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RATINGS: 1226   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
Our winter ale has a gorgeous mahogany hue, a hint of hazelnuts, and a finish reminiscent of mocha and toffee. No spices, just a perfect blend of five specialty malts. Cellarable for 3+ years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 16, 2005
Deep ruby-brown colored, clear, apparently well filtered. Mostly lasting beige head. Strong malty nose focuses on toffeeish sweetness and tree fruits + bready undertones. Not very original and surprisingly little complexity, but nothing to disturb global balance, well contained alcohol and sweetness levels. It becomes almost roasty in the finish, developping landscapes of nutty, floral and leafy moderated bitterness. I would have adored this in my first 3-400 beers, but there is plenty of similar stuff with deeper flavor ranges. Medium bodied, watery in texture, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2005
Brown chestnut pour that sparkles with red in the light. Light tan head. Interesting nose, aromas of green tea and caramel. Hops add to the complexity of this fine brew, highlighting the herbal hints. Very nice brew

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 15, 2005
Spicy aroma that almost hints at pine needles. Beautiful beer. Dark brown with a firm mocha (almost stout like) head. The pine and spice return in the flavor. Tons of hops as Avery likes to do. Laces very nicely. It is almost sweet, but the hops prevent that asspect from manifesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 11, 2005
08.11.05 12oz bottle. Deep and grapey mahogany stained walnut under medium sized but fleeting head. Aroma of used black tea leaves, toasted walnut, toffee, and spicy alcohol. Tobacco and salt come through on nose as well. Flavor is nice and roasty, lots of nuts, bitter roasted hints, resinous. Soft and round body is plenty chewy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - AUG 8, 2005
Deep carmel/ruby with a good durable cap of tan head. Very toasty dark carmel aroma, just the smallish hint of citrus hops. Flavor translates well from the aroma. Very sweet carmel-heavy beer, with just enough hops to keep it from being cloying. Fairly full bodied, but manages to avoid actually being sticky. Alcohol noticeable in the finish. August is not the right mothe to be tasting this beer. Still...I can enjoy it now. And on a snowy day, I bet it is the perfect fireside sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2005
Very nice winter ale. Smells more like a traditional barleywine. Pours very deep amber with a very nice long lasting fluffy head and nice lace. Aroma is very strong with lots of dark caramel, sweet toffee and light citrus hops. Flavor is caramel, crystal and chocolate malts. Slight bitterness in the end- otherwise this is moderatley sweet. Kinda reminds me a toned down fourth dementia. Very well done. Easy drinking even in the summer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (12193) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 23, 2005
2004 Bottle at The Avery Experience. Caramel mahagony hues with a medium frothy tan head. Caramel and brown sugar aromas with light roasted grains evident and a fruit hop nose. Caramel malt and acidic alcohol flavor with a fruit hop finish, and some vanilla faintly detectable. Medium bodied and warm spicy palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (13420) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 21, 2005
Bottle poured mahogany with an amber head. Aromas of dark fruit with some vinous notes. Flavors of roasted malt, dark fruit ,a hint of coffee, With a mildly bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 12, 2005
Sweet malty aroma but I did detect a bit of spice to it. Dark body but when held to the light you will see a mahogany color. Small tan head that left lacong on the glass. Falvor was of sweet caramel with a good balance of alcohol. Left a sweet dry aftertaste taht I didn’t care for but a good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2005
Darkened brick. Roasty, malt accented aromas, with hints of hazelnut, raisin and caramel, along with a hint of black currant, which I believe is from the Bullion. Soft feel. Complex malt flavor, with hints of chocolate and coffee, raisins and plums and perhaps a bit of toffee. All about the malt, presented in a classy way. I’ve always liked this beer from Avery.

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