RATINGS: 1249   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (5044) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2004
Near black color with a thin head. Coffeeish aroma with a little bit of cherry. The taste was delicious: chocolate, coffee, dark cherry, and an ample supply of roasted-goodness. Damn fine brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivo (2684) - GERMANY - DEC 31, 2004
Hoppy and nutty nose - very strong, fresh and bright aroma. Dark clear, shimmering brown color with a tall fluffy tan head. Creamy toasted malt taste with some woody qualities, but the hops really dominate this flavor profile. Almost like an IPA, really. Some spices come through too. Medium body. Needs more malt body to counter the hops, but still a very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Bottle. I got this from Kaggie97, thanks Kevin! Pours a nice deep mahogany color with a creamy head that laces wonderfully. Nose is deep malt, sweet toffee and a little coffee. Good sweet malty flavor with a light coffee finish. Flavor is just like the nose, with a nice bite and a good creamy body. Boy, this one laces like crazy! This is a solid brew with not a lot of hoppiness until it hits you at the very end. I really like the warmth that it creates as you continue to consume. Is this wonderful pairing of malt, spice and hops the work of man or God? Some nice work was done in this brew. I enjoyed this one a lot.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Subtle Aroma and Flavor. Crisp, Hoppy...Fruity? Hoppy Ending. Not My Favorite Winter Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2004
English strong ales mean christmas this year. Delicious brew with some chocolate notes. Nutty as well. A beautiful looking and smooth thick beer. Deloosh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2005 I was fortunate to find this great offering from Avery earlier tonight on draught. Very good pour, dark blue. Tasted similar to the Rogue Santa Special but better. The aroma was much weaker then the taste. Toffee is a good way to describe the taste. The taste was great. This brewery has been quite impressive. I must try more of their beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (10465) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2004
Big thanks to npdemse for this. Pours a wonderful deep shade of ruby with a big, light tan head. Aroma of malt, nutmeg, slight port, toffee. Great complex taste that presented some nuts, toffee, chocolate, cinnamon with a semi-dry finish. Firm palate with a nice balance. This one is a winner.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtxx (149) - san antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2004
Better than expected. Sharp taste...very easy going down. Beautiful dark . Although it states cellarable for 2 years...it wouldnt last that long in my house.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - DEC 14, 2004
Pours brownish red with a thin tan head. Aroma is slight coffee and dark malts. Shows some signs of infection in the aroma with a slight but noticable wet cardboard and garbage smell. Flavor is a mild coffee and a mild spice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (6539) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2004
Bottle: Nice roasted malt with a little caramel, chocolate, and some black licorice. Pours a dark reddish-brown with an insignificant white head. Not much up front, just a little roastiness. Roastiness increases in the finish with a touch of chocolate, caramel, and hops. Pretty strong coffee in the finish. Not as much strength in the flavor as aroma would indicate.

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