RATINGS: 1233   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wxman (1769) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2005
Pours a dark garnet color with a thick small bead off white head that stays and leaves plenty of lace. Aroma of chocolate and hops. Taste is sweet malt with chocolatey, coffeeish undertones (maybe even cherries) with plenty of hop boldness. Bitterness remains in the aftertaste along with some alcohol warmth. A very decent holiday brew to be sure!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - OCT 13, 2005
power a mahokany color with a medium size tan head. hops and cocca on the nove. I could sense a presence of hazelnuts. taste was initally sweet with a mix oh hops and alcohol. Very warming.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 11, 2005
Draught at Tylers in Durham, NC. Dark mahogany color with thin tan head. Subtle hoppy and chocolately nose. Flavor is of chocolate, toffee, and alcohol. Very good winter beer.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jcwattsrugger (12297) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 27, 2005
on tap-pours a minimal white head. Color is deep amber. Aroma is grain. Taste is grain, sweet, coffee/chocolate/toasty. An occasional beer for me. Again, this is a Big Beer with that complex, thick taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sammy (11501) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 27, 2005
Georgious dark and auburn colours, lasting head. Moderate spicey aroma. Intense taste, well carbonated. Well to drink with spicey food. Good malts throughout to balance out the flavour, and noticeable hops. Dry finish. Citrus and cherry and vegetable aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 18, 2005
Huge mahagony hue with a tall creamy, tan head. Huge pine/resin aroma. Very pungent. Brown sugar, apples, caramel, cookie as well. Pretty sweet and hoppy throughout, but surprisingly little complexity. Still tasty though. Medium-full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 16, 2005
Deep ruby-brown colored, clear, apparently well filtered. Mostly lasting beige head. Strong malty nose focuses on toffeeish sweetness and tree fruits + bready undertones. Not very original and surprisingly little complexity, but nothing to disturb global balance, well contained alcohol and sweetness levels. It becomes almost roasty in the finish, developping landscapes of nutty, floral and leafy moderated bitterness. I would have adored this in my first 3-400 beers, but there is plenty of similar stuff with deeper flavor ranges. Medium bodied, watery in texture, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2005
Brown chestnut pour that sparkles with red in the light. Light tan head. Interesting nose, aromas of green tea and caramel. Hops add to the complexity of this fine brew, highlighting the herbal hints. Very nice brew

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 15, 2005
Spicy aroma that almost hints at pine needles. Beautiful beer. Dark brown with a firm mocha (almost stout like) head. The pine and spice return in the flavor. Tons of hops as Avery likes to do. Laces very nicely. It is almost sweet, but the hops prevent that asspect from manifesting.

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