JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 13, 2004
Nice ruby color, slight caramel aroma. Well rounded flavor with a good dose of cherries, semiisweet, remisicent of cough syrup. Sometimes the finish has a hint of alcohol, very dry and hoppy. An interesting beer, the character flowers as it warms. Thanks to ecrvich for the fine Avery brew. Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2004
This was a challenge to interpret. Poured clear deep red-brown with a thin off-white head. Berries, dark fruit, and citric hops in the aroma. Flavor was a blend of traditional English Strong Ale flavors (sweet caramel, dark fruit, wood, and berries) with strong American hops that lent a bitter (grapefruit rind), piney character I've not detected in other examples of this style. Medium-thin bodied but full-flavored. A nice winter seasonal without the tired ginger-nutmeg-cinnamon theme. NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2004
Wow, this was a nice surprise. Picked it up on impulse at a local "mix & match" cooler. From a bottle, the beer pours a dark brown with reddish tint. Smallish tan head. Not a whole lot of aroma but the taste makes up for it. Very sweet and spicy with underlying citrus flavors. Decent hopping kicks in towards the end of the first taste. Not especially heavy and I didn't notice any untoward alcohol taste. This could easily become a favorite of mine, especially for the price ($6.99 per six pack at Brennans in Madison, WI). DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - FEB 29, 2004
This beer was sampled thanks to the kind heart of beerguy101. This one poured a cranberry/cherry color with a slight head with patchy bubbles...the color a slight hint of tan. The aroma effervesced cranberries and orange peel with big smacks of maple syrup. Canada would be pissed if they knew how much maple syrup aroma went into the making of this. There's also a hint of tea leaves in the aroma. The taste smacks of a few spices, something on the order of ginger, and a heavy dose of oranges and lemons. Some hints of sweetening malty qualities come in near the end, but not enough to truly make an impact. Something was left to be desired, but still enjoyable. IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - FEB 20, 2004
Pours a dark amber, medium tan head. Aroma was fairly light but was nice: darker malts, some hops and some smoke. Flavor was much fuller, malty, caramelly, smoky, with a bunch of spicy hops at the end. Bitter finish, rounded body. Quite good.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - FEB 11, 2004
Dark brown, tinge of red with a small head. Malty sweet aroma. Malts dominate, some toffee and nuts colored with a dark or smokey character as a bitterness kicks in for the finish. Hides it's alcohol very well and improves as it warms in the glass. Overall very nicely done. carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2004
Pours transparent dark brown like root beer, with medium sized tan head that dissipates pretty quickly. Aroma is malty molasses. Flavor is same but with smokey roasted mocha. Fairly sweet finish, but still seems nicely balanced. Lacking spices, but I guess that was never the intention based on the commercial description. Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2004
A fine, well-hopped barleywine - sweet but not overly so, almost dry, but again, not so. Quite yummy. Similar to but a hair less hoppy than hog heaven. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2004
Nice deep translucent firey glowing brown color, thin sandy colored head thats firm and crusty only to fade somewhat quickly to a semi-fluffy thick collar, lace in minimal strings and spots. Aroma is quite roasty, dry and coffeeish with a nice malt tone thats a touch sweet. Which becomes more evident as it sits, plus some alcoholic warmth seeps through as well once it warms; quite nice with a bit of added dried floral hop notes too. Taste has a warm roasty maltiness thats a tad sweet, touches of spice, molasses, and a favorable little coffee-like dryness and mild dried leafy hoppyness. The only thing is thats its a wee bit flat and doesn't last for very long. The finish has a nice light effect of sweetening dryness. Feel is just shy of medium body with a thinner side to its creamyness. If this weren't 8% this could be one fine dandy session of an Old Ale, but that detours it a bit from being so, other then that its still fairly drinkable. Not bad actually, just a bit short lived. MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2004
Deep reddish-brown color with a decent off-white head that leaves a good lacing in my glass, fruity and malty aromas. Smooth nutty and chocolate flavors, full bodied with mild carbonation, full creamy and smooth mouthfeel, finishes kind of dry, alcohol well hidden until it warms, a solid winter ale.