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RATINGS: 1148   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 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 (2077) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
drewbeerme (3869) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2007 12oz 06 bottle. pours a dark mahogony with thick fluffy head. aroma has PNW hops?, huge malt presence with undertones of cocoa and burnt coffee. smells great. flavor leaves something to desire. big malt presence but whereís the hop bitterness and flavor? sure itís drinkable but why? flavors of toffee, hints of chocolate and caramel. canít taste the alcohol. iíve had this at one year old and it didnít improve much maybe a little more balanced but not enough to save this beer..3.

12oz 05 bottle aged 2 years. this really isnít aging well. drinkable yes, but even more alcoholy. 2.7

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 17, 2007
(bottle)poured into a pint. poured a dark amber with full frothy head. has a sweet bitter hoppy aroma. gives a slight bitter front with sweet middle and an acidic finish. it is slightly loose(watery) on the palate. there are definitly spices evident within this seasonal. good for the occasion or in a tasting line up, but I prefer a few other seasonals.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
doubelknv3 (938) - Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2007
Licorise, sweet aroma. Red with lasting head. Roasted, sweet malts. Smooth roast finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
pforei (338) - USA - JAN 28, 2008
UPDATED: APR 11, 2008 Dark brown with ruby. Head is big and airy; dissipating expediently. Dark fruit aroma of prunes and rum raisin with molasses and some roastiness. Some alcohol in nose as well. Taste is similar but with "cough syrup" (as one reviewer astutely opined) towards the end. Finish is a nasty combination of alcohol and cough syrup. Hibernation Ale is much better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 6, 2008
Bottle. Bright, rich maroonish/red color. A midsized white head. The nose is just a touch of malt, but very thin. Sweet malty flavor, honey, nuts, and maybe a bit of candy. It finishes with more alcohol burn than Iíd wanted from a beer this thin. A fizzier than normal mouthfeel. I expected more from this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - OCT 26, 2008
A deep, dark, red/orange with a dense, long lasting foam. Minerally/metallic aroma with no hops and low malt. A very viscous and full bodied mouthfeel. The flavor is very malty with a subdued hop presence. A typical winter warmer and not a whole lot of personality

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