MagooinPA (100) - Warminster, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Awesome nosefeel for a hophead that did’t expect it, great color with a nice yeasty head that ended up lacing nicely. Lots of malt + hops that balance beautifuliy. Hints of coffee and the ABV is hidden niclely. Worth saving a bottle or two for next year.
gferd (99) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 21, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very mild aroma and flavor. Very slight hops and some sweet malt, maybe a little cocolate. Not much else, kind of watery but not bad.
k9coug (99) - USA - DEC 16, 2008
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bought this bottle off the bargain shelf at my locale homebrew shop, so don’t know what year it was brewed. It might have been passed its prime. I am surprised by the rating, the alcohol content and the claim of no spicing. Very skeptical that the spiciness was made by malt and hops alone.
TopherDrinks (96) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 10, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours rich mahogany with red highlights. Poured into a Trappist so barely any head formed but a white ring is left to collect around the rim. Aromas of toffee, roasted malts, over ripened fruits, a hint of coffee beans, mocha, and alcohol. Flavor is so malty and absolutely perfect for the season. Rich with toffee, molasses, more mocha, prunes, and roasted malt fading to a nutty malt backbone. Hops appear towards the finish with some hints of brown sugar and caramel malt. Alcohol is present throughout its entirety but never once attempts to overpower the rich malt characteristics of this brew. Medium-Full bodied with a slight twinge of carbonation. Smooth and easy drinking, but rather filling.
emerson430 (95) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Beer Engine ... Dark, almost mahogany, pour with an off white head. No spice, which is not always my idea of a Winter Ale, except for the Celebration Ale. Nutty and sweet, enjoyable but not something I would have more than one of.
llbjr77 (89) - Largo, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A little hoppy, but malts balance out well. Poured well and had a light aroma that was pleasing. Caramel is definitely present; Not bad for an aftertaste; a little alcohol taste after half a botlle. Will drink again!
black95tt (82) - Doylestown, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a nice ruby red with a huge head. Smells of sweet cramel and toffee. Taste is caramelly good with light roasted nuts and an assertive bitterness in the finish.
Blaketj80 (78) - Oklahoma, USA - DEC 3, 2008
3.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice winter beer. Spicy with a hop note at the end which makes for a great finish. For the most part malty, but kudos to the avery for their malt blend that makes this very enjoyable.
CopterScott (76) - 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.
ScottB (73) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a deep copper with a creamy beige head that lingered for several minutes. Big hops on the nose with undertones of caramel or choclolate. Hops almost overpower the malt in the mouth, but the slightly sweet malty finish saved it for me.... Later.... the malts seem to be asserting themselves more against the hops as the beer warms in the glass.