Avery Anniversary Ale - Fourteen | Avery Brewing Company

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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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Ratings: 269 |  Reviews: 231
Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am a fan of these dark IPAs showing up, a couple of them Canadian. I received complexity between a good amount of hops and malt and barley. One of the better Avery's. Hoppy and dark and hoppy bubbly head. Very drinkable with supper. Good mouthfeel.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm really not sure where other BA's get the notion that this beer is a Belgian Ale. Nothing on the lable, website, or the flavor profile makes me beleive that this is so. The big varying malt profile, agressive hop additions, and boozy alcohols makes this beer behave as an American Strong Ale. Aromas of toffee, molassas, coffee, plumbs, figs, prunes, raisons and brown sugar pack a big punch, promising a lot of complexity, flavor, and power. The look is a deep mohogany / brown color with a rocky head formation and retenion -- the look is impressive. Flavors are distinct and disjointed, and take on the big, bold flavors described in the nose with emphasis on a cough syrup taste, strong citrus / pine hop flavor, and lots of agressive alcohols. Quite fusal in taste with some phenolics and solvents running around in there. The feel is medium textured, but very hot and dry, providing a sting on the throat and a lot of hop-bite. Finishes hot, dry, and full of flavors that stay with the beer. This will be a fantastic beer in the upcomming year / years; but right now, the flavors and textures are all over the place and required maturity to be appreciated.

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Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cola brown color with a frothy head, although the retention is not great; leaves quite a few dots of lace around the chalice, however

Smell: Interesting nose, with whiffs of cocoa, fig, tobacco and orange peel

Taste: Opens rather malty, with sweet caramel and tobacco flavors up front and an herbacious orange flavor arriving by mid-palate; after the swallow, the malty flavors dominate; with a little age on this bottle, the hoppy flavors have faded a bit, although the malt complexity keeps it from becoming too sweet and the bitterness, though not what it once was, adds balance

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: One of those tweener beers; I don't find it to be particularly Belgian in style; it is more of a hoppy dark ale that has aged nicely

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Kryptic: Poured a deep hazy brown color ale with a big foamy head with some good retention and some nice lacing. Aroma of light roasted malt mix with some big caramel notes and some floral and medium bitter hops. Taste is a mix between roasted malt with some caramel malt with a dominant hops profile which includes some bitter and floral notes. Full body with what looks like minimal filtration with some good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I quite enjoyed that one and thought it was an interesting experiment which falls beside regular style and must admit that most Avery anniversary beers are really good.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kkipple for this bottle.

Not knowing what to expect from this beer I was a little surprised that it was so dark when I first poured it. I guess I was actually expecting something lighter like in the Fifteen.

Anyway, it's dark. A porter? No, not really... it smells a bit chocolatey and caramelish, but there's also some floral and oddly fruity notes that don't quite fit with porter (melon, mango, fig, prune). It's actually quite fruity! It looks kind of like a porter though. Nice opaque black body beneath a creamy head of tan. Excellent head retention. Very good lacing.

Back to the aroma. It's hoppy, a hint chalky and citrus-rind-like. Fruity and sweetish. OK, time to check the label. ??? Not much there - "massive chocolate and molasses maltiness, limitless fruit on the nose, and an imposing floral and zesty dry-hop finish".

Or, am I wrong in saying about the label, 'not much there', is it all there?... that description checks out perfectly. Is this just a free-for-all go-for-it beer? No specific style? Well, I'm down with that.

Let's move on to the flavor. It's full. I don't want to say rich because I don't get that depth of character, but it's wide ranging in its characteristics to be sure. Lots of dark fruit. Lots of sugar. Almost scorched dark sugar. Raisins! And golden raisins too. And pineapple. And grapefruit, but it's soft grapefruit. And that's obviously at least a little bit from hops, and I find some gentle pine or spruce as well. It all seems so refined and focused though. It's not at all raspy. And what about the alcohol? Well I don't feel it (yet), and I certainly don't get it in the aroma or the flavor.

It's interesting in that it's completely focused on just slightly tart and very sweet fruit with a backing of dark caramel, burnt sugar, and chocolate maltiness. Usually beers run the other way around.

The bitterness, as might be expected given what I've written so far, is moderate given the maltiness it displays. It's present, and it helps to dry the finish, but to be honest, the sharpness of the pH and the dark fruitiness really handles that. The bitterness is just the base that lies beneath the beer.

So what of this beer? It's unique. Kind of Belgian, kind of not. Kind of American, kind of not. Slightly tarty fruity and chocolatey dark. Worth trying, for sure. Let it warm a bit and enjoy it to its fullest.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a large foamy beige head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is malty and sweet with chocolate, caramel, molasses, dark fruits, a good amount of hops, a little bit of alcohol and a touch of yeast in the background.

T: The taste is sugary and sweet with strong flavors of molasses, chocolate, caramel, brown sugar and dark fruits. There's a very hearty malt character and decently strong hops presence considering the maltiness of the beer and the fact that I've had it sitting around for over a year. However, there doesn't seem to be the kind of balance that I would like. The after-taste is very sweet.

M: Smooth but a little slick, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is very sticky.

D: Tasty as long as you can get past the sweetness, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, since the brewer doesn't want to try to pin this beer into a style (as evident on the label), I won't try either. However, this beer is a good change of pace compared to most of the heavier malty beers out there.

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Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1.090 original gravity
Alcohol 9.46% by volume
60 IBU's-per bottle.

Poured into a large wine glass a deep amber/brown with a wel formed1 1/2 finger light brown head that stuck like glue to the glass as the head slowly dissapted.Candied sugar and phenolic clovey spice mainly in the nose as well as some prune/raisin a hint of American piney hop shows thru but its somewhat faint.Dark fruit and brown sugar-like sweetness flavors up front a nice dryer almost resiny hop quality comes thru and lingers thru the finish with a light unsweetened chocolate flavor as well coming thru as I drink more..Hmm this is different its Belgium and the U.S. in a bottle the richness of a Belgian dark ale the hop profile of say a left coast strong ale,very nice I liked it.

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Photo of nickfl
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - 2 fingers of brown, rocky head leaves excellent lace. Dark brown body with vague amber highlights.

S - Perfume like, lavender notes come out first. It's hard to tell if this is coming from malt or hops, but there is definitely a surprisingly strong hop character to this beer. Licorice, anise, dark fruit, and a hint of cinnamon.

T - Large doses of both malt and hop flavors. Licorice/ anise is a big player again. Herbal, grassy hops are balanced by chocolate malt flavors. The dark fruit notes from the aroma have transformed into rasiny, sherry like flavors. The finish is relatively clean, with lingering coffee like flavor and a bit of hop bitterness.

M - Thick, oily body and moderate carbonation. Not dry enough in my opinion.

D - This is a big, heavy beer and it is not exactly begging you to down it in one sitting. That being said, it is also a complex and interesting effort, in line with Avery's other big offerings. The aroma is quite extraordinary and captivating, but sadly the taste does not quite match. The flavors are a bit to dark and muddy and the finish is too sweet to make this the sort of truly "digestible" beer that the best examples of the style strive to be.

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Photo of olradetbalder
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate brown color with a little bit of a red hue to it. Off white head with a few streaks of lace. Nose brings forward a cacophony of different scents, including raisins, dark fruit, booze, roasted malt, and a bit of dark rum. Taste pulls everything together quite well, accentuating the dark fruits and some sweetness. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Drinks really well and glad to try it when I did a few months back.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber that pours black with thick mocha foam that quickly diminishes to film with little lacing. Flavor is toasty/roasted malts with undertones of cocoa powder and caramel. Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation. Finishes mild hoppy, fairly sweet and bitter at the end. A very interesting brew with the taste dominated by the hops. Not to bad of a brew!!

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Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Impressive head that becomes rocky by dies relatively quickly. It does leave a nice ring lace after every sip. Dark brown color that does allow a small amount of light to pass.

Dark chocolate aromas; light, fresh hop at the tail end of the sniff.

Rich mouthfeel with lots of chocolate malt flavor. The hop shows up in the swallow along with some alcoholic warmth. The aftertaste is relatively short-lived given the powerful flavors.

This is a pleasant (and heavily potent) dark beer. It would not be the first beer I reach for but it is flavorful.

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Photo of russpowell
3.34/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours deep burgundy/ with 3 fingers+ of sand/tan colored head. Superior lacing & head retention

S: Chocolate & coffee (?) notes

T: Coffee notes up front, taste morphs into intense roasted grain & old/stale hops (tanins). I then get an intense woody dryness, doughynes, raisins & some vainilla as this warms. Dates & bakers chocolate are there as this warms some more, I start getting alcohol burn & mega pine hoppyness in the finish. Kind of settles in a little bit at the end, but otherwise, kind of an almost beautiful mess

MF: Slick with low carbonation

ABV listed at 9.46%, but the crazy flavor profilie is what really slowed me down. I must be missing the boat here, previous reviewers rated this high. Will check & see why, maybe they let it warm way up?. Age this & I bet it's completely different

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, ruby edged body with a full, beige head.

Smell: An earthy and sweet-smelling aroma of aromatic tobacco, toasted marshmallows, brown sugar cookies, perfumy pine, and a dash of candied ginger.

Taste: Largely malty, with flavors of caramel, brown sugar, dark chocolate, and coffee culminating in a distinct mocha taste. A hint of figs adds a bit of fruitiness. The hops provide a piney bite near the end while the alcohol gives plenty of heat. Finishes bittersweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Well, that's all I can currently think of for this one. I'm sure there's even more lurking in there if you take the time to pick it apart. An interesting beer with plenty of appeal.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark candy apple red with maraschino cherry and orange accents. The upper two thirds of the glass is full of immensely creamy foam that is equal parts pale gold, pastel orange and ecru. The head looks wonderful as it melts, depositing tattered sheets of lace in the process. Eye candy without a doubt.

The fact that Avery didn't brew Fourteen to any specific style is apparent where aroma is concerned. What reaches my nose isn't very distinctive. It's a little dark malty and a little dark and citric fruity. Without any Belgian yeastiness, the above style is a stretch. Let's see if things come across differently on the palate.

On second thought, BSDA is probably the most accurate of the available options. This anniversary ale tastes like a beer of the above style that uses a neutral ale yeast strain rather than a bona fide Belgian one. Calling it an A(merican)SDA probably wouldn't catch on, since there aren't many other beers that taste like this.

The flavor profile includes chocolate, dark caramel, molasses, dark fruit (figs especially), sweetened pipe tobacco, mellow black pepper and a hefty dose of white grapefruit zest. It's hard to believe that Syrian Goldings is the sole hop. While this is a broadly flavored beer, it isn't an especially deep or complex one. At the risk of beating a dead horse, a Belgian yeast strain is exactly what is needed.

Unlike many higher ABV offerings from Avery, the alcohol is barely noted. That might be because it's now more than one year since bottling. It doesn't taste like time has hurt Fourteen one iota. In fact, it has probably helped. Another year of age should be no trouble at all.

The mouthfeel is medium-full without being heavy or sticky. In fact, it's well-calibrated for either sipping or gulping, whatever is your pleasure. Although I'm tempted to increase the taste score one notch and decrease the mouthfeel score one notch, I will do neither. The aroma, however, does deserve more love as the beer warms.

Fourteen isn't quite as good as Thirteen, but it's still an excellent effort. Malt lovers and hop lovers should find plenty to enjoy. Congratulations to Avery for having the chops to not only survive fourteen years, but to excel. Here's looking forward to Fifteen... and Sixteen... and Seventeen... and Eighteen...

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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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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Billolick
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber, $6 at New Beer in NYC, "bottled in 2007" on the label. Pours near black under a looong lasting cappuccino head that shrunk to 1/8 of an inch and stayed there...gobs of thick and clinging lacing and sheeting. Nose is luxuriously of mocha, coffee, and chocolate. Tasty, complex creation, notes of raisins, more coffee and chocolate, leading to a leafy, earthy, hoppy finish. Smooth and coating on the tongue. Long lasting, enjoyable finish. Fine, fine suds from Avery. Go get some! Ready to be enjoyed today and/or put down for a year or so of seasoning

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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