Avery Anniversary Ale - Fourteen | Avery Brewing Company

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267 Ratings
Avery Anniversary Ale - FourteenAvery Anniversary Ale - Fourteen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
267
Reviews:
231
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
11.47%
 
 
Wants:
9
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8
For Trade:
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Photo of Naugros
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to benz08 for this one. It took me a while to break into it, but I'm glad I did. This is one amazing beer! When you pour it you swear that you've just poured an Imp Stout. It's dark, dark brown with a beige head that's super dense, 2 inches thick and made of tightly packed microbubbles. The carbonation is evident as the lees can be seen swimming around in there like those faux mermaids in that roadside tourist trap in Florida (don't remember the name). The bands of lacing left behind are only broken by the beer flowing to your waiting maw. It's not often I get to use the word "maw", so bear with me. The ABV here is well over 9% so it should make this review interesting as I'm almost finished the bomber in less than 15 minutes.

The smell is remarkable: mostly milk chocolate from the malts with a hint of coffee and even licorice. The hops throw off some citrus and the whole shebang works together to make for a feast for your nose. Will the taste stand up?

Oh yes it does. The first sip sucker punches me with a wallop of booze...just like a Belgian-style stout or the strongest of Imp Stouts...but then the malts start to take over. Yes, they bill this as a "very Dark, Different, Dry Hopped Ale" so Juan would think that the hops would be the star but Juan would be wrong. The malts are throwing off acrid coffee notes, bitter chocolate and even some dark fruits (prunes, which they now call dried plums because if Juan thinks "prune", Juan thinks "old, decrepit people who can't take a crap). Oh but we were just talking about the malts, "What about those hops?", Juan would ask. Well Juan, they're contributing as well with some citrus in the form of grapefruit. Okay, right about now Juan might ask. "All of those flavor must certainly make for one mess of a brew, right?" Wrong again Juan! Somehow Avery has managed to throw together elements of an Imp Stout, a Belgian Quad and an American IPA and made it work! How these guys successful blur then lines of the style guide every year for their anniversary is beyond me. Perhaps they've sold their soul to the ghost of Michael Jackson, but whatever they did it was worth it.

Oh yeah, mouthfeel: a little chalky, but still pretty smooth. Medium in body even though Juan would think it would be heavier. Again, Juan would be wrong. The dark malts and the hops deliver a double-barrel shot to the taste buds of bitterness. The bottle says the IBUs come in at 60 and that seems about right. Even though you're getting a double-pronged attack it's not overwhelming. The alcohol is not all that well hidden but with all the flavors in this brew you really don't mind. It might have turned out a bit too sweet if not for the bitterness and the alcohol. It does seem that malt load was massive.

Yes, I've finished the whole bottle (please, no more "interventions", I'm fine!) and I'm still typing and not face down on my keyboard, shorting it out with my drool. I'm pretty sure in the future that the thought of this beer will activate the salivary glands and drool will be a distinct possibility. It's a shame that I will never taste its like again. Go away Juan, you bother me. And what is it that your brother Jose sees by the dawn's early light?

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Photo of Jwale73
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Thirstybird for sharing. Pours a dark brown with a thin, off-white head. Nose reveals dark fruit, cocoa, sour milk, a nutty quality and a trace of booze. Taste is ashy and malty with the addition of raisins and figs. Mouthfeel is medium-light, with an even carbonation. Not bad, but in my opinion, this beer is slightly past its prime and on its way downhill.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine July 2007.

The folks over at Avery jokingly described this as a "Dubbel IPA" and on the label "a very dark, different, dry-hopped ale." Yeah, fuck beer styles!

A somewhat typical Belgian nose, in that it's soft with some sweet suggestions; a bit malty and spicy, but interestingly herbal with alcohol and some floral and orange scents going on--think Grand Marnier. Silky smooth and incredibly creamy, blissful on the palate. You can feel it gently glide down the throat with a trailing alcohol burn--very warming and spicy. Maltiness is rich and complex, with flavors that literally pop and meld: tastes of brownies, ripe and juicy fruits, roasted nut butter, molasses, honey, black treacle, plus a semi-burnt raisin note. Hops get a bit resiny, with some major herbal action going on and a nice citrus smack on the backside. Black pepper. Faint vegetal; raw and leafy at times. Orangey. Roasty finish, a bit coffee-like. Dry.

Intricate doesn't even begin to describe this beer. Todd's wife, Candice (aka Cfahooligan), says this is probably one of Avery's best beers ever. We'll agree and leave it at that. Pairing? Here's your next barbecue beer.

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Photo of craytonic
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a dark brown good head. Smell and taste are heavy malts, a bit sweet with molasses, figs, caramel and other dark fruits. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, perhaps a bit thin. Wouldn't go for it again, but I think I sat on it too long as the hops are faded. Approaching barleywine qualities now.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
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 emmasdad
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, shot through with hints of red, capped off by a decent amount of beige foam. I get aromas of brown sugar, roasted malts, chocolate and pine. Good flavor; brown spices, dark fruits and molasses. A good, but not great, Belgian style dark strong ale.

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Photo of goatgoat
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. It pours a clear black with deep brown highlights. A thick creamy coffee head lingers and leaves sheets of lace. Aroma is deep bread and dark fruit. Raisins and a hint of banana. Chocolate and a hint of coffee. Taste follows with the roasted characters coming forward. I can't pick up any dry-hopped character in a brew this aged. Thick and creamy. Carbonation is a little prickly. For the finish the roasted bitterness incorporates a slight alcohol drying which can't come close to the balancing the mouth coating sweetness.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 22oz. bomber. Served cool room temp into a Duvel glass. Pours medium dark brown with a large light brown head that retains a cap down the glass, and leaves some nice clumps of lacing.

Big aroma starts with semi-sweet chocolate chips, heavy molasses, raisins, licorice, caramel, vanilla, a touch of hops and some spice.

Flavor is excellent, chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, dark fruits, cherries, some hoppy bitterness, a touch of caramel and toffee, and some spice. Quite complex.

Mouthfeel is full and velvety with moderate carbonation. Alcohol taste is present, even with two years on the bottle, but it doesn't surprise me coming from Avery...they never try to hide the alcohol content of their brews, although the alcohol is certainly mellowing over time compared to when I had this fresh.

I really love Fourteen, out of the numerous Avery offerings I've tried, this is my favorite. Buy it if you can find it!

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber to a snifter.

A: Pours a very dark brown that appears black. Very large light-brown head with good retention and some web-like lacing.

S: Very sweet malts with lots of dark fruits (raisins, cherry and berries) with a bit of chocolate and some hops. Smells very good. Kinda has the smell of a barleywine more than a BSDA. I never would have guessed the style upon smell.

T: Just like the scent, lots of dark fruit, chocolate, molasses, maltiness and hops. Hits sweet and leaves a raisin taste on the finish with a note of chocolate and malt. Not as hoppy as it smells. I'm really loving the taste, but it's not very consistent with the style.

M&D: Mouthfeel is perfect, medium-heavy bodied with a great amount of carbonation, but not so much that it's distracting. It's pretty drinkable, the alcohol doesn't come out much. A bomber is perfect for one person.

Overall: Although it's not consistent with the style I really love this beer. It's very unique and hard to find these days. It's drinking great now, so get it if you can!

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Photo of gford217
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle courtesy of ckeegan04 poured into a tulip.

Pours a dark, opaque brown with a big creamy tan head that shows excellent retention and leaves some gorgeous lacing down the sides of the glass.

The aroma surprisingly still features a good bit of citrus hops up front but they've definitely given way to the hefty dark toasted malt backbone. Lots of dark fruit, chocolate and a bit of roasted coffee.

The taste is even sweeter with a lot of caramelized brown sugar pairing up with the dark chocolate malts to form a hefty backbone. The hops are not as prevalent as in the aroma though there's some orange zest up front before the sweet roasty malts kick in. The finish is slightly dry with more than a hint of booze and a slightly chalky toasted character through the aftertaste.

The body is fairly full with strong carbonation and sticky with molasses clinging to the tongue alongside the roasty bitterness.

This is a very good beer and one of the better efforts from Avery as far as I'm concerned. Very flavorful with tons of different things going on but coming together fairly well in the end.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown color with a tall, pillowy head that sticks around for a long while. Tons of lacing as well, it's a pretty beer.

Nose is of dark berries, cherries, alcohol, white bread, tobacco and molasses. Maybe a bit of faint hops, makes me think this one might have been pretty hoppy when fresh.

Complex brew here, it is bursting with all kinds of flavors. Mild chocolate, strawberry-like fruity esters, more alcohol and a grassy hop flavor and bitterness on the back end. Fairly full bodied, but is not exactly chewy on the mouthfeel. After warming the hops become even more apparent, impressive for it's age. A delicious beer that Avery should be proud of.

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Photo of weeare138
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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%
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%
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%
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 +0.2%
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 +7.7%
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 +5.5%
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%
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 +4.7%
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 +8.5%
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 +2.2%
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 +6%
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 -9.5%
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 -1.7%
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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Avery Anniversary Ale - Fourteen from Avery Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 267 ratings.
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