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RATINGS: 1184   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ads135 (3077) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 20, 2013
This is great winter warmer. Spicy, but not overwhelming. Flavors of dark fruits, chocolate, and toffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
keanex (1503) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2013
Bottled September 7, 2013 (2.5 months old).
Appearance: The body is a beautiful garnet hue with fine sediment in suspension of the, otherwise, clear body. The head is short and short lived, settling into a thin/sparse coating with a foamy and uneven ring. The color here is worth a 5 alone though, itís a brilliant deep garnet that looks almost majestic.
Aroma: The aroma is big with dark and slightly syrupy fruits, a hint of medicinal quality as well. I get an non-descript malt sweetness as well. The aroma could use some more strength, but it smells very nice.
Taste: The intro is of brown sugar and dark fruits, this leads to a mid-taste that is nutty and a bit dry, which continues through the finish with a slight medicinal cherry flavor. The finish is dry and lingers of medicinal cherry, itís mild though.
Palate: Full-bodied with mild carbonation.
Overall: This is an enjoyable beer, but I find that it doesnít have the complexity I expected from reading the description. I would have liked a strong toffee flavor along with what else is going on here, that would have made this nearly perfect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skoll (420) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tbopslt (350) - New York, USA - NOV 16, 2013
Bottle at Craftsman Ale House. Dark chocolate color. No head. Slight spice aroma. Full bodied but slightly bitter start. Smooth finish. Drinkable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Concealer (837) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2013
Bottle. Hazy dark brown with a foamy off-white head. Smells of malts, yeast, banana, coffee, and light chocolate. Flavor is sweet malt, caramel, light coffee, nut, and chocolate notes. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsmerig (1288) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2013
Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a tan head. Aroma is toasted coffee with berry. Taste is berry mixed with a subtle coffee bitterness. The finish is more raspberry and very clean. You can taste and feel the ABV from the start to the finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BOSSbrewer (1970) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 12, 2013
Pours a dark brown with an off white head. Lots of caramel and malt. Clove and spices are present. Somewhat bitter which I don't usually like in malty beers. Medium to full bodied. Sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EtTuCthulhu (1126) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - NOV 12, 2013
The appearance combines a medium off-white head on top of a gorgeous hazy chestnut color, and the aroma blends caramel malts, toasty malts, nuts, and a hint of booze. The taste is mildly sour, slight umami, and slightly sour, but the palate isnít as good of a mixture as the taste; the medium body, slightly boozy finish, slick texture, and average carbonation donít really match the subtle robustness coming from everything else in the beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewBoxer (2123) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 10, 2013
Bottle. Pours a deep brown color with a head that fades. Deep malty chocolate taste with a nutty brown. Not bad. Abv does not appear anywhere

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
reberiii (360) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Dark red pour from draft, three fingers of taupe foam. Seasonal spice aroma, slight caramel flavor, slight roast finish. A must try.

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