desurfer (1279) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep hued garnet with small patches of foam floating about. Aroma of butterscotch and roasted malt, with a mild hoppiness and some alcohol. Flavor is rich and creamy, with a bit of coffee and roasted malts, a slight amount of hops. Very palatable and well-rounded. A fine English Strong.
Braudog (6287) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2007 Re-look, modified rating (much better this time): Deep, dark red, bright only to the strongest light. Big cushy, stoic head. The aroma was almost of burnt cherry jam. That same essence was in the flavor ... except with chocolate syrup mixed in. It got better as I drank and judging from my original post, this one has won the courtship with my palate.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 19, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark crimson and browns, creamy light tan head. Rich malty nose of brown sugar coated cherry, toffee, toasted hazelnut and milk chocolate. Heavy on the malt, but hops keep an even keel to round this off and stop it way short of cloying. Full bodied, soft carbonation, bitter-sweet finish. Perfect for a cold winter night by the roaring fireplace...
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - JAN 14, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark rubyish in color. Malty and easy going down. Woody taste to it as well. Average bittering. Decent.
guzzler67 (1654) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark, reddish amber appearance. Nice lacing left over from the average size, off white head. Malty, dark fruit aroma. Picked up on the hazelnuts as well. Smooth, rich mouthfeel with the emphasis on malts. Medium-to-full bodied flavor leads to a lingering, slightly sweet, finish.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - JAN 14, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark cranberry juice red. with small tan head. Aroma is malty, with nuts and woods. Flavor similar, malty and a little wood to it, grapes, a little choclate/sweetness. Very interesting, and flavorful. Thanks to JPDipso for this one.
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 12, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Pours a dark brown/amber, not too much froth on top. Very familiar smell to other winter beers I had been drinking this year. Nice malt presence, with the sweet flavor of the sugary liquid inside a chocolate covered cherry. I thought I was going to get a little sick of this beer, but by the time I was finished with it I wanted another. Another nice offering from Avery.
ColoradoOAR (3) - Superior, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2005 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
The bottle says it all...’Yeah it is" when reffering to the alcohol percent, 8%. Has a dark brown color with a well rounded taste with hints of a sweet coffee taste. Finishes well and is rather palatable.
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2005
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle from new beer. brown color lil head.Maltynutty roasty Flavor. really good full body warming. very impress by this one
gabbledbabble (60) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Just brown, dark brown. Fluffy toasted froth. Holds well. Beautiful lace. Toasted whole wheat bread burnt on the edges, made with a touch of molasses, spread with homemade syrup; good hop funk steps through, and boogies on down the palate. Jazzy mouthfeel. Warming. Creamy. Mocha cappuccino made with Italian roast.