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.
Totochtin (73) - Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very dark brown with garnet highlights and tan head. Aromas of caramel, apple, chocolate, and nutmeg. Taste is medium sweet with flavors following aromas with additional notes of berries and earthiness. Full body with creamy texture and soft carbonation. Rich, delicious, balanced, and drinkable; reminiscent of some doppelbocks but with more substantial hopping.
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.
Ostomo517 (73) - Norton Shores, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a stunning dark amber. Muddled nose thats not very fragrant. Flavor is pretty malt forward then after about half of the beer gone the hops spring forward and round out nicely. Very good.
penguinjive7 (72) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice black/extremely dark mahogany with two fingers of head. Excellent lacing for quite a while.
Smells actually rather fruity with a bit of dark roasted coffee cutting through.
Tastes of a dark fruity almost prune-like flavor with a very hoppy finish. Hoppy and spicier than I expected from a winter warmer. Many complex flavors, too much for my novice taste buds to pick up.
Overall an excellent brew, and was a great way to warm up after coming inside in an Ithaca blizzard. Warms me right up. Probably could be a little less hoppy, but that’s just my taste.
Reviewed on: 02-14-2007
BHeart (72) - - NOV 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown, toasted grain aroma, hazelnuts, hint of coffee, choco. Smooth, more coffee flavor, some hazelnut, slightly boozy aftertaste.
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AJofDenver (71) - Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The color of this beer is deep dark and brownish with hints of an amber outter ring. The scent starts with hints of nuts and finishes with a trace of vanilla. This beer has a flavor a sweet coffee like start and finshes with hints of brown sugar.
Dsnutz (71) - dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. bottle pours a dark reddish brown with a small amount of head. Another strong brew from Avery.