sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown with a tiny head. Aroma is very dark and malty but pretty nondescript. The flavor is super-malty, and unfortunately the first sip is the best; its’ a refreshing surprise after a summer of light, hoppy beers; tons of dark malt, some chocolate and dark fruitiness; slight alcohol exhale. Nice a thick. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
Shag (2839) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2004 This beer was dark brown with a rather large head. The flavor is rather sweet with some chocolate, raisins, and caramel detectable. A very big malty brew. Good stuff.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a good English Strong Ale. Roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate flavors. Finishes thick, creamy, and smooth.
jzzbassman (1587) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a deep brown with a small tan head that faded leaving lots of lacing. Aroma was really huge and malty. Flavor had a lot of malt, with a hint of sour that reminded me of sour cherry. It was so nice, and I finished it by smoking a pipe w/ black cavendish and it not only stood up to it; it actaully blended very well.
grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 7, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is like liquid tobacco. No really I feel like I’m drinkind dip juice. Like someone spit their copenhagen in my glass and then added some yeast. This stuff smells like tobacco, vanilla, bourbon and roasted malts. It looks like filtered dip juice. It tastes like caramel, chocolate and vanilla. And I really like it.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big sweet aroma of caramel with a light spice. Good sized white head with fair lacing. Appearance was great dark, mahogany and clear. Very enticing. Flavor matched the aroma but just a little bit lighter. Sweet with some light spice. Smooth light to medium bodied.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gorgeous Mahogany hue is an apt description of the appearance. The aroma is heavily malty and has some spruce and some nuts - interesting. Strangely the rich toffee flavor was spoiled slightly with some sourness. Otherwise, she comes with the proper dose of bitterness. I like the choice of malts better than most english ales.
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - AUG 10, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Gorgeous ruby coloring. Aroma of sweet roasted malts. I like Avery’s offerings but I was surprised by how well rounded this one is. The only detraction is the fact that its slightly thin/soft on the front side. I’ll definitely pick this one up again.
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 31, 2004
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle. Very impressive! This has a fantastic aroma that just begs for attention; a hoppy nose with malt backing. Looks great, a deep red brown with a thin head. The flavor is great; a nice rich malty complexity, with a perfect hop taste to close. I bought this without really knowing much about it, so without any preconceptions, this stuff blew me away.
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JUL 26, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - a beautiful, deep brown. Slightly translucent. I get nuttiness and alcohol in the nose. Sweet flavor. Toffee and malt. Full, lush mouthfeel. This is a very nice beer!