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
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.
snownirvana (70) - - APR 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shifter from bottle. A: ginger, cinnamon, brown sugar, dark carmel. App: amber-brown, one finger, quickly dispersing head. T: very malty, dark, brown malts, slightly sweet, and a toffee and coffee/espresso flavor rolling through the back. P: smooth, smooth, with a chocolate-espresso aftertaste.
SirSlarty (68) - Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2007
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a beautiful deep golden red ale. Frothy head that remains till the last. Strong spice flavors that do not linger very long. Very nice blend of malt, beer goodness and spices..
jsmanigold (68) - - DEC 7, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2015 Dark red mahogany color leaves lacing around the glass. Has a sweet Malty/doughy boozy taste, dry with a slight sweetness. Flavor lingers on the tongue well after each sip. This ale is not half bad.
matthewgerke (67) - - NOV 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Deep copper red with a short-lived small head. Great winter warmer style beer with a good balance of sweet and bitter and finishes exactly how the style should – great warming feel.
iskirwan1 (66) - monument, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a bark brown with red highlights large camel head.aroma is chocolate carmel and nuts.tadte is sweet choco. with a clean hop finsh.over all would be a great winter warmer but by defintion too hoppy but don’t let that turn you off cuz I’m defintlatey getting this christmas eve
tschof (61) - - FEB 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great winter seasonal beer. Rare find in NJ. Pour from 12 ounce bottle to a pint. Pour very dark amber with thin white head. Malty and boozy but in a good way. Enjoy if Troeg Mad Elf is out of stock
gabbledbabble (60) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Just brown, dark brown. Fluffy toasted froth. Holds well. Beautiful lace. Toasted whole wheat bread burnt on the edges, made with a touch of molasses, spread with homemade syrup; good hop funk steps through, and boogies on down the palate. Jazzy mouthfeel. Warming. Creamy. Mocha cappuccino made with Italian roast.