Beer Review: Avery Anniversary Ale – Fourteen

Beer Name: Avery Anniversary Ale Fourteen

Price: $6.99 for a 22 oz. bottle, kind of a steal if you ask me!

ABV: 9.46%

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Brewery: Avery Brewing Company

Appearance: Poured a very, very dark brown, bordering on black with a reddish hue. The head floated to about less than a quarter inch and slowly fell to about an eighth. The head by the way was a dirty and frothy brown, like what you might expect on a shot of espresso.

Aroma: Deep fruit flavors and the thought of molasses consumes your nose when you go in for a whiff. By deep fruit, I mean like a lot of apples, dates, and prunes that have been sitting in your kitchen for days in a sealed sack.

Flavor: Taste is definitely toffee and molasses immediately when it gets past the back of your teeth. Mouthfeel is watery, but in a good way since you don’t want 9.46% ABV to hit you square in the face with thickness every single time. Surprises are nice.

Finish: What sticks with you is the chocolate dryness that you usually get after enjoying a Hershey’s Kiss for about five solid minutes. It’s actually quite enjoyable if you ever get to try it…the enjoyment of a Kiss for five minutes. Pure, prolonged, ecstasy.

Comments: Speaking of enjoyable, this beer was quite the pick-me-up after having a long and hard day at work. Avery’s Fourteen looked upon me with those understanding eyes and said,”You’ve had a hard day. Kick off your shoes, play some Miles Davis, and enjoy me until I put you to sleep with my 9.46% ABV. I may be dry hopped, dark, and a bit on the Belgian side when it comes to my yeast characteristics; but I will say that I have survived in the bottle for over five years in the bottle waiting for someone just like you to take me home and consume me. Go ahead, pop that top off, close your eyes, and imagine you are “Living the Craft Beer Lifestyle”.”


Miguel Torres: I'm a craft beer fanatic, a homebrewer and President of California Castaway. I love the relaxed, fun-loving craft beer lifestyle and will rave about it to anyone who's willing to listen.

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