Nihon (247) - Vernon, Connecticut, USA - JAN 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark ruby brown, very nutty pistachio, malty aroma. Malty nutty, candied fruit flavor. Very well balanced.
voyageurmike (246) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured into pint glass from bottle, dark mahogany with toffee nose and light carbonation. Medium bodied, malty with caramel finish. Great to have a winter ale not doctored up with spices.
CopterScott (245) - Kansas, USA - DEC 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with a thin tan head. aroma is roasty malts and spice. Flavor is roasty malts, with hints of dark fruit, burnt caramel, and spice. Medium carbonation.
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one pours a dark mahogany color with a good-sized tan head. The head retains for most of the beers life and leaves rings of lace around the glass that melt away. Sweet malts are in the air with this, dark fruits, caramel and molasses are the main contributors to this sweet aroma. There is also slight earthy hop notes appearing here and there as this one was put down. Taste mimics the aroma in most ways with the sweetness hitting you first and strongest with the same fruity and caramel malt flavors with an earthy hop tone keeping it from being overly sweet. As this one warms and you consume more subtle complexities start coming out with various spices and flavors coming forward. There is a slight bitterness to the finish and a pleasant lingering taste as well. Excellent mouthfeel here with every sip covering your mouth with a thick, rich and creamy taste. Drinkability is high as well as only trace signs of the high alcohol content can be found in this. Highly recommend for the strong ale lovers out there. Another surprisingly great brew from Avery, but at this point in not as much a surprise.
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2005
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle from new beer. brown color lil head.Maltynutty roasty Flavor. really good full body warming. very impress by this one
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Awesome woody, fruity, malty aroma. Beige head on a dark amberbody. Taste was very sweet, with hints of dark fruit, toasty malts, and a spicy bitter hop finish. Nice balance in this, and an awesome beer to sip and chill with.
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.
hockey9930 (242) - - NOV 28, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark reddish amber with a half inch head and good lacing. A nice looking beer. Spicy and slightly nutty. Dry hops and lingering bitterness. Light bodied and thin. Lively carbonation.
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.
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!