Braudog (6781) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2007
Bottle: What a beautiful pour ... deep and dark with a rigid guard of bubbly top foam. The aroma is rich a dry. The drink is ambrosia ... rich, dark fruits like raisin, plum and full blood oranges, along with a richly roasted malt, all boiled together. Has Avery ever gone wrong? Me thinks not. Yet another homerun from one of the country’s greatest brewers. (#3255, 12/16/2007) dwyerpg (6282) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 16, 2007
Very belgian-style aromatics with a complex roasty spicy head. Excellent beer with just a wonderful complex taste. One of my current favorites, just great! nuplastikk (6358) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 10, 2007
Wow. This is what it’s all about. at 9.46 ABV this one is has all the gravity and thick malt sweetness of a barleywine. What really separates it is the use of dark malts. It has a rich creamy chocolate taste, which compliments the strong malty and hoppy overtones. Could be considered the first true dark barleywine. Absolutely recommended for strong beer afficionados. Superb stuff. 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. I’m really loving the taste, but it’s 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 it’s distracting. It’s pretty drinkable, the alcohol doesn’t come out much. A bomber is perfect for one person.
Overall: Although it’s not consistent with the style I really love this beer. It’s very unique and hard to find these days. It’s drinking great now, so get it if you can! jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - AUG 26, 2007
22 oz. bomber. Pours an extremely dark brown (almost black) with dark amber highlights and a thick, pillowy, unevenly-bubbled, short-lived, tan foam that leaves thick streaks and spots of lace on the glass. The aroma is very strong and is an interesting mix of alcohol, cocoa powder, vinous malts, and green, grassy hops. The flavor starts malty and sweet with lots of chocolate intertwined beautifully with the smell of sticky, earthy hops. The middle of the tongue picks up lots of dark fruit (prunes, chocolate-covered raisins) and molasses. The finish is full-bodied, is strongly alcoholic, and combines dark roasted, pungent malts with an interesting, fruity hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is seductive: it is full-bodied but lightened by luxurious, creamy bubbles. There is a touch of oiliness around the middle of the tongue. Overall, this beer rocks. It is even better than their past two anniversary beers (which I thought were quite pleasing, too).
harrisoni (18970) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2007
Bottle at RBESG 2007. Ruby colour with lasting beige head. Intense grapefruit aroma. Awesome malt in mouth. One of the beers of the day. elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - NOV 28, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2010 2007 22oz. bomber. Served cool room temp into a Duvel glass. Pours medium dark brown with a large light brown head that retains a cap down the glass, and leaves some nice clumps of lacing. Big aroma starts with semi-sweet chocolate chips, heavy molasses, raisins, licorice, caramel, vanilla, a touch of hops and some spice. Flavor is excellent, chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, dark fruits, cherries, some hoppy bitterness, a touch of caramel and toffee, and some spice. Quite complex. Mouthfeel is full with moderate carbonation. Alcohol taste is present, even with two years on the bottle, but it doesn’t surprise me coming from Avery...they never try to hide the alcohol content of their brews, although the alcohol is certainly mellowing over time compared to when I had this fresh. I really love Fourteen, out of the numerous Avery offerings I’ve tried, this is my favorite. Buy it if you can find it! Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2007
Deep, dark brown with ruby-red highlights around the edges. Cappuccino-like head; frothy, with tight and small bubbles. Residual lace. Smooth, soft, creamy texture. Dark roast. Multigrain, dark bread. Fresh nuts. Aromatic citrus, perfectly in the background. Dark chocolate ... even had that "sour" quality that high-percentage dark chocolate has. Nice hop presence, and just enough bitterness to cleave off the subtle molasses sweetness. Alcohol hints were welcome, even though it was hidden pretty well. Warming and cozy. Love the image of the Flatirons wearing their winter coat. I see a lot of Flatiron images, and the angle of this photo is unique. The timing on this beer (and its label) couldn’t have been better, as I just made my first outdoor climb last weekend on the First (the Flatiron on the right side of the label). Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2007
Excellent. Pours a very dark reddish amber. The head is so smooth and tight that you need to let this one sit to get the full aroma. Once the aroma comes through it is very deep. Hints of molasses, plenty of fruit, carmel, slight chocolate, slight smoke, and I want to say roasted nuts? Massive and complex flavor. Smoke, light fruit, carmel, sugar, and molasses. Finish is nice and dry. No doubt this was dry hopped by the lingering bitter finish. Sticky on the lips. Once of the best i’ve had from avery. DocLock (10830) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2007
I always look forward to the new anniversary release from Adam Avery. He makes big beers, and doesn’t shy away from experimentation. I respect that. The meek need not apply. This one pours dark brownish ruby with a 2-finger khaki head and tons of lacing. The aroma is heavily piney hoppy, with a smattering of spicy and floral notes, plus a solid dose of roasty scotchy malt and chocolate syrup. The flavor is rich, very chocolatey malty, with a huge resiny hop bill. The palate is hefty, does get a tad hot toward the finish, yet does seem to smooth out a bit. This one at times reminded me of both Alpha Klaus and Gonzo, and that duo is great to be reminded of. I think 2 parts Gonzo, 2 parts Alpha Klaus, and 1 part Rogue chocolate stout would approximate this one very closely. This is an excellent beer that you need to acquire now!