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RATINGS: 1155   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (3477) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - APR 9, 2013
12 ounce bottle. Pours reddish brown with a small tan head. Aroma of malt, fruit, caramel, and nuts. Taste is malt, dark fruits, caramel, and molasses. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trujahwarrior (509) - Monroe, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Pours a brown color with a red hue and tan head that leaves good lacing. Smells of caramel, toffee and hazelnut, roasted malt and hazelnut. Tastes of all the same things with molasses and chocolate added. Mouthfeel is heavy and creamy with good carbonation. Overall this was great tasting winter seasonal. Can’t wait to see what some ageing does to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimmie65 (330) - Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Reddish brown pour with beige head. Aroma is fruit and caramel. Flavors is fruit, caramel, but, and malt. Finish is clean and bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (3896) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Aroma is nutty malts, caramel and a hint of fruit/sweetness. The flavor is caramel, complex malts, a hint of vinous notes and a mildly tart/alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jandd1983 (2580) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 4, 2013
It poured a dark red/brown color with a tan head. The aroma was heavy on the toffee with hints of molasses, caramel and some pine hops. The taste was of roasted nuts, caramel and some burnt sugar. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ostomo517 (73) - Norton Shores, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Pours a stunning dark amber. Muddled nose thats not very fragrant. Flavor is pretty malt forward then after about half of the beer gone the hops spring forward and round out nicely. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcmisko (352) - New York, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Pours brown with tan bubbles, not much of a head. Smell is toasty. Taste toasty and slightly sweet, some hazelnut and toast. Super smooth, low carbonation, med bodied. Pleasant lasting after taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
annunz123 (862) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Somewhat mild aroma with nuts, bread, and a little coffee. Flavor, however, is rich and chocolatey, with some toffee and a fig/date flavor. A little coffee-like bitterness and some alcohol in the finish. I tend to think Avery is a little overrated, but this is outstanding.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mpersinger (347) - , California, USA - JAN 13, 2013
12 oz bottle cellared for a year (or has it been two? Maybe they should put a vintage on the label, or I should date my beers when I cellar them...). Pours very bright and clear with color of amber resin and beige plush half-inch head that leaves lacing. Aroma is bready and doughy with a rich portion of molasses, as well as a clove note. There’s rich dark fruit on nose, followed by toffee and sweetbread flavors (reminiscent of British yeast contributions plus specialty malts like Victory) as well as flour (from oxidation?) ; alcohol presents itself mid-palate, which then melds with hefty balance note of bittering hop finish with some drying. Like a lean old ale, reminds me a of a leaner and much meaner London Pride).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (1894) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Appearance: Served from a growler via a Unibroue snifter, it has a dark chestnut brown body with some deep red mahogany. Clear, with a small tan head (no penalty for lack of a decent head given serving type). Aroma: Malty with a surprisingly clear hop note. Very good dark fruit tones with a slight bit of booziness and hints of smoke and hazelnuts. Taste: Rich and complex flavor of mix malts becomes increasingly hoppy into and after the finish. Hints of figs, dates and raisins. Finishes with a light bitterness, and a bit too much earthiness for my taste (but suitable for style). Mouthfeel: Good, albeit rather light, carbonation; smooth; the 8.3% alcohol barely comes through. O: A fine Strong Ale and Winter Warmer.

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