Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 16, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep ruby-brown colored, clear, apparently well filtered. Mostly lasting beige head. Strong malty nose focuses on toffeeish sweetness and tree fruits + bready undertones. Not very original and surprisingly little complexity, but nothing to disturb global balance, well contained alcohol and sweetness levels. It becomes almost roasty in the finish, developping landscapes of nutty, floral and leafy moderated bitterness. I would have adored this in my first 3-400 beers, but there is plenty of similar stuff with deeper flavor ranges. Medium bodied, watery in texture, soft carbonation.
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown chestnut pour that sparkles with red in the light. Light tan head. Interesting nose, aromas of green tea and caramel. Hops add to the complexity of this fine brew, highlighting the herbal hints. Very nice brew
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Spicy aroma that almost hints at pine needles. Beautiful beer. Dark brown with a firm mocha (almost stout like) head. The pine and spice return in the flavor. Tons of hops as Avery likes to do. Laces very nicely. It is almost sweet, but the hops prevent that asspect from manifesting.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
08.11.05 12oz bottle. Deep and grapey mahogany stained walnut under medium sized but fleeting head. Aroma of used black tea leaves, toasted walnut, toffee, and spicy alcohol. Tobacco and salt come through on nose as well. Flavor is nice and roasty, lots of nuts, bitter roasted hints, resinous. Soft and round body is plenty chewy.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - AUG 8, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep carmel/ruby with a good durable cap of tan head. Very toasty dark carmel aroma, just the smallish hint of citrus hops. Flavor translates well from the aroma. Very sweet carmel-heavy beer, with just enough hops to keep it from being cloying. Fairly full bodied, but manages to avoid actually being sticky. Alcohol noticeable in the finish. August is not the right mothe to be tasting this beer. Still...I can enjoy it now. And on a snowy day, I bet it is the perfect fireside sipper.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice winter ale. Smells more like a traditional barleywine. Pours very deep amber with a very nice long lasting fluffy head and nice lace. Aroma is very strong with lots of dark caramel, sweet toffee and light citrus hops. Flavor is caramel, crystal and chocolate malts. Slight bitterness in the end- otherwise this is moderatley sweet. Kinda reminds me a toned down fourth dementia. Very well done. Easy drinking even in the summer.
BeerandBlues2 (12193) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 Bottle at The Avery Experience. Caramel mahagony hues with a medium frothy tan head. Caramel and brown sugar aromas with light roasted grains evident and a fruit hop nose. Caramel malt and acidic alcohol flavor with a fruit hop finish, and some vanilla faintly detectable. Medium bodied and warm spicy palate.
Ratman197 (13420) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 21, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured mahogany with an amber head. Aromas of dark fruit with some vinous notes. Flavors of roasted malt, dark fruit ,a hint of coffee, With a mildly bitter finish.
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 12, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet malty aroma but I did detect a bit of spice to it. Dark body but when held to the light you will see a mahogany color. Small tan head that left lacong on the glass. Falvor was of sweet caramel with a good balance of alcohol. Left a sweet dry aftertaste taht I didn’t care for but a good beer.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Darkened brick. Roasty, malt accented aromas, with hints of hazelnut, raisin and caramel, along with a hint of black currant, which I believe is from the Bullion. Soft feel. Complex malt flavor, with hints of chocolate and coffee, raisins and plums and perhaps a bit of toffee. All about the malt, presented in a classy way. I’ve always liked this beer from Avery.