3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Well. The shelf tag @ Archer would have me believe that this is an 07 batch of Jubilation. Not quite sure. Wish I would have saved it for a night my palate was a little cleaner, but here goes. [A] Caramel. Chocolate. Toffee. Fig. Raisin. Dark fruit. Ripe. Almost wine ish. Grape or cranberry juice quality. English barleywine-esque. No hops really present, though a nice nose. Likeable in my book. [A] Shotgun blast and huge huge chunky bubbly brown head. Caramel brown to light. Active. Will not even allow a pour. Don’t think this is 07. Dark ruddy brown liquid. [F] Initially dark fruit. Caramel and a very large chocolate note. Mostly fruity. Nice intricacy and balance. Licorice. Maltiness. [P] Very watery. No hops. Flat mouth. With more dark fruit and chocolate. Reminiscent of certain barleywines and foreign stouts. Not especially a bad thing for this ale. But it doesn’t help. [O] I somewhat liked this after some IPA. Lord only knows if its 07. Not sure if I would buy a 6er either way. One was more than enough. Avery is one of my favorite brewers, and this receives a fair score, but I cannot totally agree with it tonight.
zicksmith (3) - boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2013 does not count
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Kind of a dong beer, its sweet and dark... yo make up your mind and be a Christmas beer or a winter beer, dont try and be both
g6736 (7) - Warwick, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2013 does not count
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Assume winter seasonal brew with nice mouth feel. There are slight hints of whisky on the back end.
harrymel (855) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A: dark pecan ale with some orange hues. a finger of off-tan foam falls to a sheet of the same. Excellent clarity. Spot lace.
S: Sweet, slightly molasses malts are nice. No real hop presence here for me.
T: The alcohol is evident here initially (off-putting for me). Some pecan flavors. Some licorice (so faint).
M: thin with moderate carb and semi dry finish.
O: Decent beer. I like it as the third or fourth for the night, a little unrefined for the premier drink.
Serving type: bottle
hopdog (8254) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hmmm, have not rated this one yet! Poured a mahogany color with an off white head. Dark fruits, caramel, some nutiness, and some spices.
Dragonfly1 (437) - - DEC 15, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours as describes- rich dark red. Aroma is hard to pick up- getting some yeast spiciness and dried cherry, but nothing too pronounced. The mouthfeel is creamy, with quad-like spice and ginger notes. Finish is a touch metallic. I didn’t wait to cellar this, but maybe that would add some additional depth. Finishes surprisingly thin, with a little bit of sticky pine needles lingering.
Stevesie (265) - - DEC 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to pint. Deep red pour with a touch of off white head. Big nose of roasted nuts and dark fruit. Taste is similar with some nice body. Alcohol is well-hidden. Captures the idea of a winter seasonal perfectly.
mstrcrwly (27) - New York, USA - DEC 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First Avery offering that I tasted this past spring..found 6 pk at small bottle shop in queens..poured into pint glass..nice chestnut color..2 finger head with a little lace..clears quickly..great fruity, nutty aroma..and hits the tongue really well..stays in the palate but not in an overbearing way..an excellent winter ale that made me go and try a number of other Avery quaffs..highly recommended.
b3shine (3576) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft to taster. Looks good; a transparent copperish brown with light beige head. Smells malty with otes of sweetness and winter spices. Tastes like it smells with a solid mouthfeel. Enjoyable.
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.
Errl (1118) - Plano, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap- Pour is brown with a thin off white head..Nose is toffee, spice, sweetness, dusty chocolate, caramel...Taste is nice caramel, toffee, spices, cherry, alcohol is hidden.