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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.


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2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Fatehunter (1404) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JUN 24, 2012
This was probably the 2010 version. There is nothing on the bottle to indicate the year though. The label is a little different than the picture here; has the brewery logo at the bottom on the label. Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Nice dark brown color, almost opaque. An inch head formed but quickly faded. Smell: Overall a very light scent. Some malty smell... Taste: Thereís a great balance between the malt and hops here. Neither really come out ahead, but they complement each other well. A short sweet finish. This is one of the few winter seasonals that I have had that does not have an array of the "Christmas spices" in its flavor. I like it. Palate: Medium going toward heavy body. Almost no carbonation. A good weight for a winter warmer. A good beer. I am enjoying sipping it on this (finally) cold night. I will probably have one more from the 6-pack and save the others for the next few years. Avery says that they can be cellared for a couple years so we will see if anything changes with time.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopbag (112) - - DEC 27, 2014
Aroma has current and sugar. Not spiced, not too sweet. Dark caramel malt, maybe some roast or chocolate in small quantities. Trailing coffee bitterness. Nicely balanced. Neutral yeast. Definitely a sipper, as the bitterness coated my palate after a few sips. Hides the alcohol well. Really nice winter brew, would try again. Curious how it would age.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sledutah (5104) - Utah, USA - DEC 24, 2014
12oz bottle picked up at Wilburs
Pours clear dark brown/mahogany with a small off-white head, some lacing. Aroma or dark malts, nutty and coffee. Taste of roasted malts, ashy, coffee and molasses
Pretty tasty, Iíd like to get a few and cellar them.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
illiniphil (133) - Nashotah, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2014
Excellent Christmas Ale. Dark roasted malts with a balance of hops. Definately a buy again Christmas Ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcnielsen (2284) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 19, 2014
Bottle. Pours a deep brown color with white head. Slight roasted and nutty aromas. Malty, dark fruit, alcohol, caramel flavors. Alright

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (4493) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 18, 2014
Caramelized, sugary malt is the main element here. Pours dark amber with decent head and lacing. Sweet finish and thick consistency - a little syrupy. Tap at Churchkey, 2014 edition. I also tried the 2004 bottle pour at the Churchkey event yesterday and it didnít hold up quite as nicely as the newer one.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chadski4 (132) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 17, 2014
Alcohol very present in the flavors. Surpasses a sub-par pour and vegetal aroma. Nice creamy finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrettTaylor (546) - Radford, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Pours a dark reddish-brown with 1 finger just off-white head thatís very resilient. Aromas - chocolate, malt, little caramel and a subtle spice. Taste - malty, chocolate, a little caramel, some spice. Really nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beachmaster (174) - Oklahoma, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Bottle into a pint glass. Pours a rich red/brown, with a medium light brown head. Nose is malt and caramel, and the taste is the same, with notes of hazelnut. No spice, which is nice for a change. Finish is smooth. Nice.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shot (178) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a fluffy beige head. Malty sweet aromas of caramel, brown sugar and chocolate. Flavors are brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, with coffee, toffee and ripe stone fruit in the finish. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a big malty ale. Very, very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jflopsu (652) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2014
Pours a dark red-brown. A dark fruit and sweet malt aroma. Strong dark fruit (prune), malt, and caramel taste. A medium body with a lingering malt taste.


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