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RATINGS: 1187   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Juancho (239) - Georgia, USA - JAN 3, 2007
Tap - PDX - Rose and Raindrop. In a tasting with other seasonals. Just what the dr. ordered for a cold damp winters day. satifsying and filling!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - NOV 5, 2007
When cold the thick caramel sweetness is in discord with the bitter hop but as it warms it starts to make more sense...but not a whole lot.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerheart (237) - Erie, Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2008
Like Fullers 1845, this is a seasonal. But like that beer, it is not a traditional spiced holiday ale. It is a well brewed strong ale. Aromas and flavors of toffee, brown sugar, and roasted malts.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2006
This ale pours a beautiful dark, ruby red with about an inch and a half of foam on top! The aroma is a bit sweet, with hints of dried fruit and malt. The taste is also initially sweet, but that quickly changes to malt, spices, and hops. The finish is a little bitter, and that bitterness lingers throughout the warming, alcohol finish. I like this brew, as I do everything Iíve tried from Avery, but is isnít anything really special, just another adequate winter ale.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b79turner (235) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - OCT 23, 2011
On tap at J Clyde. Pours a dark brown with a small head and good lacing. Nose in hoppy with a little sweetness. Taste is the same, complex...bitterness is well balanced with sweetness. Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation. No alcohol burn, I wish there was more. That would really take this "winter warmer" over the top for me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Moggman (235) - Columbus, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Bottle. Pours amber with off white head. Aroma is nutty and mild hops. Flavor is malty with a hop finish. Flavors of nuts, toffee, small amount of coffee.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jobyone (234) - Charlotte, USA - JAN 9, 2008
Pours a dark red with off white head. THe Aroma is sweet and nutty. The flavor has a mild bitterness and hints of fruit. Really enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 23, 2009
Liquid pours a medium copper color, with a ruby tint. One finger head of light tan foam. Retention is fairly good and lacing is decent. Smells nice and malty. Smells of sweet vanilla caramels. Some hints of dark fruits come in and have just a tiny hint of hops with them. Iíve never had caramel covered cherries, but that is what they would taste like. Along with a nice sweet malt base. A touch of warming spiciness. Hops are in this, but the heavy malt profile is knocking them into the background. Hints of dark fruit. Feels very smooth and a touch creamy. Just about the body that I like a winter warmer to have. Very drinkable. Sweet, yet not overly so. Nice, slightly dry finish. Well masked ABV. Another solid brew from Avery. Quickly becoming my fave winter warmer. (Okay, itís in a tie with Great Divide Hibernation.)

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kenwall17 (232) - new york, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Nice looking medium brown hue with small head. Not fruity. The varied hops and malts do provide an interesting flavor though.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
libertine (231) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2013
pours mahogany. thin white head quickly dissipates. aroma is got some basement funk going on. wet socks left on the floor. flavor is malt and spice. ive never been a big fan of winter ales so I know im being extra critical on this. huge fan of avery so I thought I would give this a chance. not doing it for me. aroma and flavors are not pleasant for me. this isnít a drain pour by any stretch but I think im done with winter beers.


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