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RATINGS: 1185   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
millerclmb (44) - Boulder, Missouri, USA - OCT 2, 2004
Somewhat weak copper-like alcohol aroma...smells like a strong beer. A very beautiful dark redish brown color. Roasty sweet flavor...with very little fruit taste just a nicely spiced ale. Very robust in its style. A nice drinkable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kdheckle (43) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2011
medium sweetness, lightly bitter, red, brown, clear, medium body, soft carbonation,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bearlybrewed (41) - Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2008
Wonderfullly sweet aroma of caramel. Medium sized white head. Mohogany appearance which in itself was mouthwatering. Flavor was sweet with caramel. Medium bodied. Wonderfully aromatic and splendid tasting beer. Definately will drink again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
monty (39) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2005
15 June 2005. Bottle. Very little head; a touch on the dark side for a barleywine. Mouthfeel is soft and slippery - nice. Funny cherry cola flavor and, oddly, a little coffee. Definitely sweet - lots of malts showing through. Hops are present, but not too biting. This is good, but not as strong a showing as some of Avery’s other beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mamabeer (39) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2005
UPDATED: APR 12, 2006 Starts out with a mild aroma of caramel/toffee. A smooth pour with very little head. The flavor is a sweet, malty blend with just enough hops thrown in to keep it from tasting syrupy. Palate is very creamy smooth, but goes down clean - no tongue coating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Swamp_Thing (38) - Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2014
At 6.99/six pack at Total Wine this may be the best value beer I have ever tried. Bold hoppy upfront and throughout but well balanced with malt flavors of toasted toffee that linger for ever on the tongue, remarkable. I’ll be buying by the case from now on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elcig (37) - Oliver Springs, Tennessee, USA - MAY 30, 2008
From the bottle. Pours a beautiful rich ruby brown with a lovely tan head. Aromas of currants and raisins. Nice malty sweetness in the flavor profile with chocolatey, toffee and nutty characteristics. Nice dry finish with a bit of warming alcohol, great example.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcrowther (37) - ATLANTA, Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2009
One of my favorite winter beers. a ton of complex maltiness with some fruit and just a tinge of alcohol and hops to keep things interesting. Extremely drinkable and a good contrast to my other hoppier winter faves like SNCA. Avery’s best beer IMHO.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GadgetGeek (36) - Snellville, Georgia, USA - DEC 12, 2008
While a bit sweet for me, it is a very good beverage. I will add to this later.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PSmith (35) - Kennewick, Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2007
Like the commercial discrimption, a mahogany color, aroma mocha/ coffee. A very nice beer to drink on a cold night. Had a slight cold so could not fully apprciate.

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