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RATINGS: 1203   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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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.


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   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.

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   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 I’d wanted from a beer this thin. A fizzier than normal mouthfeel. I expected more from this one.

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   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 10, 2008
Draft at the tap room. Pours a reddish brown with a bit of dirty brown head. Sugary malt caramel and toffee nose, adn just the slightest bit of herbal hop noes. Flavor is just kind of one note burnt toasted malt. I must be missing something. Medium body with lots of harsh carbonation and a dry finish. This one seems bland to me.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JaBier (5454) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2008
Medium brown with some head. Aroma is sweet and malty like an English b-wine. Tastes a bit hoppy up front, but quickly becomes all malt. Sort of soapy finish. Mediocre.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2010
Reddish brown pour with 1/2 finger off white head. Nose of spice, malt, and grass. Taste is light malt with a soft bitter hop taste. Lacing is minimal. Not great.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 21, 2002
WAY TOO HOPPY!!! This is supposed to be an English Strong Ale? Could have been 20-30 IBUs less. Overall an enjoyable beer but they need to lay off the hops cause this was more bitter than the IPA.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jgb9348 (5068) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2004
2004 Bottle:
Cola coloured body with a nice thinnish off-white coloured head. Aroma of caramel, light english hops and some strong nuttiness. Medium to Light-bodied; Strong maltiness up front with some sweetness shortly following. No spices to mention, more of a mellow sweetness and toasty malt flavour. Aftertaste shows some metal and a light bitterness. Overall, a decent winter seasonal-no spices, but good with burnt sugars and english hops. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased by jon[r888710] at Chevy Chase Wine & Liquors in Washington, D.C. on 14-November-2004, with jon. Thanks for the beer :-)

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BrockLanders (780) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - MAY 8, 2006
Very mild aroma and flavor. Very slight hops and some sweet malt, maybe a little cocolate. Not much else, kind of watery but not bad.


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