brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 27, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the best Avery has come out with. Yes, Adam, I too enjoy the hops. But this is a wonderful caramelly aromatic brew with light carbonation. The solid mouthfeel laces the tongue with the malt flavors and hints at a developing light sherry note. As it warms in the glass, the vanilla from the oak begins to flower forth. A strong warmth of the alcohol brings beads of sweat on the brow. Are you sure it’s only 14.5% ABV. Man, I can’t wait to celebrate a good snowfall! Here in Atlanta? Sorry, not waiting. Now where did I put that bottle opener?
jcwattsrugger (11215) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
on tap-Thin lt tan dk amber. A-sweet caramel med malt, spice.
T -sweet caramel med malt, spice.
joelfaber (31) - Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 bottle at home. Pours copper with a thin head of tan foam. Aroma is sweet, with apples and dark fruit. Taste is sweet, woody and bourbon. Not as complex as other Avery heavy hitters as there are very liittle hops. Body is full with a creamy texture and soft carbonation; finish is long and sweet.
dfinney23 (1836) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big and sweet and oaky, just as you would expect from a demon. I like many sweet beers but this one’s almost to much even for me.
Theydon_Bois (9912) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Keg at Churchill’s, San Marcos, 14/11/14 - listed as 16.9%!
Clear amber to chestnut brown with a decent beige covering.
Nose is boozey, sweet tunes, dark stoned fruit, bourbon notes, candied fruit peel, perfume.
Taste comprises coconut, very sweet licks, candied fruit peel, bourbon wood notes, toasted brown sugar.
Full body, fine carbonation, sweet close.
Hides the booze well but way to sweet to truly kick back and enjoy this one!
Crichton99 (3) - - NOV 28, 2014 does not count
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweetness and alcohol hit the nose. Oak almost bourbon flavor come through. This one is really sweet. Definitely a sipper.
badgers53703 (2) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2014 does not count
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had it on tap. It was very sweet. The sweetness disappears quickly and kills all booziness. Ended in a soft maple raisin. Would be a great dessert beer.
mackRIS (34) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap pours a deep copper color. Aroma is oak, caramel, dark fruits. Taste sweet oak, caramel, sweet malt. A sipper but quite smooth!
demmbonz (589) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle to snifter. Dark copper pour. I left a lot of sediment behind in the bottle. Huge sugary malt bomb. Creamy head with great retention.
GT2 (8741) - San Diego County, California, USA - NOV 14, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
[ Keg ][ 4oz ][ Churchill’s ][ $3 ][ ][ 11.14.14 ]
>> Tea amber pour with webby lacing. Marked as 16.9% abv, holy... 16.9. Nose is butterscotch, bourbon, fumey, intense. Taste plastic, extreme sugar, butterscotch, type 2 diabetes. Really boozy. No thank you.
Gerbeer (1987) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2014 12 oz bottle. 2014 vintage. Pours a dark copper color with moderate head but lots of chunky white sediment. Aromas of maple syrup,caramel, sweet malts, oranges and spruce. Big sweet caramel malty flavors with a little subtle hoppiness. Chewy and sticky. Warm (not a surprise at 14+%). Really nice for this style though not to look at.