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

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

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.69%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by WhatsNewinBooze on 05-20-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 211 | Ratings: 284
Photo of RonfromJersey
2.45/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Black body, no highlights, huge billowing light tan head, loose lacing.

Toasty aroma, with hints of licorice, coffee, chocolate.

Taste is a mix. Notes of coffee and chocolate. Plenty of earthy hops. Underlying sense of alcohol is a distraction. Booze imbalance, not enough schwartzbier.

Smooth mouthfeel. As the drink continues, the alcohol comes out stronger and stronger in the finish. Cuts heavily into drinkability.

Like its cousin the Kaiser, too much heat for the style. Needed more toast and roast, less booze. Pass on this one.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
2.66/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Ale+Witch

A - The beer pours a coffee-brown hue, hazy, and is capped with a bone-white head.

S - The brew initially has a bunch of charred grain and burnt coffee in the nose, really fairly heavy malt, and is tempered by a very spicy hop that reminds me almost of root beer.

T - I am not a fan from the first second this touches my lips. Subsequent quaffs have not quelled my disdain. There is a healthy dose of roasted malt and a touch of smokiness and peat, all of which is fine with me; there is also a very bad (unpleasant) bitterness, reminding me of scorched and over-strength jasmine tea. I really can't manage more than a few ounces of this stuff.

M - Medium body with nice tooth, I just don't like the flavor much.

O - Bottom line, I do not like the hop addition; it seems to clash heavily with the malt. therefore, this beer in not very enjoyable, and I don't think it turned out very good.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.76/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22 oz bomber pours a near black color with some ruby highlights showing through. Has a growingly massive tan foam that sticks around for a long time and leaves alot of lace on the glass. Excellent looking brew.

Herbal and fruity hops give way to a licorice and cola malt aroma. Almost has a spiced smell to it, not unlike an Anchor Christmas brew.

Taste is minty hops with alot of pithy citrus peel bitterness. Malts are a little chocolaty, low on roast and caramel. I imagine this is what an Andes mint on top of a slice of Terry's Chocolate Oranges would taste like. Hops overwhelm the malts for me and the minty bitterness is too much. Mouthfeel is rather thin, even for a lager. After the delicious 15, Avery's 16 and 17 have both been rather disappointing. Although it does get slightly better as it warms, this still will not be a repeat purchase for me.

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Photo of imagese
2.76/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- dark cola with onyx edges. 2 finger fluffy head fades fast and leaves faint lacing

S- initial heavy dark roasted malt followed by bitter chocolate and an odd metallic hoppy smell

T- very hard to distinguish much. Very bold earthy tastes. The malt and hop combination definitely makes this bitter. Lingering smoke flavor on the tip of the tongue and on the throat

M- not sure if it's the smoke aspect or carbonation, but this is a very sharp brew. A lot of lingering bitterness and a heavy alcohol kick make this a very abrasive beer

D- hard to really say on this one. This beer has made me waiver from "wow" to "meh". I split the bomber, but even the 11oz share was an overall challenge.

Obviously this wasn't fresh, as the one time bottling was 05/10. At this point, the beer may have devolved, and doesn't know if it wants to be a smoked porter, a schwarzbier, a black IPL, or what. The dry hopping has all but faded.

Overall, not bad... Glad I tried it, but wouldn't have been upset if I didn't, knowing what I know now

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.76/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Looks like Avery is going down the Stone/Cambridge/BrewDog road for inspiration. On to the beer:

Black as ink with chocolate brown edges. The head is ivory colored, has a poofy look, and has good retention. The nose gives you a kick of piney-like hops and a little chocolate malt. Unbalanced, but interesting.

At first, this lookd like it was going to be good. Some juicy piney hops and a moderate chocolate hint for good times. Yet as the beer warms, the malt is wiped out by overwhelming hops. Even the smooth, thickish body and and hidden alcohol make this a slow drinker, and one that isn't calling for more sips.

Dear brewers, please stop imperializing scharzbier and overhopping them! This is interesting, I'll give 'em at, but that's where its affirmations end

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Photo of jskoog
2.96/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light black with a dirty white head.
S: Lacking here. I didn't smell much at all on this and I really think that hurts this brew.
T: Bitter chocolate/cocoa up front with booze back end. Not much in the form of Hops.
M: Nice and thick
D: Not something Ill try again. It may have been my expectations as I was hoping for more of a hop bite.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A friend of mine split this with me and to be honest, I was disappointed. It was just unremarkable and I have usually found Avery anniversary beers interesting. Dark black color obviously with a malty smell. The taste was like a dark lager but was just kind of boring. The beer was not hard to drink but for an $8 anniversary beer I would expect a little more.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.16/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours from a 22oz bottle into a pilsner glass a dark chocolate brown color with a stout and robust light tan colored head. Loads of lacing creat a nearly opaque veil down the sides of the glass. Rocky head keep up the pace for the duration.

Aroma is fruity and filled with fresh hoppiness. Is suppose that is where the dry hopping comes in. Slightly alcoholic with no noticeable roastiness or anything resembling a black or dark malt.

The dry hopping comes through in the flavor as well. Fresh hop flavor shines as well as the hop bitterness from the bitter hopping. Again, no noticeable roastiness. The fresh hops mixed with the alcohol and relatively low roasted profile lend a sweet, fruity, overall flavor.

Not bad. Kind of sweet up front with chalky bitterness in the finish. A bit unbalanced and not altogether enjoyable. I would pass this one up if offered again.

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Photo of Chyren
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very dark, nearly black, with a tan head that quickly settles to a thin layer of froth. It has a unique smell, somewhat of caramel and fresh hops with a clear alcohol scent. The flavor is something of a blunt bitterness that lingers, a certain astringency to it, with little complexity to the hop component, and a very apparent alcohol content. You might say the taste is straightforward, pulling no punches. The texture is even and thin, very easy going and bubbly, becoming somewhat watery as it is swallowed. I'm not so sure about drinkability, I don't think I'd want to sit and drink it for too long, and a schooner is more than enough for me. All in all, while not a bad beer, I won't be buying it again (unless a new batch is brewed, of course). Although I would love to try it uber-fresh on draft and see how the hop profile differs from that which has sat in a bottle.

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Photo of stakem
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes taken on 7/23/10.

Bottled May 2010, poured from a bomber into a SA sensory glass. 17 appears a dark brown with red and lighter brown highlights. A finger's worth of tan head retains fairly well and leaves copious amounts of lace all over the glass.

The nose of this brew is mostly dark roasty grains with citrus hops and quite a bitnof mineral quality all about it. Strangely included is a smell of medicinal chapstick mingled with some smokey rauchbier like suggestions before the alcohol tingled in the back.

The taste has a bitterness upfront from a combination of bitter roasted grain and hops that are slightly piney. Lingering flavor of smokey roasted malt very reminescent of rauch. Through the medium light body is a modest amount of carbonation. It is distracting with the amount of mineral an sulfur included in this brew. Some solvent alcohol persists. This is not a brew I would try again. It seems like the beer got fouled up and in an effort to save it, decided to dry hop the hell out of it to mask the faults.

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Photo of claspada
3.27/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Tap @ the Gingerman NYC. Decent frothy tan head, dissipated shortly after however.
Color is an almost total black with a brownish tint when held up to the light. Aroma is malty, much more than any Schwartz I've ever had, hints of coffee and a sweetness I can't quite place.
Flavor is like aroma with some nice bittersweetness standing out. Body is correctly carbonated and smooth throughout. Bitterness stands out much more as you consume. Much more body than the average black lager, which is a great quality for this style as I find most Schwartz's boring and thin. One of the first beers I have had which may be overly "sticky" from hops. Originally finishes smooth with a hint of hop bitterness, but as you continue to drink the hop profile dominates the malt. Drinkable in smaller quantities but in a 22 oz bomber, becomes hard to polish off. ABV level doesnt help. Some styles do not benefit from the Imperial bump, but this one def does. Had both on draft and in bottle and by far the draft is much easier to consume/finish/enjoy.

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Photo of rye726
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Up for review is a 650ml bottle of Avery's Seventeenth Anniversary beer. Poured at cellar temp into a pint glass. Cost was around $7. Not too impressed by this one. One of their more boring anniversary beers. Where's the Brett? Seriously though, fairly unimpressive for the style. Lacks complexity.

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Photo of jsh420
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours dark ruby brown almost black with a 1 finger tan head that left spotted lacing

smells kinda like a hoppy sasion? lemon

taste is very different then the nose - still hoppy grassy lemon hops but the base is burnt chocolate malts

mouthfeel medium body that is overly carbonated

srinkability so so - just not the beer for me - my have my tastebuds changed when only drinking once a week or so

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Photo of BrewnZ
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Caught this on tap at The Monk's Kettle. Listing it as a Schwartz beer is a bit miss leading given it's high alcohol (menu suggested 7.7% abv) which I noticed only after ordering.

A: Served in a tall slighly bulky pilsner like glass that showcased its deep black color and mouselike tan head. Good foam stand.

S: Rich malts with a clean neutral yeast character. Low to no hop aroma, not getting the dry hops here.

T: Rich complex malt with a low roast character, low hop bitterness, and low hop flavor. Perhaps the dry hops have faded or the use was minimnal. Lots of bready malt behind the chocolate like roastiness.

M: Full bodied with medium carbonation. All that malt makes for a silky pallet

O: A huge black lager with malt sweetness and melanoidins balanced by ethanol & low roast. Lots of bready malt has me thinking of an Imperial Munich Dunkles more than a schwartz beers. Desert like - tasty - just not my idea of a schwartz but I guess you gotta call it something.

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Photo of speter
3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very dark ruby with a massive persistent head. Even after waiting several minutes, I still have 2/3 of a pilsner glass full of foam.

S: Very German hoppy with a backdrop of doppelbock. Hopped raisin cake?

T: Follows the nose to some extent. There is a definite doppelbock thing going on with raisin and prune elements, but over the top (and over the top, so to speak) is the very high levels of German hops. In general, it's good, but there is something in there that isn't quite playing right.

M: Very velvety. Full bodied with ample carbonation.

D: Great for a one-off, but I doubt I'd want to drink numerous bottles of this.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of morimech
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not really black in color, but dark brown, with a large tan head that had excellant retention. Quite a bit of lacing is left on the glass. Aroma consists of toasted malt, licorice, and some earthiness. Good flavor until the alcohol comes in to play. Starts with sweet malt, licorice, and some earthy hops. Bitterness is definately there but the alcohol spoils the party. This is a big body lager. Carbonation pairs perfectly with the beer. Good texture. The booziness limits drinablility as well as Avery's price point for their anniversay beers. Probably will not buy another.

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Photo of Kromes
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pitch black, no light is coming through the beer. Also has a thick tan colored head that leaves lots of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: There is a sweet roasted malt aroma with some floral hop.

T: The initial taste is of floral hop. The hop is strong, so the roasted malt flavors only really show up in the finish. The hops leave a bitterness in the finish and the alcohol leaves some pepper, but the beer has a sort of soapy taste to it.

M: It's carbonated well, but the dry bitterness in the finish really puts a damper on the feel of this beer.

D: It's not bad, above average, but there are some things holding it back.

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.51/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Deep black with about an inch of head poured from the bottle. Dies down to leave a froth of lace around the glass, and thin layer of light brown head.

Citrus and cut grass are most apparent, with very little malt coming to the nose.

Trying to describe this beer is like trying to interpret a black hole to a first grader. Resiny, piney, with a wicked twist that contorts and shears the tongue, settling with roasted malts at the back of the throat. Brown sugar and cocoa apparent. Just a hint of alcohol burn to close.

Well-balanced between the hops at the fore, with more subtle malts.

If you're looking for a mouth-funk, and maybe a beer that hangs with you until the following day, this is the beer for you. Otherwise, black-IPAs are often too confusing for the mouth and mind.

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Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a glass at the Muddy Pig in St. Paul. The near-black beer sounded interesting and looked promising, but I found it was dominated by a strong molasses flavor. There are chocolate and caramel notes around it, but this beer didn't seem unusually hoppy to me. Then again in all fairness, I don't typically notice big hops in imperial stouts or other strong, dark beers. Overall, it wasn't a bad beer by any measure, and I'm sure plenty of folks will enjoy it, but I'm not quite one of them.

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Photo of david18
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a twelve ounce pour of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on Manhattan's upper west side. I did not expect a style such as this from Avery, especially for one of their anniversary ales. I enjoyed it a lot. Not as dark as I'd expect a schwartzbier to be but in general very enjoyable.

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Photo of KajII
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
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...

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Photo of womencantsail
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
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 Mebuzzard
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A new brew from Avery...schwarzbier, eh? Let's see what we have here.

Pours just about black with tan highlights around the edge, giving it a cola impression. Head is thick enough to dissuade the cola thought any longer. pretty good lacing.
Kind of raw aroma. Sharp chocolate and roasted malt. Soft caramel and molasses, with green sticks and grass.
It's immediately snappy upon first sip. Zesty without the fruit. Tip of the tongue goes tingly, then a malt center with chocolate malt and caramel. Quick sourness and ends with a lighter snap and vanilla. Alcohol hits at the end too. Without the zip it would feel rather thin. Not bad drinking.

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Photo of brystmar
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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