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RATINGS: 1226   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
llbjr77 (89) - Largo, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2007
A little hoppy, but malts balance out well. Poured well and had a light aroma that was pleasing. Caramel is definitely present; Not bad for an aftertaste; a little alcohol taste after half a botlle. Will drink again!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
theisti (3904) - Kansas, USA - JAN 23, 2008
12 oz. bottle from Gregis. Pour is ruby brown with a nice off white head. Aroma of sweet dried fruit, biscuit malt and some nuttiness. Taste has all of the elements of the nose, sweet, malty and nutty. The taste and the finish are extremely dry. Over the taste seems a bit disjointed. The palate felt a bit thin for the size of the beer. Despite this, I really could not detect any heat. Overall, decent but nothing to get terribly excited about. Thanks Greg!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (6511) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2008
12 oz. bottle, pours a large tan head that falls to a 1/2" of heavy lacing, pruny fruit nose with slight bitter taste and some nocello liquer flavor

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TikiE (368) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 19, 2008
Pretty good beer! Pours a amber brown color with a light head. Smells of winter time with the hints of hazelnut in the nose. Taste of mocha and and carmel. Delicious beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Defreni (3006) - Husum, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2008
Flaske. Mørk ravfarvet øl. Diskret duft af humle og en del malt. Ikke sød men maltdomineret med en skarp eftersmag af humle. Bitter metalisk. Udmærket velkomponeret bryg.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - MAY 3, 2008
12-ounce bottle. Pours a dark, near-opaque orange-brown with a 3/8-inch head. Nutty, creamy, malty. Pleasant. I was expecting a little more alcohol taste. This is a good and satisfying beer, but there’s something slightly amiss here. I can’t quite put my finger on it. Unbalanced, I guess you could say. The different flavors don’t synergize like they would from a "great" beer. It seems that Avery gets so close to that world-class level without actually breaking through to it. They made very good beers, not "great" beers, in my humble opinion. As is the case here.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Probably one of the better "non-spiced" winter beers I’ve had. Solid malt flavor....some nuttiness and under-tones of coffee and toffee. Aroma mainly malty...not much beyond that. Alcohol is decent...can’t really taste it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaltOMeal (1093) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2008
bottle. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Nose is ugh! rotten fruit and stinky feet. Do not care for the aroma at all. Taste, however, was better than the smell. Taste is of nuts, brown sugar and roast malt. Mouthfeel is medium with some alcohol. So-so.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2010
Well. The shelf tag @ Archer would have me believe that this is an 07 batch of Jubilation. Not quite sure. Wish I would have saved it for a night my palate was a little cleaner, but here goes. [A] Caramel. Chocolate. Toffee. Fig. Raisin. Dark fruit. Ripe. Almost wine ish. Grape or cranberry juice quality. English barleywine-esque. No hops really present, though a nice nose. Likeable in my book. [A] Shotgun blast and huge huge chunky bubbly brown head. Caramel brown to light. Active. Will not even allow a pour. Don’t think this is 07. Dark ruddy brown liquid. [F] Initially dark fruit. Caramel and a very large chocolate note. Mostly fruity. Nice intricacy and balance. Licorice. Maltiness. [P] Very watery. No hops. Flat mouth. With more dark fruit and chocolate. Reminiscent of certain barleywines and foreign stouts. Not especially a bad thing for this ale. But it doesn’t help. [O] I somewhat liked this after some IPA. Lord only knows if its 07. Not sure if I would buy a 6er either way. One was more than enough. Avery is one of my favorite brewers, and this receives a fair score, but I cannot totally agree with it tonight.

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