RickTStiles (757) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with thin tan head. Rich, spicy aroma. Notes of plum and anise. Taste has notes of anise, rhubarb, blackberry but with a bitter backbone. Finish is warming.
ads135 (2966) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is great winter warmer. Spicy, but not overwhelming. Flavors of dark fruits, chocolate, and toffee.
keanex (1456) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled September 7, 2013 (2.5 months old).
Appearance: The body is a beautiful garnet hue with fine sediment in suspension of the, otherwise, clear body. The head is short and short lived, settling into a thin/sparse coating with a foamy and uneven ring. The color here is worth a 5 alone though, itís a brilliant deep garnet that looks almost majestic.
Aroma: The aroma is big with dark and slightly syrupy fruits, a hint of medicinal quality as well. I get an non-descript malt sweetness as well. The aroma could use some more strength, but it smells very nice.
Taste: The intro is of brown sugar and dark fruits, this leads to a mid-taste that is nutty and a bit dry, which continues through the finish with a slight medicinal cherry flavor. The finish is dry and lingers of medicinal cherry, itís mild though.
Palate: Full-bodied with mild carbonation.
Overall: This is an enjoyable beer, but I find that it doesnít have the complexity I expected from reading the description. I would have liked a strong toffee flavor along with what else is going on here, that would have made this nearly perfect.
skoll (420) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Somewhat mild aroma with nuts, bread, and a little coffee. Flavor, however, is rich and chocolatey, with some toffee and a fig/date flavor. A little coffee-like bitterness and some alcohol in the finish. I tend to think Avery is a little overrated, but this is outstanding.
tbopslt (347) - New York, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Craftsman Ale House. Dark chocolate color. No head. Slight spice aroma. Full bodied but slightly bitter start. Smooth finish. Drinkable
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Concealer (776) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Hazy dark brown with a foamy off-white head. Smells of malts, yeast, banana, coffee, and light chocolate. Flavor is sweet malt, caramel, light coffee, nut, and chocolate notes. Medium bodied.
jsmerig (1246) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a tan head. Aroma is toasted coffee with berry. Taste is berry mixed with a subtle coffee bitterness. The finish is more raspberry and very clean. You can taste and feel the ABV from the start to the finish.
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BOSSbrewer (1643) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 12, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark brown with an off white head. Lots of caramel and malt. Clove and spices are present. Somewhat bitter which I don't usually like in malty beers. Medium to full bodied. Sweet finish.
EtTuCthulhu (1049) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - NOV 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The appearance combines a medium off-white head on top of a gorgeous hazy chestnut color, and the aroma blends caramel malts, toasty malts, nuts, and a hint of booze. The taste is mildly sour, slight umami, and slightly sour, but the palate isnít as good of a mixture as the taste; the medium body, slightly boozy finish, slick texture, and average carbonation donít really match the subtle robustness coming from everything else in the beer.
BrewBoxer (2014) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a deep brown color with a head that fades. Deep malty chocolate taste with a nutty brown. Not bad. Abv does not appear anywhere