StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 23, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep, lucrative brown with a safire kiss and a creamy, dense, blanketing quarter-inch head, leaving perfect lacing all the way down the tulip. Promising aroma of brown sugar, caramelized pecans, black cherries, concord grapes, prune juice and a hint of nutmeg. Flavor smacks with discernable alcohol amidst festive spicing. Plum skin, toasted rye, and mulled, diluted port sprinkled with a dose of pepper to keep with the holiday spice tradition. Some accents of crŤme liqueur drizzled over singed walnut casings. Stinging, resoundingly bitter-sweet. Medium-bodied and numerous elemental palate forces butting heads with each other, simply not in agreement. Effervescence exceeds its tolerable limits, finishing with a pessimistic alcohol sting.
kramer (5800) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle via trade w/ Sprinkle. Pours a dark ruby with a thin foamy 1" head. Mainly malty nose with supporting notes of spice, yeast, and alcohol. Flavor is malty with minimal hop presence. No hint of spices that the nose indicated (after reading comm. desc. I guess I was right). There is some oxidation here as well. Lighter bodied with soft carbonation. Not a bad Winter Warmer, but rather thin and bland to my tastes. Iím wandering if maybe this was from last years release. I might question their "cellarable for 2 years" claim. This just didnít seem big enough to stand up to any significant aging.
thedm (5613) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This bottled brew poured a head of foamy frothy topped tan colored mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a carbonated transparent deep caramel rel brown colored body and a good lacing. It had a malt hop dough caramel aroma. The mouth feel was tingly from start to finish, mildly vinous with a strong caramel malt flavor. There was a very noticeable hoppy content to it along with a yummy caramel flavor. Delicious! Another fine brew by Avery!
CQ (15) - Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Drunk in 2 bottles not bad. Rich flavor. From my home state of Colorado. Beats Coors, which isnít tough. You guys like this real rich taste, Huh??? Like I said, I give it some points because I like a beer with a kick and this has it. I am kind of getting interested in these Breckinridge/ Boulder Brauries. This is a Boulder Braurie. I kind of like the Breckinridge Braurie better, but is OK. It is some business for Colorado that is all I know hope you guys find something in it you like. I like what some Brauries are doing with beers here it is worth exploring for you beer Conniseurs.
Rich beer but not skunky, I donít think beer should be skunky.
Licorice head via hazlenuts.
Some people say the beer is warming, I agree I donít know why, but it is a relaxing brew to drink that is reminiscint of holiday times as the picture shows on the bottle. It would be great enjoyed with some holiday hores dourves and watching a winter footaball game. Enjoy men.
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep reddish brown color with a decent off-white head. Caramel and toffee aroma with a hint of plum and chocolate. Toffee is big in the flavor but there are also notes of dark fruits like raisin and prune along with a slight coffee flavor. Good stuff.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Iím heading into this with negative expectations. My battle with Strong Ales wages on, yet Iím merely an abecedarian to those examples which fall into this category. Plus, Iíve heard not so great things about this specific specimen. It pours a clear ruddy, brown, with a deep tanned ivory head of cream. I can already taste the caramel and toffee. To the nose, a light, brisk whiff of sugar and hops, mingled with the though of an aged cheddar, no wait thatís my french bread pizza in the microwave, the perfect bachelorís companion. An expected strong dose of caramel malt, with a lack of hop balance. Two phased, this beer begins with a bright, chipper vanilled brown sugar malt, morphing into a mellow, christmas cookie and marshmallow run. I was mistaken at first, thinking this an American SA, but itís indeed an English. And as the beer warms, itís yielding some crisp, green euro hop notes on the back and smack. It actually doesnít fare poorly compared to other examples Iíve run with.
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - NOV 17, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with a foamy light brown head. Malt, raisin and a warming note of alcohol in the aroma. Sweet malt and liquorice flavor with plenty of spices and a bite of alcohol. A bit sharp with a not so pleasant note of medicine, but still quite enjoyable. Warming.
theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a formidable deep, dark red with foamy off-white head and pretty good lacing. Nose of malts and alcohol. Very soft, spiceless flavors of pure, lightly roasted malts. Sweetness with hints of dark fruits and raisin from the alcohol. Incredibly smooth texture, rich and warming body, and very hidden alcohol. An excellent warmer.
NachlamSie (3256) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2013 on draught. This is a super deep opaque mahogany with a solid head. The nose is a forest of piny hops, rich caramel, some toasty brown sugar, and smoke. This has, surprisingly, a mocha coffee, porter-like body which is highlighted by some smoked wood and a bright, spicy hop onslaught. The flavor is huge and provides a welcome overtaking of the palate.
[November 28, 2013]
6 pack from Liquor Galaxy. I always wondered why I had such an affinity for this beer so I decided to revisit it. The answer, Iím not sure. I guess my taste has changed over the past few years, but this is just okay and Iím ready to move on after one bottle. I do like that it is a little unique compared to all the other winter specials on the shelves this time of year. The malty nose is very nutty with hints at vanilla, mocha and alcohol. Full malty body with flavors that could possibly lead the drinker to believe spices were used, but nothing quite on the level of an adjunct. Yeah, itís a pretty good beer and Iíll probably have it again in the future. But Iím not nutso about it.
[Bottle, Oct 13, 2007] Iím not exactly sure why, but I do have a soft spot for this stuff. There is a bit less hops than I remember, but many interesting, subtle spiced notes. Iím impressed that no spices are used, because I get definite hints at nutmeg and cardamom. A thin, juicy berry-like flavor is noted along with a pleasant chocolate-esque finish. Itís a nice change from the usual winter warmers, but very appropriate for the season.
temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 16, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2006 Bottle. Pours transparent dark amber, beautiful color. Medium off white head. Aroma is rather nice. Toasted caramel malts, resinous hops, slightly nutty. Flavor is almost identical, toasted caramel, mild grassy hops, light smoky notes. Alcohol is practically non existant in the taste. Great brew.
I donít care what anyone says, age did this stuff no favors.