BMMillsy (1254) - Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
First in the style. Pours murky brownish purple with a half finger of creamy off white head. Aroma is chocolate, figs, molasses, sweet malt, prunes. Flavor is big dark fruit notes with plums and figs, molasses, just a hint of chocolate, some brown sugar, black cherry. Mouthfeel is medium heavy with medium carbonation and light bitterness on the finish. Overall a nice malt bomb that would be warming on a cold winter day. Good stuff.
Fritz123 (907) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Hot and Soul in Ft. Lauderdale. Snifter. Nice dark brown, glassy pour with a thick eggshell head. Some lacing. Serious warming aroma with toffee, caramel, sweet dark fruits, dark sugars, and mocha. Also spices galore. The taste was sweet at first but diminishes to more of a dark fruit and warm booze finish. You get the dark fruits, the dark sugars, toffee and spices (although I guess the spices are from the malts.) Full body, creamy mouth feel. Low carbonation. I had just before dessert and that worked. If I had it with my main entrees it would have been too sweet I think.
conway (1301) - - JAN 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark reddish brown with a quickly dissipating tan head. Aroma is sweet and fruity, almost like fruit roll ups. Taste is dark fruit, nutty, slight apple hints, roasty on the finish with a moderate alcohol punch. Medium sticky palate with little carb. Pretty good but could use something to cut the sweetness.
TheRobbFather (5) - Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2013 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Delicious winter time brew with plenty of complex flavor, without too heavy of an aftertaste, or lingering alcohol overpowering.
JHeath99 (786) - - DEC 29, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Winestyles. Pours a dark amber with very slight off white head. Aroma of dark fruit and malts. Taste of wood and raisins with a slight alcohol burn.
drdisque (504) - Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Bangers & Lace. Thin, a little spicy, somewhat malty, but not too much flavor here. Disappointing.
libertine (189) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2013
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
pours mahogany. thin white head quickly dissipates. aroma is got some basement funk going on. wet socks left on the floor. flavor is malt and spice. ive never been a big fan of winter ales so I know im being extra critical on this. huge fan of avery so I thought I would give this a chance. not doing it for me. aroma and flavors are not pleasant for me. this isn’t a drain pour by any stretch but I think im done with winter beers.
CopterScott (124) - Kansas, USA - DEC 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with a thin tan head. aroma is roasty malts and spice. Flavor is roasty malts, with hints of dark fruit, burnt caramel, and spice. Medium carbonation.
Bif (1382) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice mahogany color with a small tan head that fades to some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, nutty, dark fruit and bit of caramel in the background. Taste of roasted malt, nuts, bit of chocolate and caramel for a subtle sweetness. Mild bitterness and a clean finish. Medium body, smooth and creamy. Nicely balanced. No trace of the 8.3% ABV. Enjoyable beer very fitting for the holidays,
rmbjspd (20) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
a great winter warmer from avery. Nice malt sweetness up front with a load of complexity on the back end. A great big beer from one of our best breweries.