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RATINGS: 1188   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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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.


2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
keith0718 (395) - Kansas, USA - DEC 7, 2014
Strong and sweet. Leaves a sticky residue on the lips. Flavor is hard to describe. It’s drinkable, but I won’t be seeking it out again.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
SteveWantsABeer (2) - Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2014 does not count
Caramel and sweet, sort of a ’barleywine light’. Gorgeous pour. Superb able for this time of year.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheCaptMatey (112) - Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2014
Poured a dark red to brown colour with a thin white head. Aroma is quite malty with dark fruits and caramel/ coffee notes. Flavor is a sweet malt mixture of nuts and dark fruits with a bit of hop bitterness. Not much of coffee in flavor, but enjoyable none the less.

2.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jsmanigold (24) - - DEC 7, 2014
Dark red mahogany color leaves lacing around the glass. Malty/doughy taste, dry with a slight sweetness. Flavor lingers on the tongue well after each sip. Not really digging this holiday ale.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
musinj6 (415) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 6, 2014
very dark buy with white head leaving moderate lacing. Aroma is sweet fruit, raisin, malty. hint of booze. Taste is moderately sweet hint of bitter. Medium bitter finish..malty. I’m not sure what I don’t like about this, but I just don’t dig it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kaser (3124) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2014
This is the 2004 vintage. Red bright pour with black floating sentiment. Poured from a bottle at Delilahs Christmas tasting. Carmel biscuit and sweet aroma. Taste is crazy sweet with honey and prune notes. Wow

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brandon1989 (255) - Euless, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Pours a dark mahogany with a small off white head. The aroma is rather sweet, you pick up roasted malts, caramel, brown sugar, coffee, nutty, and slight amount of alcohol that is more prevalent as the beer warms. The taste is very similar to the aroma especially the nuttiness and caramel/toffee. This beer was much sweeter than I was expecting and the alcohol was surprisingly well hidden in my opinion. There is not much bitterness to this beer at all. This beer is well worth a try!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewje41 (676) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - DEC 2, 2014
12 oz bottle pour. Pours a super dark burnt color with a temporary sudsy head. Mild malt aroma. Avery for me is known for their huge abv beers. Their "beasts." However, some of these littler ones are really good. Really nice smooth roasted malt flavor with a nutty, bready, and almost smokey flavor. Full body of flavor on this one, and very good. Enjoyable for sure

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
soupy (34) - - NOV 29, 2014
Full body, hint of spice, smoky but smooth. Reminiscent of the GD Hibernation, but not as strong, mellow on the palate.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jefcon (1426) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2014
I’ve had this many times, but just now getting around to rating it. Lots of holiday aromas -- citrus, light wood smoke and chocolate. Really crisp, but I am drinking this one right off the store shelf. Long, clear and bright orange, lemon middle of the palate. Comforting; like the rock of a cradle.


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