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RATINGS: 1209   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2005
Smells like oak-aged gym socks. No, really. Disappating tannish head, largish bubbles, dark reddish cloudy body. Medium mouthfeel, lingering bitterness on swallow with a coating, sticky feel. Taste starts with tannins and light citrus, moves into roast/ash accented caramel (no toffee, I am sad), and finishes as above. Okay.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2005
Bottle, pours a clear mahogany body with a small beige head. Aroma is caramel, malty, slightly sweet and slightly roasty. Flavor is chocolatey with nice coffee bitterness. Finish is slightly roasty, and more than a bit cloying. Medium bodied I suppose. I like Avery ales, but this isn’t one of their better offerings in my book.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackamackson (127) - USA - FEB 12, 2005
pours a lovely dark red/brown, with a nice frothy 1 inch white colored head. all i get out of the aroma is malts. this tastes very good though, sweet malts, not much bitterness, and some roastiness in the finish. very smooth, but somewhat thin mouthfeel. very drinkable too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
desurfer (1253) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2005
Pours a deep hued garnet with small patches of foam floating about. Aroma of butterscotch and roasted malt, with a mild hoppiness and some alcohol. Flavor is rich and creamy, with a bit of coffee and roasted malts, a slight amount of hops. Very palatable and well-rounded. A fine English Strong.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Braudog (6024) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 19, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2007 Re-look, modified rating (much better this time): Deep, dark red, bright only to the strongest light. Big cushy, stoic head. The aroma was almost of burnt cherry jam. That same essence was in the flavor ... except with chocolate syrup mixed in. It got better as I drank and judging from my original post, this one has won the courtship with my palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 19, 2005
Dark crimson and browns, creamy light tan head. Rich malty nose of brown sugar coated cherry, toffee, toasted hazelnut and milk chocolate. Heavy on the malt, but hops keep an even keel to round this off and stop it way short of cloying. Full bodied, soft carbonation, bitter-sweet finish. Perfect for a cold winter night by the roaring fireplace...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - JAN 14, 2005
Pours dark rubyish in color. Malty and easy going down. Woody taste to it as well. Average bittering. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
guzzler67 (1570) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2005
Dark, reddish amber appearance. Nice lacing left over from the average size, off white head. Malty, dark fruit aroma. Picked up on the hazelnuts as well. Smooth, rich mouthfeel with the emphasis on malts. Medium-to-full bodied flavor leads to a lingering, slightly sweet, finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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.

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