Nihon (247) - Vernon, Connecticut, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Dark ruby brown, very nutty pistachio, malty aroma. Malty nutty, candied fruit flavor. Very well balanced. meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2004
This one pours a dark mahogany color with a good-sized tan head. The head retains for most of the beers life and leaves rings of lace around the glass that melt away. Sweet malts are in the air with this, dark fruits, caramel and molasses are the main contributors to this sweet aroma. There is also slight earthy hop notes appearing here and there as this one was put down. Taste mimics the aroma in most ways with the sweetness hitting you first and strongest with the same fruity and caramel malt flavors with an earthy hop tone keeping it from being overly sweet. As this one warms and you consume more subtle complexities start coming out with various spices and flavors coming forward. There is a slight bitterness to the finish and a pleasant lingering taste as well. Excellent mouthfeel here with every sip covering your mouth with a thick, rich and creamy taste. Drinkability is high as well as only trace signs of the high alcohol content can be found in this. Highly recommend for the strong ale lovers out there. Another surprisingly great brew from Avery, but at this point in not as much a surprise. Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2005
bottle from new beer. brown color lil head.Maltynutty roasty Flavor. really good full body warming. very impress by this one BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Awesome woody, fruity, malty aroma. Beige head on a dark amberbody. Taste was very sweet, with hints of dark fruit, toasty malts, and a spicy bitter hop finish. Nice balance in this, and an awesome beer to sip and chill with. theyshookhands (243) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2011
Pours a light, almost clear black with a fair tn head and some lace. Aroma is of malts, nuts, bread and a little caramel. Interesting flavor, some carb, roasted malts, a little chocolate, caramel and a tiny bit of alcohol in the finish. Overall pretty good, definitely save some for Christmas.
Garito793 (241) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Pours a dark copper-red. Very strong and flavorful, sweet, malty, and spicey with a strong taste of alcohol. Juancho (239) - Georgia, USA - JAN 3, 2007
Tap - PDX - Rose and Raindrop. In a tasting with other seasonals. Just what the dr. ordered for a cold damp winters day. satifsying and filling! Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - NOV 5, 2007
When cold the thick caramel sweetness is in discord with the bitter hop but as it warms it starts to make more sense...but not a whole lot. beerheart (237) - Erie, Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2008
Like Fullers 1845, this is a seasonal. But like that beer, it is not a traditional spiced holiday ale. It is a well brewed strong ale. Aromas and flavors of toffee, brown sugar, and roasted malts. unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2006
This ale pours a beautiful dark, ruby red with about an inch and a half of foam on top! The aroma is a bit sweet, with hints of dried fruit and malt. The taste is also initially sweet, but that quickly changes to malt, spices, and hops. The finish is a little bitter, and that bitterness lingers throughout the warming, alcohol finish. I like this brew, as I do everything I’ve tried from Avery, but is isn’t anything really special, just another adequate winter ale.