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 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 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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

I was pretty impressed with this one. Most anniversarys are barleywines and I'm happy about that but this black lager was hardly anything to complain about. Very smooth, nice malt flavoring but by no means dominating. The hopping is more moderate for Avery beers.

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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 DoktorZee
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a big 22oz bottle into a schooner. Bottling date was May 2010, but this still rocked so it appears to be cellar-able.

A - it pours a deep, dark black beer with a fluffy tan head

S - nice combination of chocolate malts combined with some grassy hops; moderately intense

T - some initial hops bite resolves very quickly into a dark and smoky foundation with strong chocolate notes. In spite of the darkness and depth it's not overly bitter

M - surprisingly light and sharp, though it doesn't show a lot of carbonation

D - very drinkable (scarily so considering it's fairly high test) with a combined smoothness and just a hint of alcohol warmth

A great beer and really something to enjoy!

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

Poured into pint glass on 08/11. This beer pours dark! Almost straight black topped with a creamy beige head. It smells delicious- sweet caramel, chocolate, a dollop of hops and some earthy notes. The taste is one of beauty. Chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt and caramel. Hops are present but not dominating like others in this style. The body is medium/full with medium carbonation. This beer is pure and smooth. Reminds me of a porter. Very drinkable and one of my favorites by Avery.

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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 zeledonia
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

A: Poured from the bomber into a pislner glass. Body is really dark brown, but in anything but the brightest of backlighting, it appears black. Tight 1/2-finger light-brown head on top. Leaves good rings of lace.

S: Nice and roasty - roasted barley with some roasted coffee beans too.

T: Started this one out cold, straight from the fridge, thinking "hey, it is a lager." It should be a bit warmer, methinks, so we'll have to see how it opens up as it warms. . . . First impression while the glass is cold: slight smoke is evident. Roasty notes are there too, along with slight nuttiness. Finishes with a nice drying bitterness, however, providing a nice balance to the roasty malt. As it warms there's a bit more char/charcoal noted.

M: Medium in heft, active but fine carbonation.

D: Excellent. ABV is a tad bit high, but if you drink this cold, it's going down fast. . . .

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

Body is very black with a tan head that, poured to a half inch, had pretty good retention and lacing.

Nose is dark malt, chocolate, and some faint hops but very subtle.

Tastes of charred malt with a sour sting, like a charred marshmallow. Also some dark, dark chocolate and dark fruit. It is a nice tasting beer once my palate gets used to it (not a big consumer of schwarzbiers/black lagers.

Body is medium, and carbonation is spritzy, giving this a scrubbing, almost astringent mouthfeel. Ends with a clean bitterness, a combination of the charred malt and hops that leaves a nice sensation.

I am enjoying this beer, which provides a huge amount of charred malt flavor in a light body. Alcohol is a bit evident at 8.7%, so one can only have a few.

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

22oz bomber purchased by my girlfriend at Wolverine Market in Port Huron, MI. Pours a very dark brown, bordering on black, with faint copper edges and a thick ring of beige head. Sheets of lacing cover the pint glass. Smell is cream, barley, smoke, wood chips, dark grapes, honey, floral and citrusy hops, melon, mango, and green apple. Taste is toasty and roasted burnt malts, mild honey-like sweetness, citric lemony bite mid-palate, touch of sour cherries, big grassy and leafy hop bitterness on the back end, some warmth going down. IBUs are evident on the tongue. Silky full-bodied mouthfeel, foamy carbonation, clean and sharp snap from the hops, enjoyable alcoholic burn in the finish.

This stupidly complex imperial schwarzbier is my highest rated lager so far. Avery proves that hopping the shit out of any style really does make it better. Granted, it is doubtful whether a less skilled, experienced, and widely-distributed brewer could pulls this off. If you haven't tried Seventeen, go seek it out now.

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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 tomfneph
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I usually prefer ales, but I was given this lager as a gift from someone who knows my preferences well so I gave it a whirl. I poured it from the fridge into a pint glass. It foamed up very nicely with a 3/4 inch creamy light brown head. The head rapidly dissipated to wisps that persisted throughout the tasting. The color was a pleasing reddish brown. The smell was a simple straightforward citrusy hops. Not much else there, though. One point off for the lack of smell. When the beer hits the tip of your tongue, it is very smooth, lightly malted, with a hint of cherries. However, as the beer moves down the tongue, here come the hops! Bitterness predominates, and the fruity cherry taste turns distinctly sour. This beer did not go well at all with my salad with blue cheese crumbles and balsamic vinaigrette. The hoppiness did complement the salty main course of cuban pork with mojo criollo sauce and black beans and rice. The mouthfeel is actually surprisingly full and not nearly as astringent as you would expect from the bitterness. One point for the mouthfeel. The alcohol kick at 8.7% is just right and leaves plenty of room for a good ale with dessert! Good try, but the smell is weak and to be honest the hops just overwhelm everything else.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle tried 31 Jul 2010. Served in the Seabright Anniversary mug.

Huge dark brown head. Well carbonated. Clear reddish black in color. Aroma is rich, malty, roasty and earthy. Sweet and chocolatey. Earthy, almost starchy. Hint of sour fruit. Finish and aftertaste are somewhat bittersweet. Medium body, leaves a powdery feeling on the tongue. Warming ethanol.

Aroma was the highlight of this one.

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Photo of bark
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The smell is light with fresh bitter-hoppy notes. Roasted flavours that makes me think of grilled meats and pumpernickel. Some dry and lightly metallic notes and a hint of plums.

The colour is very, very dark brown-black (70 EBC), the liquid is clear. The two finger head is brown and airy; it sinks quickly, leaving lots of fine lacing.

The taste is bitter and hoppy with a grand (yet quickly passing) clean bitterness. Some alcohol. Fruity hoppy flavours with some earthy notes and a hint of cherries. Hints of metal and nuts. The aftertaste is a mix of roasted malts and noble grassy hops with lots of bitterness.

The carbonation is strong, yet smooth. The bubbles are small. The liquid is very smooth.

An interesting and quite imperial-istic schwarzbier with more alcohol and hops than the German ones.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #43 (Aug 2010):

Hah! This hoppy Black Lager is throwing it in the face of Black IPAs! It has an epic head and is pretty damn dark. There's a big, soft resin smack of hops in the nose, with jasmine, black tea, burnt sugar malt and faint mandarin orange in the mix. This beer has a sublimely smooth, full-ish body with a hefty malt base and a faint, roasty sweetness. The hops are very complex yet inviting with a soft spice resin within the oiliness. It's hard to tell this beer's real strength. It has a light, roasty and big hoppy finish. Killer ... yes, this beer is sessionable (as we could not stop sipping it).

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

Poured into a pint. Bottled May 2010. Pours black with a large head that doesn't leave too much lace. Wow, chocolate on the smell. HUGE chocolate with plum and earth. Smells more like a dopplebock than a schwarzbier. I have to say the same about the taste, maybe the styles are similar lagers but this has dopplebock written all over it, and a great one at that. Smooth and silky all the way down. Maybe it's the seven to eight months of age but wow.

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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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