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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)

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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 bashiba
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark black with a heavy creamy tan head, good retention and great lacing.

Has a great green hop smell with a nice touch of anise.

Flavor is on the mild side with a bit of dark fruit, chocolate malts, anise and a strong green fresh hop flavor, finish is very bitter. There is also a good bit of alcohol taste mingling in as well.

Mouthfeel is very light and creamy with a lot of ABV warmth.

Very easy to drink for any hophead, Drinks like a light black IPA with a big alcohol kick. Very enjoyable, another nice job by Avery.

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Photo of DogFood11
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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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at Liar's Club in La Jolla, CA. Pours with a dim russet eggplant hue topped with a thick spongy tan head cap leaving drippy lace in the glass.

Scents are a quirky plain yogurt slightly sour note with some spicy anise aspects and a copious hops addition of grassy floral notes.

First swigs: Hot boozy initial introduction followed by a deep anise black liquorice and oily feel. Slightly bitter finish of dry hops. Slightly Earthy with floral notes. Middle of a brownie or chocolate cake, probably some chocolate malt followed by a Sugar Daddy malt sweet backing. Overall oily dryness prevails with a chalky dry finish.

Last swigs: Interesting Belgian style that reminds me of a Unibroue Belgian. Interesting for the curiosity factor. Cocoa meets Belgian? A porter on steroids? Kona cola? Who knows!

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.42/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a ruby brown with a large fluffy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is chocolate malts, and oddly enough pesto and leather - pretty odd for a beer. Peppery nuts and smoke come out as it warms.

The flavor is sweet sugary malts and cola followed by some piney hops (with tinges of pesto - it's stuck in my head now), a little banana and smoke, and a sharp medicinal plastic finish. The mouthfeel is medium and creamy.

Overall, an interesting and unique beer, it just doesn't appeal to me.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I hate it when people drink my beers and say, "well, that's interesting"

But, yeah, this beer is interesting, alright.

It pours a crystal clear, beautiful mahogany colour.
The smell is sweet, dark fruit with hops in the mox, but not really noticable.
The taste is hard to describe -- caramel... complex.. roastiness.. bittering hops...some warm alcohols going on there.
Mouthfeel is heavy but carbonated. Maybe even a bit too much for such a big bear.
There's a lot of beer in this beer. It's just more of a sipper. The thing is, I'm not sure if that's what it's meant to be.

It's an enjoyable beer no doubt. I'm just not sure how often I'd need to have one available.

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

Served chilled and poured into my Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance is good. Dark plum colored beer with a large tan head off the pour. Good amount of lacing coats the side of the glass.

Smell is good. Initial fragrance of dark fruits and garbage-in-a-trash can (in a good way.) Fruity, funky "stank" is what I'd call it. Hops come through toward the end and try to clean things up but fail to. Very different but not bad at all.

Taste is good. That same funkiness comes through that was in the smell. Fruity maltiness, plums, dark grapes, prunes, pear then a big wave of hops. Never tasted a beer like this. The label has it right, this beer has no "style" by definition but it does taste very "Belgium-y". The hops act as the equalizer to tame the wild sweet flavors. Aftertaste lingers wit the hops and fruit

Mouthfeel is good. Coats the mouth well. Carbonation is good and not overly done.

Drinakbility is good. One 22oz is probably enough but not tough to drink.

A very different style of beer that I'd label as a hybrid. I'd call it a Belgian dark ale with a hop twist. The funky flavor is addicting and welcome. Enjoyable and definitely worth a try.

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

Pours a not quite opaque black with a decent slowly diminishing head that leaves no lacing. The aroma is somewhat well balanced between hops, malts and yeast. This is an extremely interesting brew, typical taste for the style with an extra kick of hoppiness, however, it just doesn't do all that much for me. It does not seem worthy of celebrating an anniversary. The beer is medium to heavy bodied and the alcohol is somewhat hidden. I am glad I tried this beer, but I likely wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of ccrida
3.07/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured in a tulip galss, the Avery 14th Anniversary Ale pours a very dark garnett with a big foamy tan head leaving waves of foamy lace. Hmm, looks like a RIS...

The smell is rich chocolate and crystal malts and an unusually pungent funk to the hops, maybe they're getting lost in all that dark malt? It's pretty strong, and I don't really care for it...also, as it warms, some booziness struggles to break through that weird hop/malt mix.

The taste is pretty much along the same lines, more roasted then chocolate malt, with caramel notes as well, and lots of west coast hop character. I just don't find the pungent fruitiness of the hops to go well with this RIS style malt base. As mentioned on the bottle, lots of molasses as well, which, with the coffee like roast, gets a bit astringent.
As much as I keep thinking RIS, maybe that bitterness is mosly hops, as the malt base is more sweet, like a Baltic Porter? But no, there's definately some roast as well. Inconcievable! Well, and interesting puzzle when I start to fret about style, but that's always a bad idea! I should just try to enjoy what I can about this one...e.g. the alcohol is barely perceptible, with a warming feeling in the back of the throat.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side for such a dark, strong beer, creamy but oily.

This was moderately drinkable. It was lighter then it looked and tasted, and while it had it moments, I just don't think the experiment was a success. Something about all the floral hops and dark malt...

So yes, after working my way through the bomber, warm and cold, I'm thinking it's more of a Baltic Porter the RIS malt base, with a touch of roasted malt and floral west coast DIPA hops. Interesting, but ultimately not a winner to me. Laying it down for a while might bring it more into BP territory as the hops fade, but by that time, I doubt it would be as sweet and luscious as I'd like.

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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 kirok1999
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden brown with a nice rising head and lacing that sticks like glue.
Smell is super complex, spice, dark malt, earth, caramel, almost a Belgian yeast note.
Taste is much the same. It starts with spice, ginger, molassas, dark burnt malts, earth, peat, with a very dry finish.
Mouthfeel is thick and massive, pretty well carbonated.
Very interesting brew. Alcohol is well hidden in the spice notes. Well done brew.

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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 Bobikel
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Extremely dark with some red highlights when held to light. A very large tightly packed head rises immediately, and slowly recedes leaving behind gobs of lace in it's wake.

Smell - Clean citrus hops from the dry hopping dominate with just a little malty, yeasty background.

Taste - Deep maltiness gives way to a vibrantly bright hop glow. Some apricots hang aroung the mouth before the swallow, but are quickly washed away by torrents of toffee and a slight tartness. The bottle proclaims "A very dark, different, dry-hopped ale". I couldn't agree more.

Mouth - Smooth and oily. A light carbonation causes a very nice amound of tongue prickle.

This is a damn fine ale, nice and complex without succumbing to drinkability issues.

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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 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