jtxx (149) - san antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2004
Better than expected. Sharp taste...very easy going down. Beautiful dark . Although it states cellarable for 2 years...it wouldn’t last that long in my house.
odannyob (149) - Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2015
Poured from 2 each very cold 12 oz. cans into an english pint glass (the remaining ale kept cold in de can in de fridge) and, my goodness, a near perfect warming ale befitting as befitting the snow beginning to fall.
A full, warm aroma of dark malts; a hardy, reddish-brown color; tastes that satisfy the wintering soul. my take: ENJOY! gatorbeer (148) - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2005
Pours a beautiful mahogany with a small head. Strong flavor of hops and then a strong malty finish with burnt coffee undertones. Lots of flavor but the flavors just don’t quite come together right. illiniphil (148) - Nashotah, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2014
Excellent Christmas Ale. Dark roasted malts with a balance of hops. Definately a buy again Christmas Ale.
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Poured from bottle...very nice color maroon with a decent tannish head. Very dense aroma....oak....thick burnt flavors...mouth feel is nice as hints of chocolate and toffee abound. Can clearly tell the alcohol content....finish is very nice....Avery you have done another great job!
Sofajoern (146) - DENMARK - JAN 21, 2006
Chestnut colour with creamy, lasting head - drew a bit of lace as well.
Fairly agressive hops in both aroma and flavour, almost perfectly balanced by sweet, fruity malts and just a hint of alchohol.
Nice full body and quite sharp aftertaste - good to keep warm during the winter :) foosnbrews (145) - Parker, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2010
Beer poors deep amber with a ring of head that stays throughout the beer. Aroma is of Alchol, piney, citrus, and malty. Flavor is sweet, malty, and balanced by a mild bitterness. Mouthfeel is excellent for style. Not too sticky, just right for desiring more. Overall the beer is an excellent winter warmer, look forward to more. evr1dr (145) - Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2010
Pours clear, reddish-brown with a thin, frothy, white head with light lace. Nose of plum, raisin, cedar, malt, and a hint of barnyard and sour cherry. Thin mouthfeel. Taste of bitter coffee, vanilla bean, toffee, malt, booze and smoke. This is a medium hot brew in that the alcohol is present on the finish. Enjoyable for the style. I might enjoy more if cellared for a year. MrEcted1 (144) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - JUN 6, 2006
A perfect winter ale brewed by Avery. I get this one every year, and for good reason... it’s one of the better winter seasonals that you can find. Pours a nice full bodied brown hue with ruby highlights. Bakers chocolate, caramel, spices flavors come through, as well as some nutty flavors. This one has a nice bit of hops that even out the malt well. This beer is nice and sticky, a little chewy, too. This one is definitely worth picking up in the season. scrawfis (143) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2002
Great chocolate aroma. The flavor continues along with a slight fruit flavor from the aroma hops. Good but could be a little smoother.