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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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4.1
DocLock (10646) - 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.

3.7
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 wouldn’t last that long in my house.

3.1
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.

3.6
Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, 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.

3.6
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 13, 2004
very good beer. this reminds me of goose island’s christmas ale. however, what makes this unique is its toffee and nuts. sweet, then slightly bitter. thanks dorwart!

3.7
GuilTTy (733) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2004
Rich chestnut color with highlites if deep red under a whispy tan head. Malt and autumn woods in the aroma. Just the right amount of sweetness beneath a well balanced hoopy and slightly spicy flavor. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Aftertaste complimented and supported the overall flavor. This is the first variety from Avery that I’ve seen locally and it was good enough for me to make an effort to locate some more.

3.5
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2004
Pours dark brown, slight hint of an amber color. Head is a very creamy light brown. Aromas: mostly roasted malts and a little nuttty. Lighter body than I expected. Initially, I notice the roasted malts and some nice hops. After a few gulps you get some hints of wood and toffee. All in all, I kind of wish it was either a little smoother or a little more defined. On the other hand, I do enjoy the way it clears your palate and doesn’t leave a big aftertaste. It’s a really tasty beer, just not as "big" as I thought it would be.

3.7
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2004
dark mahogany color.small light tan head. aroma is slight sweet malty..taste is malt balanced by light hops and a tiny alc. finish..very balanced,,very drinkable. good

4.5
WileCoyote (9) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2004 does not count
Oh what a beautiful beer. Deep mahogany with a creamy tan head that laces down the side of my glass. The aroma is sweet and nutty with a touch of pine. The initial flavor is sweet, typical of a great Old Ale, but then finishes with a light hoppiness. I love the alcohol rush that accompanies this beer, much like a great, rich wine. It is a very relaxing beer and very drinkable. On my Twelve Beers of Christmas 2004 List! Bottle

3.8
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2004
Clear, dark chestnut color with a small off white head. Aroma of roasted malts, hops and nuts. Flavor starts off with smoky, toasted malts, followed by a hoppy/piney finish. A bit of nuts and wood in there also. Nice.


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