Avery Anniversary Ale - Fourteen
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Belgian Strong Dark Ale
4.05 | pDev: 11.36%
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Avery Anniversary Ale - FourteenAvery Anniversary Ale - Fourteen
Reviews: 231 | Ratings: 269
Photo of Atron67
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- big tan head and a black dark body. the head left a thick lace film, although it did settle quickly.

S- big and malty, strong yeasty character.

T- malty body, strong hop presence though still. light chocolate notes, yeasty light ester tones. smooth and the finish is lighter than you would expect due to the yeasty character.

M- thick body, strong carbonation, but thins at the end of the sip.

d- pretty tastey, maybe i was expecting more. good but not great

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.51/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber that pours black with thick mocha foam that quickly diminishes to film with little lacing. Flavor is toasty/roasted malts with undertones of cocoa powder and caramel. Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation. Finishes mild hoppy, fairly sweet and bitter at the end. A very interesting brew with the taste dominated by the hops. Not to bad of a brew!!

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Photo of alovesupreme
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark for an ale but not opaque. Good head and retention, Nice Lacing a little sticky.
Alcohol, Molasses, almost medicinal.
Roasted malts, Molasses, alcohol still alludes to an ale.
Not to thick but good carbination and good for the beer.
One small glass is probably enough.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in a tulip glass.

L - black color with a fairly large beige head that stayed as a layer which left a good deal of lacing.

S - belgian yeast, figs and some roastiness in the aroma.

T - sweet tasting brew, dates/figs upfront with a touch of bitterness before finishing sugary sweet.

F - full bodied with a creamy feel.

D - a slow sipping brew that's a bit heavy.

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Photo of far333
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip glass. Pours chestnut brown with ruby highlights and a thick and foamy head of dimples and craters that lingers long.

Aroma of marshmallow and caramel, some toffee and clove, the slightest suggestion of hops.

Even flavor of caramel and cocoa, some raisin and peppery spice, molasses and roasated malt, clovey finish, with some Belgian yeastiness. Spice and clove linger in the finish and aftertaste.

Good firm and round mouthfeel, but only above average drinkability for me since the cloves and spice seem to dominate.

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Photo of shadow1961
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Avery Anniversary Ale Fourteen pours a couple fingers of tan foam over
a black brew. The carbonation is hard to gauge- probably not that strong,
but the nose is dark fruits, espresso, hop spiciness, and the tang of alcohol.
The flavor is likewise rich- the dark fruit, surely, and also espresso, molasses,
and dark unsweetened chocolate with a bit of that herbal hop rounding things
out. Mouthfeel is ful, round, and smooth, finishing a bit dry due to all those dark
bitter flavors, which are, however never rough. Sort of a dry, herbal aftertaste. This
ale, which was brewed in '07, was one I put up for a year- I can say here it aged
nicely. The 9.46% alcohol by volume never reveals itself beyond the whiff in the
nose and a warming effect. A sipper, for sure, and a good candidate for long term
aging as well.

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Photo of aubuc1
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber in to a goblet.

pours a deep black with a fine tan head.

Smells diversely fruity. Ripe berries (maybe some raspberry), not bananas or bread.

Taste is of roasted malt with a faint tart fruitiness. Very strong, sharp roast flavor.

Nice mouthfeel, but a night finishing drink. Bold taste is very american to a belgian style.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice deep brown with ruby tints and a big fluffy light tan head. Nose is some dark malts, and slight fruits with a little licorice. Taste mocks with dark fruit, figs, nice malty sweetness and a little bit of licorice. Nice mouthfeel, but missing that true belgian texture. Drinkability is outstanding for the abv. Overall a very nice beer, don't expect some cuvee van de kaizer but still quite good.

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Photo of froghop
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled in 2007.

pours dark with a red tint when held up to the light, medium size tan head that dissipates slowly leaving a very nice lacing.

smell is of prunes, figs, cocoa, some caramel, some malts, slight hint of roasted nuts.

taste is thick and creamy, dark and bitter chocolate, dark fruits, some caramel, some sweet malts, a little white pepper in the back.

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Photo of MEsquandoles
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Released Spring 2007. Was able to save a bottle, put in the beer cellar fridge about 6 months ago, mostly room temp before that.

Poured into Duvel glass and Lucifer glass (what I call a modern snifer).

No problem with carbonation and head retention, perhaps because of Belgian-y yeast and 60 IBU/dry-hopping?

In short, a cross between an (American) Imperial Stout and an aged non-authentic Quad.

I remember the fresher versions being more roasty, more overall hop presence, and slight alcohol presence.

This one is definitely sweeter. A little bit of American Old Ale taste as it warms. No trace of harsh alcohol in nose, but some in taste as it worms. I was slightly worried about how it'd be by now, but it has held up pretty well. More fruity now. In short, dark chocolate covered dark cherries with some espresso. Some roasted nut. Dates, figs. The dark chocolate Snickers comes to mind, but not in an artificial or pejorative sense. Black and red licorice.

Actually I probably would have liked it better last winter when there was more roastiness and hoppiness to pair with this sweetness. Still a pleasure to drink tonight though! Complexity and mouthfeel are enjoyable. Some creaminess but not too much, especially in comparison to the thick head, and I'm usually n ot a fan of super creamy. A little bit of pineapple/apricot zestiness here and there that is more than welcome.

Could certainly pass as an well hopped (American) Imperial Stout fermented at high temperatures (more ester production than authentic Belgian-y tasting). I'd be very interested to hear about the yeast used and the fermentation stats...

It'd be interesting to make the following concoction to compare:
1 part 3 year aged Mephistopheles
3 parts New World Porter
2 part 1 year aged Reverand

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The 14 Anniversary poured like a dream. It was a really good looking beer. It was a dark brown black color with a good two finger foam head and some solid lacing and pillow like structure.

The aroma was of roasted malts and plums. The taste came at you with a deep roasted maltiness. Chestnuts. Chocolate. It as super sweet on the finish with a slight hoppiness.

In the mouth it affected the tongue with a somewhat alcohol presence. For the less the 10% it came on strong but was very drinkable. As with what I have found with most Belgian Strong Darks, it does get quite a bit better the warmer it gets.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is strong, malty and yeasty with a touch of apple and a smoky hint. It pours a rich, opaque sable with a nice thick beige head that disappears slowly. Flavor has a rather strong alcohol bite like a barleywine, which tends to mask the rest of the taste, but I did pick up some good malty tones and a ribbon of chocolaty sweetness. Definitely for sipping, not slugging.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark candy apple red with maraschino cherry and orange accents. The upper two thirds of the glass is full of immensely creamy foam that is equal parts pale gold, pastel orange and ecru. The head looks wonderful as it melts, depositing tattered sheets of lace in the process. Eye candy without a doubt.

The fact that Avery didn't brew Fourteen to any specific style is apparent where aroma is concerned. What reaches my nose isn't very distinctive. It's a little dark malty and a little dark and citric fruity. Without any Belgian yeastiness, the above style is a stretch. Let's see if things come across differently on the palate.

On second thought, BSDA is probably the most accurate of the available options. This anniversary ale tastes like a beer of the above style that uses a neutral ale yeast strain rather than a bona fide Belgian one. Calling it an A(merican)SDA probably wouldn't catch on, since there aren't many other beers that taste like this.

The flavor profile includes chocolate, dark caramel, molasses, dark fruit (figs especially), sweetened pipe tobacco, mellow black pepper and a hefty dose of white grapefruit zest. It's hard to believe that Syrian Goldings is the sole hop. While this is a broadly flavored beer, it isn't an especially deep or complex one. At the risk of beating a dead horse, a Belgian yeast strain is exactly what is needed.

Unlike many higher ABV offerings from Avery, the alcohol is barely noted. That might be because it's now more than one year since bottling. It doesn't taste like time has hurt Fourteen one iota. In fact, it has probably helped. Another year of age should be no trouble at all.

The mouthfeel is medium-full without being heavy or sticky. In fact, it's well-calibrated for either sipping or gulping, whatever is your pleasure. Although I'm tempted to increase the taste score one notch and decrease the mouthfeel score one notch, I will do neither. The aroma, however, does deserve more love as the beer warms.

Fourteen isn't quite as good as Thirteen, but it's still an excellent effort. Malt lovers and hop lovers should find plenty to enjoy. Congratulations to Avery for having the chops to not only survive fourteen years, but to excel. Here's looking forward to Fifteen... and Sixteen... and Seventeen... and Eighteen...

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Photo of dsa7783
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Single 1 pint 6 fl oz bottle copped for $6.00 from New Beer Distributors in Chrystie Street in Manhattan... Bottled in 2007... "A very dark, different, dry hopped ale"...
Pours a deep, dark, mahogany brown hue with no carbonation, slight sediment, and a decent-sized foamy and frothy head...
Deep, dark aroma replete with dehydrated fruits, figs, and prunes...
Taste was rich and thick - headily alcoholic with noticeable alochol on the tongue, thic, chewy malts, a hint of vanilla, caramel cream, nutmeg, and nuances of chocolate...
Creamy, thick mouthfeel with a decent level of drinkability, which took a slight hit due to the slightly cloying flavor and high ABV...
Definitely a good American depiction of the style...

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Photo of AltBock
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber bottle that has a sunburst label with a real life picture of the Colorado Rockies. Just below the pictue in the right hand corner is the beer's specifications of 1.090 OG, 9.46% ABV, and 60 IBUs. In the lower right hand corner is the botled year of 2007. Besides having all the mandatory US information, there's also a hefty paragraph that would like to say thanks to the customers for the last great 14 years. Also in that paragraph is some flavor notes and all the ingredients that went inot this beer. Like all of Avery's big beers, the cap is covered with foil and this one is gold colored.

When poured into a large Snifter, 14 appeared to be a solid coal chunk black, but when it was held up into the light to check the color, it was still a solid coal chunk black. There was no denying it! On top of this black beer was a tall 1 finger head of tan colored foam. Actually, the head of foam was a mix between a tan color and a beige color. This head of foam had excellent retention that left behind a thick and spotty tan/beige film and a ton of streaks of lace around the glass. It was just a great appearance!

Smell: If you couldn't have guessed, the aroma was dark and rich with plenty of dark roasted malts, a hint of sweet caramel, figs, dark roasted coffee beans, plums, floral hops, and then this dark aroma ended with a big push of alcohol. It was nice to see every aroma gets it's equal time in the sun. That was until the last 2 flavors arrived. It was just at the end where the aroma was strong with alcohol and hops. It smelled like they combined to form a hoppy alcoholic aroma. It doesn't matter because I still like the first half of the aroma.

Taste: The taste was full flavored, but not as powerful as the aroma suggested it was going to be. It started off with the dark roasted malts, plums, and roasted coffee beans. After the roasted coffee beans is where the taste suddenly goes hoppy with bitter floral hops and alcohol. Unlike the aroma, the hops and alcohol did not mix together to form drunk hops. Instead, each of those flavors was just one flavor by themselves and not a combination of both flavors. I like the hoppyness of the beer, but I thought there were some dark roasted flavors missing from the taste.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel was thick and full bodied, but the aftertaste didn't have that many flavors in it. The aftertaste started off malty with roasted malts and plums and then it went hoppy with bitter roasted floral hops. A couple of time I noticed some alcohol trying to peak through, but luckly it was stopped by the roasted malts and hops.

Drinkability: Is it a good beer to celebrate your 14th anniversary? I'm going to go ahead and say "yes." It could have used some more dark roasted flavors in the taste, but I know I can't have everything. I would love to age a bottle and see how it will turn out.

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Photo of bassmantin
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing redish brown with a large clumpy tan head that clings to glass with a vengeance.

The smell is hoppier than I expected with a hint of chocolate as well. Extremely unique.

The taste is reminescent of an IPA with some grapefruit and citrus but there are also notes of chocolate and roasted malts. Incredible. It tastes like a mix of an IPA and a porter.

I love it. What a unique blend of tastes. Awesome!

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Photo of bitterthebetter
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I bought this beer I think in October of 07. Decided my birthday in June was the perfect time to crack it open.

Pours a deep inviting brown with subtle golden and amber undertones with beige head rich with bubbles and foam is about 2 inches thick, similar to a Belgian dubbel or trippel

on the aroma rich rich malt dominates similar to a barleywine and clean, dry, piney hops balance it out. Notes of molasses, brown sugar, slight fruitness

super rich with a plethora of flavors. smooth upfront malt starts it all out and then the hops kick in, followed by sugary notes, slight dried fruit, super hidden bittersweet chocolate, a touch of espresso?, and slight caramel notes

super smooth and just coats the mouth with glorious nectar. slight fruitiness develops as the beer warms a bit. Finish is long and dominated by the hops but the other flavors still longer, you just have to focus on them

Amazing, intriguing, and remarkably complex ale. I've never tasted anything like it, nor will I imagine I will again. I really really wish I had another 3 bottles to age.

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Photo of charlzm
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Consumed on 05/26/08.

Been hanging on to this one for a few months, but my thirst got the better of my patience today.

Pours dark brown which transforms to a deep ruby red when held to light. Three finger light tan head springs to life as soon as fluid touches the inside of the tulip glass.

Aroma is boozy and, oddly enough, hoppy! There's a hint of funk in there, too, as well as yeasty phenols. It's like a dry-hopped Maudite.

Thick as it eneters the mouth with a velvety smooth texture.

Alcohol heat is a major component of the flavor. Some powdered/confectioner's sugar and brown sugar notes. Some dark fruits (raisins, figs) appear, only to be drowned in the hot alcohol. Some malty chocolate notes as well.

Thankfully, the burn subsides somehwat with a few more sips, allowing the palate to sort out the flavor a bit better. It finally goes away, transforming in the middle of the bottle to a wooden bitterness.

Looks like I should have let this one age for a while after all. Not terribly enjoyable as-is, though better after it warmed some.

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Photo of bkilpatr
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Chimay glass. 05/24/08.

Pours a deep mahogany, almost black. A single finger of light tan head pops up then slowly drops back, leaving a very thin layer. All kinds of aromas in this one. Very malty, chocolate, caramel, molasses, hops, dark fruits (fig, raisin). Smells very nice.

Taste is a bit on the sweet side, almost like burnt sugar. Lots of molasses and caramel up front. Bitter dark chocolate lingers in the background at first, but makes more of a presence as it warms. The finish is a nice subtle earthy hop bitterness. A decent mix of bitter and sweet. A touch of alcohol in the flavor but that is hard to avoid for the high ABV (9.5%).

Feel is very thick and slightly bubbly. It leaves a nice coating around the mouth. Drinkability is decent for such a big beer. It is quite strong and heavy though.

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Photo of gpcollen1
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours wonderfully dark into my Smutty Big Beer glass. Head is large and fluffy but settles quickly and never completely disappears. Aroma is sweet and fruity but missing some of the fresher hop nose that I would have expected from this fresh.

Taste is awash with molasses and syrupy dark sugars without being too sweet. Sweetness ushers in some alcohol notes and a rich bitterness that slides in and rests right on the tongue. Finish is just a bit dry. This one is medium bodies and a bit silky on the tongue - coats the mouth and sticks.

A very nice offering here for sure. Not sure about style and all that but a very good beer...

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Photo of gpogo
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark amber with reddish tint. Off-white head with wonderful head retention. Leaving a very full lace.

A- Malty sweetness with a piney hop smell

T- Dark roasted malt with notes of coffee. Slight warmth from alcohol. Dry finish with hints of coffee as an aftertaste.

M- Medium-heavy with high carbonation, but a very smooth drink

D- A great beer to sip on.

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Photo of gmcfarre
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into imperial pint glass

A - Pours a near black opaqueness with a large 2 inch tan colored head. When held up the light, ruby tints are revealed. Head fades very slowly and becomes rocky and bubbly with time. Leaves excellent lacing. A good looking beer.

S - Pine and resin hops that unfortunately seem to have oxidized just a bit with time. Some roasted flavors add to the smell, but the chocolate and coffee aren't evident quite yet. Plummy dark fruit.

T - Starts with a dark fruity sweetness that is quickly joined by a roasted chocolate flavor. Coffee also joins the roasted party. Some alcohol spiciness is evident as it warms, and it pairs nicely with the slight Belgian yeasty spice. A nutty flavor emerges as it warms, as does a nice smokiness that would make this a nice pairing to bbq. Finish becomes very dry with some of the chocolate and coffee hanging around on your tongue.

M - Fairly high carbonation with a full and slightly oily and sticky body. Finish is very dry.

D - A complex and very drinkable beer that changes constantly yet remains tasty. Alcohol is a factor a bit in flavor and especially in effect. Holding up fairly well with time, only possible downturn was the slight oxidation in the nose.

Tried to review without judging by any style standards, as both the bottle and other reviewers have stated its hard to classify.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes:
Quite dark brown, ruby red around the edges and the bottom. Head is soft and large, takes on a dark tone but is the color tan.

Um. The menu indicated weizenbock. This isn't that: lots of spice, baking chocolate, some nuttiness and a bit of smoke on the nose. These reappear in the flavor, along with some dark fruit. The malts are generally caramel sweet and chocolate bitter, plenty of prickly alcohol.

Finish is long in the mouth and on the alcohol. Good body, has a nice, active feel, but this is nowhere near a weizenbock nor a BSDA.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Kryptic: Poured a deep hazy brown color ale with a big foamy head with some good retention and some nice lacing. Aroma of light roasted malt mix with some big caramel notes and some floral and medium bitter hops. Taste is a mix between roasted malt with some caramel malt with a dominant hops profile which includes some bitter and floral notes. Full body with what looks like minimal filtration with some good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I quite enjoyed that one and thought it was an interesting experiment which falls beside regular style and must admit that most Avery anniversary beers are really good.

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Photo of TheEremite
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had high hopes for this beer. Don't get me wrong, it was a pleasant drink, but I wasn't too impressed with this. It's good, it's a solid choice, and I like the concept of the beer, but the hops didn't mix well with the malty caramel flavor. The hops were fairly oxidized too. I don't know if that was Avery's fault or the person who cellared this beer for the past year, but it had that oxidized hop homebrew flavor. Still, I was happy to finish the glass, and I'd probably buy it again given the opportunity.

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Avery Anniversary Ale - Fourteen from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 269 ratings