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Avery Anniversary Fourteen

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RATINGS: 480   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 284   ABV: 9.46%
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For 14 wonderful years, we have been creating libations for ourselves in the hope that some others out there would share our eccentric palates and support us. Many thanks to all of you who do! Here is yet another quirky brew: a very dark and different, dry-hopped ale. Style? hard to say, you decide. Just expect massive molasses maltiness, limitless fruits on the nose and an imposing floral & zesty dry-hop finish. Peace to all and follow your dreams!
1.090 OG, 60 IBUs.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Narnad (1458) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2010
Pours a very deep dark brown with garnet highlights and a small very creamy dense off-white head. Aroma as wonderful slightly nutty strong sweet caramel nose with additional notes of molasses, light citrus hops, light apple, grape and fig fruitiness. Flavor has a very strong caramel and molasses start followed by a smooth semi-strong toasted presence. Fruity notes of apple, grape and a strong figgy are in the middle with a light citrus hops note at the end with a tea like bitter ending. Body is extremely dense, almost a watered down molasses feeling. Texture is very smooth with fine carbonation that leaves terrific lacing on the glass. Overall a very well balanced and complex brew. This brew has really weathered the aging well and seems like it will only get better with age.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - MAY 10, 2010
22 oz bomber-Old rating I didnít realize I hadnít entered. Dark pour w/a moderate off white head. Sweet aroma. Flavors of roasted malt, bread dough, molassis, cocca, raisens & dates, as well as dark fruit & banana. Very Sasion like, smooth & easy to drink. Alcohol was well hidden. A real winner.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20299) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 10, 2010
Bottled. Quite much black colour with a mediumsized beigeish brown head that leaves some lace. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, mild spices, some quite strong notes of hops, but yet quite hidden in it all. Flavour is chocolate, coffee, some caramel malts, mild alcohol as well as some mild spices. Quite bitter in the finish. Strong flavourbomb, but still rather balanced and nice.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - APR 4, 2010
Finally pulled this out of the cellar. Probably a bit past its peak since there was not much hops discernible anymore. I had it once before as part of a beer dinner when it was fresh and I remembered it to be much better. Right now it is a lot like a HogHeaven, very sweet molasses and caramel dominate, some complex aftertaste with perhaps a bit of bitterness thrown in.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2010
"Fourteen--Avery Anniversary Ale--""A Very Dark, Different, Dry-Hopped Ale"""--2007--2 oz. Bottle. 9.46% ABV--60 IBUís.(4.5 / 5.0) Amber Ale--Imperial? 6 @ $7.99 Each. Mild lace thin espresso head. Clear thin dark black color. Roasted mild floral hop fruit front. Mild sweet creamy bisquit fruit roasted caramel mild cocoa body. Smooth hop no EtOH end. Complex. Sampled 10/28/2007.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gkost (1710) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2010
POurs dark brown. Nose is molasses, cocoa, floral, figs, prunes and raisin. Flavor is sweet dark fruits, booze, molasses, toffee, floral hops, butterscotch, raisin and dates.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
yemenmocha (658) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - JAN 30, 2010
Pours very dark brown, with a few shades of amber in the thinner parts of the glass. Head is a rich, frothy pillowed layer that lasts a long time. Lace coats the entire rim, almost like one of those Nitro pints of Guinness would. Nose is somewhat clean, grassy, fruity (banana?), and dessert spices. Palate is a big malt with Dunkel-Weizen like fruit in the there, with some of the banana clove that you would normally expect from a dunkel-weizen or possibly weizenbock. Rich malt flavors mix well the alcohol warmth and tangy hops on the finish. Walnuts, raisins, and a suggestion of dark rum can be found as well. This is a very, very interesting beer to consider as it is tasted. Very complex and hard to pinpoint the exact flavors.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 3, 2010
This was a very strange beer. It was dark black with a tan whip-cream-like head. The smell made me think chocolate. The taste followed suit but had some real hoppiness going on. Sorta grassy, piney, and almost like chocolate mints. This beer was tasty but very complex. It felt like my taste buds were being assaulted! Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 05-22-2007 15:51:34

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AdmiralDiaz (4) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2009 does not count
Poured from a bomber to a snifter. A: Pours a very dark brown that appears black. Very large light-brown head with good retention and some web-like lacing. S: Very sweet malts with lots of dark fruits (raisins, cherry and berries) with a bit of chocolate and some hops. Smells very good. Kinda has the smell of a barleywine more than a BSDA. I never would have guessed the style upon smell. T: Just like the scent, lots of dark fruit, chocolate, molasses, maltiness and hops. Hits sweet and leaves a raisin taste on the finish with a note of chocolate and malt. Not as hoppy as it smells. Iím really loving the taste, but itís not very consistent with the style. M&D: Mouthfeel is perfect, medium-heavy bodied with a great amount of carbonation, but not so much that itís distracting. Itís pretty drinkable, the alcohol doesnít come out much. A bomber is perfect for one person. Overall: Although itís not consistent with the style I really love this beer. Itís very unique and hard to find these days. Itís drinking great now, so get it if you can!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (3256) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2009
Draft at Blind Tiger. More of a black IPA than a strong ale imo. Great hoppy characteristics, both in aroma and flavor. Very enjoyable.


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