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

very good
211 Reviews
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by WhatsNewinBooze on 05-20-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 211 | Ratings: 284
Photo of Immortale25
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

 725 characters

Photo of TheSarge
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
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!

 497 characters

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

 530 characters

Photo of arizcards
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
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!

 620 characters

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.

 488 characters

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

 582 characters

Photo of DarthGuitarHero
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

 791 characters

Photo of popery
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

 544 characters

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

 782 characters

Photo of litheum94
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

 851 characters

Photo of Boto
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

 408 characters

Photo of JizackFH
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

 1,197 characters

Photo of BretSikkink
4.03/5  rDev +2%
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.

 583 characters

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.

 1,364 characters

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!

 661 characters

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.

 915 characters

Photo of emmasdad
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We had this on tap yesterday at the Avery Brewing Taphouse. Poured a rich dark brown with a good layer of light brown foam. Big piney hop aromas lead off, followed by roasted malt and coffee. Flavors of dark fruit, fresh brewed coffee and dark chocolate.

 254 characters

Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Avery Seventeen Schwarzbier 8.69% abv

A: a flat black with hues of chocolate color at the edges, minimal head, almost no lacing to speak of

S: Lots of roasted coffee notes, burnt cigar and smoky notes throughout

T: The smoke is present in a big way with a rich maltiness to support it. It at first seems like a standard stout but once the backdraft of smoke fills your bitter tastebuds, it is evident that you are wrangling an entirely different breed of calf. A chocolately, hoppy beast that imparts an oaky finish with a hoof to your jaw. Sweet smoky chin music.

M: The mouthfeel is congruent with its appearance, good coating but not a huge rich chewiness of an imperial stout. You wont be carrying the flavor around for minutes after thinking of Schwarzbiers past.

D: This beer is usually a hard sell but in this instance I would say that it is very drinkable for the style and the smokiness could lead to some awesome summer bbq pairings. The sight of this murky darkness alone may be enough to push some people away, but if they can stop being a pilsner drinking sororityt girl for a moment they could learn a thing or two from this old smoky so and so.

Narrative: 29 years on the job but Jack Fumington had never seen a fire like this. "Captain, the entire west side of the oak warehouse is in a complete blaze and the black licorice factory next door is being consumed as well!" It is times like these that Jack Fumington knows exactly what to do, knuckle down and face the murky blackness of his smoky existence. His family were 4th generation fire fighters, practically born to handle heat like this. "Get me the co2 tanks." "But sir, you know as well as I do that-" "I SAID GET THE CO2." With a clenched jaw Jack descended into the conflagration imparting thick foam at every turn, dousing the windows to the walls. After 25 minutes of herculean effort, the blaze was slagged, the oak barrel emporium lay in ruins, but the towns black licorice industry remained intact. Just another day in the life of Jack Fumington.

 2,034 characters

Photo of Naugros
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What an interesting brew. I guess you have to call a black lager a schwarzbier, but this is one of those that really defies classification so I will decline to review to the style. Honestly, if I hadn't read the label I would have sworn I had poured a stout from the looks of this one. A full two inch head that rose above the rim of the glass and held it for quite a while. Mocha in color on top of a near black beer. But then the smell gave away that this was not a stout. I would have guessed a black IPA at this point except for the roasted smell behind the piny hops turning the overall olfactory experience into something akin to pitch...especially with the alcohol kicking in to help.

Now for the taste...schwarzbier perhaps, but it's got some flavor elements of a porter. A little smoky and seriously roasty with a nice hop balance to the malts in the form pine tar. You even get that chalkiness you sometimes get from a good porter.

This is one serious hybrid of a beer that pulls in elements from so many different styles. Yes, a black lager is technically a schwarzbier, so their label even points to that classification but even if I were to review it to that style it would get high marks. And Avery continues to impress with pushing the flavor profile of their beers to the limit. Prost!

 1,304 characters

Photo of laituegonflable
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a mahogany bent, with decent frothy head of ochre, sinking steadily to leave some whispy trails of lace behind. Nice head pattern, very nice everything.

Smells quite roasty and pleasant with some sweetness to it. Touch of coffee but with a dark caramel edge, toffee-esque really and I think some floral hops just peeking out, a tad grassy but lending it a welcome freshness. Not quite enough of anything but very enjoyable.

Taste is quite pleasant also, much dark flavour but mostly sweet with chocolatey notes, more toffee with a really nice brandied edge, yeah takes on a warmth towards the back with a nutty marzipan touch and a bitterness which is hoppy-grassy, resinous as well. Bit of darkness lingers on the back, roasty but not burnt. Very deft touch involved here, for an enjoyable, balanced taste experience.

Bit hot around the edges on the mouthfeel, esp. on the mid, and a bit of dryness around the back. Decent body otherwise.

Great drop of beer, really. Tasty and pretty damn smooth.

 1,025 characters

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in the US, from a location that is apparently no longer getting Avery beers (sob!), brought back to Australia to share with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

Pours quite a deep, dark brown, so much so that it's fair enough to call it genuinely black. Good opacity and a foaming head of pock-marked beige bubbling. Lacing is anarchic. Looks great.

Very heavily dry hopped, obviously, as a big resiny and pleasantly sharp green hop aroma punches the nose. It has the American-style power to it, but oddly, not the American-style flavours. Much more of a continental European style, more resiny, slightly earthier, less fruit and citrus. It's gorgeous nonetheless.

Under this, is a pleasant dark, slightly grainy note, which again suggest German roots. Very nice indeed.

Taste is very interesting, with a much stronger grainy lager character coming through. Minimal hop bitterness, although a roasted grain note gives a dark pumpernickel toast character to the finish. This mingles with some of the earthy hop flavours to produce an interesting melange of whole grains sweetened with honey, and cleansed with organic greenness.

Feel is a little light, which is assumedly what the lager aspect lends it.

Such a wonderful mix of flavours make this an exceptionally good one-off brew.The bready, grainy characters give it heft and body, and the hop fragrance gives it vivacity. It's a great combination.

 1,418 characters

Photo of bosox941827
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Ayinger oversized 0.5L glass; served cold and warmed as tasted
A - Dark as night, with just a hint of dark-ruby tinge on the edge when held to a bright light; beige, foamy head off the pour thins to a cap after quite a bit.
S - Roasty malts, a bit of spicy hops (off the pour especially) and a whiff of alcohol
T - Pretty much as the nose suggests, though this one is also pretty sweet and boozy. The booziness is more of a suggestion than "in your face", but you know it's there. The hoppiness is not as pronounced as I was expecting given that this is dry-hopped, but it could be the sweetness just overwhelms the hops. There is a significant chocolate/roasted malt character here as well. The warming alcohol becomes a bit more pronounced as the beer gets closer to room temp.
M - This is a substantial, chewy beer, due to the ABV and the sweetness, which lends a heavy mouthfeel. Good thing I drank this now, as I wouldn't want to have this if the weather were warm at all; definitely a late-winter/early spring beer.
Had higher hopes for this one; it's just OK. A bit more hoppiness would have earned higher marks from me.

 1,146 characters

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A - A very dark red brew with a large head the fades slowly, leaving a hefty amount of lacing on the glass.

S - Burnt sugars, pine and peppery grasses. A very clean aroma.

T - White pepper, grassy hops, charred malt. The flavor is nice, but not overly powerful. Aftertaste is of charred malt and a touch of lingering hops.

M - Smooth, medium to thick body, very refreshing.

O - I don't know why, but all the pieces point to me liking this a ton, but for some reason, I'm not terribly enthused. Still it is solid overall. I might have again, but it seems more average overall.

 579 characters

Photo of Brenden
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

With Black IPAs (or whatever you want to call them) becoming increasingly popular, I'm glad Avery decided to do this. Notes are from September, but thorough as always.

The color is an opaque dark brown, allowing some orange-red hues and highlights to shine through a bit. A big, thick, full light brown head grows and settles to a bit higher than two fingers high. This is a fat crown of a head that sits nicely and leaves plenty of thick, sticky lacing when it eventually does fall to a big, thick foam.
This is a toasty one in the nose with a strong malt presence alongside some solid citrus and pine resin hops notes. Grains linger in the background.
Strong malts and toast with a touch of caramel and a little touch of coffee grounds balance with a bit of a citrus bitterness that's also lightly resinous. I'm getting some doppelbock-like licorice in here as well. Bittersweet chocolate comes in a bit on the finish.
The carbonation is at the perfect level, not detracting from the feel while adding liveliness to a medium-full body. This one is semi-dry, blending bitterness and sweetness very nicely in the mouthfeel. Each sip starts off crisp and gets plenty smooth, making for easy drinking.
The high ABV aside, this is very drinkable.

 1,244 characters

Photo of mwa423
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown with a thick tan head that leaves an even thicker lacing down the glass. Slight haze, but overall good appearance

S - Strange mixture of all the great things I expect from a pale ale or IPA with a hoppy biting notes in the aroma and all the thing I expect from a good lager like biscuit notes. Very interesting combination of the two.

T/M - Taste was very hop forward but immediately after the forward hops were a roasty maltiness, then more hops, then a vanilla aftertaste. An extremely complex beer with a light mouthfeel and a slight bite.

D - Very drinkable lager but one that should be savored and enjoyed all the way down the glass.

 665 characters

Avery Anniversary Ale - Seventeen (Dry Hopped Black Lager) from Avery Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 284 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.