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RATINGS: 1182   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.


3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GT2 (8741) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 1, 2011
Tap at Churchkey thanks to Travlr. Pours a deep red/mahogany with ridiculous lacing all over the place. Red fruit and Twizzler nose...what is up with these Avery beers? Sticky, starchy, artificial red candies. Taste is quite bland, lots of stickiness, mild alcohol heat. Not sure what is going on...but it seems to be a miracle that Avery was able to make a beer as good as Meph Addict with all these underattenuated sugar bombs on deck.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8650) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2002
Found at Jungle Jim’s in Fairfield, OH. Avery’s brews have all been pretty good so far and this is no exception. This is a pretty good seasonal ale to boot. Pours a pretty amber color with a medium thin beige head. Spicey aroma of connamon and hops. The flavor was a mixture of malts, brown sugar, cinnamon etc and was surprisingly rich. Good stuff!

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JoeMcPhee (8551) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2006
Another gift from the bartender at Barcade… I love this place. Dark amber beer with a thick off-white head. Aroma is a bit salty and herbal with intense oaky character throughout. Herbal dill-like character that reminds me of the barrel-aged Leviathan. Flavour shows saltiness and sweet caramelly malt. Strong alcoholic flavour and a bit of tartness on the back. A bit of vanilla and caramel along with some herbal hoppiness. Strong and sweet but not terribly malty. Not really a fan.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (8228) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2007 2003 - Dark red with a thick coated head. Smells is a very fresh and robust cherry and wood and alcohol. Creamy and thick with a milk-like texture and some nice dark cherry and charred wood flavors. Really an excellent winter beer with some bourbon flavors coming through towards the end.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (8127) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 12, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Toasted, caramelized malt flavors are inherently spiced by a rye-like character, while potent wooden hops contribute as much flavor as bitterness in this complex, compelling sipper.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy head of foam covers the cloudy mahogany.
-The spicy character seems to come from grain bill and hops. It even develops a marzipan-like personality at times.
-Fruit cake allusions also appear.
-The rich body is rounded out by alcohol warmth.
-The flavor profile is harmonious throughout.
-The finish is balanced.

Bottle.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8053) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2004
Big thanks to npdemse for this. Pours a wonderful deep shade of ruby with a big, light tan head. Aroma of malt, nutmeg, slight port, toffee. Great complex taste that presented some nuts, toffee, chocolate, cinnamon with a semi-dry finish. Firm palate with a nice balance. This one is a winner.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (8039) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2009
2009-04-10. Very dark brown body with a nice foamy tan head that fades. (3+) Sweet fruit aroma, mild alcoholic undertones, touch of spice? (7+) Flavour is similar, light spice, malt core is a bit mild, touch of oxidation? Light note of raisins or dark fruit in the finish. Smooth medium bodied palate. Decent. Bottle shared by GregClow

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JorisPPattyn (8031) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 27, 2003
Very dark chestnut with red shine. Slight, light-brown head. Nose of grapes, raisins, vineous and hops. With warming up, there follows a smell of kaffirlime (peel, as in Thai cuisine). Taste are grapes, tobacco, some bitter chocolate,and lots of hops, but well balanced with dark malts. Very chewy mouthfeel. Retronasal gives nice tobacco-and-hops, long, but after a quite long time, a new impression of sweet chocolate emerges. What impresses me most in this beer is its very succeeded balance.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (7975) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 17, 2012
Draught at the brewery, on October 15, 2012
Clear copper color, tan head. Sweet, malty, roasted, hints of pop-corn, light fruity taste. Dry, bitter, grainy aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium high dry bitterness. Sweet, malty, roasted scent.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7868) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 22, 2008
Special thanks to ilovedarkbeer. Smells sweet and fruity with cookie malts, cherries and hazlenut. Beautiful dark red-brown color with some small particles floating around. There is a small creamy head with excellent lacing. Taste is of chocolate malts and is somewhat bitter at the end. Taste reminds me of a Porter a bit. Medium to full body with a dry mouthfeel and a bit too fizzy carbonation. Overall very good!


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