gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bomber. Pours a murky brown/orange with tan head. Nose is a spicy, syrupy, orange peel mixed with light caramel malt. Flavor follows with lots of bitter. Syrupy palate.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - DEC 22, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber with gputty. Murky golden brown with an off white head. Sweet floral orange nose. Sweet malty orange, tangy at times, a tad sticky.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From 04. A citrus aroma and taste. Creamy mouthfeel. Orange taste. A hot sauce without the spice.
GoBlue (104) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep hazy orange color with thick slighlty off-white head. Intense citrus aroma with lemons, orange and a hint of grapefruit, some malt hidden under all those hops. Flavor is very malty, carmelly with just a touch of toasty flavors. Strongly bitter and great citrus hop flavor. Great balance of malt and hops with just a touch of alcohol, mostly in the warming finish. What a great beer; ugly in appearance, but tasty as can be.
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 26, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared this bottle with Duane a few nights ago. Poured a hazy orange color with a two finger head and some huge floaties. Aroma was very malty, with some hops in there as well. Flavor was the same way. Still very good, but the citrusy hop flavor seemed subdued for an IIPA. I’m sure it would have been much more prevalent had this beer been fresher. Thanks for sharing this bottle with me!
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
thanks to Styles for this retired bomber. pours a hazy amber with lots of big floaties swirling around. huge head fading to some lace. still plenty of hop character, but I can see where this has started on a downward turn from when it was fresh. very tasty with citrus and piney hops and enough malty sweetness to lend some balance. probably a little past its prime, but still very enjoyable, thanks Chris.
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
i knew that there was a good chance that this bottle was just a little over the hill but i was still excited to find it on the shelves at a local shop. slightly hazy orange with a nice tan head that settles into a thin film. decent lacing. malt and alcohol dominate the aroma. caramel toffee a hint of pine chocolate and alcohol. sweet toffee flavor seems a bit weak. finish bittersweet dry and warm. something slightly tart on the finish....hmm cherries? full bodied....but it still seems a bit thin. slightly sticky. lively carbonation. im glad i got to try this one but the hops seem to have almost disappeared. i wish i could have tried one of these fresh. hmmmm....now do i go back to the shop and pick up the last two avery 10s?
jazz88 (2638) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 13, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A deep amber color with a strong grassy, grapefruit aroma. Intense hops with a bitter bite and a hop filled aftertaste. Quite nice. Rating from notes 2004 notes.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 5, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle purchased at Party Town in Florence, KY. I know this bottle is past its prime, so take this rating with a grain of salt. Pours amber orange with an off white head, some floaties. There is still some citrus hops in the nose, but there is much more malt and alcohol. Initial flavor is sweet with lots of caramel, toffee, and orange notes. The bitterness comes out in the middle. Finish has a very small alcohol bite an earthy chalky texture. Some cloying sweetness as well. As a beer, this has held up as a sweet barleywine or strong ale. As a double IPA, its past its prime. Not bad. Glad I tried it.
shigadeyo (3461) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’ve been wanting to try this one for awhile now. I’m glad I was able to find a bottle of it this past August...
Avery 11 has a very murky amber orange color with a dense, light orange colored head. Its a roma is sweet orange, slightly foral, with some underlying malt. The flavor is quite malty and initially sweet with some candied oranginess to it. Then it becomes more port-like with flavors of aged grapes and apricots. Some of the orangy hop bitterness finally comes through in the finish, along with a bit of alcohol (that becomes more noticeable as the beer warms up). The aftertaste reminds me of dried apricots. The mouthfeel is a bit more full than average, but its not overly syrupy.
This brew is going on 2+ years old at this point and might be a bit past its prime. I think the hop flavors and bitterness have probably mellowed out of this beer due to its age. However, it has held up much better than the Avery Ten I had a few months ago. I bet this beer was really good a year or so ago!