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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Mebuzzard on 05-16-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 267 |  Reviews: 231
Photo of AgentZero
2.25/5  rDev -44%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of ehammond1
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2007)

Thanks for the gift, DarthKostrizer!

(Aged for 4+ years)

Dark brown throughout with no clarity. The edges are a very dark ruby. The head is tightly bubbled, moderately sized, and light brown in color. The beer leaves ribbons of sticky lace down the glass. Gorgeous.

The aroma is a divine combination of dark fruits, namely smashed, juicy raisins. Along with the raisins are some fig and sweet date aroma, but the raisin character is abundant, along with a bit of cocoa powder. As a raisin lover, this is right up my alley, and this nails it. There's minimal yeast presence; it's all (dark) fruit.

The flavor is dark fruit forward, similar to the aroma, with raisins and fig leading the way, along with bittersweet, though rich, chocolate, some graham cracker, mild yeast character, and low bitterness. The flavor of chocolate-covered raisins lingers on and on long after the swallow.

Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

This is why I drink beer. The needles in the haystack that blow you away make this hobby as fun, interesting, and exciting as it is. Cheers and thanks again, Cory!

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Photo of ScottyC54
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of mfavoino
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2007 22oz bottle enjoyed on 3/16/12.

Appearance: Very dark brown with a fluffy light tan head that maintains its presence. Sitcky lacing on the sides of the snifter.

Smell: Strong scent of dark fruits, and that candied sugary sweetness one expects from a dark Belgian.

Taste: Starts out with a strong malt sweetness and progresses to a roasty flavor that is delicious. Subtle chocolate notes became more noticeable to me as session went on. Finish is a pleasant, muted hop bitterness that I sure would have been much more forward if it was new. Spicy and warm as it goes down. Very interesting and not the same flavors for each sip.

Mouthfeel: Very little carbonation and light to medium bodied. The finish was dry and chalky.

Overall: Probably past its prime, but still a high quality beer from Avery. Super drinkable, looked forward to the different layers of flavor, and can really only dock it heavily for the chalky texture.


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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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2/5  rDev -50.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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

22 oz. from 2007 poured into a snifter. Was going to hold onto it for a bit longer, but read some of the reviews on here on how the age is showing, so I figured I may as well drink it now.

A: Beautiful dark brown liquid with a nice, one finger tan head.

S: Primarily dark fruits. There's even a little hint of a tropical fruits.

T: Immediate shot of roasted malts, followed by sweet, dark fruits. After the fruit subsides a bit, the roasted malt comes back, finishing it off. The entire taste is sort of enveloped in a mild hop flavor. It's a nice mix of stout, BSDA, and a bit of pale ale (from the hops.) It's a very nice combination. No alcohol taste, which is interesting considering it's almost 9.5%.

M: This is where this beer really excels. There is a nice bit of carbonation, but it's amazingly smooth as it goes down.

O: This is really just an amazing beer. It has the great dark fruit taste of a BSDA, a nice robust roasted malt flavor near the end, and all supported by a great hop taste. The mouthfeel is legendary. It's really, really amazing. Light carbonation tingles the taste buds and the beer just effortlessly slides down the throat, leaving a trail of warmth behind.

This beer stands out and transcends classification.

It's a shame they don't brew this anymore. If you run across it, I implore that you acquire it!

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3.13/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice dark brown color with a dusty brown 1/4' head of lace. I was surprised that this still had some nice carbonation to it.

Smells were dark dried fruit (raisins and dates) and some nice roasted malt aromas. Slight estery alcohol notes in the background.

Taste was sweet and fruity upfront but then there was a chalky flavor right before the roasted malts took over. It was off putting and didn't really allow me to focus on the rest of the chocolatey bitterness in the finish. Alcohol warmth in the finish.

Mouthfeel was thick and syrupy. Had a nice way of coating the palate and the little bit of carbonation it still had was a nice touch.

I never had this beer fresh but it taste pretty good now except for the chalky taste I described. Seems like it could take atleast 1 more year in the bottle.

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

This is my 200th review and what a great choice it was.

Look: Dark brown with a light brown ring around the edges and a 1/2 inch head and ok retention with some spotty lace and visible yeast

Smell: Dark fruits in full abundance raisin plums dates and figs

Taste: Upfront it taste like a chocolate covered raisin and finishes with copious amounts of chocolate. I do not taste any hops and it says dry hopped but that is probably due to the age

Mouthfeel: Creamy buttery and velvety. Low carbonation and medium to full body

Overall: I am blown away by how good this beer is right now I do not remember what it tasted like fresh but I do not remember it being half this good. So damn good

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

Dark walnut color with a surprisingly lively 2cm head tan head. Medium retention and lacing. Visible yeast.

Huge sweet dark nose. Big dark fruit like liquored plums, raisins and dates and a mild chocolate note.

Flavor is bold, rich and sweet. It's tastes exactly like chocolate covered raisins to me. That's is The Only and best way to describe it.

Creamy, oily and viscous mouthfeel with low carbonation.

Overall it was surprisingly much better than I had anticipated after being bottled 4 years ago. Conditioned and maintained really well. Very much a dessert beer now in my opinion.

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3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to cbutova for breaking this out, I've never heard of this beer, from 2007.

Pours very dark brown, slight highlights, visible flecks. Nice beige head retains well and leaves some lace, great considering the age.

Scent shows it's age a little bit...pure metal/pennies at first but improves alot with warmth, smell reminds me of an old ale, aged caramel sweetness.

Tastes similar to an old ale as well, surprised to see this categorized as a Belgian. Dusty chocolate, old caramel, molasses, a bit of toffee, dark fruit, some oxidation there too. No hop flavor to speak of but the bitterness is there.

Pretty good mouthfeel, no booze, good carbonation for a 4-year old beer.

Probably a bit past it's prime at this point but it's held up pretty good considering.

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3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been meaning to taste this one for at least two years now, finally took it out last night.

A- Very dark brown body with some red around the edges. Impessive creamy tan head, great size and retention. Tons of lace rings.

S- Age has taken over. Very oxidized and deep old ale caramel forward. Tons of strange things going on from oxidation, cardboard, pennies, dog hair. With some time it evens out to a dark fruit, caramel old ale overall.

T- Again, a ton of age presence. Old ale caramel and stale oxidation as well as some nice fruit, oak vanilla, raisins and nutty spice hints.

MF- Silky moderately thick body with a nice creamy feel and moderate carbonation.

I would say this is past it's prime. The oxidation is really showing and I can't see anything new and great coming up.

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3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2007. This 22 oz. bomber has been sitting in my "cellar" for almost 5 years. I can't wait to try this beer.

Black, dark brown , and ruby colors abound with sediment, but an awesome tan head that maintatins throughout all 22 ozs. and has great lacing and a thick foam.

Leathery and roasty in simple flavor upfront. The taste develops to somthing almost smokey. The dry hopping adds a musty flavor and texture to the beer, like when you walk into an old house for the first time. Theres old coffee, dry chocolate, and but lots of character in every sip.

I'm glad I aged this beer for as long as I did.

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Avery Anniversary Ale - Fourteen from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 267 ratings
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