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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.


2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
jodah52 (210) - Michigan, USA - AUG 26, 2009
Dark mahogany with a tan head; rich aromas and flavors of malt. Has a slight acid, slight hop taste; aromas are of caramel. Solid, but not very complicated nor very interesting.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
kimjongill (207) - - NOV 24, 2012
Nice ruby appearance with off-white head. Good but generic malty aroma. Decently strong, malty taste, with a lot of english hop flavor. Decent mouthfeel.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tybalt (206) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2012
A nice warming beer. Not a whole lot in the nose - maybe a hint of caramel. Strong malty backbone. I know they say there's no spice in there, but there's just a slight bite of something at the end....something....holiday-ish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2004
dark mahogany color.small light tan head. aroma is slight sweet malty..taste is malt balanced by light hops and a tiny alc. finish..very balanced,,very drinkable. good

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 12, 2005
Bottled. Pours a dark brown/amber, not too much froth on top. Very familiar smell to other winter beers I had been drinking this year. Nice malt presence, with the sweet flavor of the sugary liquid inside a chocolate covered cherry. I thought I was going to get a little sick of this beer, but by the time I was finished with it I wanted another. Another nice offering from Avery.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Different (203) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 9, 2010
Colour is light brown with a creamy top. Aroma is burnt caramel. Flavour is burnt caramel and alcohol.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tobias (202) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2004
12 oz bottle: pours a dark rich mahogany color with a small off white head. veryy nice aroma. carmel, chocolate, spice, raisin. sweet. the flavor is very full and rich. caramel chocolate. notes of rasin. some nice roastyness. sweet.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brstp (201) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 19, 2007
Bottle from City Beer Store in SF. Great dark red mahogany color, poured aggressively but failed to get much head. Very ’clean’ aroma with chocolate malt, nuts. Taste of grape, cherry, caramel malt, a veritable bouquet of carbonation. Thinnish on the front but slightly chewy at the finish. I am going to stock up on this!!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - JUL 9, 2007
Good. The malt part tastes a bit like Fuller’s ESB. Delicious malty nose. Lots of toffee. Balanced with hops. Not very complex, but well-crafted. Recommended.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2007
pours clear and dark amber with a creamy light brown head. Aroma is lightly malty of cookies, heavly hoppy of grapefruit and hints of grape. Flavor is lightly sweet and heavily hoppy with an average finish. Medium bodied creamy and lively.


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