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RATINGS: 1252   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.9
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 3, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2006 Bottle: Cloudy brown with a thin off-white head. Gingerbread, sweet malts, and a bit of chocolate in the aroma, starts and ends lightly sweet. medium bodied with a slick feel.

4.2
shadey (2125) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 3, 2005
UPDATED: APR 14, 2007 Every beer I have had tonight has been a deep ruby color. This one had no real head to speak of. A very nicely balanced mix of malt and hops in the aroma with something more. Caramel or toffee must be what I am smelling. The flavor was complex and well balanced. This was really a pleasure to drink, I wish I could get more. 8/3/8/4/18

RERATE: Deep deep red pour with a thin head of white cream. Aroma is deep and rich sweet caramel. Some bitter hops. An all around well blended experience. flavor is complex blend of sweet and bitter. Smooth body, nice finish. Just a little sticky.

3.1
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - FEB 24, 2005
Very clear dark brown with an off white head. Carmel malts but not much else in the aroma. Flavor is mostly roasted and sweet carmel malt, quite sweet, almost too much. There is a good finish and presense.

3.2
jigglyjock (165) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2005
Carmel color head. Pours a mahogany hue. Aroma: sweet malt , toffee, Strong burnt flavor with coffee, chocolate, toffee aftertone. Heavy body coats mouth and throat.

3.3
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2005
Mahogany body with light tan head. Toasted coffee and chocolate nose. Light maltiness with a slight roasted malt bitterness in the finish.

3.2
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2005
Smells like oak-aged gym socks. No, really. Disappating tannish head, largish bubbles, dark reddish cloudy body. Medium mouthfeel, lingering bitterness on swallow with a coating, sticky feel. Taste starts with tannins and light citrus, moves into roast/ash accented caramel (no toffee, I am sad), and finishes as above. Okay.

2.9
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.

4.1
jackamackson (127) - USA - FEB 12, 2005
pours a lovely dark red/brown, with a nice frothy 1 inch white colored head. all i get out of the aroma is malts. this tastes very good though, sweet malts, not much bitterness, and some roastiness in the finish. very smooth, but somewhat thin mouthfeel. very drinkable too.

3.9
desurfer (1302) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2005
Pours a deep hued garnet with small patches of foam floating about. Aroma of butterscotch and roasted malt, with a mild hoppiness and some alcohol. Flavor is rich and creamy, with a bit of coffee and roasted malts, a slight amount of hops. Very palatable and well-rounded. A fine English Strong.

3.8
Braudog (6678) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2007 Re-look, modified rating (much better this time): Deep, dark red, bright only to the strongest light. Big cushy, stoic head. The aroma was almost of burnt cherry jam. That same essence was in the flavor ... except with chocolate syrup mixed in. It got better as I drank and judging from my original post, this one has won the courtship with my palate.


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