Avery Anniversary Ale - Seventeen (Dry Hopped Black Lager)
Avery Brewing Company

Avery Anniversary Ale - Seventeen (Dry Hopped Black Lager)Avery Anniversary Ale - Seventeen (Dry Hopped Black Lager)
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Lager - Schwarzbier
3.98 | pDev: 11.06%
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Avery Anniversary Ale - Seventeen (Dry Hopped Black Lager)Avery Anniversary Ale - Seventeen (Dry Hopped Black Lager)
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HardTarget from Texas

4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Bottle kept at room temperature since 2010 (sampled 2019).

Appearance: Black body, bright back light shows clear brown edges, but doesn't penetrate the glass. Thin tan head forms a near cover and halo, with some spotty lace.

Aroma: Earthy hop, slight sour note, floral, honeysuckle, purple grape esters.

Taste: Soft body finishes with a firm bitter note. Some mild roasted grain, some schwarzbier character, but on steroids. It's a big beer that's smooth and gentle, just a slow warmth in the finish to let you know it hits big.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, almost still, medium heavy body, slick texture, oily finish.

Overall: Another unique and interesting beer from my cellar experiments. This doesn't show any ill effects of age, and the hop flavor is still present in the bitter finish, impressive for almost a decade in mellowing. Enjoying it very much, hope Avery puts out something similar again.

Aug 11, 2019
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.47/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Big black and brown pour yield a 1" + head of tan. Lacing was superb. Aroma gave off more dark fruit bitterness than roast or dry hopping.

Taste imparted caramel sweetness, some minorly roasted chococlate malt, didn't hit those bitter notes I was expecting. Hides alcohol well.

For being advertised as a dry hopped beer and whatnot, I was underwhelmed, but yet impressed at its body and ability to not be oppressive with the alcohol.

May 12, 2016
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Greywulfken from New York

4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 2010 bottling date

A: into a pilsner-ish glass: nearly translucent dark brown-black body with a couple of fingers of tan head that laced the glass nicely

S: dark roasted malts and crisp hops

T: bittersweet dark malts, roastiness; smooth and bitter hops; undercurrents of cocoa, caramel; herbal, earthy, musky, smoky

M: dry, bitter, light, mellow, lingering aftertastes of smoke and roasted malt

O: not a beer designed for extended cellaring, but this incidentally aged bottle was quite fresh tasting and enjoyable - if it was better than this before, it must've been pretty amazing then - refreshing and drinkable, not too filling, great flavors and feel - wonderful hop action

Jan 20, 2013
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hopsolutely from Canada (ON)

3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle has been cellared for longer than probably advisable, but remember paying a small fortune for it at a Michigan bottleshop, so will review regardless!

Pours a near black with auburn-chocolate highlights and a decent cappuccino-coloured head. Crisp mouthfeel appropriate to a lager. Aroma of caramelized chocolate malts and faded hops, that I'm certain was far more impressive much closer to the beer's initial release. However the flavour remains enjoyable, despite the age. Dark malts with their caramelized sweetness along with roasted chocolate and coffee elements. Maintains a nice bitterness, although any earlier citrus notes have disappeared. The high alcohol content is scarily well hidden.

Still rating this highly, as it's a decent beer and I can't blame Avery for my own cellaring idiocy!

Jan 13, 2013
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brystmar from Texas

3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled May 2010.

Opaque, black body. Manila-colored head has great retention, same with lace. Strongly malty aroma, a little roasted, stale hops in the background. Hmm, this should've been opened sooner.

Mild roast in the base, dry yeast, old hops join the fray at the end. This would've been a totally different beer when fresh. Enjoyable, not fantastic, but a solid offering nonetheless.

Oct 27, 2012
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mgironta from New Jersey

3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

his brew poured a dark brown color. This had a two finger off-white head. The carbonation was not visible due to the color of the brew. There was also significant lacing on the glass. On the nose, there was a bit of sweet smoke. I also got a touch of earthiness to this. Others have said that they get chocolate, but I didn’t get much of that. On the first sip, I got some bitterness and a malty sweetness. There’s also a bit of citrus going on in this. I really don’t get the bacon taste that the bartender said would be there. Also, the alcohol in this is pretty well hidden. Despite the color, it’s lighter than I expected. I assumed this would remind me of the porter, but it’s definitely lighter. The smoke is understated, but still would go nicely with barbecue or burgers. Not a bad brew, but not something I would search out again.

Sep 26, 2012
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thagr81us from South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a Boulevard tulip. Poured brown with a two finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bread, dark fruit, wood, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, bread, dark fruit, citrus, and citrus hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. Upon inspection of the flavor I was pleasantly surprised to not find the wood characteristic found in the aroma. Rather I found quite a bit of citrus going on in the flavor especially on the followthrough which kept me coming back for more despite some of the other shortfalls I found on this one. Definitely worth trying even with the age on it as the flavor has held up quite well.

Jul 06, 2012
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rufusb from Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

very nice, thick, dark in appearance. Not a lot of foam when poured. Bold flavor, "peat-like"; very pleasant taste with not a lot of alcohol overtones. As the beer warmed, that changed. Still not over powering. Heavy and full of body in your mouth.Great beer.

Apr 25, 2012
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superspak from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled May 2010. Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a nice 2 finger dense dark khaki head with great retention that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, roasted malt, toasted biscuit, molasses, chocolate, light coffee, earthy hops, and a touch of dark fruits. Very nice aromas with good strength and complexity. Taste of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, toasted biscuit, molasses, nuttiness, coffee, dark fruit, earthy hops, and herbal spiciness. Fair amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and herbal hops on the finish for a good bit. Very nice and lush malt balance with the hop bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed at all on the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent black lager from Avery. Great flavor balance and complexity; and very smooth to drink for the alcohol level.

Apr 02, 2012
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KajII from North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Snifter]

The pour was a thick dark brown with a large (2-3 finger) cream colored rocky head that lasted throughout, producing some excellent sticky lacing.

The aroma was of burnt chocolate malts, grassy hops and a leathery yeast with notes of chocolate, licorice and a smidgen of dark fruit (plums and raisins).

The taste was sweetly bitter and rather malty with a note of chocolate early on and then progressed into this smooth bitter taste with hint of licorice, a small dose of dark fruit and a nice amount of hops at the end. The flavor lasted an average duration with a bitter malty smoothness settling nicely on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and creamy yet dry in texture with a medium carbonation.

Overall a creamy and malty brew with a nice mild hint of hops which does a great job of setting off the malty sweetness...

Mar 17, 2012
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hopfacebrew from Colorado

3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a bottle of this at the local liquor store. I know it's old but it was cheap so I picked up another as I haven't had it since it came out last year.

A - The beer pours a deep dark nearly black color with a 1/2 finger of tan head. Decent retention and lacing. Amber brown edges.

S - Roasted malt character with some coffee and smoke. A hint of earthy hops as well.

T - Roasty throughout. Nice flavors of coffee, smoke, and malty sweetness. More flavorful than the nose would lead on. Medium bitterness throughout. Decent hop flavors as well: more earthy in tone than anything else.

M - Medium bodied and well carbonation. Suprisingly smooth.

O - Still held up pretty well for how old it is. I suppose the higher abv allowed for a decent cellar. Reminds me exactly of the fresh bottle I picked up when it came out.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-23-2011 01:44:30

Jan 26, 2012
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Cigar City snifter. Label says Bottled in May 2010.

A- Pours a shoe polish black with a 1/2 inch light tan head that doesn't last too long before receding to a paper-thin ring with a fluff of surface foam in the middle and bordering lace.

S- Hops and spice. Black pepper along with roasty chocolate sweetness.

T- Bold hops at first that give way to heavy malts and a spicy finish. Bitter in the front, sweet in the back. Alcohol is beautifully hidden which is probably due to the aging. Notes of milk chocolate.

M- Luscious and creamy as well as oily from the heavy amount of hops. Medium carbonation has held up well in the bottle.

O- This one was plucked at the perfect time. Well worth the eleven bucks.

Jan 06, 2012
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TheSarge from Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one into a half lite dimpled stein. I poured this brew in quickly and the head produced was dark tan, and about three fingers thick. The body is jet black with some reddish/black tea hues shining through on the edges of the glass.

The aroma is on a milky lactose type of aroma, along with vanilla and fig.
Taste wise it's smoky, a little coffee and vanilla, with a hint of chocolate.

Feels smooth and full in body. A desert in a glass for sure, and a lager unlike I've had before!

Dec 08, 2011
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Happy to find this in Atlanta a year and a half after it was released

A - Porter dark with 1 finger of head and a tiny bit of lace on the glass

S - Dark malts and dry hops.

T - Starts out like a porter with burnt malts, but then the hops kick in like fire. Very citrusy, exellent!

M - Well carbonated and full body. Very nice mouthfeel

O - An excellent hoppy black ipa. It's technically a black lager, with tons of hops, but it tastes like a good old fashioned black ipa double dry hopped. As good as it gets for this style.

Dec 04, 2011
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arizcards from North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from Total Wine in mid-August for $7.99. Figured i better scoop it up since Avery no longer distributes to Arizona.

Beer poured black as night with a nice tan head that is sustaining very well.

Nose is hints of coffee and chocolate.

Taste is roasted malts, hints of coffee and chocolate, maybe some black licorice. Finish is somewhat dry with a decent amount of bittering hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very smooth, quite satisfying.

Overall this is a pretty smackable beer. I enjoy a schwarbier at Gordon Biersch occasionally and to have a double version is very enjoyable. Nice effort Avery!

Oct 16, 2011
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's an interesting brew for sure. The beer poured out as a nice looking black liquid with a foamy brown colored head on top that has a nice sticky lacing to it. The smell of very hoppy, also roasted and has the traditional lager aromas in there too. The taste of the beer was hoppy and had some dry roasted flavors in the back of the mouth. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and dry. Overall it was an interesting brew for sure, can't say I'd have to seek it out again but glad I tried it.

Oct 14, 2011
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Beer4Baltimore from Maryland

4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - black somewhat viscous looking pour topped off with a big finely bubbled head with loads of lacing.
S - some hops and caramel with a big dose of rich malts.
T - first I've had of this style and it reminds me much of a bock. Figgy fruity tastes combined with rich malts and a subtle hoppy background. The aftertaste is of mild lingering hops and roasted malts.
M - moderate carbonation with a smooth creamy body.
D - goes down very easy.
Quite a nice juxtaposition to the black hoppy ale I had last night. Would like to try a tasting of black hoppy ales and bocks & black lagers.

Sep 14, 2011
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DarthGuitarHero from Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This may not be fair, but I'm judging this in relation to too many really good black IPAs that I've had recently.

A: Poured into a goblet. Black with 2 1/2 inches of thick, brown foam that dissipated into beautiful tan lacing that lasts the whole glass. Quite nice.

S: Piney hops with citrus zest and combined with chocolate makes for a welcoming aroma.

T: I get the unsweetened chocolate, bitter coffee, and roasty maltiness. Sounds weird, but the sweetness from the malt seem separate from the chocolate. Finishes mostly clean with some lingering bitterness.

M: Creamy and less heavy than expected.

I very much enjoyed this, but there are other better hop-forward black beers out there (Hop in the Dark and Sublimely Self-Righteous come to mind), so I'm unlikely to re-visit this one.

Sep 01, 2011
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popery from California

4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes 7/31/10. Very good beer. The aroma has lots of chocolate, interesting hops and some great dark malt fruitiness. The beer is dark brown, cloudy with a good head. Hops tend toward more German flavors and provide a good bitter finish. Lots of roasted malt in the flavor. It's got plenty of chocolate and gentle roast flavor. The feel is creamy and smooth. I didn't expect to like this beer, much less enjoy it quite so much. It's very easy to drink and blends roasted malt and hop flavors better than most black (D)IPAs that I've tried.

Aug 14, 2011
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Gueuzedude from Arizona

3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

brown tinged, 1-finger, dark tan head, awesome staying power, very tight and creamy lots of layered lacing. deep brown, burnt amber, not quite black color, lightly hazed, rich conc amber-brown in light. dark roast malt touches with pine and citrus hops. chocolte notes, clean dark malt, at times rivals hops. quite fruity smelling, berry and citrus.

first sip is creamy, citrusy, light burn caramel richness, spicy alcohol and bitter hops. med body, chewy and sweet, somewhat sipper. rich chocolate body, big maltiness, burnt prune even. bitterness in finish from touches of burnt malt, but mostly from clean hop bite. hoppy at first, but malt plays more and more as work my way through, always hop dominated, but smooth somehow.

good, even tasty, though not knock your socks off.

Aug 04, 2011
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litheum94 from California

3.62/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. On clearance at Bottle Barn. $0.99 a bottle! It is over a year old though...

P: Oil slick black with a foamy, brown head. The denseness of the head quickly disappears, leaving a whispy cover, but also some nice lacing.

A: Loads of Baker's chocolate and freshly brewed coffee. German Noble hops dance in the background, giving a leafy earthiness. I'm sure that they've faded a bit. Some dark fruits as well.

T: Dark malt flavors assert themselves: bitter sweet chocolate with roasty coffee flavors. Slightly creamy. Mid-palate has a slight metallic twinge, but not off-putting. The finish is dry, with high carbonation and hop flavors or earth and grass. Some citric twinge.

This is a very tasty beer, and I wish I hadn't passed it up for so long. The only reason this doesn't get a higher score is because I know the hops have faded.

Aug 04, 2011
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Boto from Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle: This one pours an opaque, dark brown color. There was quite a bit of a tall, tan head that lingers awhile and leaves some lacing. There is a nice nose to the beer. It is an interesting mix of chocolate and pine hops. Possible some caramel and spices also. The taste is good. More of a cocoa taste than chocolate. Some roastiness, hints of caramel and a touch of bitterness. This is a nice beer!

Jun 29, 2011
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JizackFH from New York

4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a very dark brown color, almost black. It has a nice 2-finger light tan head on it. The head has awesome retention, and it leaves nice sheets of lacing behind on the glass.

S - It smells of nice roasted malts and a good hop presence. There is a nice sweetness to it, as well as some scents of fruits such as apricots, prunes, and raisins.

T - This has a big roasted malt flavor and a nice bitter hop presence. There are some notes of dark fruits, caramel, chocolate coffee, and maybe even some spiciness. There is also a touch of booziness in the finish.

M - This has a full body and good carbonation. It goes down very smooth and has a nice creamy feel to it. There is some tingling in the mouth from the spiciness. Also, there is some alcohol warmth in the finish.

O - This has pretty good drinkability. It goes down easy, and I really like the flavor. I was a little shocked when I took my first sip of this. I expected it to be a light refreshing beer, but It is more comparable to a hoppy stout. Overall though, I really enjoyed it, and I would buy it again. I really like how Avery actually does something pretty unique every year for their anniversary beers. Cheers.

Jun 27, 2011
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BretSikkink from Mexico

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black color, tanned head is nicely whipped and tall. Great look for any style.

Nose is a little faint to earn the next score. I note some chalky roasted notes, stale cold coffee, chocolate, citrus, diacetyl and caramel. Slight floral note with warmth, and the coffee rolls into something like sun tea.

Very clean palate, booze is well hidden. Sweet but not overly. I wonder how old this is, the hops aren't huge to me. Finishes citric, there's a good chunk of malt for body, and the lager mouthfeel is smooth.

I'm a fan of most of Avery's outings and this is no exception.

Jun 20, 2011
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle - $7.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a very dark brown body with a very tall, fairly long-lasting, tan head. Smattering of lace on the descent.

Smell: A tar-scented note of blackened malts ahead of chocolate melted into low-grade, overheated coffee. Then, some vague roasted nuttiness, as well as the citrus, additional dark fruitiness, and the promised resinous grassiness, though assumably diminished by nearly a year's time.

Taste: Roasty, toasty - going between charry, chilled coffee and scorched bread slices. Bittersweet chocolate shavings and cracked, roasted nuts fall in between the acridness. A hint of stale Whoppers, licorice powder, and cigarette smoke. Some prunes, but as the bitterness gains a cumulative effect on the tongue, it becomes a bit eclipsed. Lightly resinous, earthy hops with some firmly spicy, herbal notes and some citrus, too. Moderately bitter at this point, though, I'll admit, I am a bit late getting around to this one. Oops. I promise, Avery, I'll be Johnny-on-the-spot when it comes to Eighteen! Roasty with moderate bitterness remaining, and warming on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's hoppy, it's a big dark lager. While fun for a little anniversary release frivolity, it's not something I'd regularly turn to.

Jun 16, 2011
Avery Anniversary Ale - Seventeen (Dry Hopped Black Lager) from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 288 ratings