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RATINGS: 1222   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2005
New Years Eve drink. Too bad it was like 50 degrees last night, unlike a few nights ago when it was about 15. This brew would have lit a fire in my heart on a wintry night.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2005
bottle. deep mahogany with a small off-white head. citrusy, hoppy aroma. very tasty. good hop structure along with soft malts.. terrific balance. my first of avery’s offerings and I’m quite impressed...I still have four more to try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 1, 2005
Nice malt and nut aroma. Deep clear ruby red color with some head and lacing. Big malt flavor with a bitterness back it up. Nice creamy body. This beer ages really well. I have some from last year that are a lot more balanced toward the malt. I’ll hold on the a few of these to see how they develope.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4721) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2004
Near black color with a thin head. Coffeeish aroma with a little bit of cherry. The taste was delicious: chocolate, coffee, dark cherry, and an ample supply of roasted-goodness. Damn fine brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivo (2647) - GERMANY - DEC 31, 2004
Hoppy and nutty nose - very strong, fresh and bright aroma. Dark clear, shimmering brown color with a tall fluffy tan head. Creamy toasted malt taste with some woody qualities, but the hops really dominate this flavor profile. Almost like an IPA, really. Some spices come through too. Medium body. Needs more malt body to counter the hops, but still a very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Bottle. I got this from Kaggie97, thanks Kevin! Pours a nice deep mahogany color with a creamy head that laces wonderfully. Nose is deep malt, sweet toffee and a little coffee. Good sweet malty flavor with a light coffee finish. Flavor is just like the nose, with a nice bite and a good creamy body. Boy, this one laces like crazy! This is a solid brew with not a lot of hoppiness until it hits you at the very end. I really like the warmth that it creates as you continue to consume. Is this wonderful pairing of malt, spice and hops the work of man or God? Some nice work was done in this brew. I enjoyed this one a lot.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Subtle Aroma and Flavor. Crisp, Hoppy...Fruity? Hoppy Ending. Not My Favorite Winter Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2004
English strong ales mean christmas this year. Delicious brew with some chocolate notes. Nutty as well. A beautiful looking and smooth thick beer. Deloosh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2005 I was fortunate to find this great offering from Avery earlier tonight on draught. Very good pour, dark blue. Tasted similar to the Rogue Santa Special but better. The aroma was much weaker then the taste. Toffee is a good way to describe the taste. The taste was great. This brewery has been quite impressive. I must try more of their beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8956) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2004
Big thanks to npdemse for this. Pours a wonderful deep shade of ruby with a big, light tan head. Aroma of malt, nutmeg, slight port, toffee. Great complex taste that presented some nuts, toffee, chocolate, cinnamon with a semi-dry finish. Firm palate with a nice balance. This one is a winner.

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