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Avery Anniversary Ale - FourteenAvery Anniversary Ale - Fourteen

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.46%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Mebuzzard on 05-16-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of kkrez
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of Gehrig
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This gem poured three fingers of extremely durable tan froth above a dark brown-red body, gorgeous! The smell is wonderful, full of molasses, hops, fruit and with a roasted aroma permeating the mug. The taste is brilliant, full of fruit such as cherry, orange, and berries; molasses; caramel, chocolate, and a strong hopped flavor that I love. The mouthfeel is fantastic, bringing all the flavors together harmoniously with just the right carbonation. Meanwhile, more than halfway through the 22 oz. mug, there is still a finger of head resting confidently atop the mug.

I can't say how impressed I am with Fourteen. It's just brilliant, the best I've had from Avery--which is saying a lot, given my fondness for The Reverend and Salvation. Its rich, smooth flavor easily mask the high ABV (9.46%). It would be all too easy to crack open a second after this. Five Stars.

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Photo of brdc
4.97/5  rDev +23.6%
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 ultralarry2006
4.9/5  rDev +21.9%
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 bitterthebetter
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
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 sweetkness
4.79/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I haven't had enough time to review my brews lately, just too many. But I had to make sure I put down a review for this one.

A - Served this in a wine glass. Nice dark brown color along with creamy light brown head.

S - Strong dried fruit aroma giving way to alcohol smell. I found this very similar to a Barleywine/Old Ale.

T - I can't say I've really tasted anything like this. The initial flavor I noticed was a wonderfully refreshing fruit flavor, but not the dark fruits that I noticed in the aroma. It was more of a citrusy, estery, belgian fruit flavor. This was followed by a well balanced hop and malt bitterness, finishing smooth.

M - It felt wonderfully effervescent and the carbination was exceptional.

D - Surprisingly drinkable considering how dark and full bodied it was. I had a large bottle to myself and the alcohol definetely sneaks up on you.

This was a very unique beer. The appearance, aroma and taste all give you an impression of a different style, making it hard to categorize, but also adding to the drinking enjoyment.

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4.78/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Holy crap. A new contender for the crown of 'My Favorite Beer.' Had this off the tap at the Avery Brewery in Boulder, CO. I had been excited to try it, having loved their last anniversary brew, Thirteen. It pours a deep, dark brown, with dark red highlights. A bit of frothy head (hard to tell in the little taster glasses). Smells like hops, malts, and everything good about beer. I will need to retaste in a better environment, since I had people shoving other beers (Maharaja, Out of Bounds, Samael) under my nose to smell their bouquets, so honestly, other than knowing that I loved the smell, I can't say for sure what notes made up the hop bouquet.

Goes down like drinking ambrosia, the nectar of the gods. Mouthfeel is thick without ever once bordering on syrupy. It just *feels* good. The taste is...multi-dimensional. There is a lot going on here. Malty, on several levels. Hoppy, from several directions. Basically, anyone who likes beer should be able to find something they like about this. Accompanied by extended family members who made NO bones about their dislike of Avery's IPA or Maharaja (good, more for me!), they all LOVED the Fourteen. Not sure what makes it so special, but the boys and girls at Avery definitely hit a home run with this one. Thankfully its a big beer, otherwise I might be tempted to drink a six of this, and then marvel at the massive ABC it packs!

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4.78/5  rDev +18.9%
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 dogger6253
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

HUGE head! Bubbly, mocha colored - it settles into a foamy, 2-inched head. The body is ruby red toward the bottom, but midnight black at the top. Completely opaque though. This head never falls!!! Awesome retention, thick gobs of lace stuck behind. Beautiful.

Glorious hops scent. Dark fruits: plums, raisins, grapes, figs. We also get to smell tobacco, coffee, chocolate and several nameless spices. This beer smells so great words cannot adequately relay its aroma.

Dark roasted malt flavor with plums and raisins sweetening things up a little. Grapes also add to the sweetness. Hops balance the taste out really well. Some of the other things I noted in the taste were oak, figs, and brown sugar.

Very smooth despite being so heavily roasted. The heavy body is lightened by subtle carbonation. All-around a terrific beer. I want more. Now.

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Photo of magnusdave
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of Blupoet03
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From last night's notes:

It poured with a large orangish-tan head, with a near-black body with caramel tones. The head is pillowy, and lingered all the way to the bottom of the glass.

Aroma: grapefruit and melon hops scents, toffee, and even a bouquet of flowers.

Taste: caramel, chocolate/cocoa, grapefruit, starts sweet and is followed by a sharp bitterness. One of the wives chimed in with "its a million flavors at once." It was smooth, lingering, and very refreshing.

Drinkability is high, but this is a thick and strong beer so go slow.

Avery doesn't define a style for this beer. We would argue that if you cross a Russian Imperial Stout and an American Double IPA, this is what you'd get.

None of the four of us could think of a beer we've enjoyed more.

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Photo of mattster
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap 5 May 2008 at Papago Brewery served in a snifter glass.

Brought to the table, it had a thick nice head of 1" that held rather well above a thick dark brown/black goodness.

Smell was of thick malts and tons of earthy/spicy goodness. Taste is almost overwelming. Very nice dark fruit notes with excellent hints of chocolate. Nice bitterness - actually a great balance of the taste. Somewhat sweet, but great with the malts used. Really great mouth feel and nice finish. I like this brew - a lot. I wish I'd ordered another, but maybe I'll get a few bottles before it is all gone.

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Photo of kkipple
4.69/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the famous Brick Store Pub in Atlanta. I should mention that it was super fresh as they had recently tapped the keg.

Whoever our bartender was, mad respect to them as they actually filled the glass to the limit! The beer arrived with the fat, toasty tan head sitting proudly a good inch above the rim, but hardly a drop was wasted down the side. Someone knew what they were doing...

Anyway, enough head talk. Avery 14 is a deep red-black beer, clear but difficult to tell as it's so darn dark. Think a heavy doppelbock color. The head lasts several minutes before settling, leaving some sticky lacing down the glass. Sorry... I'll stop for real now.

I'll get right down to it -- 14 is a deliciously complex smelling beer. I had a real hard time placing it -- I suspected some sort of Belgian Strong, but this is strongly Americanized. No Belgian yeast smell here, but tons of alcohol, sweet dense roasted malt, massive citrus hop aroma (I later find out it's dry hopped), fruit and prunes, brown sugar, molasses and solid coffee all hits me in waves. It's all there, folks. Styles can take a flying leap, this is a strong offering that wears its ambiguity proudly!

It'd be redundant to describe, in detail, the taste of this one, as most of the aforementioned smells are present here in some regard. 14 is a sweet, alcoholic, citrus-hoppy, nutty, roasty, hot beer that somehow, amazingly, works. You wouldn't think a bizarre blend of so many flavors -- coffee, citrus, pine, prune, molasses, etc etc -- would blend but the cats at Avery have done it.

The mouthfeel is scintillating. Creamy, full, silky, and finishes bittersweet and hoppy. It's rich but I daresay I could nurse another pint of this over an hour. How do they do it?

Let me digress a moment and mention that oftentimes American brewers take the lazy way out and grab a style, turn it up to 11, dry hop it and shove it out the door. The hopheads and people who dig 12% beers lap it up (and there's nothing wrong with them, really) but the end result is a less subtle, less interesting, and ultimately less satisfying beer. Avery 14 is not that beer.

Bottom line: I'm not really sure what this beer is, but I do know I want more of it immediately. It was sublime on tap; now my quest for bottles begins...it's good to have goals, no?

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Photo of Highlander15401
4.69/5  rDev +16.7%
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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Photo of mikesgroove
4.66/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Avery 14

Ahh well I do love anniversary beers, and I love all things Avery so match made in heaven one would think. Poured a deep reddish brown with a huge, and I mean huge billowing brown headm that wouldnt fade if you dumped water on it. What did eventually settle only left behind such a gooey sticky lace that one could barely see the glass. The hue on this was spectaculer, just a wonderful burnt amber red. Simply great looking.

Aroma was very odd is the word I would use right now. Very fruity and spicey, hints of bananas again with alot of citrus hops, and a touch of grapes or maybe brandy. I cannot quite place this one off aroma I am picking up. A Hint of alcohol is present as well. The first impression of the taste was spectacular. A very smooth and robust brew this was. Clean feel, and full bodied. Lots of alchol and a ton of hops, especially in the finish,. The flavor is full of dark fruits, prunes, apples and pears that seem to be literally dipped in orange juice and then soaked in alcohol. Very had to describe, but really utterly perfect in flavor. I have to give the flavor of this a 5, it really struck me as phenomanal. So complex and belgian like almost with the spices, yet had a chewey pine resiny hoppiness to it. Awesome, one of the best tastes I have ever...well tasted.

Overall I do not know what else I can say other then go out and try this. I really cannot even begin to figure out what kind of style this is, one moment strong ale, then highly hopped IPA, then a Belgian dark, it doesnt even know. It just is what is, a really great brew. Get out and try this if you can, it is soo worth it.

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Photo of Osiris9588
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
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 dreadnatty08
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque dark brown with slight ruby highlights in the corner. Dense and full big bubbly head, off white in color, great tracing. Aromas are dominated by bold fruity esters, lots of great Belgianness, prunes, raisins etc.. It's hard to really discern anything over the esters, a bit of roastiness finally comes through, slight chocolate tones. On the palate, things change quite a bit. The esters, of course hit first, the cocoa hits midway and hops sort of meander over the whole thing, never making themselves pronounced, but creating an interesting aura. Like the bottle says, who knows what this style is (and Americanized BSDA, perhaps). It is a very complex brew and it's too bad it's a one-off. Congrats on the anniversary Avery, this is a great way to celebrate.

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4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours very dark brown, with a few shades of amber in the thinner parts of the glass.

Head is a rich, frothy pillowed layer that lasts a long time. Lace coats the entire rim, almost like one of those Nitro pints of Guinness would.

Nose is somewhat clean, grassy, fruity (banana?), and dessert spices.

Palate is a big malt with Dunkel-Weizen like fruit in the there, with some of the banana clove that you would normally expect from a dunkel-weizen or possibly weizenbock. Rich malt flavors mix well the alcohol warmth and tangy hops on the finish. Walnuts, raisins, and a suggestion of dark rum can be found as well.

This is a very, very interesting beer to consider as it is tasted. Very complex and hard to pinpoint the exact flavors.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew pours a dark, nearly opaque, nearly black, brown color. The head is billowy, light tan, and recedes slowly leaving foam stuck to the side of the glass. The aroma is of toffee, cream, hazelnuts, hints of chocolate, yeast. It is like the aroma is a good baltic porter, but with an underlying Belgian yeast character that seems to hold everything together. It is not the strongest aromatic beer I have experienced, nor is it the most euphoric, but it is so odd that it is one of the most interesting. The taste has everything the aroma does, plus a noticable, if not brash, hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a silky texture, and nice carbonation. Overall, this is a mind opening beer. It a beer unto itself. It requires you to pause before each sip and forget any preconceived notions of stylistic guidelines, then relax, learn, and enjoy. It is wonderful.

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4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a 24 oz. snifter and served at 51 degrees:

A - With a gentle pour I managed to have to wait until the generous two-finger head settled before finishing the bottle. Pours an extremely dark brown, but has barely perceptible red highlights when held closely to a bright light. The generous tan foam leaves sticky lacing on the glass as it settles into a meringue at the top of the glass.

S - Dark fruits of plums, cherries and figs take front stage with caramel/brown sugar sweetness behind them. Hints of chocolate and bitter coffee linger making the mouth water in anticipation.

T - A complex blend of malty/fruity/chocolaty goodness floods the tongue with smooth carbonation tingling on its way. Spiced fruit, brown sugar and Tootsie Rolls dance in my mind. A slight bready quality mixes with the fruit and gives the sensation of drinking a rum spiked fruitcake. This is really complex!

M - Smooth and creamy, but somewhat thinner than I was expecting. This one could use some thickening up to make it a bit chewier.

D - It would be way too easy to blow through this brew quickly, but you really need to slow it down and experience the temperature/taste differences. Once again, I find that the flavorings zing as it nears room temperature (60 degrees currently).

A wonderful explosion of flavorings! I'm going to have to stock up on quite a few more of these and see how they hold up over time. It's probably a good thing that I don't have another one in the cellar as I'm quite sure I would pop it open immediately upon finishing this one.

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4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unlike the 13th anniversary these seem to be flying off the shelves of my local haunts. In fact its easier to find the 13th than this years edition. Now lets get to the brass tax of it. Is it good? Poured it into a tulip it forms a huge head but its very manageable. Rocky tan milky head leaves chunky lace.

A bakers chocolate smell arises at first followed by some all spice and a floral background. Oh boy, pineapple and cherries. Even as far to say that the pineapple is grilled and the cherries provied the sweetness. Far from overly sweet. In fact the chocolatey roasted quality is a life saver for this brew. Slightly cloying but mostly just fruity and floral meets roasty chocolate. Nice.

Notes: Reccomended for sure. The alcohol is well hidden and never even entered my frame of thought throughout the gobblage process.

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4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

08/21/07- Purchased at Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA ($5.99)

Presentation- 22oz bottle, 2007 release which was poured into my Alesmith tulip.

Appearance- Deep brown as in scorched looking caramel before it turns into sugar. Larger than an inch formed head. Chunky, medium bubbled with very nice lace patches and sticky goo everywhere.

Smell- Very sweet caramel malt infused with coffee beans, dark chocolate, plums and figs. Tons of goodies in this wonderful scent.

Taste- Mirrors the nose. Very sweet and sticky. Deep candied caramel combines with chocolate covered espresso beans chased by a few figs and dates. Has a wonderful hop base to it as well. Just the right bitterness.

Mouthfeel- As it warms it gets lightly creamy and lower on the carbonation side. Sticky and a mid thickness.

Drinkability- Dude! I'm impressed! This is one of the best Belgian style beers I have had US or from abroad. Hands down winner here. If only Santa Rosa wasn't a two hour drive for me. Highly recommended.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine July 2007.

The folks over at Avery jokingly described this as a "Dubbel IPA" and on the label "a very dark, different, dry-hopped ale." Yeah, fuck beer styles!

A somewhat typical Belgian nose, in that it's soft with some sweet suggestions; a bit malty and spicy, but interestingly herbal with alcohol and some floral and orange scents going on--think Grand Marnier. Silky smooth and incredibly creamy, blissful on the palate. You can feel it gently glide down the throat with a trailing alcohol burn--very warming and spicy. Maltiness is rich and complex, with flavors that literally pop and meld: tastes of brownies, ripe and juicy fruits, roasted nut butter, molasses, honey, black treacle, plus a semi-burnt raisin note. Hops get a bit resiny, with some major herbal action going on and a nice citrus smack on the backside. Black pepper. Faint vegetal; raw and leafy at times. Orangey. Roasty finish, a bit coffee-like. Dry.

Intricate doesn't even begin to describe this beer. Todd's wife, Candice (aka Cfahooligan), says this is probably one of Avery's best beers ever. We'll agree and leave it at that. Pairing? Here's your next barbecue beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
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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Avery Anniversary Ale - Fourteen from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 269 ratings