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RATINGS: 1155   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (11452) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 8, 2003
Clear mahogany body wuth small beige head. Aroma is caramel, malty, slightly sweet and slightly roasty. Flavor is chocolate with nice coffee bitterness. Finish is a bit roasty, and a bit cloying. Medium body. Tasty, but nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
motelpogo (6537) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 30, 2004
bottled. certainly quite christmassy, aroma of raisin and a fair whiff of alcohol which was a little brandyish. quite sticky, decent roasted bitterness, a bit too sweet and with a little slighty rotten tang in the finish but still warming and pleasant

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Subtle Aroma and Flavor. Crisp, Hoppy...Fruity? Hoppy Ending. Not My Favorite Winter Ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (4905) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2005
12 oz bottle via trade w/ Sprinkle. Pours a dark ruby with a thin foamy 1" head. Mainly malty nose with supporting notes of spice, yeast, and alcohol. Flavor is malty with minimal hop presence. No hint of spices that the nose indicated (after reading comm. desc. I guess I was right). There is some oxidation here as well. Lighter bodied with soft carbonation. Not a bad Winter Warmer, but rather thin and bland to my tastes. Iím wandering if maybe this was from last years release. I might question their "cellarable for 2 years" claim. This just didnít seem big enough to stand up to any significant aging.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mephisto (1268) - TAIWAN - DEC 29, 2005
malty nose with opaque brown hue topped w/ brownish head. floral aroma thatís apparently dry hopped, although the hop presence is less felt in the body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 6, 2006
Bottle. Pours to a deep mahogany body with a thick rocky tan head. Leaves some pretty nice lacing. The aroma is what I would call nutty with a light cardboardy toffee scent. Not all that appealing. The flavor is chocolate coffee and toffee. Some undiscernable nuts. The palate is earthy and medium bodied. Not really a fan of this beer overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
SRAorion (19) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2006
Pours dark opaque brown. Aroma carries hazelnut and sweet carmel. Flavor has a carmel toffee and herbal begining works into a dry hoppy finish watery no lingering flavor after the first few sips I got bored. Sorry but I did not dig.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - JUL 30, 2006
Some dark cherry flavor along with a bit of burnt toffee,comes in as a bitter flavor. Not bad for 8% at all. Gets a little hotter as it warms but the flavor becomes a bit more of Port. Thanks to Moejuck for this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
holdenn (2080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2006
12 oz botle pours a dark reddish brown with a thin head. Aroma is malty and a little bready with some spices coming through. The flavor is much of licorice, (if they were going for this they definitely over did it) and malts, nutty undertones that finish bitter, cloying, and unbalanced. Not one i want to drink again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - OCT 24, 2006
From a 12 oz. long neck bottle, 2005 release. Poured a milk chocolate brown with a small foamy off-white head that settled into a thin bubbly lacing. Aromas of mocha and nuts, a soft dark ripe fruitiness, a light vanilla and a bit woody alcohol. Moderate carbonation and a softly crisp, smooth light-medium bodied mouthfeel. Tastes of a plum fruitiness, nuts and a powdery mocha, vanilla with a touch of toffee in the middle, earthy, the alcohol is slightly noticeable, a bit solvent like, and a nutty, powdery finish. Not a bad winter seasonal from Avery, but I think I will try a fresh bottle this December, I thought the flavors were a kind of muted.

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