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RATINGS: 1185   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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BrockLanders (774) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2005
Bottle, pours a clear mahogany body with a small beige head. Aroma is caramel, malty, slightly sweet and slightly roasty. Flavor is chocolatey with nice coffee bitterness. Finish is slightly roasty, and more than a bit cloying. Medium bodied I suppose. I like Avery ales, but this isn’t one of their better offerings in my book.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2005
Mediocre strong ale. A bit sweet with big time spices and alcohol. Brown sugar hangin out with the heavy malt and slight nut taste.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 13, 2007
Pours a clear dark brown color with ruby highlights and a thin light brown head. Aroma and flavor of molasses, nuts and alcohol, it feels quite ordinary, almost boring. The body is light with a liquorous texture and soft carbonation.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
lb4lb (2555) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2007
Clear dark ruby colored pour. Smell is slightly chocolately malt but not a rich roasty chocolate smell. Taste is the same, except with an unpleasant alcohol taste to finish. No need for this to taste as alcoholic as it does, and it really detracts from the decent flavor. Still, overall it’s thin, boring and the alcohol doesn’t fit well. Unimpressed.

2.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
TaydaTot (18) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2009
12oz brown bottle. Pours a beautiful rich dark mahogany. Huge, thick, three finger hazelnut colored head which sticks around forever and settles to a thick one finger head. Very sticky lacing. Aroma is a homerun. Chocolate desserts, nutmeg, cinnamon, chicory, dates and more chocolate. Flavor is a huge letdown. The bitterness is way over present and unwelcoming. It smells like it will be sweet and decadent but the flavors are unbalanced, the initial flavors and finish are doing way different things. Not enjoyable on multiple levels. Mouth feel is fine but the flavor, bitterness and finish kill it. Disappointing especially because the appearance and aroma were stellar. I will have to give it another chance sometime because the appearance and aroma alone is worth it.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lumpsowers (287) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - APR 12, 2009
Dark copper pour, low head, and medium lacing. Fruity piny aroma. Fizzy with bitter dark fruits. Some caramel with a thick phlegmy mouth. Not bad, a spicy winter.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2009
tastes like puke. that’s all i’ve got to say. blah blah blah blah blah

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maltdog (619) - Colorado, USA - JUN 7, 2009
Bottle without date. Nondescript smoky brown, amll cream head. Sweet molasses/caramel/brown sugar smells… hints vaguely at cherry/blueberry, banana, peat. Tastes thick and chocolatey, cola, sappy malt, and a broad bitter spinachy backbite. Meaty palate. Overall very "brown", woody, and just plain boring.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
adnielsen (9460) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2010
Tasted on tap at the brewery in Boulder. Dark red/orange appearance with a light head. Sweet alcoholic aroma. Pretty intense English Strong Ale flavor at first. Somewhat malty body that’s slick in mouthfeel like an Old Ale or a Barleywine. Definitely alcoholic flavor.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
Served in a Bruery tulip. The color is a moderate brown with a crimson hue. Pours with a single-finger off-white head as well as some light lacing and a bit of bubbly lacing around the edges of the glass. The nose brings some light caramel, toffee, and citrus plus a bit of spicing. The flavor brings some mild hops with a bit of earth and citrus as well as some caramel. There some slight spicing and a bit of booze in there as well. The body is nice with a bit of booze and is a bit thinner than expected, but has a good amount of carbonation to carry the flavors. Drinkability is decent. This is a well-made brew, but just doesn’t really stand out in any direction. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-28-2010


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