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RATINGS: 1158   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2002
Very very good. An excellent blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, and ginger blended with a nice orange citrusy flavor. Definitey a close 2nd when it comes to winter brews - Barleyís still being the best.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8239) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2002
Found at Jungle Jimís in Fairfield, OH. Averyís brews have all been pretty good so far and this is no exception. This is a pretty good seasonal ale to boot. Pours a pretty amber color with a medium thin beige head. Spicey aroma of connamon and hops. The flavor was a mixture of malts, brown sugar, cinnamon etc and was surprisingly rich. Good stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2002
Dark reddish color with a smallish head. Caramel malty nose. Flavor is predominately caramel malt, and quite sweet. Has a crisp bitterness in the finish, and a nice blend of what seem to be slightly citrusy Cascade hops and another bittering hop--Fuggles--giving it a slight nod to English old ales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2002
Quintessential holiday ale. If there is a definition of what an American holiday ale is supposed to taste like, then this is it. Warm, red, spicy, cinnamon like, itís all there. I would not want to drink this all year íround, but at this time itís just right. BTW - i had no idea that this was 8% until I saw it here, after drinking it. Rating just went up.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3442) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2002
Nice and dark with a crimson hue; sticky lace patterns. Sugary - with a hint of spice - aroma. Roasted brown sugar malt flavors. Spices are subtle, blending well with the bitter hops in the finish. A little tangy in the finish also.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hotbod47 (26) - flint, Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2002
i donít usually enjoy the roasted flavor/aroma in beer. this did however have an appealing mouthfeel. very sweet at the begining with a bitter roasted finish. the hops of which i am a big fan were very much present throughout the taste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
sloth (2502) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - NOV 12, 2002
Tan head, brown accents. Fades quicklyleaving a little lace.Maalty aroma.Dark brown color with orange highlights, very pleasing to the eyes.Some chocolate malt flavors, sweetish.Medium mouthfeel.Some hop? spicyness.Slight bitterness in the finish.Well balanced brew.Not memorable though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brewmaster (168) - USA - NOV 8, 2002
Wonderful brew. Sticky and spicy. Fairly sweet. Great winter warmer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
SirHopsAlot (44) - Cockeysville, Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2002
This is a well made beer. A wonderful roasted malt taste comes out in this brew. A nice winter beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6260) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2011 2011 bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is clear dark orange-brown. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, toasted grain/nuts), lightly hoppy (apricot), lightly yeasty (dough). Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Not much happening in the nose, but itís pleasant enough...some vitamin B odor is undesirable but mild. Very sweet but just balanced enough to be drinkable. Good mouthfeel. Overall ok.

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