tsd08460 (128) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - MAR 7, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: alcohol, roasty, bread,
Appearance: black, clear, minimal head,
Taste: heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter,
Palate: full body, thick feel, soft carbonation, long finish,
hopscotch (9996) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2003 This beer mega-macadoscious rocks!!!
The aroma is of rich malt, dark fruits and chocolate.
A crystal clear, deep mohogany color. Handsome.
God, I'm a geek. I just called a beer handsome... and it's not the first time.
The flavor is to die for. Malty and slightly sweet up front. Well-balanced with a whisper of tartness and bitterness on the backside.
Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel. Lively carbonation. Medium-length, slightly acidic, mostly dry finish. Incredible beer! English Strong Ale? Ehhh!!! I'm not the categorizing expert that those who run the site and brew the beer are, but this brew reminded me of a Belgian Dubbel. Whatever. Drink one.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - NOV 6, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep dark amber brown. Fragrant aroma of malts with subtle hints of toffee, citrus, and nuts. Full bodied with a sweet bitter mouthfeel. Flavors linger into the dry aftertaste. A superlative winter warmer. Avery hits the target again.
notalush (5267) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a most impressive rendition of an ESA - deep, dark amber hue with off-white lacing - yeasty aroma, with spciy notes, plums, figs and christmas cookies - strikes the balance between roasty and sweet qualities that all the great ESAs do - full-bodied, quite chewy - toffee, caramel and a slight nuttiness - bready malts and dark fruit - peppery and spicy near the end, finishing with some nutmeg and a touch of chocolate - I’m going to get plenty more of this stuff for the long, north-east winter.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice deep red color, with good head. I smell all kinds of spices, although they say there are none. Oh, this tastes like a porter, roasted coffee and malts, caramel and toffee. The head goes small, but leaves good lacing. There is a back ground flavor of hops. This is an excellent brew. Glad I got a 6er of this. Get it!
ColoradoOAR (3) - Superior, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2005 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
The bottle says it all...’Yeah it is" when reffering to the alcohol percent, 8%. Has a dark brown color with a well rounded taste with hints of a sweet coffee taste. Finishes well and is rather palatable.
shadey (1977) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 3, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2007 Every beer I have had tonight has been a deep ruby color. This one had no real head to speak of. A very nicely balanced mix of malt and hops in the aroma with something more. Caramel or toffee must be what I am smelling. The flavor was complex and well balanced. This was really a pleasure to drink, I wish I could get more. 8/3/8/4/18
RERATE: Deep deep red pour with a thin head of white cream. Aroma is deep and rich sweet caramel. Some bitter hops. An all around well blended experience. flavor is complex blend of sweet and bitter. Smooth body, nice finish. Just a little sticky.
thedm (5034) - Fort Wayne, USA - NOV 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This bottled brew poured a head of foamy frothy topped tan colored mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a carbonated transparent deep caramel rel brown colored body and a good lacing. It had a malt hop dough caramel aroma. The mouth feel was tingly from start to finish, mildly vinous with a strong caramel malt flavor. There was a very noticeable hoppy content to it along with a yummy caramel flavor. Delicious! Another fine brew by Avery!
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep ruby- brownish color with a nice thick head. Aroma of malty nuts, fruit,chocolate, and alcohol. Smooth body with hints of carbonation. This is a great winter brew. Smooth enough, tasy enough, and very warming.
Doofgoblin (414) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - OCT 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This stuff is awesome! Aroma is lots of toasted malt faint dark fruit note. Taste is incredible with lots of toasty malts, caramel, burnt sugar, and nutty notes. Finish a smooth sweetness that’s soft on the palate. This stuff just gets better with age.