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...
slowrunner77 (6089) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice beer. unique hop profile. not like a black ipa...it’s own animal. pours nearly black, aromatic hops and roasted malt, but has a distinctly different aroma and flavor. fruity, and just a little bitter and dry."
DiarmaidBHK (3578) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Bruisn ales. Pours black with a thin khaki head. Leaves some lacing in the glass. Has a bit of malt on the nose and the descendants of hop note. Alcohol wears fairly heavy on the tongue. Some maltiness on the tongue with a hint of bitterness on the finish. Pretty good after 4 years.
rumproasts (3232) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. Deep brown, near black with one finger head. It might be past prime, but this just seems bland. Hops are light and dull. Malt doesn’t seem very roasty. Average at best.
MattiasA (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Backlog - Bottle bought from Systembolaget. One of the beers that made me fall in love with Avery. Simply excellent.
ads135 (3078) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - DEC 24, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a very rich, very complex bock. Dark brown appearance, little head. Aromas of dark fruits, licorice, and a touch of vinegar. Delicious taste, some burned brown sugar and grape juice. Tried at the Choice City Deli in 2013.
Beergeek23322 (2480) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
10/13/2010. On tap at the brewery. Dark brown with a tan head. Roasted malt aromas with caramel and dried fruit. Semi-sweet flavors at first with fruit leaving the way.
shigadeyo (3079) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
6/23/2010: Avery 17 Dry-Hopped Black Ale... Aroma: Hoppy with cocoa and hints of coffee. Appearance: Near black, opaque; dense, lasting tan-colored head; fine lacing. Flavor: Chocolate, lightly roasted malts; coffee flavor and accompanying bitterness in the finish; dry hopping is evident, but not overpowering; good balance overall. Palate: Medium-bodied; smooth; good mouthfeel. Overall: Good offering; seems stronger than 6.9% ABV, but still really good regardless!
Sample from 22 fl. oz. bottle (6.9% ABV) at Marty’s Hops and Vines in North College Hill (Cincinnati, Ohio). Rating #354 for this beer.
Beerdedone (2743) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours dk brown/black with a tan head. Aroma of mild roast, chocolate, caramel and light fruit. Flavor was sweet and malty with chocolate, caramel, roasted malts, grass and some black coffee.
rarbring (1550) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: The smell is mostly herbal, grass, pine, but a bit dusty.
Appearance: This beer is dark, very dark, brown, clear and with a high, slowly settling, head. Lots of lacing!
Taste: Tasting first sweet, dark brown bread, some dried fruits, herbal notes of grass, pine, some anisette.
Palate: Medium to low carbonation, smooth and thick, a dry finish.
Overall: A very different lager indeed. Not bad at all, but could have been a stout.
Note: Bottle. Reviewed 2010-10-08.
PhillyCraft (3443) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not usually my style but the ratings were solid so I decided to grab a bottle from total wine in Cherry Hill. Pours a deep ruby brown color with medium head and a very sticky lacing. Aromas and taste of barley malt, chocolate, rye bread, lemons, asian soy, and oats. A little boozey but nothing too crazy. Good