robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Subtle Aroma and Flavor. Crisp, Hoppy...Fruity? Hoppy Ending. Not My Favorite Winter Ale.
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
English strong ales mean christmas this year. Delicious brew with some chocolate notes. Nutty as well. A beautiful looking and smooth thick beer. Deloosh.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2005 I was fortunate to find this great offering from Avery earlier tonight on draught. Very good pour, dark blue. Tasted similar to the Rogue Santa Special but better. The aroma was much weaker then the taste. Toffee is a good way to describe the taste. The taste was great. This brewery has been quite impressive. I must try more of their beers.
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to npdemse for this. Pours a wonderful deep shade of ruby with a big, light tan head. Aroma of malt, nutmeg, slight port, toffee. Great complex taste that presented some nuts, toffee, chocolate, cinnamon with a semi-dry finish. Firm palate with a nice balance. This one is a winner.
jtxx (149) - san antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Better than expected. Sharp taste...very easy going down. Beautiful dark . Although it states cellarable for 2 years...it wouldnít last that long in my house.
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - DEC 14, 2004
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours brownish red with a thin tan head. Aroma is slight coffee and dark malts. Shows some signs of infection in the aroma with a slight but noticable wet cardboard and garbage smell. Flavor is a mild coffee and a mild spice.
Pailhead (6426) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Nice roasted malt with a little caramel, chocolate, and some black licorice. Pours a dark reddish-brown with an insignificant white head. Not much up front, just a little roastiness. Roastiness increases in the finish with a touch of chocolate, caramel, and hops. Pretty strong coffee in the finish. Not as much strength in the flavor as aroma would indicate.
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 13, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
very good beer. this reminds me of goose islandís christmas ale. however, what makes this unique is its toffee and nuts. sweet, then slightly bitter. thanks dorwart!
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich chestnut color with highlites if deep red under a whispy tan head. Malt and autumn woods in the aroma. Just the right amount of sweetness beneath a well balanced hoopy and slightly spicy flavor. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Aftertaste complimented and supported the overall flavor. This is the first variety from Avery that Iíve seen locally and it was good enough for me to make an effort to locate some more.
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown, slight hint of an amber color. Head is a very creamy light brown. Aromas: mostly roasted malts and a little nuttty. Lighter body than I expected. Initially, I notice the roasted malts and some nice hops. After a few gulps you get some hints of wood and toffee. All in all, I kind of wish it was either a little smoother or a little more defined. On the other hand, I do enjoy the way it clears your palate and doesnít leave a big aftertaste. Itís a really tasty beer, just not as "big" as I thought it would be.