tmoreau (2683) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cellared, May 2010 bomber poured to snifters with a black/brown hue and just a slight edge of ruby highlighting, a light tan, bubbles & cream head, and spots & streaks of lacing clinging to the glass. The nose was crusts, roastiness, chocolate, caramel, a touch of dark fruit sweetness, treacle, and showed it’s age with the slightest hint of soy. Only medium bodied with decent malt, low hop bitterness, and light warmth, the flavor was smooth, but less expressive in presenting the former notes. The finale exhibited a pleasant dryness. Thanks Brad for sharing!
daknole (9797) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brien pour, tannish head. Aroma is light roast, some cocoa notes, a hint of ash and sweet malts. Flavor is fruity, toasty, light roast.
madmitch76 (16560) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
18th August 2010
Opaque black beer. Good light brown head. The head is creamy with a little smoky malt. Soft palate - light and fluffy. Creamy dark malt. Whisper of roast. A little lactose sweetness. Soft finish has a little hop bitterness. Comes over as a sumptuous porter. Nice.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 2, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A friend of mine split this with me and to be honest, I was disappointed. It was just unremarkable and I have usually found Avery anniversary beers interesting. Dark black color obviously with a malty smell. The taste was like a dark lager but was just kind of boring. The beer was not hard to drink but for an $8 anniversary beer I would expect a little more.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-01-2010 02:57:27
QuezXLV (406) - Virginia, USA - MAY 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Intense bitter and sweet aroma. Black color and thick foam. Thin and oily on the palate. Strong aftertaste of hops.
umich03jm (2315) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black pout with beige head. Roasty chocolate aroma along with some grassy hops. Slight bitter chocolate taste at the start then turns roasty. Nice dry finish where the hop taste lingers on your tongue. Really nice black lager. More mouthfeel than expected.
superspak (3006) - Michigan, USA - APR 1, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Svesse (6634) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAR 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Very dark brown colour, almost black, with hints of ruby when seen through light. Rocky beige head, leaving traces of lacing. Malty, roasted nose with chocolate, dark rye bread, coffee, caramel, dried fruit and a touch of blueberries. Malty, roasted taste with notes of black coffee, cocoa, dark rye bread, raisins, soy sauce and a generous piney bitterness in the finish. Almost full body, viscous mouthfeel. A certain malt sweetness shining through. Quite tasty and very nice.
KajII (783) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - MAR 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. The pour was a thick dark brown with a large (2-3 finger) cream colored rocky head that lasted throughout, producing some excellent sticky lacing.
The aroma was of burnt chocolate malts, grassy hops and a leathery yeast with notes of chocolate, licorice and a smidgen of dark fruit (plums and raisins).
The taste was sweetly bitter and rather malty with a note of chocolate early on and then progressed into this smooth bitter taste with hint of licorice, a small dose of dark fruit and a nice amount of hops at the end. The flavor lasted an average duration with a bitter malty smoothness settling nicely on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was medium in body and creamy yet dry in texture with a medium carbonation.
Overall a creamy and malty brew with a nice mild hint of hops which does a great job of setting off the malty sweetness...
keanex (1563) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAR 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured into a lager glass from a 650ml bottled bottled in May of 2010.
A: Almost opaque garnet with a moderately sized dense and creamy messy tan head that clings to the glass as it shrinks.
S: Sweet chocolate and roasted malts, this is well past the hop point unfortunately. Still it smells good.
T: Right away I’m hit with a sweet chocolate that blends well with the roasted malts ending very sweet with a caramel finish. This is like the bastard child of an imperial stout and a barleywine at this point.
M: Syrupy body with almost no carbonation.
O: Shame this isn’t fresh but with it being a one-time brew I had to try it. It’s still worth trying, just don’t expect any hop presence at all.