reberiii (498) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Dark red pour from draft, three fingers of taupe foam. Seasonal spice aroma, slight caramel flavor, slight roast finish. A must try. tsd08460 (1130) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Aroma: alcohol, roasty, bread,
Appearance: black, clear, minimal head,
Taste: heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter,
Palate: full body, thick feel, soft carbonation, long finish,
jonhall (62) - - DEC 21, 2015
Pour from can in recently bought six pack so no additional aging by me. Mahogany with soft white cloud of a head. Smoother than I expected and not boozy, up front molasses, some toffee, vanilla, very clean finish. Need to retry after some aging as I suspect it will improve but this was very good as is.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone MrJamesMcEwan (243) - SCOTLAND - MAR 11, 2017
Aroma: Sweet raisins and hazelnut.
Appearance: Dark ruby with a thin tan head.
Taste: Really sweet raisins, hazelnut and brown sugar.
Palate: Low carbonation, oily mouthfeel.
Overall: Very sweet but nice in a small glass.
At Smokin’ Betty’s in Philadelphia. notalush (5866) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2004
This is a most impressive rendition of an ESA - deep, dark amber hue with off-white lacing - yeasty aroma, with spciy notes, plums, figs and christmas cookies - strikes the balance between roasty and sweet qualities that all the great ESAs do - full-bodied, quite chewy - toffee, caramel and a slight nuttiness - bready malts and dark fruit - peppery and spicy near the end, finishing with some nutmeg and a touch of chocolate - I’m going to get plenty more of this stuff for the long, north-east winter.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2005
Nice deep red color, with good head. I smell all kinds of spices, although they say there are none. Oh, this tastes like a porter, roasted coffee and malts, caramel and toffee. The head goes small, but leaves good lacing. There is a back ground flavor of hops. This is an excellent brew. Glad I got a 6er of this. Get it! ColoradoOAR (3) - Superior, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2005 does not count
The bottle says it all...’Yeah it is" when reffering to the alcohol percent, 8%. Has a dark brown color with a well rounded taste with hints of a sweet coffee taste. Finishes well and is rather palatable. thedm (6143) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 22, 2005
This bottled brew poured a head of foamy frothy topped tan colored mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a carbonated transparent deep caramel rel brown colored body and a good lacing. It had a malt hop dough caramel aroma. The mouth feel was tingly from start to finish, mildly vinous with a strong caramel malt flavor. There was a very noticeable hoppy content to it along with a yummy caramel flavor. Delicious! Another fine brew by Avery! hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2005
Pours a deep ruby- brownish color with a nice thick head. Aroma of malty nuts, fruit,chocolate, and alcohol. Smooth body with hints of carbonation. This is a great winter brew. Smooth enough, tasy enough, and very warming. Doofgoblin (513) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - OCT 18, 2014
This stuff is awesome! Aroma is lots of toasted malt faint dark fruit note. Taste is incredible with lots of toasty malts, caramel, burnt sugar, and nutty notes. Finish a smooth sweetness that’s soft on the palate. This stuff just gets better with age.