Sofajoern (146) - DENMARK - JAN 21, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chestnut colour with creamy, lasting head - drew a bit of lace as well.
Fairly agressive hops in both aroma and flavour, almost perfectly balanced by sweet, fruity malts and just a hint of alchohol.
Nice full body and quite sharp aftertaste - good to keep warm during the winter :)
foosnbrews (145) - Parker, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beer poors deep amber with a ring of head that stays throughout the beer. Aroma is of Alchol, piney, citrus, and malty. Flavor is sweet, malty, and balanced by a mild bitterness. Mouthfeel is excellent for style. Not too sticky, just right for desiring more. Overall the beer is an excellent winter warmer, look forward to more.
evr1dr (145) - Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear, reddish-brown with a thin, frothy, white head with light lace. Nose of plum, raisin, cedar, malt, and a hint of barnyard and sour cherry. Thin mouthfeel. Taste of bitter coffee, vanilla bean, toffee, malt, booze and smoke. This is a medium hot brew in that the alcohol is present on the finish. Enjoyable for the style. I might enjoy more if cellared for a year.
MrEcted1 (144) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - JUN 6, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A perfect winter ale brewed by Avery. I get this one every year, and for good reason... it’s one of the better winter seasonals that you can find. Pours a nice full bodied brown hue with ruby highlights. Bakers chocolate, caramel, spices flavors come through, as well as some nutty flavors. This one has a nice bit of hops that even out the malt well. This beer is nice and sticky, a little chewy, too. This one is definitely worth picking up in the season.
scrawfis (143) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great chocolate aroma. The flavor continues along with a slight fruit flavor from the aroma hops. Good but could be a little smoother.
Brew4Dug (138) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hands-down the smoothest version of a strong ale that I have tasted to this day. I was floored when I noticed the 8% abv. and couldn't believe the well-crafted balance which makes this winter ale so drinkable. The usual hoppiness from hop-happy Avery is evident, but they manage to tame it enough where the brew maintains a good balance from start to finish. Good stuff and I am looking forward to next years batch (b/c I foolishly consumed my stash from this year). Cheers!
jmw141 (134) - Canton, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft 4 oz. Beer Flight at Old Chicago in Peoria, IL. Dark amber color. Roasty chocolate comes out as it warms. You can really taste the alcohol here.
outerupt (133) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2006 Poured from a 12oz. bottlle into a pint glass. High hopes just after the pour as the colour is certainly another success for the Avery palette offering a lovely cherry-tinged burnt sienna. The nose was the first disappointment offering only a little bit of caramel dominated by overbaked bread. I found the flavor in line with the aroma offering a nice enough malt profile reminiscent of a classic English Winter Warmer and an all too ephemeral touch of toffee. An ok brew but not a standout for the brewery.
illiniphil (133) - Nashotah, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Excellent Christmas Ale. Dark roasted malts with a balance of hops. Definately a buy again Christmas Ale.
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Chadski4 (131) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Alcohol very present in the flavors. Surpasses a sub-par pour and vegetal aroma. Nice creamy finish.