dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap, dark brown, tan head, aroma of caramel, roasted nuts, and coffee, flavor is less impressive, some malts and caramel but just didnt all come together for me, decent and drinkable but not a favorite
Dorwart (2457) - 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 (937) - 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 Iím used to. This one isnít 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. Iíd definitely drink it again.
jasonp (1557) - Ashburn, 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 (5449) - 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 - Iím 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 (2128) - 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 doesnít 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!!