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RATINGS: 1152   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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Our winter strong 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 2 years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11925) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2003
(Bottle) Pours a dark mahogany color with a very thin white head. Good hoppy flavor with hints of spice (cinnamon and nutmeg).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2003
2003 bottle. Dark cherry/mahogany color, thick head around edge, some lacing. Nutty and spicy (cinnamon?). I know none were added but I taste them. I guess it could be the hazelnut. Medium bodied. Nice for a cold night, we'll have plenty of them.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2004 Commercial description of mahogany color is right on. Also contains some pulpy floaters. Nice aroma of nuts, wood, and fruit. A tasty beer with a rich palate and notes of fruit, coffee, peat, and chocolate. Perfect maltiness. This is an excellent winter seasonal that is fitting for a fire and some nice tunes. Much better than expected. Ages very nicely; vintage bottles are fantastic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 8, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2004 2003 Bottle. Yes, your winter ale does have a gorgeous mahogany hue, but it would be better if your winter ale didnt have a clear mahogany hue. What does Avery have against bottle conditioning??? Well anyways, it smelled pretty good, a mild cherry aroma, some drier nutty flavors and a touch of alcohol. Almost no head, but ends up with a ton of lacing. I really enjoyed the lack of spices, it was a nice change on the winter beer. Didnt know what to expect (which is a feeling I love having going into a beer). Opens up with a big flavorful cherry-caramel malt that is soft, and very balanced. Some dry nutty flavors make their way in, I wouldnt have guessed hazelnuts, maybe walnuts, but whatever, it adds a nice element of complexity. Finish ends with a dry roasty appeal and some alcohol. Aftertaste was a bit odd, that weird avery hops thing coming in, with some acidic/bitter hops. I could actually see the flavor melding together better after another year or so. Body is medium and has a soft/lightly syrupy, chewy texture with a good amount of carbonation. Dosent have the complexity of some of the best English Strongs and the flavor thins out a bit, but it's still above average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2003
11/7/03: bottle
roasted malt aroma. deep brown body with hints of red. good amount of almond colored head which quickly diminishes to a thin ring of carbonation. some lacing. roasted malt flavor with a slight amount of sourness. minimal amount of a bitter hop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2003
Nice dark red-brown body with a thin, tan head. Lacing.
Roasted malt aroma dominates. The other aroma which I can't figure out must be the hazelnut.
Sweet and malty. A little bit of hop flavor and some oxidation. Lingering bitterness is a bit unusual for the style but could mellow with age. Alcohol is well-hidden.
Full-bodied and very smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - NOV 6, 2003
Deep dark amber brown. Fragrant aroma of malts with subtle hints of toffee, citrus, and nuts. Full bodied with a sweet bitter mouthfeel. Flavors linger into the dry aftertaste. A superlative winter warmer. Avery hits the target again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 31, 2003
My first impression of this was "barleywine lite". Prunes, thick/bready malts, touch of acidity in both aroma and flavors. Bit of pear in the nose. Medium body. I would go with a good barley instead of this any day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 26, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2004 Smells nutty/malty/some bullion hops(resiny,spicy w/ a tease of citrus).Looks very nice/heady/decent lace.Super smooth/8% somewhat well-hidden.Tastes nutty/slightly spicy/roasty, raisins/.Great stuff.I love Avery.Bottled on 10-3-03(Yes!) Tried the 9-28-04 batch, and I must say I Love This Beer when itís fresh,it ages well but Fresh is where itís at. It gets some stranger notes when aged(hops shine more as the malts get a almost a sour twinge to it?All I know is, the bitterness is more pronounced when aged.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2003
Very peculiar character. Fruit and spice in aroma, malty sweetness, some toffee in the flavor. Pretty good beer. Alcohol is well-hidden. Complex malts.

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