Avery Anniversary Ale - Fourteen | Avery Brewing Company

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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:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 231 | Ratings: 269
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Previous review was from the tap, this one from the bottle, and quite a bit of difference, especially the appearance.
Poured a bit hard produced a head that took up more than half the glass (pint glass, that is). Thick head foamed up to form a small representation of Devil's Tower in Wyoming (y'know from Close Encounters). "Wet" black body, glossy.
Smells of rich yeast, some baked caramel and chocolate cake donut.
Tastes a bit different that the tap as well. More of a Belgian style dark, than an American stout. Better? Nah, just different.
Feels a bit thin or weak, would like to see a bit more feeling in this one, but I guess it's a 'unique', styleless brew anyway.
Went down well. A bomber is a bit big at 9+% abv

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Photo of HaVoKnYnJ
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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Photo of prototypic
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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 ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Oxymoron
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a 22 at Wilbur’s and have to say this is a pretty good beer. A dark but not exactly black colored beer with more off red highlights. The aroma has a nice citrus and grassy nose and feels like an IPA. If you were blindfolded, you wouldn’t even know that this was a black beer. Although unlike other black IPA’s that I have tried before, the astringency for Fourteen is subtle. There is more of a chocolate balance in the malt but the hops really shine with some grassy notes up front and lemony citrus in the finish. The body is good but has some chalky finish to it. Overall a easy drinking beer at nearly 9.5% which feels more hoppy then stout. Good stuff.

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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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Avery Anniversary Ale - Fourteen from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 269 ratings