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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
78 88 62 4 8 3
Anniversary Ale - Fourteen by Avery Brewing Company
Belgian Strong Dark Ale
9.46 % ABV

Review by Oxymoron on 12/04/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
62 1 7 14 3 6 2008
I picked up a 22 at Wilbur’s and have to say this is a pretty good beer. A dark but not exactly black colored beer with more off red highlights. The aroma has a nice citrus and grassy nose and feels like an IPA. If you were blindfolded, you wouldn’t even know that this was a black beer. Although unlike other black IPA’s that I have tried before, the astringency for Fourteen is subtle. There is more of a chocolate balance in the malt but the hops really shine with some grassy notes up front and lemony citrus in the finish. The body is good but has some chalky finish to it. Overall a easy drinking beer at nearly 9.5% which feels more hoppy then stout. Good stuff.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by cjsell on 10/04/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 4 8 2008
A: Poured a dark brown with a hint of red towards the bottom with a nice 1 1/2" light brown head with great lacing.

S: Smells of dark roasted malts, a bit of alcohol and something I'm not quite sure of. Unique smell to me.

T: Big malty one here with some caramel and spices. A nice hint of alcohol but nothing too extreme for a 9.5% beer.

M: Pretty smooth, but a little too much bite from the alcohol for me.

I've had this at the Boulder Strong Ale Fest earlier this year and now I'm reminded why it was one of my favorites from there. This is really good but I think another year in the cellar would really help out.

Served In: Tulip

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 5 8 0
A - Pours a clean dark brown colored body that shows some nice garnet highlights when brought up to a lightsource. Head is oatmeal colored, thick, about one inch tall and made up of mostly tiny bubbles. Great retention with sticky sheets of lacing.

S - Well, I heard it before and didn't really believe it, but this one has a smell that sort of reminds you of garbage. Old veggies are what I think it smells more like. Cooked carrots and lettuce that sat in the crisper drawer too long. There are also some more traditional smells going on here. Some spiciness with all spice, cinnamon and nutmeg. Slightly roasty dark and caramel malts. Ever so slight yeastiness.

T - Wow, this is like they highlighted the good smell from the beer. Big malty sob here, with tons of roasty goodness. Some caramel sneaks in. Some dark belgian candy sugar along with loads of fruits. Figs, prunes, raisins, black cherries and dates. Fruit cake. Spiciness of cinnamon, all spice, coriander and a touch of black pepper. In the aftertaste is where you get the vegetal taste that was so strong in the smell, with the slightly rotting green veggies coming out.

M - Medium full bodied and super smooth.

D - Well, this beer is very different than most, but that is fine. I am quite enjoying it and will be picking up some more to see what time does to it.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by KingG on 11/22/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 2 9 16 4 8 0
Served chilled and poured into my Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance is good. Dark plum colored beer with a large tan head off the pour. Good amount of lacing coats the side of the glass.

Smell is good. Initial fragrance of dark fruits and garbage-in-a-trash can (in a good way.) Fruity, funky "stank" is what I'd call it. Hops come through toward the end and try to clean things up but fail to. Very different but not bad at all.

Taste is good. That same funkiness comes through that was in the smell. Fruity maltiness, plums, dark grapes, prunes, pear then a big wave of hops. Never tasted a beer like this. The label has it right, this beer has no "style" by definition but it does taste very "Belgium-y". The hops act as the equalizer to tame the wild sweet flavors. Aftertaste lingers wit the hops and fruit

Mouthfeel is good. Coats the mouth well. Carbonation is good and not overly done.

Drinakbility is good. One 22oz is probably enough but not tough to drink.

A very different style of beer that I'd label as a hybrid. I'd call it a Belgian dark ale with a hop twist. The funky flavor is addicting and welcome. Enjoyable and definitely worth a try.

Served In: Pint Glass

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