Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Color, tawny brown and clear, showing reddish at the bottom. Impressive head, fluffy, sturdy, pillowy, meringue-like.
Aroma: sweet, malty, caramel-accented, with notes of toffee and nuts, slowly warming and revealing alcohol.
Thick, plummy flavor makes an immediate presence on passing the lips, with nutty notes joining in later. Further on, the profile is overcome by a syrupy sweetness that goes so far, but never so far as to be cloying.
Very nice winter warmer/barleywine, enjoyed in the heat of July. And why not? Body is full, flavor ever-lasting, luscious, and lively!
fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 14, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great beer! Small head and a malty aroma. Very smooth, creamy flavor. Itís slighly sweet with coffee and malt hints. Very good beer and Iíll buy this one again.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 22, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This brew pours with a deep amber body topped by a thin head with little lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and malty with slight alcohol esters and a hint of caramel. The flavor is sweet and malty with a slight roastiness, a touch of caramel and very slight alcohol notes. Full bodied and smooth.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2004 12oz Bottle No Date. Pours a clear dark amber with a thick head that is very foamy. Aroma is excellent with caramel, toffy, nuts and a slight sweetness. Slight metallic in the aroma as well.The body on this is also excellent. Very soft and full with low carbonation. Quite smooth and very drinkable. And the flavor does not dissapoint. Nice and sweet with a fantastic blend of malts with a chocolate note and a mild hoppiness in the background. Overall this is a fantastic brew. Thanks Louis.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brownish/red color,small head that faded quickly and left little behind.Malty caramel aroma with a very nice sweet side to it,maybe some mild hop presence as well.Nice malty sweet taste with a nice showing of caramel and faint hops there is a light fruit presence but of what kind escapes me.Very smooth brew with just a mild bitterness at the end,of hops.Very nice brew and well worth looking for.Thanks go to Ecrvich for sending this fine brew my way.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 3, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a very nice looking pour. Clear mahogany color with a creamy, off white head. The aroma had a bit of caramel and some dried fruit. The flavor was smooth. On the tongue it was slightly with hints of berries. This is a very well crafted beer.
Brew4Dug (139) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hands-down the smoothest version of a strong ale that I have tasted to this day. I was floored when I noticed the 8% abv. and couldn't believe the well-crafted balance which makes this winter ale so drinkable. The usual hoppiness from hop-happy Avery is evident, but they manage to tame it enough where the brew maintains a good balance from start to finish. Good stuff and I am looking forward to next years batch (b/c I foolishly consumed my stash from this year). Cheers!
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 13, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice ruby color, slight caramel aroma. Well rounded flavor with a good dose of cherries, semiisweet, remisicent of cough syrup. Sometimes the finish has a hint of alcohol, very dry and hoppy. An interesting beer, the character flowers as it warms. Thanks to ecrvich for the fine Avery brew.
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a challenge to interpret. Poured clear deep red-brown with a thin off-white head. Berries, dark fruit, and citric hops in the aroma. Flavor was a blend of traditional English Strong Ale flavors (sweet caramel, dark fruit, wood, and berries) with strong American hops that lent a bitter (grapefruit rind), piney character I've not detected in other examples of this style. Medium-thin bodied but full-flavored. A nice winter seasonal without the tired ginger-nutmeg-cinnamon theme.
NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2004
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, this was a nice surprise. Picked it up on impulse at a local "mix & match" cooler. From a bottle, the beer pours a dark brown with reddish tint. Smallish tan head. Not a whole lot of aroma but the taste makes up for it. Very sweet and spicy with underlying citrus flavors. Decent hopping kicks in towards the end of the first taste. Not especially heavy and I didn't notice any untoward alcohol taste. This could easily become a favorite of mine, especially for the price ($6.99 per six pack at Brennans in Madison, WI).