JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 8, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with a tan head, big malty nose with aromas of walnut waffles. Caramel and prune in the thick body, some spices as well. Nutty aftertaste, really interesting.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2008 I love the painting on the bottle. Someday I want a house like that in the mountains of Colorado... But back to the beer. This is a tasty little offering from Avery. Starts with a strong hint of roasted nut and alcohol, but finishes with a slap in the face of bitter coffee and sweetness. Gooooood stuff!
<b>Rerate, 12/19/05, bottle</b>
After a year of aging, there are noticeable differences in the brew. A strong citrusy sweetness has developed, and a faint hint of strawberry is evident. Much improved with age, if you ask me!
Cobra (1100) - In a van, down by the river, Maryland, USA - OCT 30, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. brown, longneck bottle. 2004 edition. Poured out a deep ruby / garnet reddish color, with a huge mocha colored head. Thick, sticky lacing left down the sides of the glass. Aromas are of chocolate malts, slight yeasty bread, earthy hops, slight caramel aromas as well. Tastes are of English Toffee, malty caramels, nuttiness, earthy hops, and very subdued alcohols.
Rich, creamy mouthfeel, very smooth on the palate. Finishes rich, creamy, and slightly dry. A decent ale by any standard.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of everything in the commercial description plus I get some vanilla and plum. Slight tan head on clear ruby. Hazelnut is definately the first and last flavor. Some smokey, earthy flavors, "mocha and toffee" also. Surprising bitterness that is just right. Overall smooth and mellow for the strength. Nicely balanced, flavorful and rich winter ale.
Kevin (2008) - Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours dark brown almost black witha bit of sparkle in it. has a thin cream colored head. malt aroma that has some nuttiness. pecan walnut hazelnut a peanut butter mixture with a nice sharp bitter hop bite at the finish that lingers. alcohol is well hidden but this sucker will keep you warm on a cold Texas night where it dips below 50, bbbbrrrr.
singlelensrefl (24) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 25, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap. Nice off white head. Nicely colored as well. Very nice aromas as well as flavors. Will definately buy some in order to enjoy and so I can include some more notes. Very enjoyable.
jimhilt (2341) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 22, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with a one-finger cream head that fades slowly leaving traces of lace. Clear amber color. Medium bodied. Nose is malty. Medium carbonation. Starts with a mix of malt and hops but as it warms more maltiness comes through. Different from other winter wamers - no spices, very warm finish. $1.75 for a 12oz bottle from Liquor Barn Lexington, KY.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Good mild malt taste. Not super malty like some other ESAís I have had. Slight smokey and caramel notes come out with a hint of alcohol. Notes of black pepper and sawdust come out. Very enjoyable. Would be a great session beer.
jaymobrown (1588) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber, dark red, dark cola look. Roasted sweetness. Almond, walnut, timber flavors. Thick malt and alcohol. Pleasantly interesting.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured dark brown with thin tan head...smelled of caramel, molasses, cloves and nutmeg...nice mouthfeel too...a little too tart on my tongue...may a year in the closet will help it develop...