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Anniversary Ale - Thirteen by Avery Brewing Company
9.50 % ABV

Review by everetends on 05/29/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 18 4 8 2010
Old Review
22 oz bottle gotten from Cheers in Carrolton, GA. Poured into a Weizen glass.

A: A beautiful black that allows just a bit of light in which is a dark red bead when seen. Got a nice 1.5 fingers of brown head that had good retention and created some nice lacing. The head does eventually lose itself and is no more. FOR SHAME! Still a beautiful brew.

S: Smell is of some crazy, malt presence. So much sweet, caramel malt oozing into the air as you pour it. There is also a nice aroma of dark rich coffee, chocolate and cherries. Raisins and other dark fruits are present as well. Just a touch of cream comes out as well.

T: Taste is also of heavy malt presence. Sweet caramel malt and wheat are the stars of the show here. Dark wheat breadiness is here. Chocolate covered cherries and espresso coffee. Dark fruit is very subtle on the back end. Still, through the whole flavor experience, the malt is waving at you, smiling. Can anyone say MALT BOMB!!!????

M: Rich, full in body. Has a bit of drying effect on the palate that makes you want oh so much more. Carbonation is typical for the German style, and right on. No trace of alcohol. Aftertaste of fantastic malt.

D: This is hightly drinkable for the style and ABV. No trace of that ABV by the way. Masked extremely well. The taste is amazing. This beer is really simple but very damned good. My only regrets are not picking up more and not grabbing Elisha Cuthbert's ass when I had a chance. Good brew though.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 10-05-2008 03:45:28

Served In: Weizen Glass

Review by tavernjef on 10/30/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 2009
On-tap at the Happy Gnome: Classified as a "Weizen Doppelbock" and looking like so...Thickly leathered brown, nearly black appearance with a slim cap of light tanned, firm froth. Only some dotted lacing sticks. Not a surprise really given the malts this sucker probably has in it.

And the aroma is just that. Malts! And lots of em; big on molasses with a slimming caramel swaft and toffee/chocolate bitterness keeping in stride as some root beer candy solidifies a tangyness found only in some overly malted and dark beers such as this. Touches of spice include licorice, dark wheat, under ripe banana peels, and pale bread yeast. Quite nice on the nose.

Taste is smooth and inviting with a load of pale chocolate sweetness mixing with a semi tangy molasses, pruney/ plummy, toffee center as it rounds off to the finish quickly and eagerly with some soft dark wheat and banana estery yeasty notes and mild, floating away spices. Not as long of a ride as it should or could be. For some reason I wanted and needed more out of its flavors. What's there is quite nice, but some how shortened in length enough for an unimpulsive give and take between its fairly thick and silky smooth body and its thicker set aroma. A bit disappointing I'm afaid as far as that's concerned. Damn solid though.

Body is well-rounded, slick, creamy, and smooth with a soft eager pull at the sweetness side of the malts as it rides evenly, somewhat, within a pale chocolate tone over the tanged molasses and pruney/dark candied stuff. Again the finish comes too soon and doesn't linger for much attention grabbing as it should. Good little nudge of yeasty, wheaty spices make for some interst just before it trails off.

Another solid offering by Avery, a bit sliding from the scale in flavor; more so in depth and length really, then the actual taste. But those kinda go hand in hand with me. Needs to be tasty, and stay tasty; ya know what I mean. Don't get me wrong, the flavors are quite nice, just needed more of them to last. Perhaps it's better then I'm stating here, solid for sure, and drinkable without any hint to the 9.5 % other then the hit to the head way later as the glass drains pretty easily. And another is needed. Again, Avery has a winner here, not quite a favorite though. Close...oh so close...

Served In: Goblet

Review by Oxymoron on 12/04/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 8 16 4 7 2008
Someone noted that they thought that Thirteen has peaked, so of course I jumped on the bandwagon and tried it (again). The pour is mostly a chestnut brown color with mostly good clarity. A puffy white head that dissipates to the edge of the glass quickly but decent lacing throughout.

The nose is rather light at the start but as it warms becomes more noticeable. Some sweeter malty and bready aromas. Also some lighter yeasty overtones as well but more of a feeling of a bock then a wheat beer.

The taste also feels more bock-ish then wheat beer flavor. A nice, smooth, malty flavor with a stronger note of caramel and a sweet touch of toffee. Some astringency as well. No real big notes of wheat, but some lighter yeast profiles and spiciness that reminds me of white pepper. Not much of a fruit flavor per say, maybe a fig flavor, but limited. There is a nice hop finish with some German residual.

The body is fantastic and very smooth. You would never notice the ABV, except for the warming effects afterwards. This is a rich and easy to drink. Maybe it's peaked, maybe it's not...either way a good beer overall.

Served In: Pint Glass

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