Dorwart (2342) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good sized head that reduces sl;owly. Very frothy and reduces to a fine but thick foam that coats the glass as you drink it. Rich aroma of pine, burnt grains, dark chocolate and as it warms some sprucy hops. Color is a dark mahagony red. Very Nice! Flavor is a little bit lighter than what I expected. Bit of roastyness, more pine and hops. Very well balanced and very easy drinking. Hardly notice the 8% at all. Finish is smooth with good bitterness. A very good seasoal ale. Not like the traditional spicey holiday ales. Bravo!
Tejas (852) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A better Avery brew than I’m used to. This one isn’t overdone like the others. Very smooth & well balanced. Nice frothy tan head. Hoppy at first then gives away to malty/roasty coffee flavors. This one would be a good one to cellar. Alcohol is hidden extremely well making this one easily drinkable. I’d definitely drink it again.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a very dark clear ruby red with a thick off white head. Aroma was lightly malty with a hint of sourness. Alcohol very prominent in the taste which has notes of chocolate/mocha, roasted malt, dark fruit and nuts. Leaves a slightly burnt aftertaste. The body was disappointing - medium light with very subtle carbonation. Decent.
notalush (4640) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a most impressive rendition of an ESA - deep, dark amber hue with off-white lacing - yeasty aroma, with spciy notes, plums, figs and christmas cookies - strikes the balance between roasty and sweet qualities that all the great ESAs do - full-bodied, quite chewy - toffee, caramel and a slight nuttiness - bready malts and dark fruit - peppery and spicy near the end, finishing with some nutmeg and a touch of chocolate - I’m going to get plenty more of this stuff for the long, north-east winter.
mamradskoda (9) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2004 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one grows on ya. A very earthy taste, great for staying wam on a snowy night.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - NOV 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours at nice dark brown color with a decent light tan colored head. Has a spicy aroma that reminds me oor winter time. Has a decent warming effect and all around great brew
ross (2052) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - NOV 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
imagine the shock when i went into my local beer store and found this, considering that i live in a state where 6%+ is banned... at any rate. pours out dark colored red with a tan head that lingers for a bit. smells spicy and has a nice hint of alcohol to go with it. taste is sweet and a hint spicy. im going to drink 6 of these and see how they treat me. a nice beer for certain.
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - NOV 17, 2004
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(draft) I was sure I was enjoying a nice spiced ale but I see in the commercial description that the flavor is all malts. Very good, though a little sneaky as the alcohol doesn’t really register.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - NOV 16, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Awsome! bottle poured a dark black with a nice frothy head. Aroma was great! sweet ,malty, chocolate candy,like.
Letting it warm up on this cool arizona night.
Flavor is roasy sweet I can taste the alcohol, reminds me of stones IRS.
This is good baby!! just good!
Sure this isnt a stout!!
UNCCTF (477) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 15, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte. I’m wondering how an 8% beer managed to sneak its way into a NC bar. Anyway, deep, deep brown coloring with some off-white head that laced onto the glass nicely. Nutty flavor with nice warming feel as it went down. I’ll be ordering this one again frequently.