pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Bottle. I got this from Kaggie97, thanks Kevin! Pours a nice deep mahogany color with a creamy head that laces wonderfully. Nose is deep malt, sweet toffee and a little coffee. Good sweet malty flavor with a light coffee finish. Flavor is just like the nose, with a nice bite and a good creamy body. Boy, this one laces like crazy! This is a solid brew with not a lot of hoppiness until it hits you at the very end. I really like the warmth that it creates as you continue to consume. Is this wonderful pairing of malt, spice and hops the work of man or God? Some nice work was done in this brew. I enjoyed this one a lot. Onionkid (390) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - NOV 5, 2010
Bottle. First off, just gonna point out that I think this newest batch is slightly different from the older ones. They’ve bumped up the abv a bit from 8% to 8.3%, and with that I’m sure has come a change in the overall taste. That out of the way, wow this is a damn fine seasonal! Pours a ruby, amber color with a small head that’s quick to leave. The aroma is slightly sweet with hints of toffee and fruit. Tastes of roasted malt, slight chocolate, some nuts and some toffee. The finish is sweet with a hint of bitterness at the end. So impressions. It’s a very solid winter seasonal, and quite a bit different from what I was expecting from Avery. This is actually one of my new favorites from them. The woody hints at the end, and the roasted malts go well with the slight hop bitterness and I think this beer has a great balance overall. Glad I grabbed a couple of bottles of this instead of just one! I’ll be on the lookout for this again, and so should everyone else! 8.3% alcohol. NJJereme (387) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Bottle. Pours a dark amber/brackish color with a decent-sized tan head that lingers around for a while. Aromas of spice and malt. Analogous flavors w/ a bitter, roasted edge. Medium to heavily bodied but finishes easy. Spicy aftertaste and you can certainly feel it going down all the way to your guts. A good brew. uhre (384) - DENMARK - JUN 24, 2008
Pours a great head, the colour of the beer is dark red. The aroma is malty, with hops and roasted barley. Flavor is very good with roasted barley and hops. happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 26, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2004 Smells nutty/malty/some bullion hops(resiny,spicy w/ a tease of citrus).Looks very nice/heady/decent lace.Super smooth/8% somewhat well-hidden.Tastes nutty/slightly spicy/roasty, raisins/.Great stuff.I love Avery.Bottled on 10-3-03(Yes!) Tried the 9-28-04 batch, and I must say I Love This Beer when it’s fresh,it ages well but Fresh is where it’s at. It gets some stranger notes when aged(hops shine more as the malts get a almost a sour twinge to it?All I know is, the bitterness is more pronounced when aged.
coolfunnj (374) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - MAR 16, 2014
aroma is sweet malty with some resiny hop presence to balance..thin off white head,sparse lacing deep brown clear liquid with some cloudiness..sweet in a fruity caramel sort of way but not overdoing it theres tingly hops to balance..med-full bodied,tingly and plentiful carbonation..overall I tried this just as a nite cap as a single bottle ill be picking up the 4 or 6 pack before winter ends well done RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - FEB 2, 2007
Thanks to bditty187 for the bottle.
Pours a dark walnut brown with a thick two finger head. The foam settles slowly to a very thick cap that leaves behind a solid sheet of lace.
Smell; piney hops are the first to hit me, with little bit of citrus mixed in. There’s dark roasted malts that come off as a bit burnt, but also with some chocolate and caramel.
Taste; the dark chocolate, caramel and roasted malts come to the fore in the flavor. The pine and citric hops are there, they just take mare of a complimentary role instead of a dominant one as they did in the aroma. The hops and roasted flavors mix very well with a bit of a spicy alcohol presence in the finish, making for a very tasty beer.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability; mouthfeel is medium bodied, and very smooth, with a bit of alcohol in the finish giving it a bit of a drying character. Drinkability is really good, especially if you like lots of roasted malt flavors. TikiE (368) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 19, 2008
Pretty good beer! Pours a amber brown color with a light head. Smells of winter time with the hints of hazelnut in the nose. Taste of mocha and and carmel. Delicious beer! mpersinger (366) - , California, USA - JAN 13, 2013
12 oz bottle cellared for a year (or has it been two? Maybe they should put a vintage on the label, or I should date my beers when I cellar them...). Pours very bright and clear with color of amber resin and beige plush half-inch head that leaves lacing. Aroma is bready and doughy with a rich portion of molasses, as well as a clove note. There’s rich dark fruit on nose, followed by toffee and sweetbread flavors (reminiscent of British yeast contributions plus specialty malts like Victory) as well as flour (from oxidation?) ; alcohol presents itself mid-palate, which then melds with hefty balance note of bittering hop finish with some drying. Like a lean old ale, reminds me a of a leaner and much meaner London Pride). MercyDevice (365) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2011
Rich brown in color, with a medium-sized head. Both hoppy and malty. Some caramel and toffee notes.