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RATINGS: 1222   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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
scrawfis (143) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2002
Great chocolate aroma. The flavor continues along with a slight fruit flavor from the aroma hops. Good but could be a little smoother.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
illiniphil (141) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brew4Dug (139) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2004
Hands-down the smoothest version of a strong ale that I have tasted to this day. I was floored when I noticed the 8% abv. and couldn't believe the well-crafted balance which makes this winter ale so drinkable. The usual hoppiness from hop-happy Avery is evident, but they manage to tame it enough where the brew maintains a good balance from start to finish. Good stuff and I am looking forward to next years batch (b/c I foolishly consumed my stash from this year). Cheers!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jmw141 (134) - Canton, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2009
Draft 4 oz. Beer Flight at Old Chicago in Peoria, IL. Dark amber color. Roasty chocolate comes out as it warms. You can really taste the alcohol here.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
outerupt (133) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2006 Poured from a 12oz. bottlle into a pint glass. High hopes just after the pour as the colour is certainly another success for the Avery palette offering a lovely cherry-tinged burnt sienna. The nose was the first disappointment offering only a little bit of caramel dominated by overbaked bread. I found the flavor in line with the aroma offering a nice enough malt profile reminiscent of a classic English Winter Warmer and an all too ephemeral touch of toffee. An ok brew but not a standout for the brewery.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tkaufman (128) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2003
Very good aroma and appearance when poured. Plum and toffee aroma with a deep dark ruby color. Flavor was pretty complex and well balanced. The bottle I had was slightly overcarbonated, but all in all, it was a very good beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackamackson (127) - USA - FEB 12, 2005
pours a lovely dark red/brown, with a nice frothy 1 inch white colored head. all i get out of the aroma is malts. this tastes very good though, sweet malts, not much bitterness, and some roastiness in the finish. very smooth, but somewhat thin mouthfeel. very drinkable too.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jsmanigold (127) - Texas, USA - DEC 7, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2015 Dark red mahogany color leaves lacing around the glass. Has a sweet Malty/doughy boozy taste, dry with a slight sweetness. Flavor lingers on the tongue well after each sip. This ale is not half bad.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
a10555 (125) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 10, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2007 I love it when the holidays roll in and we get to buy this beer! A deep amber color and a darker lacy head. It has a very nutty, alcohol flavor that makes you want to move on to the next bottle. Happy Holidays.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
taffurs888 (124) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Pours a dark chocolate maple syrup. Smoked aroma with malt. Very smooth, small hint of alcohol. Great taste of smoked caramel.


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