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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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2007
Rated 7/9/07. OK, look up the word "underrated" in the dictionary and the definition is "Old Jubilation". This is an absolutely fantastic beer! The pour is a very unique, dark brownish-purple color with a 1" frothy off-white head. Lacing was very good all the way down the glass. The aroma was complex, with notes of dark malts, oak, candied pecans, dark rum, and mocha. The flavor was less complex, but equally impressive. Chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, hazelnuts, and a nice hop bitterness were all present. This beer reminds me of a porter mixed with an English Ale. Nice mocha and candied nut flavors mixed with just enough hops to balance everything out. Very smooth. Right up my alley. I will be buying more tomorrow to cellar for a while. What an unexpected treat!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Floback (525) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - OCT 28, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2007 Pours a monstrous sustaining 1.5 inch tan head over a very dark amber/brown body. Strong nose of coffee, roasted nuts, and chocolate malts. Flavors continue with more coffee, malts, candy sugar, cocoa, caramel, oak, and toffee. Mild hops in the palate. Medium/hard carbonation and full body. A pleasing and warming mouthfeel combined with robust flavors aid in alcohol concealment. A very nice ale for snowy nights that are the things of fantasy down here.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2009
2007 bottle consumed on 11/22/08 Fresh this is a little hot with alcohol, I find this vintage to be pouring perfectly, nice little head capping my glass, smells pof cherries, prunes and spices. And to no surprise, it tastes like it smells. Mouthfeel is perfect, perfect viscosity, sits on your tongue but not for too long.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
AJofDenver (71) - Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2010
The color of this beer is deep dark and brownish with hints of an amber outter ring. The scent starts with hints of nuts and finishes with a trace of vanilla. This beer has a flavor a sweet coffee like start and finshes with hints of brown sugar.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sthlm (1231) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2010
[Bottle] Pours dark reddish-brown with a decent, light brown head. Aroma is brown sugar, marshmallow, honey, blackberry, light cocoa. Taste is nutty, good bitterness, toasted malt, caramel, prunes, alcohol, light citrus and blackberry again. Excellent. Good mouthfeel, smooth, with a long finish. Wow, this is a really nice beer. I definitely will be buying this again, and would like to try it with some age on it.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b79turner (225) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - OCT 23, 2011
On tap at J Clyde. Pours a dark brown with a small head and good lacing. Nose in hoppy with a little sweetness. Taste is the same, complex...bitterness is well balanced with sweetness. Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation. No alcohol burn, I wish there was more. That would really take this "winter warmer" over the top for me.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewMstr (90) - Pleasant View, Utah, USA - NOV 26, 2013
Dark, fruity, spicy, and strong enough to put some color in your cheeks. Great winter warmer with noted of cherry, ginger with a solid malt backbone.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
UltraViolence (23) - USA - JUL 1, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2009 Massively underrated. Unlike most run-of-the-mill holiday offerings, this beer isn’t jacked up on spice just to meet the expectations of the category. The considerable alcohol Ƙ% ABV) isn’t forward, and takes a back seat...this is a lovely, malty bastard with some coffee and nuts on the follow through. Especially enjoyed it on tap at Meade Street Station, West Highlands, Denver. Drink after coming in from the snow...that’s why it exists.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcrowther (37) - ATLANTA, Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2009
One of my favorite winter beers. a ton of complex maltiness with some fruit and just a tinge of alcohol and hops to keep things interesting. Extremely drinkable and a good contrast to my other hoppier winter faves like SNCA. Avery’s best beer IMHO.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Angelmonster (118) - Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2009
Pours a big 3 finger off white head. Body is a clear mahogany brown with lots of bubbles rising. Head retention is above average but the lacing is very good Aroma is of sweet roasted caramel malt and some herbal hops. Alcohol is also slightly detected. A bit underwhelming compared to taste First taste reminds me of an English barleywine. Tons of malt come through ranging from flavors of brown sugar to smoked malt and even some copper. Hops are also there, slightly bitter but mostly floral and earthy. Alcohol adds a touch of warmth to the finish. Mouth feel is good. Carbonation is sufficient. Beer is medium bodied, about average consistency for a winter beer. Wish head contributed more to body, it died down towards last quarter of glass. Drink ability was great. Rather session able strong ale. Very complex beer, almost flawless. Winter is my favorite season for beer and this one is one of the best seasonal beers around


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