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RATINGS: 1226   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 16, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2006 Bottle. Pours transparent dark amber, beautiful color. Medium off white head. Aroma is rather nice. Toasted caramel malts, resinous hops, slightly nutty. Flavor is almost identical, toasted caramel, mild grassy hops, light smoky notes. Alcohol is practically non existant in the taste. Great brew.

I donít care what anyone says, age did this stuff no favors.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hotstuff (4864) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 16, 2005
Bottle. Tan small fizzy head that was mostly lasting, sparse lacing, various bubble sizes, transparent, carbonated, and a ruby hue. Malty, caramel, hoppy, a hint of alcohol, and roasted coffee. Flavor was malty, hoppy, vinuous, caramel, and roasted coffee. Mouthfeel was mostly smooth. Medium body. Nicely done and worthy of a try.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 10, 2005
Deep cherry pour. Enticing nutty aroma also notes some earthiness and just a touch of the ABV. The soft carbonation compliments the loads of sweet malts used in the body. The body is full and chewy, weighed down by lots of nutty and woody malt. The yeast adds some fruitiness to the heavy body, giving it a great complexity. Seems young now, would like to tuck some of this away for Christmas next year.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gachupines (1248) - USA - NOV 6, 2005
Dark brown with a thin head. Aroma is fairly strongly of alcohol. Taste is malty with some hops and alcohol in the finish. Alcohol makes it a little sweet, but fairly well balanced especially compared to some of Averyís beers. Good strong ale that isnít overpowering.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldGrowth (3238) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - NOV 6, 2005
Bottle, from Julioís. Ok nose, Commercial description really hits it. Clean orangy brown color, good head that faded to a ring and foam cover. Sweet flavors, like aromas with a viney addition, though some might say grapefruit. The 8% shows itself. Medium body, creamy slippery mouthfeel, Dry bittersweet finish. Tasty beer. Nice that it isnít spiced up.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lamas (1551) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 5, 2005
Bottle. A clear ruby pour with a thin khaki head. Malty aroma with some nuts, dark fruits, vanilla and hints of alcohol. Solidly medium-bodied. Nice balance in the taste. Lots of both malts and hops. A rich malty body that features some nuttiness, caramel and toffee. Finishes with a good bit of citrusy hops and a nice bitterness. The ABV is very well-hidden. A beer like this could really help me get through the family gatherings this holiday season.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
framebender (56) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2005
Good solid ale but not something I would insist on buying or drinking again. Gentle hop aroma with similiar taste. Balanced malt that is almost unnoticable and just enough hops to taste them but not overpowering or bold. Smooth balanced solid ale.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gatorbeer (148) - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2005
Pours a beautiful mahogany with a small head. Strong flavor of hops and then a strong malty finish with burnt coffee undertones. Lots of flavor but the flavors just donít quite come together right.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 29, 2005
Dark red pour with a lacey offwhite head. Roasted leathered malts over a bitter hop roasted palate. A walnut bite to it that was fairly pleasant. Not too shabby a brew, though not quite cold as the lable insist. Avery delivers again!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thegreenrooster (4001) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 29, 2005
Pour is a deep red with a small white head. Aroma is a nice mix of dark malts and oily hops. Flavor is a bitter mix of malts and hops. Kind of gives it a bit of a earthy flavor as it rolls over the tounge. Pretty decent and worth seeking out.


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