BadAprilia1000 (378) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 17, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer pours a perfectly dark color with a fantastic pillowy head that sustains itself throughout the drinking time. Aroma is great, notes of chocolate, roasted malts, and hops all mixed together. Taste is awesome with a great lager mouthfeel. Notes are of roasted chocolate, some sweet maltiness, a slight bitterness from hops although there also seems to be some due to the chocolate as well, and they all mix together in a perfectly drinkable blend of awesomeness. This beer is very similar to Stone’s Black IPA, but much more drinkable and slightly less aggressive.
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a medium beige head. Sweet aroma with notes of roasted malts, caramel, coffee and a hint of hops. Flavor is sweet with notes of caramel and roasted malts. A hint of grapefruit citrus towards the finish.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle:   Black in color, deep cola hues on the edges, large frothy off-white head, nice lacing.
Floral and hops on the nose, slight burnt/charred malts.   Smooth maltiness on the tongue, slight peat and charred
wood, a little floral with some hop and bright grassiness on the backside.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.
This is an interesting brew, somewhat of a Pale, a little bit of a Schwarzbier, and some aspects of an Imperial
Pilsner.   Surprised to see this is nearly 9%.   Seems like a Black Pale Ale.   Smooth, flavorful, and
very clean.   Well balanced.   Good stuff!
Marheb (3197) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 19, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Une belle surprise et une des meilleures anniversaires d’Avery. Gros bouquet de houblons combiné au chocolat et à l’espresso. Onctueux comme une robuste porter, parfumé comme une ipa, une belle surprise!
SDalkoholic (2232) - Linda Vista, California, USA - NOV 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from South Bay Drugs: Created a thick patch of soapy head while the liquid appeared as a dark black coffee. My nose detects a minor touch of roasted down malt and only the faintest scent of grassy hops, but that was about it. The flavor had more personality than the initial aroma lead me to believe and that was due to the same roasted profile of malts. There is also a bitter bite of hops in the finish, but overall I thought this was another average black lager.
thomat (2547) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown with a medium, off-white head. Malty with hoppy notes. Malt, hops and caramel. Full body with a long, balanced (dry) finish.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - OCT 28, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This brew is perfect I tell ya. Good head retention and aroma. Only medium full with superb carbonation. I thought it would be more rich and concentrated. Perfect balance with a nice hop presence and roast component. Not sweet at all. This is so f’ing good. Trump or no Trump, this brew is perfect in every way. I am amazed.
daleharshman (976) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber purchased at Holiday Wine Cellar well over a year ago ($7.89). Pours a dark brown-black with two fingers of frothy light brown foam with good retention. Mild aroma of roasted malts with notes of smoke and dark bread with hints of cafe mocha and dark fruit. Flavor of dark roasted malts, creamy chocolate, burnt toast, and dark fruit. Lingering bitterness at the end which appears to be derived more from dark roasted malts than hops. Really, I do not find the supposed hops here that the commercial description would indicate, but still good and greater than the sum of its parts. (326, 620)
ross (2125) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark colored pour with a bit of hops in the nose and roasted malts. Taste is smooth and easy to drink. Pretty good stand out beer for what it is; and frankly something finally redeeming from Avery’s Anniversary beers. One that doesnt suck is a rarity at this point.
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from bottle into snifter. A truly delicious beer, that I suggest anyone should try!