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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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft, just put on at Delaney's. Black with off-white head. Strong stuff. Lace sheet. Tad above average mouthfeel. Stoutish roast aromas. Rich, chocolately, roasty, and drying.Fine what what it is, but prefer something not so BIG BEER for the style.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
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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Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is near black in color (traces of amber are visible at the edge of the glass when held up to the light) and poured with a two finger high tan head that slowly dissipates leaving a thin layer of bubbles consistently covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of dark roasted malts and earthy hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by dark roasted malts, while a mild amount of bitterness from the hops stands out in the finish. The taste becomes a bit sweet as the beer warms up, which adds to the complexity of its taste.
M: It feels rich and medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has some dryness.
D: The beer isn't that difficult to drink because the alcohol is well hidden. I would definitely try this beer again because it's rather hoppy and unique for a schwarzbier.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awsome and full of integregty with their full flavored Schwartzbier infused with bold American hops. Why hasn't anyone done this yet?

Aromas of toast and citrus lead the way and only so with a timid backbone of bready/toasty malt and grain structure. Lightly resiny with hoppy pine notes, the citrus and toast fuse together seamlessly

Dark brown in appearance, the beer retains very well with medium tan foam, and regimented rings of lacing. Sturdy and masculine in appearance.

Bold flavors of burnt toast and coffee grounds are backed by a smooth milky flavor of malted barley and caramel (but on the modest side of flavor). Intense hop bitterness, pine, and citrus rinds give a flavorful balance to the malts and contribute an abundance of citric and refreshing flavors. Unique and welcomed in this Imperial Schwarzbiers.

Never heavy, the beer begins with a medium weight of malty/light caramels but with the dry toast character that chases the beer from its malty start, through it's bitter cocoa and hoppy mid palate, and into the dry and powdery charcoal finish.

A rare experimentation of an Imperial Schwarzbier but with American IPA hoppiness. If the question is 'why'?, then the answer is 'why not?'

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Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Almost like a stout, with a fudge brown color (ruby highlights, too) and a head that forms stout-like though it is rather beige in color; sheets of lace coat the pint glass

Smell: Roasty malt, licorice and fruity chocolate, along with a strong dose of grassy hops

Taste: Opens with a licorice and chocolate dominated malt bill, with the roast and grassy hops making a huge impression by mid-palate; after the swallow, the licorice returns to the fore to pair with the hop bill into the finish; the chocolate, however, returns to dominate the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Just when you wonder whether all of the hybrid styles have been done, along comes Avery with a hoppy Schwarz that works really well

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Photo of zeff80
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, black color with a small, light brown head of foam. Nice retention with some small bubbles of carbonation that left some soapy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled floral and hoppy with some orange notes. Lots of rich caramel maltiness, too.

T - It tasted of chocolate and some sugary sweetness. It had a good roasty flavor with some caramel flavors. There's just enough bitter hop bite to even out the sweet.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish. Quite easy drinking.

D - This is probably the best Schwarzbier that I've ever had. Really tasty.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.87/5  rDev -2%
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 superspak
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What an awesome concept for their seventeeth ann. beer,a hopped up schwarzbier!Poured into a Monchshof schwarzbier glass a deep cola color,a bit of ruby hue,a large fluffy tannish colored head atop.Great German hop aromas,very leafy and "green",there is that black malt, bitter chocolate,along with some dark bread aromas.Starts out mildly sweet on the palate with some molasses flavors along with bitter chocolate,a healthy dose of leafy hops come thru into the finish.A great mix of "dark" sweetness and a healthy dose of German hops,my German friends may not like this but my American palate freaking loves it!

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Photo of jlindros
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A huge 2+ finger head rises up in my tulip glass, which is thick and frothy, fades slowly, and leaves a nice lacing with definitive notches for each sip. THe beer is a super dark murky brown color with a little light shining through the ugly dark brown.

N: Starts almost with a stout nose, some dark roasty malts, a little black patent, crystal, etc. Then some spicy and earthy grassy hops. It has a slight creamy malty aroma as well.

T: Starts with more dark malts. Some roast again, black patent, crystal malts, etc. A slight creamy malt aspect again. The taste is replicating the aroma, with more hops too. More earthy and grassy as well as spicy hop flavors, with some bitterness. There's also a slight spicy and warming boozy tingle flavor. A slight powdery malted chewy malt flavor too.

M: Medium to heavier body, thick and frothy with good carbonation.

F: Finishes with some bitterness, it gets a little stronger in bitterness too. More earthy and spicy hops, not really grassy here either. Some creamy and rich dark malts, with more roast and black patent, and crystal malts all lingering. A very slight sticky sweetness but mostly dry at this point. A slight astringency starts to rise up but doesn't really get overpowering. A touch of lingering boozy warmth and tingling.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black in the glass, with several fingers of rich mocha colored foamy head. Wow, this really stays rich, retaining with a VERY frothy 1/2 finger the whole way through and just abosolutely slathering the sides with a ridiculous amount of sticky lace. The dry-hopping is evident in the nose, with some juicy and herbal smelling character, as well as some bitter fruit and light peppery spice. Smokey roast rises up underneath with a touch of sweetness here from the malts but most of it appears to come more from the citrus and herbal textures of the nose.

The taste is dark and roasty the whole way through, with chocolate sweetness and more tangy feeling caramel notes coming in off the edges. Hops add some pop here, with notes of earth and grapefruit, while pine and spice stretches out into a bitter and VERY dry finish. The mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied with crispness to the carbonation up front that then works itself into a much creamier backend. There is some heft to the body here but the alcohol is limited to some light warmth on the breath after each sip, helping keep this fairly sharp feeling and drinkable.

This was pretty darn good, with equal parts roast and sweetness, while that hop profile added an extra layer of richness to this. I don't know if I'm a huge fan of the nearly 9% ABV here but I must say that this was pretty darn smooth and easy drinking for the size.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 10/8/2010 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a very large beige head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains dark fruit, coffee, chocolate, lager yeast, roasted malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with bready flavors from a hearty roasted malt character and lager yeast. The some flavors of licorice and dark fruit come in. The hops presence is strong for the style and creates a good balance but takes a little while to exert itself. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, good kick, good enhanced representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while if you're looking for something a little bit different.

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Photo of mactrail
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark, reddish hued strong ale.

Nice variation on the dark side with a ruby glint in the glass. Beautiful brownish head. Rich without being sweet. Malt is interesting without dominating. Doesn't seem overly hopped as you have a couple of sips, Bitterness, however, emerges after a while. Really interesting beer with flavors that can't be categorized. Crisp yet mellow. Nice roasted flavors without the usual sour black malt.

For what it's worth, the label is a work of art. Great rendition of hops on the vine from a German illustration.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Well, she's sexy and seventeen, my little rock 'n rock queen
Acts a little bit obscene, gotta let off a little steam"

--Stray Cats

Root beer brown with generous ruby and topaz highlights when backlit with afternoon sunshine. After a loud escape of CO2 on crown cracking, the caramel nougat colored head filled half the pint glass. It's mousse-like sticky and is doing a wonderful job with respect to lace.

The aroma could be bolder. The dry-hopping might have faded some in the five months since release, but the black malty schwarzbier part of the nose should be more... uh... black malty. It also smells heavily toasted and earthy, which is a bit odd for the style.

Seventeen makes a comeback on the taste buds, which was expected. The only Avery Anniversary beer to disappoint was 10 and that was my own damn fault for drinking a DIPA more than one year after the release. Interestingly, this is the brewery's first anniversary lager.

Seventeen tastes like 80% schwarzbier and 20% Oktoberfest. The toasted bread-like, earthy, melanoidin-heavy flavor of Munich malt (merely a guess) intrudes on the dark chocolate and cold coffee aspects of the rest of the beer. So why is it still so good?

The thing that saves the flavor profile is a still considerable tea leaf hoppiness that brings a surprising amount of tightness to the finish. Hallertau Hersbrucker and Tettnang make up the hop bill, if you're interested. This sucker must have been a bitter beast back in May. Warming allows the myriad flavors to harmonize even more.

The mouthfeel is lagery smooth and lightly creamy, at least partly due to picture perfect carbonation. Is the ABV 8.69% (label) or is it 7.69% (brewery website)? Hard to tell on the taste buds. Either one is believable.

Seventeen fits with the 'good, solid, drinkable beer' tradition of the Avery Anniversary series. Thirteen (a weizenbock) is still my all-time favorite. If you're concerned that the hops in this dry-hopped lager have faded too much, don't be.

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Photo of billab914
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Bruery tulip. Poured dark brown in color with a rocky, tan, one inch head. The head faded a bit but left some excellent spider web like lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aroma has some dark malt presence along with a earthy hop flavor. The hops seem to provide a nice balance to it. A little yeast came through a bit as well. Nice lager aroma overall.

The taste has a nice roasty, bitter chocolate, coffee component to it. Cocoa comes through more in the finish as well. The base flavor is very stout like, although milder. The finish though has that clean lager style finish which really sets it apart from a stout. The hops are there some in the finish with more of an earthy flavor to them. Overall the hops didn't play as big of a role in the flavor as I thought they would, but they did add a nice balance. Very tasty beer overall though.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. The mouthfeel seemed to fit the style of the beer pretty well. Drinkability is good, I really liked the flavors and balance the hops added. The clean lager taste the finish was good as well. Overall a very nice beer, and one of the best Schwarzbier style beers I've had.

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Photo of russpowell
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from note, beer enjoyed about a month ago..

Pours midnight black with 3 fingers of caramel colored head. Insane lacing & head retention.

S: Faint fruittyness & some licorice

T: Charred grainy notes, herbal hops, black currants, dryness& brown bread up front. Licorice & some plummy notes as this warms, along with herbal hop bitterness, a touch of black pepper & persimmons, plus a touch of rye crispness as well. Finishes with a flourish of black bread, a touch of plums cherries & molasses

MF: Medium body, faint carbonation, becomes warming & creamy once warm

A well put together beer. I will stock up on this I see it again!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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 smcolw
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Foamy, large beige head. It goes down slowly and rockily, leaving lots of coating lace on the glass. Deep, dark brown (nearly black); only the faintest of light gets through.

Predominately earthy aroma. Quite mild in the darker malt department. The hop provides a bit of balance. A good dose of yeast to the nose. (Smelling it five minutes in, I can better detect the darker malts--smoky, mocha.)

This is something of a backwards taste: The hop is up front but it mellows out to bring out some of the burnt malts. The swallow is similar to espresso and the aftertaste is creamy with a burnt, caramelized sugar kick. The body is quite thin for the punch that the flavor brings, but the carbonation is correspondingly low.

For me, this beer is all over the map which makes it one interesting tasting. It defies categorizing as it has elements of many different styles: the finish of a stout, the initial taste of a dark pale ale, the body of a pilsner, and the look of a highly wheated dark beer. I love "different" beers; this is a good one for curiosity seekers.

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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 mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a dark brown color with 2 inches of fluffy tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sticky sweet dark fruits, caramel malts, and coffee.

t - Tastes of dark fruits, fruity malts, coffee, caramel malts, and a hint of alcohol.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - An ok beer but nothing special. Some nice dark fruits in the smell and worth trying, but probably not something I would seek out again.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.72/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Transcribed from notes dated T, 24 Aug 2010. Had on-tap at (now) Anthony's Micro Pub.

It looked as though it had come out of an N2 tap what with its thick finger of deep-tan head and great retention. Color was a deep, dark brown with ruby highlights at the edges. Nose had a roasty chocolatiness to it. Mouthfeel was super creamy, causing me to again glance at the tap. CO2, no boostin', yo! Jodi then reminded me that this was a Black Lager. No effin' way! Zounds! Taste was rich with notes of dark chocolate, smoke, a chipotle pepper smoky spiciness and even some alcohol heat on the tongue. Finish was mainly chocolate but with a bourbon-coconut heat. Phew!

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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 Billolick
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber, $8.99 at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY, bottled in May 2010. Pours quite black, with a large light mocha head, that stays and is quite loose. Leaves loose and scattered webs of sheeting and lace. Softly flowing hoppy notes and peppery hops sooth the nose. Light milk chocolate, slightly peppered up hops dominate the palate. Interesting, flavorful, sneakily complex, and thoroughly enjoyable offering. Nice job here by Avery and here's to way more then 17 more years of quality brewing.

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