BREWMUSKCLES (2759) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 15, 2010
nice fruit cocktail in hop brew. sweetish with a bit of rusty oil can in there the beer is zesty and bright though still aged well and refined. hops come through well enough with a pine cone and flower character that i am fond of. quirky? yes! and good. potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 12, 2010
Draught at Avery. Dark brown almost black with medium tan head. Aroma is spicy sweet with hints of molasses and deep caramel malt, nice pungent hop profile. Taste has strong hop presence with rich malty dried fruit at backend. Medium sweetness at start. Hints of chocolate. Medium bodied but hearty. Awesome brew. phaleslu (10899) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2010
22 oz. bottle from fidelis83- thanks again, Jeremiah! Pours a cloudy dark brown with a finger-thick off-white head with nice retention. Notes of grass, earthy hops, caramel malts, molasses, citrus and other fruits, raisins, nuts, and alcohol. Medium-bodied, with active carbonation and a malty, spicy mouthfeel. The hops are pretty decent for a beer that’s been sitting for a few years. Complex and pretty nice. Narnad (1521) - Crystal 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. beachbum25 (1092) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - MAY 10, 2010
22 oz bomber-Old rating I didn’t realize I hadn’t 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.
oh6gdx (26485) - 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. 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. 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 IBU’s.(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. gkost (1069) - Alaska, 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. yemenmocha (659) - 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.