Avery Anniversary Ale – Seventeen (Dry Hopped Black Lager)

The usual Avery presentation with gold foil on the neck.
Glad to see the Avery Anniversary series come back to Atlanta after the very strange omission of sixteen after we’ve had the others.
Pour is at first glance a solid black, but closer inspection reveals a browner appearance that first thought. Head is good, but fades quickly and little or no lace is left.
Lots of licorice notes and quite a bitter twang in the finish. This comes after a more gentle start that showcases some simple, sweet malts quite nicely. Hop bitterness is quite restrained as the malts hold up well.The licorice really is the dominating factor here for me, and it get a bit medicinal in the finish.
This has the potential to be a really satisfying, sweet and refreshing beer but unfortunately the alcohol level really spoils it for me. It builds and builds and about half way through the bottle it feels like I’m drinking every single drop of the almost 9% beer. Would be better at half the ABV for me.
Apart from the alcohol presence I like the beer, but the ethanol really curbs the drinkability.

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05/30/2010
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ABV: 8.7 %
Appearance: 3.5
Taste: 3.5
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Smell: 3.5
Overall: 2.5
Total: 3.3
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