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 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 adkirkish
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured very dark brown / on the verge of black, w/ a light foamy tan head. Excellent lacing as consumed.

A: A complex blend of (Piney) Hop aroma - couldn't exactly place the hop blend myself - combined with sweet dark toasted malts. No esthers, no diacetyl or off aromas.

F: Sweet and dark malts upfront and then finishes with a hop bitter finish as it creeps down . While the flavors don't combine, it's a compare and contrast between the malt and hops (Oil and Water), but they do it so nicely!! The balance is equal between the malt and hops respectively.

M: Medium bodied and carbonation and medium heavy mouthfeel. No apparent alcohol warmth.

O: I'm still unsure of style placement : Cascadian Dark Ale / Black IPA / and Schwarzbier now? Style aside, this is a tasty beer. I enjoyed it when I was steve mckennad out of bottle and out of draft. I only felt it proper to re-review the beer while I wasn't steve mckennad. Respect Beer right? Thought so. I would be tempted to stash one of these away for a year, but no longer than that. At 8.6 ~ A little iffy for aging, but worth a go. Happy Anniversary Avery !!

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Photo of Zodijackyl
4.88/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours an extremely dark black with a tinge of red around the edges when held up to light. Large and thick light brown head, very creamy and fairly fine.

Strong aroma of chocolate with fruit, perhaps cherries and grapes, and a little bit of lightly roasted coffee. The malt smells toasted and fresh, balanced with a hop sweetness, but not as strong as the color might suggest.

Taste begins with a strong fruity flavor or grapes and cherries up front, followed by the strong flavor of hearty dark roasted malt with a bit of sweet hops and mild chocolate flavor throughout that is somewhat sweet but always secondary to the other flavors. The flavors blend together even better after a few sips, and the smoothness of the malt and overall brew becomes a defining feature. While the malt is slightly bitter and roasting brings this out, it is balanced out very well and could not be brewed into a fuller flavor.

The mouthfeel is incredibly creamy and smooth, lightly carbonated to enhance the subtlety of the sweetness, bitterness, and smoothness of the beer.

This is incredibly drinkable, flavorful and smooth. It is incredibly complex and pushes the boundaries of what I am familiar with in black lagers. Certainly one of the best tasting and most drinkable beers I have experienced.

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Photo of Seanibus
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What an interesting, unusual beer, even by Schwarzbier standards.

Pours deep black with a billowy off white head. The aroma is roasted, a bit like bitter chocolate. The flavor is fruity, with wine grapes, cherries, and very light coffee. The mouthfeel is creamy and rich. The whole effect is far beefier than I had expected.

Can this really be a lager?

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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 beerthulhu
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A rich chocolate pour appears dark mahogany in the glass and was topped off by a glossy tan colored head that was firm and rocky in structure. The capping was a two fingers high but maintained quite nicely leaving large spongey patches that stuck well to the glass walls.

S: A light but clean dark roastiness appears on the nose. There was light mentions of licorice, dried leaves, and dried chocolate.

T: The hopping was light with some woodsy greenery set against the softly roasted nature and backing of the malts. The malting was smooth, finely roasted and dark in nature per style, with a bit of burnt woodiness and pine timber notes. A bit of smokiness creeps in along with some dried leafy herbal hops, and bakers chocolate. There is a bit of spiciness here from the hops, a mixture of dry herbal appeal with some fresh greenery hop cones. Towards the finish the hops and bitterness really come into focus along with a warmth of flowery hints. Overall a shwarz beer that was certainly taken to the next level both alcohol and bitterness wise.

M: Light bodied, true to style with a dry mouthful and slippery, oily texture. A roasty finish ensures on the swallow.

D: Decent drinkability, maybe not so much as your typical table schwarz but then again this is an anniversary beer and special occasion. Fairly smooth and solid all around, dark, roasty and earthy.

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Photo of thain709
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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 peabody
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a really dark coffee color that is just barely opaque with 1/2 finger of off-white to brown suds. Lacing is noticed here.
Smell is a bit weak but you can smell the charred malts and caramel sugars with a hint of alcohol.
Taste is creamed sweet coffee and a malt finish. The alcohol is hidden better in the taste than it is in the smell.
Mouthfeel is a bit dirty but the maltyness is really nice and it lingers for a bit before the alcohol burn hits in the back of the throat.
Drinkability is OK but this one is a tad too strong. Mabey if it sets for a year or two this might mellow out. Right now it's too hot.

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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 akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Al's of Hampden.

A: The lager has the look of coffee, black from afar but much more nuanced up close. Brown shades share the stage with deep ruby reds, a visually appealing combination. A small off-white head sits atop the beer.

S: Citrus hops, the ample dry hopping referred to in the name, stand out near the end of each sip. Prior to that, strong, well-roasted notes linger around but they are very bready. The aroma is not overwhelmingly strong.

T: The lager starts off smooth, roasted without the overtly burnt bready flavors. Caramel and toast, a little syrupy, follow, adding depth to the roast. The hoppiness is a lush citrus bitterness that stands out against the dark background, a welcome flavor that most lagers fail to take advantage of.

M: The lager has a nic blend of bitter and roast, competing flavors that play well together. A steady stream of carbonation adds a little 'heat' to the feel. The darker breads linger on the palate for a while.

D: A surprise, I certainly wasn't expecting the strong dose of black beer and big hops.

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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 drpimento
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer! Served with a nice foamy tan head and some lace. Color is an opaque brown black. Aroma is very malty, cocoa, hint dark ripe fruit, bare hint of hop, and toffee. Flavor is like aroma with some nice bittersweetness standing out. Body is very big with a mouth filling lushness and perfect carbonation for the style. Much more body than the average black lager. Finish is like flavor and of medium length with a bit of alcohol there. Can have several of these.

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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 hoplover82
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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 jasonjlewis
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

good dark color with good head retention.

smell has a hint of bright noble hops with minimal roast.

light roast here. noble hop flavor balances. would like a bit more toffee sweetness.

mouthfeel is full and crisp.

lightly experimental and pleasant. very easy to drink

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Photo of Xul
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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 Domingo
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'll start this with - I bought this beer as a skeptic. I tend to be a bit of a German lager geek and while Avery makes some fine brews, I didn't expect anything from this except some over the top bold hoppy flavors that we usually get from them.
Pours an expected very deep brown to black color with a pretty voluminous head. The texture is the only thing that gave this away as not being a stout.
The nose is sweet with a fennel-like smell that hits big initially and is followed by herbal hoppiness and sweetness. Not as much of a "roasty" flavor as I expected, which is welcome considering how many takes on the style go down that road.
Sweet malts are the first thing that hit your tongue, but then the noble hops kick in. They're not abrasive or even overdone. They just add a nice backbone. Dare I say that everything I expected from this beer has been thrown out the window? At nearly 9% ABV I'm picking up no heat and I don't pick up any bock leanings either. I'd have guessed this was export strength. I love the dark bready malts that seem to be 50/50 balance with the hops.
Mouthfeel is moderate and absolutely welcome with the flavor and texture.
A bottle to myself still isn't lasting very long.
I honestly like this a lot. It's got a lot of Avery flair, but a surprising authenticity that make my German beer-loving palate feel at home.
Go Avery! Best anniversary since 13...which ironically is also a German style.

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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 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 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 silver0rlead
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color with a thick tan head that retains impressively and leaves nice lacing. The aroma has some spicy, floral hops upfront, along with chocolate and coffee, burnt bread, minerals and alcohol. The flavor has german hops initially with earthy notes of flora, menthol and white pepper, along with some chocolate and coffee, molasses, burnt bread, chalk and alcohol. The mouthfeel is lighter than I expected, and drinkability is pretty good. Pretty solid anniversary beer from Avery, definitely a unique twist on a schwarzbier (or maybe a Black IPA depending on how you look at it).

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Photo of chumba526
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears black with a large brown head.

It smells of roasted smoky malts and a complex combination of hops. A hoppy floral, citrus and pine like smell all are noticeable in the smell.

It tastes at first slightly sweet, then the roasted toasted malt flavor hits the palate. Soon after the smoky flavor a complex floral and citrus hop aroma comes through. Bitterness soon follows. The taste leaves your palate with a bitter hop taste and a smoky malt taste.

The carbonation is around medium. This is very drinkable as it is quite smooth.

Overall a very good black lager that is completely different than any black lagers I have had before. This beer shows the genius of Adam Avery. Few brewers would think to highlight hops in a lager especially a black lager. Worth getting if you see it.

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

Served on-tap at the Soulard iTap location in St. Louis

A - pours a dark black with a beautiful head

S - sweet, chocolatey and burnt malts, some meat, and some piney hops

T - starts off with roasty malts that fades to some piney hops on the finish. This isn't hugely complex, but it is really well balanced and interesting.

M - full body that is really smooth. Nice

D - this is a cool concept of a beer. I really enjoyed it. Two of my favorite aspects of a beer - roasted malts and a lot of hops. Glad I got to try it.

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Photo of optiontwo
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in May 2010 poured into tulip

A: Got a little lazy with the pour and didn't tilt the glass so there's a bunch of head. Yep, that's definitely black. The head is pretty with very tight knit bubbles and a cream color. Some very nice lacing too.

S: The aroma is wonderful but strange. I smell it and want to keep smelling it but it doesn't necessarily smell like something I would consume. It's very floral with an earthy background and kind of reminds me of a perfume or perhaps a lotion. Some slight sweet and spicy odors float out at the end.

T: Wow. I didn't think the aroma would lend itself to the flavor this great. There's a millisecond when it enters the mouth that I pick up the dark malts but then it hits with the hop flavor which is very floral and slightly citrus and herbal. Then on the tail end there is more of the dark malt with some roastiness and dry biscuit flavors. I'm really loving the floral mixed with the earthiness.

M: The mouthfeel is great in the sense that it become to overwhelming.

D: Well hidden alcohol but seeing as these are bombers I'll just have the one.

O: I've only tried the last few years of Avery anniversary but this is by far my favorite. I know this is a lager but this is what "black IPAs" should taste like. Wonderful.

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

Clear black with thick coarse tan head that lasts. Aroma is a combination of grassiness from the hops and berries from the malt. Sweetness predominates front, middle, and back. Some bittersweet chocolate notes after the finish. Medium-heavy mouthfeel and some noticeable alcohol. It's a bit on the sweet side for the style and, despite the dry hopping, could have used more bitterness for balance.

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