mensch (280) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
"Itís the most wonderful... kind of a beer." I think this is last yearís vintage, no date on the bottle. Full and enticing aromas of prunes, burnt toffee, sherry, and wood smoke. On the tongue, itís full and brown and prune and toffee. After a year(?) the hops are quite subdued but still noticable in a piney sorta way. One of my favorite examples of one of my favorite styles.
lereve (8) - Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2013 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a great tasting Christmas ale. Bottle days can cellar for three years, I would for at least one maybe two years.
rmbjspd (21) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
a great winter warmer from avery. Nice malt sweetness up front with a load of complexity on the back end. A great big beer from one of our best breweries.
WileCoyote (9) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2004 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oh what a beautiful beer. Deep mahogany with a creamy tan head that laces down the side of my glass. The aroma is sweet and nutty with a touch of pine. The initial flavor is sweet, typical of a great Old Ale, but then finishes with a light hoppiness. I love the alcohol rush that accompanies this beer, much like a great, rich wine. It is a very relaxing beer and very drinkable. On my Twelve Beers of Christmas 2004 List! Bottle
CQ (15) - Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Drunk in 2 bottles not bad. Rich flavor. From my home state of Colorado. Beats Coors, which isnít tough. You guys like this real rich taste, Huh??? Like I said, I give it some points because I like a beer with a kick and this has it. I am kind of getting interested in these Breckinridge/ Boulder Brauries. This is a Boulder Braurie. I kind of like the Breckinridge Braurie better, but is OK. It is some business for Colorado that is all I know hope you guys find something in it you like. I like what some Brauries are doing with beers here it is worth exploring for you beer Conniseurs.
Rich beer but not skunky, I donít think beer should be skunky.
Licorice head via hazlenuts.
Some people say the beer is warming, I agree I donít know why, but it is a relaxing brew to drink that is reminiscint of holiday times as the picture shows on the bottle. It would be great enjoyed with some holiday hores dourves and watching a winter footaball game. Enjoy men.
SudsMcDuff (6778) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
..as i watch myself in the reflection of the tv...i drink this drink as it were my last....this beer has something to it, like when you get sand in your eye and you get the sand out of your eye and the relief sets in....pure goodness touches my lips as a bear would grapple with a strawberry in a basket of cloves...the aroma and smell that emanates from my mug makes me think, "what if pigs could fly?"...would they smell like this gem?...iíll tell you this..iíve never smelt a pig like this...the lamb is great....Jubilation makes me smile....it has flavours that make the mind race and the fingers walk, sweet embraces tangled up in a web of magical goodness...one day i will have the answer, but for now the overall has to be this...awaiting a brew that makes me write like a drunk poet on acid: means that the world is ready for a pint of jubilation...thanks mom!............."thank you jesus"-Hank Hill..
imjohnward (7) - , Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2011 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Best winter seasonal ale Iíve had in a very long time. The aroma and finish are are memorable and very pleasing
strap (566) - Seoul, SOUTH KOREA - NOV 6, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours mahogany with a light head. rich smell of toffee and a bit of chocolate. excellent blend of roasted malts. a tad sweet with some alcohol warming. excellent winter beer. i need to stock up on this one.
foyle (316) - Wyoming, USA - JAN 1, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.
Appearance: dark reddish-brown with plenty of streaming carbonation. Pours a 1" cream colored head that falls pretty fast with some lacing left behind.
Aroma: rich aroma of toffee, dark roasted barley, earthy and citrus hops.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied, slightly astringent, with a dry finish and a lingering alcohol burn.
Flavor: complex mixture of rich roasted barley, cocoa, toffee, some tangy citrus and herbal hops and a definite alcohol presence.
Overall: a hearty and tasty brew, this definitely fits the definition of a "winter warmer". Excellent to sip on a frigid winter night.
hershiser2 (1357) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Paid $1.70 for a 12-oz single. Appearance is deep rubious red with a large tannish head. Aroma is very pleasant: toffee, caramel, floral bouquet. VERY falvorful, and creamy. I normally like the addition of spice to beers, but with this one, I especially enjoy the smooth, unaltered flavor.