theyshookhands (243) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a light, almost clear black with a fair tn head and some lace. Aroma is of malts, nuts, bread and a little caramel. Interesting flavor, some carb, roasted malts, a little chocolate, caramel and a tiny bit of alcohol in the finish. Overall pretty good, definitely save some for Christmas.
Garito793 (241) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark copper-red. Very strong and flavorful, sweet, malty, and spicey with a strong taste of alcohol.
b79turner (239) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - OCT 23, 2011
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at J Clyde. Pours a dark brown with a small head and good lacing. Nose in hoppy with a little sweetness. Taste is the same, complex...bitterness is well balanced with sweetness. Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation. No alcohol burn, I wish there was more. That would really take this "winter warmer" over the top for me.
Juancho (239) - Georgia, USA - JAN 3, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap - PDX - Rose and Raindrop. In a tasting with other seasonals. Just what the dr. ordered for a cold damp winters day. satifsying and filling!
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - NOV 5, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
When cold the thick caramel sweetness is in discord with the bitter hop but as it warms it starts to make more sense...but not a whole lot.
beerheart (237) - Erie, Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Like Fullers 1845, this is a seasonal. But like that beer, it is not a traditional spiced holiday ale. It is a well brewed strong ale. Aromas and flavors of toffee, brown sugar, and roasted malts.
unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This ale pours a beautiful dark, ruby red with about an inch and a half of foam on top! The aroma is a bit sweet, with hints of dried fruit and malt. The taste is also initially sweet, but that quickly changes to malt, spices, and hops. The finish is a little bitter, and that bitterness lingers throughout the warming, alcohol finish. I like this brew, as I do everything I’ve tried from Avery, but is isn’t anything really special, just another adequate winter ale.
Moggman (235) - Columbus, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours amber with off white head. Aroma is nutty and mild hops. Flavor is malty with a hop finish. Flavors of nuts, toffee, small amount of coffee.
jobyone (234) - Charlotte, USA - JAN 9, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark red with off white head. THe Aroma is sweet and nutty. The flavor has a mild bitterness and hints of fruit. Really enjoyable.
coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 23, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Liquid pours a medium copper color, with a ruby tint. One finger head of light tan foam. Retention is fairly good and lacing is decent.
Smells nice and malty. Smells of sweet vanilla caramels. Some hints of dark fruits come in and have just a tiny hint of hops with them.
I’ve never had caramel covered cherries, but that is what they would taste like. Along with a nice sweet malt base. A touch of warming spiciness. Hops are in this, but the heavy malt profile is knocking them into the background. Hints of dark fruit.
Feels very smooth and a touch creamy. Just about the body that I like a winter warmer to have.
Very drinkable. Sweet, yet not overly so. Nice, slightly dry finish. Well masked ABV.
Another solid brew from Avery. Quickly becoming my fave winter warmer. (Okay, it’s in a tie with Great Divide Hibernation.)