luvcasks (178) - USA - DEC 16, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 version - brilliantine Mahogay with thin creamy tan head...and nice long legs
Aroma: Some treacle/toffee like notes with sherry like leaning towards tart notes
Flavor: medium-rich Malt complexity leaning towards dark malts with nutty and dark fruits (dates and dark raisins) with nice balance of spicy hop flavor.
Finish: Creamy, cocoa power and long with sizeable alcoholic warmth
Overall: I think this is a very well made beer... I know Strong Ales should have some alcoholic warmth... in this sample I am picking up some higher alcohols and the sherry notes dont seem balanced with the age of sample. If this is usual, maybe wait a while before trying it.
Hopswagger (178) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
P: Pours a ruby cola appearance with a vast community of floating specks. A small short lives bone colored head that fizzles down to a lizard skin cap.
S: Right away cherry NyQuil floods the nose. Dark fruits create a sweet sticky aroma, holiday fig pudding, dank grains, clove, hints of star anise and cola.
T/M: Lots of spice up front, roasted grains, astringent cherry booze, slight oxidation, dark fruit and bitter pears show up toward the finish. I also get some bubblegum, pomegranate, white grapes and under ripe persimmons that create that buttering chalky bite. Body is medium and a tad on the thin side with velvety carbonation. Once warmed the finish is similar to a box of crayons.
O: A great old ale in a six pack. I love that this isnít a pricey bomber and its well executed. Tons of figgy goodness with cherries, booze and spice. A nice holiday treat.
Serving type: bottle
libertine (176) - 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 isnít a drain pour by any stretch but I think im done with winter beers.
FLnative80 (174) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. 12 fl. oz. A dark ruby color with fluffy, off-white head. Sweet, aroma of malt, fruits, caramel, and light hops. Medium bodied, creamy texture. Flavor is sweet toffee, then light hoppy bitterness. A good, malty brew.
FlyingSwine (174) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark red/brown with a one-finger head that stuck around for a while. Aroma of fruit and malt. Strong malt flavor with a semi-dry, caramel finish. Nice creamy palate. Overall one of my favorite seasonals. Excellent winter brew!
udflyerfan07 (173) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at South Park Tavern, Dayton, OH. Poured a nice amber, thick color with tan head. Good full bodied beer just a bit heavy for me on a super hot October day.. Good winter offering though with nice caramel and nut flavor.
WolfsBlood84 (172) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz in a winter seasonals 12pk. Pours a dark amber/light brown with tannish head and good lacing. Aroma is hops, malt, bread. Taste is malty, earthy, nutty, and a surprising hoppy bite. Alcohol is well hidden, this is nice and unique beer - itís unique because itís simple, no spices. Very nice.
Azand222 (170) - Westminster, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pour. Hazy reddish brown color with a light tan head. Aroma is quite yeasty, malty, and light notes of toffee. Taste is diverse; mocha, hazelnut, overall spicy. The finish is very woody and malty. Overall pretty full bodied, a good beer. Hides the 8.3%abv well.
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep mahogony with a very malty front and end. Hops are much less pronounced than the malt. Flavor of burnt cookies and prunes. A nice finish with a toasty aftertaste. Decent.
Brewmaster (168) - USA - NOV 8, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wonderful brew. Sticky and spicy. Fairly sweet. Great winter warmer.