I am VERY let down. Just a very disgusting flavor. It is almost like a cream of something gets stuck on the tongue and won't get off...lets see if I can drink enough of this to review it. Chocolate, caramel, figs, alcohol, hint of hops, light spices. Almost like there is milk blended in this. Very full sickly body that just coats the mouth like milk does and low carbonation.
D- I think the taste kind of hints at what I think about this. I have had about 10 tastes and I feel kind of queezy. This must be one of the worst beers I have tried. I loved the smell though. I even got another glass and tried it from there just to make sure it wasn't the glass.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very strange beer. It was dark black with a tan whip-cream-like head. The smell made me think chocolate. The taste followed suit but had some real hoppiness going on. Sorta grassy, piney, and almost like chocolate mints. This beer was tasty but very complex. It felt like my taste buds were being assaulted!

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Photo of khiasmus
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Seemed like a good brew for my 200th review. I certainly hope so.
Slight hiss as I popped the cap, and the fourteen pours a beautiful, almost black color into my glass. The head and lacing are both superb, along with the retention. Ruby highlights when held to the light, and the light also shows it to have perfect clarity.
Smell is of spice, molasses, roasted grain, a hint of alcohol, raspberry, belgian yeast, golden raisins, slight oxidation, and the slightest hint of diacetyl.
First on the tongue is dark fruit, followed quickly by tons of roasty notes and slight burnt grain. The balance between the dark fruit and roast is close until the finish, where the burnt grain and alcohol flavors take over, albeit with a bit of molasses-like malt lingering on the back of the tongue. Slight metallic notes come out as well, but it's not a bad thing - it may be a result of the hops, ever so faintly.
The feel is smooth, silky, full-bodied, slightly astringent in the end, and more warming than 9.46 would suggest.
Overall i would say this is an excellent brew. Not one that i could have frequently, and it's certainly up against some heavy hitters in this style, what with rochefort and westy... but it holds its own, especially for a beer from an American brewery. I certainly recommend it. Thanks to kkipple for bringing this one back, even if he made me pay for it :-)

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this one for a little over a year...picked it up in Colorado while we were visiting my sister-in-law and her fiance.

A - Rich and dark molasses and caramelized sugar color with a massively dense four finger head of solid...and I mean SOLID foam. Head retention is outstanding, and the head is a russet-tinged beige/tan color that contrasts the deep mahogany brown of the beer. As the head slowly, slowly recedes, lumps of mashed potato like mounds form in the foam. This one is super-cloudy, and leaves thick solid sheets of tan lace on the glass that get sticky after a few seconds. This glass is gonna be hard to clean!

S - I can smell deep maple syrup and bourbon notes before I even get close to the glass. Up close, I smell brown biodegrading leaves, molasses, maple syrup, roasting chestnuts, high quality dark chocolate, and big time malted milk balls. Smells a lot like a dense chocolate malt milkshake, enjoyed by a roasting fire with a handful of mixed nuts drizzled in molasses. Damn, sounds like my idea of a good time!

T - Roasted coffee grounds, dark toffee, peanut brittle, and a good deal of what I always think of as "brown" hop flavors. I don't know anything about home brewing or hop varietals, but there are some beers that have a hop favor that reminds me of crinkled up old brown leaves in autumn, and this one has that characteristic in abundance. There is a sweet, almost barbecue sauce flavor in this one that seems a bit off, and that, along with an out of place stouty roastiness is keeping me from rating the flavor as highly as the nose.

M - Full bodied with some surprisingly prickly carbonation, and that (along with the aggressive hoppage) helps keep it from being to heavy or cloying. The finish is nutty, long, and fairly dry, leaving a woody feel in the mouth.

D - Good stuff! One of the prettiest beers I've seen in a while, and the nose is ridiculously complex and inspiring. This is a slow sipper to be savored. Avery never fails to impress me and this is one of their best.

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Photo of timbro81
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep ruby brown with great clarity and very nice carbonation. Fantastic head with great staying power, lots of impressive "mounds" in the head. Smell is a crazy mix of malts and hops, goes back and forth between sweet maltiness and piney hops. Also some slight roasted grains (chocolate like) and bread characteristics. Lively on the tongue, hoppy. A nice silkiness to it. Hops are constant but malt sweetness comes and goes, kind of confusing. A bit of smokiness in the aftertaste. I wasn't sure what to make of this beer. Its good but it is in many different places at different times. Check it out for yourself and you decide.

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Photo of gunnerman
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this awesome different creation into my AB specialty glass, pours a orange dark crimson brown with a fluffy foamy head that leaves some serious thick and heavy lace on the glass. Smell is pretty impressive sweet pear and also some sweet molasses and some alcohol soaked oranges. This is one fine tasting different creation, different as it has so many flavors on my palate, I can taste chocolate a bit of yeasty tartness, malt and bread, alcohol , rubber, wood, grass, and also a bit of hop bitterness as it goes down. For this being so flavorful it was a bit hard to drink and left but did go down pretty smooth, this was a creation I would have again.

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Photo of prototypic
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's dark, dark brown with a creamy, tan one and a half finger head. Very good retention and lacing.

Smell: Very hoppy. Very intriguing considering the look of this beer. There's some fruity elements (grapefruit and maybe some orange and pineapple). Even a bit of dark fruit, as well. Also smells a bit like chocolate and coffee. Very complex.

Taste: Initially, it tastes like chocolate with a bit of light coffee. Hops kick in and provide a bitter taste. Very interesting follow up to the first flavors. Grapefruit and perhaps a bit of dark fruit are noticeable. This is a very good beer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and very, very smooth. At 9.6%, it's not a session beer, but still very drinkable. Overall, excellent beer. Perhaps the best Avery offering I've tried. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of abfraser
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled in 2007, so been aging for about 1+ year

A: Good looking beer. Pours like motor oil, pitch black with a big dark brown creamy head. Almost looks like an RIS.

S: Big caramel malt and dark brown sugar

T/M: Pretty one-note with the sugary malt. This tastes like the base of all the Avery beers but doesn't seem to have a major distinguishing characteristic. The faint coffee aftertaste is about it.

D: I found this a little too sweet, thick and heavy

A decent offering. It's a worthwhile beer to drink, but it just doesn't stand out to me.

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Photo of Osiris9588
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bomber, capped, no date. Pours a deep, nearly opaque mahogany. Creamy three-finger tan head--great retention, as it slowly recedes leaves ample, large-bubbled, fluffy lace.

The aroma is dominated by toasty caramel malt, along with some cherry, maple, yeast and bark. The flavor follows the aroma, along with some candied sugar, clove, a nice dry-hopped woodiness on the finish, and a warming buzz of alcohol.

This is full-bodied, well-carbonated, and complex--a lot stuff going on here, as we get a nice juxtaposition of cream and sweet versus woody and spicey. Very drinkable, with the velvety middle, despite the high ABV and smokey finish. Buy this up, I'm sure it would be great for the cellar.

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Photo of bitterthebetter
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I bought this beer I think in October of 07. Decided my birthday in June was the perfect time to crack it open.

Pours a deep inviting brown with subtle golden and amber undertones with beige head rich with bubbles and foam is about 2 inches thick, similar to a Belgian dubbel or trippel

on the aroma rich rich malt dominates similar to a barleywine and clean, dry, piney hops balance it out. Notes of molasses, brown sugar, slight fruitness

super rich with a plethora of flavors. smooth upfront malt starts it all out and then the hops kick in, followed by sugary notes, slight dried fruit, super hidden bittersweet chocolate, a touch of espresso?, and slight caramel notes

super smooth and just coats the mouth with glorious nectar. slight fruitiness develops as the beer warms a bit. Finish is long and dominated by the hops but the other flavors still longer, you just have to focus on them

Amazing, intriguing, and remarkably complex ale. I've never tasted anything like it, nor will I imagine I will again. I really really wish I had another 3 bottles to age.

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Photo of peabody
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out beautifly with very dark blackness topped with tan malty suds. The small bubbles that look like ice cream. The head retention on this one is over the top. Great lacing.
Smell is plum chocolate and coffee. Very nice fruity aroma to start it off followed by a nice mellow coffee/dark chocolate combination.
I am getting caramel malt as the concotion warms. The apple/plum/raisin aroma is really stronger as it warms.
Taste is a little thin here, I get the caramel notes and some fruitness but not anywhere near the smell factor. The alcohol is very slight and hiding until after the brew has slipped into the throat.
Raisin and plum and no coffee or chocolate! hmmm. Strange.
Very sweet with slight bitterness in the aftertaste. Very clean mouthfeel.
Drinkability is pretty good here dispite the high abv.

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Photo of sstackho
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draft at Sunset Grill in Allston, MA. Pours very dark with a decent head. The aroma is a bit difficult to pin down. Very strong flavour hits you initially. Lots of sweetness from the alcohol. Flavour is strong, but I didn't find it particularly deep. This one came off as too sweet overall for me.

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Avery Anniversary Ale - Fourteen from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 269 ratings