llbjr77 (89) - Largo, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2007
A little hoppy, but malts balance out well. Poured well and had a light aroma that was pleasing. Caramel is definitely present; Not bad for an aftertaste; a little alcohol taste after half a botlle. Will drink again! theisti (4126) - Kansas, USA - JAN 23, 2008
12 oz. bottle from Gregis. Pour is ruby brown with a nice off white head. Aroma of sweet dried fruit, biscuit malt and some nuttiness. Taste has all of the elements of the nose, sweet, malty and nutty. The taste and the finish are extremely dry. Over the taste seems a bit disjointed. The palate felt a bit thin for the size of the beer. Despite this, I really could not detect any heat. Overall, decent but nothing to get terribly excited about. Thanks Greg! blutt59 (6564) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2008
12 oz. bottle, pours a large tan head that falls to a 1/2" of heavy lacing, pruny fruit nose with slight bitter taste and some nocello liquer flavor 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! 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.
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - JAN 7, 2004
Nice body and beautiful color (dark red). Nice bittering hops, too, if you like that sort of thing. First thing that came to my mind was a dark IPA, which is sort of an oxymoron. Good stuff but certainly not the best beer in their line up. BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JAN 8, 2004
Reddish mahogany, relatively clear appearance, moderate head formation. Malty aroma, caramel and roasty. Sweet nutty malt flavor, some chocolate, decent hop citiric bitterness in the finish. Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - JAN 14, 2005
Pours a dark cranberry juice red. with small tan head. Aroma is malty, with nuts and woods. Flavor similar, malty and a little wood to it, grapes, a little choclate/sweetness. Very interesting, and flavorful. Thanks to JPDipso for this one. brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2005
Mahogany body with light tan head. Toasted coffee and chocolate nose. Light maltiness with a slight roasted malt bitterness in the finish. monty (39) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2005
15 June 2005. Bottle.
Very little head; a touch on the dark side for a barleywine.
Mouthfeel is soft and slippery - nice.
Funny cherry cola flavor and, oddly, a little coffee. Definitely sweet - lots of malts showing through. Hops are present, but not too biting.
This is good, but not as strong a showing as some of Avery’s other beers.