Avery Anniversary Ale - Fourteen | Avery Brewing Company

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Avery Anniversary Ale - FourteenAvery Anniversary Ale - Fourteen
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:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 231 | Ratings: 269
Photo of weeare138
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a dark brown with a crimson hue when held to the light. A dark tan head slowly fades into a floating cap. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Caramel, rich malty grain, cocoa, mocha, ripe fruit, and mild oxidation.
Taste us of the aromas with a nice molasses & brown sugar explosion.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, chewy, rich, sweet, bitter, and warming.

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Photo of Orangevango
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Beautiful, dark dark brown with a very nice pillowy head similar in color to the foam on espresso.

S: Very fruity, the hop aroma is quite subdued, alcohol plays a role, the smell is similar to a quad really, though lacking in yeasty spicyness.

T: Where the aroma was sweet and nuanced, the taste is dry and slightly astringent. There is a slight coffee thing going, a lamentable level of hot alcohols, and a strange hop flavor.

M: the mouthfeel was a turn off, the sides of my tongue felt strange (numb-ish?) after drinking this beer.

D: Blah, the strange aftertaste is a deal breaker for me.

Disclaimer: This beer was old when tasted, probably well past its prime.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The big puffy head that is light brown and like a honeycomb. Purple with red at the edges. Specks of lace. Looks quite nice.

The smell is deep, roasted dark malts. Burnt chocolate and port wine. The malt is gritty and grainy. Burnt and sweet. Strong, complex. Dark plums and raisins.

The taste is sweet, sugary malt, then a hint of cigarette ashes. Reminiscent of a barleywine or a Belgian Dubbel. Really pungent like a dry red wine at the end. Hints of cocoa and mocha. Lots of grainy barley.

The feel is ashy but with a milky, honey-like smoothness. Bites on the way down. A pretty good, very strong beer. Heavy, ashy, sweet and rich.

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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 mltobin
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber picked up at Cork & Keg in Southbury.

The appearance is nearly black with a small, thin head, that will turn into a small ring atop your beer within a few minutes.
Smell is is chocolate, molasses, raisins and some other scents that I cannot pinpoint. Taste is rich, sweet, some hops. While the mouthfeel is full flavored with a smoky aftertaste, a very interesting and enjoyable mouthfeel. Drinkability is good, at an abv close to 10%, remember to sip and savor.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a. Poured ontap into a snifter. Impenetrable mahogony. Nice lace.

S. Spruce, Christmas Tree, Pine needles.

T. Hoppy and crisp upfront. Malty tinges. A bit smokey.

M. Full bodied.

D. This brew was wonderful. A hoppy, strong, dark, Belgian tough assed bastard of an ale. Definately comes highly recommended.

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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 donteatpoop
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice dark cola brown color with a thick cap of beige head resting atop the brew, good retention and lacing.

Smells of chocolate, raisins, carmel, and molases. very appealing.

This one is pretty strong. I read the ABV so I figured it was going to be, but damn... The hops definately make an impact in the taste, as well as the molases, raisin, and carmel notes. Bitter up front with an almost salty-sweet finish.

Feels thick on the palate, nice balance of carbonation, very smooth despite the high ABV.

A good strong ale, but maybe not something I'd drink often.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally cracked this one. Pours deep dark brown with red hues and a khaki head on top that leaves spots on the side of the glass. Aromas of dark malts kick things off with raisins, molasses and chocolate in the mix. Lots of dark fruits mingle in along with an herbaceous hop backbone. Belgian yeast tones wrap this one up nicely.

First sip brings somewhat sweet dark malts upfront cavorting with fruit flavors all over the place. Molasses and chocolate meet midway through along with raisins and spice. Mellow coffee on the back end along with a bitter kick of floral, herbal hops on the way down. Belgian yeast tones round out this delectable brew. Almost reminds me of dessert with the rich chocolate and fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fast flowing carbonation. Slightly gritty on the way down. Overall, this is an interesting brew for sure and really quite tasted. It has aged well. Ranks as one of my favorite of the anniversary series.

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

Bottle from River's Bend.

Poured clear dark brown color with a large fizzy brown head that lasted and produced good lacing.

Moderate complex toasted sweet malt and spruce aroma.

Medium to full body with a sticky texture.

Heavy balanced bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of long duration.

This is a standout beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark mahagony color with a 1 finger cream tan head.

S: Burnt caramel, earthy hops on nose. Faint licorice hints.

T: Rich deep black coffee flavor, dark licorice, dark chocolate and dried fruit (raisins) for flavor. Hops are bitter and dry as well palate. Nice coffee lacing and highlights combine with dried raisins, plums on tongue to leave a nice malty complexity. Some astringency, warm bread, and alcohol upon warming.

M: medium-full viscosity, syrupy, with a strong carbonation.

D: good, making for a sweet treat. A heavy beer that was incredibly smooth and easy going down despite its viscous nature. Very worthy.

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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 ralree
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep rich brown color, nice fluffy tan head with great retention and beautiful lacing. Makes a great looking beer for sure.

S: Incredibly fruity, almost to the point of disgust. Backed by some nice smoky tones. Not too great though.

T: Very fruity, but quickly balances into a great-tasting beer. The smoke flavors kick in almost instantly to bring the sweetness back down to earth. Not shy about the alcohol flavor. This beer is extremely smoky - almost like a Rauchbier, which I love. It's still just slightly too cloying for me, though, but would suit someone who loves Belgian's very very well.

M: Smooth and delicious, full-bodied, creamy. Pretty non-astringent. A bit too carbonated for me.

D: Drinks pretty well, but the sweetness and richness of it make me want to slow down.

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Photo of Boto
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber: This one pours a ruby tinged, dark brown color. It was fairly clear. There was quite a bit of a tan head on it, which left lots of lacing. Nice aroma. Lots of dark fruits, caramel and toffee to the nose. Big, rich malty taste. Actually some coffee notes on top. Balanced well with lots of hops to have a slight dryness at the end. Surprisingly no sweetness to the taste. Very Nice.

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Photo of magictrokini
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear darker brown pour with ruby redness. Thick tan head. Heavy aroma of malt and molasses, toffee, sugar, hops, and a bit of fruit. Complex taste. Malt and sugar up front, very reminiscent of a tripel. Fruits and bread in the middle, with some cherry and tobacco. It lingers for a bit before the dryness of the hops kick in. Some smoke and metal with the hops, and a semi-dry finish. I've never had anything like this before.

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Photo of pmcadamis
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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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 4/8/08. Bottle. Poured an opaque, deep brown almost black with a slight dark tan head. Aroma of chocolate, dark fruits. Taste of chocolate, molasses, raisins, prunes, a faint hop presence. A complex arrangement of flavors. Sweet and rich mouthfeel. I really liked this one. 8/4/8/4/15 (3.9/5)

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Photo of nick76
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The aroma has plenty of hops, with fruit, bubble gum, spices, and roasted malt. The appearance is dark brown with a foamy head. The flavor is like the aroma with alcohol and herbs making quite a statement. The palate is smooth. Overall, this is a good beer. I am glad I had one.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'd been sitting on this one for quite a while. I'd had it a couple of times back in 2007.

From bottle.

Thick tan head, good retention, plenty of lacing. Dark brown with ruby highlights.

Boozy, strong, molasses, hops and malt. Pungent and Earthy.

Unique and complex. Alcohol at first, then brown sugar, chocolate faintly, molasses, malt and hops blend delightfully.

Mildly carbonated with mile warming sensation. Somewaht slick and oily texture. Full bodied.

By all rights this should be a sipper. And it is I guess, but for me, with short intervals between sips. The flavor was so tantalizing and mesmerizing that I could hardly put it down.

That said, it is unique enough that many would likely find this brew awkward, unappealing or even offensive. Obviously, I enjoyed it (again). Probably this was my last sample, as it was 2007's anniversary ale.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.94/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 8/2/2007 (Bottle):
Pours a black brown colored body, with a big foamy head-big lacing, big bubbles, but somewhat diminishing. Has a very alcoholy, malty aroma. Woody taste, some dark fruit, port-ish. Light coffee and cigarette smoke taste. Has a taste like smoked wood.

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Photo of waltonc
2.91/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had some of this last night courtesy of abfraser. Pretty dark with a big tan head. Smell and taste were a gigantic sugary malt bomb. I visited the Avery brewery earlier this year and they were brewing their Old Jubilation, the smell of which permeated the brewery. In a way, it's nice to smell beer being brewed, but Avery 14's taste totally reminded me of that smell, and I didn't find it as nice to taste it so prominently in the beer. Thick, sugary mouthfeel made this something I was only able to drink half a glass of.

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Photo of abfraser
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
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 jwinship83
3.42/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- woah, foam fest. takes up more than half my over sized snifter. it settles rather quickly leaving 2 fingers of a very sticky beige colored head on a black body.

S- cherries, figs, raisins, and other dark fruits. chocolate, licorice, and a dash of alcohol also.

T- how it smells, but more bland. the hops giving it the 60 IBUs the bottle claims have all but faded.

M- light and too much carbonation.

D- meh, i had higher hopes for this one. i love this style, but i think that this one doesnt age as well as others. i really wish i could have it fresh, but sadly thats impossible now. one bottle was enough. i didnt dislike it, there are just much better options if youre looking for a strong dark ale.

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Photo of glid02
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at the Piedmont Tower in Atlanta.

Pours an opaque black with a one-finger tan head. The head dissipates into a patchy layer of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. The lacing is pretty sticky.

Smells good. Lots of roasted malt with a chocolate aroma. There's also a good smell of sweet Belgian sugar.

Tastes great. There's a sweet sugar taste up front to go along with a bitter chocolate flavor. It segues into a more robust chocolate taste, then into a mild toasted malt flavor that finally ends with a light bitterness. Lots of flavors that work very well together. There's also a slight alcohol taste at the end and a nice warming sensation as the sip finishes.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness with a mild carbonation that's still robust enough to bring out the flavors.

Drinkability is good. It's just a bit too heavy to make it exceptional, but it's certainly very good.

Overall I'm glad that I found this gathering dust at Tower. I like to check there and Capital City on Collier every now and then for hidden gems that nobody's snapped up. If you can get your hands on one of these, it's a good deal for the price, certainly worth a shot.

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