keith0718 (395) - Kansas, USA - DEC 7, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Strong and sweet. Leaves a sticky residue on the lips. Flavor is hard to describe. It’s drinkable, but I won’t be seeking it out again.
SteveWantsABeer (2) - Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2014 does not count
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 9/20
Caramel and sweet, sort of a ’barleywine light’. Gorgeous pour. Superb able for this time of year.
TheCaptMatey (112) - Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a dark red to brown colour with a thin white head. Aroma is quite malty with dark fruits and caramel/ coffee notes. Flavor is a sweet malt mixture of nuts and dark fruits with a bit of hop bitterness. Not much of coffee in flavor, but enjoyable none the less.
jsmanigold (24) - - DEC 7, 2014
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark red mahogany color leaves lacing around the glass. Malty/doughy taste, dry with a slight sweetness. Flavor lingers on the tongue well after each sip. Not really digging this holiday ale.
musinj6 (415) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 6, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
very dark buy with white head leaving moderate lacing. Aroma is sweet fruit, raisin, malty. hint of booze. Taste is moderately sweet hint of bitter. Medium bitter finish..malty. I’m not sure what I don’t like about this, but I just don’t dig it.
kaser (3124) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is the 2004 vintage. Red bright pour with black floating sentiment. Poured from a bottle at Delilahs Christmas tasting. Carmel biscuit and sweet aroma. Taste is crazy sweet with honey and prune notes. Wow
Brandon1989 (255) - Euless, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark mahogany with a small off white head. The aroma is rather sweet, you pick up roasted malts, caramel, brown sugar, coffee, nutty, and slight amount of alcohol that is more prevalent as the beer warms. The taste is very similar to the aroma especially the nuttiness and caramel/toffee. This beer was much sweeter than I was expecting and the alcohol was surprisingly well hidden in my opinion. There is not much bitterness to this beer at all. This beer is well worth a try!
andrewje41 (676) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - DEC 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle pour. Pours a super dark burnt color with a temporary sudsy head. Mild malt aroma. Avery for me is known for their huge abv beers. Their "beasts." However, some of these littler ones are really good. Really nice smooth roasted malt flavor with a nutty, bready, and almost smokey flavor. Full body of flavor on this one, and very good. Enjoyable for sure
soupy (34) - - NOV 29, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Full body, hint of spice, smoky but smooth. Reminiscent of the GD Hibernation, but not as strong, mellow on the palate.
jefcon (1426) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’ve had this many times, but just now getting around to rating it. Lots of holiday aromas -- citrus, light wood smoke and chocolate. Really crisp, but I am drinking this one right off the store shelf. Long, clear and bright orange, lemon middle of the palate. Comforting; like the rock of a cradle.