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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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (7343) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2014 2014 bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, nuts), lightly hoppy (apricot), lightly yeasty (dough). Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Rather quiet nose this year, caramel and not much else. Sweet and fairly syrupy in the mouth, drinkable but barely. Kinda surprised that even the brewers like this as-is...seems phoned in this year.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (13314) - 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 (7705) - 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
mephisto (1286) - 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 (3360) - 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 (2110) - 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 (3917) - 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

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