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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German 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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Reviews by mikesgroove:
Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stopped in at Barleys and picked this one up on tap yesterday. I had heard some good things and was in the mood for something a bit bigger. Served in a pint glass, this one was consumed on 07/20/2010.

The pour was deep, dark black in color with no light shining thorough at ALL. Had the look of a monster stout with a big head of tan that capped it nicely, settling down after a few moments into a nice pillow that left tons of lacing down the sides of the glass. Aroma is hoppy at first but then comes through with a deep, roasted, and smoked note that really gives it a good bit of depth. Nice touches here of caramel, hints of cocoa, and loads of piney hops. Really nicely done and quite different then what I was expecting. Warming really brought this out and each sip was a nice progression from biting hops, mellow smoked malts, and a rich, semi sweet and dry finish. Body was somewhat lighter then what I would have thought, but this actually worked in its favor by allowing the flavors to really pop and keeping it from being overly heavy.

Overall this was really very nice and one that I would love to try again. Another one of these new styles that I really just get a great kick out of. Very nicely done and very solid.

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Photo of Xul
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours dark brown with deep ruby highlights when held up to the light, capped by a foamy two finger pale beige head. Retention is moderate and light lacing is left down the glass.

S: Strong dark malts up front with a moderate roasted character, and light hues of chocolate and coffee. Hops are slightly subdued, but have a mix of earthy and piney characteristics, with some faint floral tones. Traces of dark berries lurk in the background.

T: Roasted malts are strong up front with a stronger dark fruit character - figs and plums mostly - followed by some milk chocolate and light coffee. Piney and earthy hops come in mid palate and stick around, leading to an extremely balanced finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with low to moderate carbonation, has an excellent creamy feel.

D: The ABV is well hidden and it's deceptively quaffable for a reasonably big beer.

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

A: Dark brown color; no light. Poured a 2 finger light tan head that dissipated to a lumpy skim. Lots of sticky lacing.

S: Piney and grapefruit hop aromas. Lots of toasted malt too; chocolate, caramel. Alcohol tickle.

T: Toasted malt flavors and slcohol most prominent. Roasted nuts and coffee with some resiny hops in the middle. Very dry and bitter in the fisish.

M: Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Dry and warming.

D: Drinkable despite the big malts and ABV.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a dark brown color with a moderate off-white/tan head and some light lacing.

S: A heavily grassy and herbal hop nose with an underlying aroma of roasted malt and perhaps even a bit of caramel.

T: Things stay much the same on the tongue. A strongly herbal flavor to the beer with a nice sweetness in the form of caramel. A bit of bread and a mild bitterness.

M: The body is light to medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: An interesting beer, but I am not the hugest fan of the hop character in this one. A bit too grassy and wild for me.

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Photo of thebouch01
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of ectomorph
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber with no freshness dating poured in sections into a tulip.

A - Rich black body, the light gives nothing away, huge light tan head stays parked. If you handed it to me and said RIS, I would believe you...

S - There is some sweet chocolate and light roasted aroma. Earthy and spicy hops are also showing through. Very pleasant.

T - Faint wood smoke, earthy hops resin, roasted grain, bread, wet grass. Very clean hops finish, not a bite but a very clean finish. Hint of sulfur at the end.

M - Light bodied and clean. This is where this brew throws you for a loop. Flavors reminiscent of a hoppy porter in a beer with a lager feel and finish. Interesting.

D - Though the 8+% ABV is very well hidden, this beer will smack you about the face and neck with flavor.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Good dark brown color, close to black. Tan head that built quite well and looks pretty steadfast. A bit of lacing occurring as the head recedes. Looks like a schwarzbier for sure.

S: Good toasty, smoky malts and a nice bready aroma. Lager yeast definitely comes through well here. Hop presence is well done. Dry, leafy hops pair well with the malty base of this beer. For a near 9% beer, the alcohol is hidden very well.

T: The bitterness that the hops offer is very nice here. Balanced with a nice mellow roasted quality of the malts, this is a very nice beer. They've managed to create a schwarzbier that tastes and smells like others in the category, but have amped it up. I would have never guessed that the abv was close to 9 on this one. Well crafted beer.

M: Carbonation is nice and crisp with some sizzle. Beer remains light as it should be stylistically, but packs a punch.

D: Quite a refreshing beer for me, definitely like the beers that can offer a deep roasty quality without weighing you down or becoming syrupy.

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

pours a black with a red tint and a medium size khaki head, and great lacing.

smell is of hops, some floral, cocoa, coffee, and malt.

taste is thick, cocoa, a touch of coffee, roasted malt, and hops, ends bitter and dry, and with a coffee aftertaste.

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Photo of thain709
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The beer had a black body and when held to light it was penetrable...a creamy, light tan head formed...the retention was nice and so was the lacing

S - I thought this beer was dry hopped? I'm having a tough time picking up any hops on the nose...lots of dark, roasted malts

T - The flavor starts off with that dark, roaste malts...it's nice because it never comes to the point where it tastes burnt...caramel and chocolate stand out as the main flavors given off by the malts...here are the hops!...the finish of this beer presents a nice bitterness provided by citrus hops

M - Medium bodied...the roasted flavor makes you want more...nice bitter finish

D - This was my first anniversary ale from Avery and they did a nice job...I like schwarzbiers...my only problem was there wasn't enough hops on the nose for being dry hopped

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very dark brown with an off white head. Nose brings forward a good dose of earthy and piney hops along with some roasted malt and hints of chocolate. Taste coalesces around a few of the flavors, but the roast characteristics come forward, drowning out of some of the really nice hop aromas from the nose. Feel is a bit dry given the combination of hops and roast, although this drinks fairly well altogether and was a nice, fairly unique offering.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black in color with a tight but fluffy cinnamon colored head. Great retention.

Smell is lightly roasted malt and a little fudge. There's a light hoppiness to it.

It's an interesting take on this style. It resembles a hopped-up porter to me. There roast is light with chocolate. The hopes are earthy, with only a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation that plays well with the mild bitterness.

Good drinkability, a unique and fun brew.

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Photo of BierFan
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Looks absolutely amazing. Almost like a nitro-stout how the head suddenly rose from nothing, before settling to some sturdy light tan foam. Dark brown body looks about black in the glass.

Smell: Dark malts and some faint grassy hops. Pretty good for the style, but it's not a terribly exciting style to begin with.

Taste: Rather surprising. I wasn't expecting it to be so hoppy, and I don't think I've had a beer that was this bitter using German hops. I never knew that German hops could pack such a punch. The malt gives the flavors of cocoa powder, mainly, with a little caramel. Alcohol is also present in the taste.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I wasn't expecting to find so much enjoyment from a simple schwarzbier.

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

Imperial Dryhopped Schwarzbier, whatever that means...

black with offwhite head

faint grainy aroma, possibly some hops, but really not a whole lot going on in the aroma for a dryhopped beer.

Flavor is bizarre, not bad certainly, but not really excellent either, smooth and silky upfront with a burst of hops on the end of the sip, hop flavor really sits in the mouth afterwards.

The aftertaste of this really sticks with you, not really sure I want another.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a thick creamy tan head that has excellent retention and lacing.

Smells of chocolate and roasty coffee notes with a huge earthy/citrusy hop note to it. Has a noticable lager smell but it's quite hoppy, which I like.

The flavor is much of the same but the chocolate comes through more in the flavor but the hops persist to assult me oh so wonderfully. With bitterness and all.

And the mouthfeel is very clean and slightly dry.

The drinkability is suppurb. It goes down so smoothly. I would recommend this beer to any beer lover.

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Photo of uno99
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First time I can recall having a black lager. Poured into a Samuel Smiths pint glass at a perfect cellar temp of 55 Degrees.

A: Enormous head from a fairly gentle pour. Head fills the glass to the top, sticks around forever and leaves tons of lace. wow! beer is black and stout like.

S: Huge roasted malts, which I didn't expect. Lots of German hops which I did expect. Smells quite sweet. Apricots and raisins. Prunes and coffee.

T: I expected this to be refreshing and light. boy was I wrong. this beer is big-time flavor. Easily could be mistaken for a hop heavy RIS.

M: Very thick. In fact, this was the first thing I noticed first sip. Apparently this is not really to style.. Carbonation is soft and smooth. would have liked more pick up there I think.

D: Well this is thick, and definitely not a as drinkable as a lager should be... It's a tasty beer, but not one I'd want to have more than one or 2 of when I'm expecting a lager.

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Photo of pperez38
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Docer
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle to try... sounds good.

- Big light mocha colored fluffy head.... a few fingers.. took some time to work its way down to an even half finger of creamy head.. lacing all over.... very dark and stout-like... rich black and brown. Looks amazing.

- Light cocoa... crisp hops, pine, light citrus.. grain, oats... crisp and delicious.

- Roasty chocolate, light fig, crisp pine and grassy hops... slightly earthy and grainy.. bread, biscuit.. cream..

- Medium bodied, very creamy, and slightly chewy. Hides the alcohol very well.

- A very flavorful brew, packed with a world of flavors. Recommended for sure. Though it looks better than it tastes. But it does taste very good!

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Photo of zeledonia
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours nearly black, with a half-finger tan head that relaxes to lacing and a bit of resilient foam. Reddish-brown edges when held to a light.

S: Smell is heavy on the roasted malt, a bit smoky, with coffee and nice bitter hops in the background. A bit divided, though.

T: Taste is richer and more solid than I expected. Again, strong on the bitter roasted malts, coffee, some smokiness, with a strong bitter hop finish. Quite like a rather heavily hopped stout. I don't pick up any of the alcohol.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and smooth, well-balanced by the medium carbonation. Much lighter than it looks.

D: This beer drinks like a medium-weight, heavily-hopped stout, but with the body of a lager. Very interesting, and goes down easy, but the parts don't quite come together for me. I like rich and heavy stouts, and this combination of flavors and body, though enjoyable, just don't feel quite right.

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Photo of Swalden28
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep black with frothy tan head. Aroma has a nice strong blend of dark roasted grain and floral hop. Flavor of strong dark roast grain, hints of coffee, notes of dark chocolate, strong noble hop that leaves a some what piney and fresh grassy flavor with a nice bitterness at the end. Mouth feel is medium body with medium carbonation. Overall, I really enjoyed!

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Photo of kkrez
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jampics2
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Adam, I raised a toast to you with this one. Congrats on 17 years of running such a kick-ass brewery!

On tap @ the Beer Engine. Pours a dark black with an offwhite head. Head sticks around for the long run. A very nice looking beer.

Smell is roasted malt, a nice hoppiness lurking around, and even a touch of smoke. The roast gives impressions of coffee and chocolate. The smell is nice, nothing too crazy but certainly not traditional.

Taste is awesome! I'm a HUGE fan of a well done Schwartz, and this breaks the mold but has the flavor and clean finish I crave. Chocolate, some mild rauch character, nice clean German dark malt. The hops are more earthy than pine or citrus in the taste. There is also a nice liquorice or anise taste that is mild but makes its presence known. Yeah, the flavors are an interesting take, but I would say this still qualifies thanks to the malt, lightness, and clean finish thanks to the wonders of lagering.

Mouthfeel is light to medium. Creamy and smooth. Nice carb and great finish.

Overall, I loved this beer. I'd have it again in a heartbeat. Thanks for the last 17 years of great beers, Mr. Avery. I salute you with a resounding "prost"!

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Photo of farrago
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Close to three fingers of dense dark brown foam, very even surface with excellent retention, if you wait long enough you'll witness strong, sticky lacing. The nose offers moderate smokiness, much more by way of sweet milk chocolate, molasses, butterscotch, close to German chocolate cake, nutty as well, waft of orange citrus, pine, hoppiness accelerates as it warms, just a glance of plum or cherry fruit scents, overall much sweeter than might be expected. Full-bodied, the carbonation is average, which in the context here is not sufficient to keep things moving at a brisk pace. More of the caramel, chocolate, mocha, coffee, coconut flavors, if it is smoky it is like if you left a chocolate croissant too long in the oven, no real "edge" to it. The hops recede back some here, pine shows most because it's sappy and sweet. Some challah bread and baking yeast stuff. No truly distinguishable fruit. Plenty of vibrant flavor, just seems more like a jacked up porter.

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Photo of litheum94
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.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have refrained from writing a lot of reviews the past few months despite tasting lots of beer. I've decided to perhaps write only about the "best" and the "worst" of my experiences and to otherwise just keep quiet. This one is worthy of discussion and drinking!

Tasted at room temperature which I think is essential to get the best out of this one.

Pours dark brown/black with a tan head that quickly fades but is nice looking and inviting.

Nose is a light cherry chocolate with a light molasses brown sugar quality to it; not real assertive but pleasant and welcoming-grows as it sits in the glass and become very inviting, sweet and floral; a bit of a "sweet whiskey" character in the nose that's great.

Mouthfeel is rich, creamy, full and "expensive" tasting. A wonderfully rich full body that's almost chewable but still bright.

Flavors are big, full and rich thick black coffee, rich creamy unsweetened expresso with bitter black chocolate. This beer is full of big full and expressive black flavors that are nothing but appealing.

This is one of Avery's real winners and with a big rich bitter espresso finish that leaves you wanting more.

This is so nicely done that it could replace many a person's "standard stout," (and, it's a black lager!)

A must try if you like big full rich black roasted, toasty, coffee chocolate flavors and want to experience the best of the style. Kudos to Avery for this one.

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