sfontain (846) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown; thick, creamy, slightly off-white head. Aroma is chocolate and tobacco and a little coffee with a hint of vanilla and caramel; very nice. Flavor is more malty than anything else, along with a hint of chocolate and just barely vanilla; the 5.5% abv is surprisingly apparent as it is accompanied by a warmth as it travels down the throat and into the stomach. Full-bodied with medium stickiness. A very surprising offering from Avery; one of the very few beers that I wouldn’t mind buying to drink on a regular basis.
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours reddish brown with a creamy tan head. Nose is nutty, malt and very light chocolate character. Flavor is a caramel, cocoa blend with good balanced mouthfeel. Somewhat dry in the finish.
malachi (62) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Malty, roasted flavor that starts strong, but fades fast. Slight chocolate finish that coats the throat, but diminishes into a watery saliva lacing on the back of the tongue. Like the aftertaste of a hershey kiss.
hezron (611) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Caramel, molasses, brown sugar, a bit of "raw" yeasty feal to it with hints of alcohol. Ruby brown with an inch tall off-white head. Roasted, almost burnt caramel with a hint of coffee and an abrupt, nutty finish. After half the glass, I start picking up a roasty, smoky flavor that makes it a bit more interesting. Watery palate, nice session ale.
Brigadier (3290) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a coppery red with a medium sized head that is slightly off white. The taste is brief before fading. All I could catch was burnt coffee.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear red/brown, with a good sized, nicely lacing off-white head.
Thin nose with just a touch of grassy hops.
Rather bitter, thin flavor. A bit musty.
RazingDreamz (123) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Caramely-butterscotchy aroma. Pretty reddish color, lasting head. Sweet vanilla flavor, finishes dry like espresso, but not as bitter. Creamy, good mouthfeel.
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. Raisin aroma. Sweet malty flavour with the typical brown ale character of nuts. Finish is pretty sweet as well. An ordinary brown ale.
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really yummy, malt character similar to that of a stout. Mild cocoa bitterness, dark brown color with a small tan head. Aroma of cocoa. Nice bubbles on the palate. A little on the dry side. Very close to a stout in my opinion. Very good beer.
Likeburning (149) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - DEC 4, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very deep redish colow with a medium creamy head. Good balance of malt and hop flavor.