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RATINGS: 1247   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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Tejas (1008) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2004
A better Avery brew than I’m used to. This one isn’t overdone like the others. Very smooth & well balanced. Nice frothy tan head. Hoppy at first then gives away to malty/roasty coffee flavors. This one would be a good one to cellar. Alcohol is hidden extremely well making this one easily drinkable. I’d definitely drink it again.

3.2
jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2004
Pours a very dark clear ruby red with a thick off white head. Aroma was lightly malty with a hint of sourness. Alcohol very prominent in the taste which has notes of chocolate/mocha, roasted malt, dark fruit and nuts. Leaves a slightly burnt aftertaste. The body was disappointing - medium light with very subtle carbonation. Decent.

4.2
notalush (5922) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2004
This is a most impressive rendition of an ESA - deep, dark amber hue with off-white lacing - yeasty aroma, with spciy notes, plums, figs and christmas cookies - strikes the balance between roasty and sweet qualities that all the great ESAs do - full-bodied, quite chewy - toffee, caramel and a slight nuttiness - bready malts and dark fruit - peppery and spicy near the end, finishing with some nutmeg and a touch of chocolate - I’m going to get plenty more of this stuff for the long, north-east winter.

3.5
mamradskoda (9) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2004 does not count
This one grows on ya. A very earthy taste, great for staying wam on a snowy night.

3.7
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - NOV 18, 2004
Pours at nice dark brown color with a decent light tan colored head. Has a spicy aroma that reminds me oor winter time. Has a decent warming effect and all around great brew

4.1
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - NOV 18, 2004
imagine the shock when i went into my local beer store and found this, considering that i live in a state where 6%+ is banned... at any rate. pours out dark colored red with a tan head that lingers for a bit. smells spicy and has a nice hint of alcohol to go with it. taste is sweet and a hint spicy. im going to drink 6 of these and see how they treat me. a nice beer for certain.

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barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - NOV 17, 2004
(draft) I was sure I was enjoying a nice spiced ale but I see in the commercial description that the flavor is all malts. Very good, though a little sneaky as the alcohol doesn’t really register.

4.3
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - NOV 16, 2004
Awsome! bottle poured a dark black with a nice frothy head. Aroma was great! sweet ,malty, chocolate candy,like. Letting it warm up on this cool arizona night. Flavor is roasy sweet I can taste the alcohol, reminds me of stones IRS. This is good baby!! just good! Sure this isnt a stout!!

3.9
UNCCTF (587) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - NOV 15, 2004
On tap at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte. I’m wondering how an 8% beer managed to sneak its way into a NC bar. Anyway, deep, deep brown coloring with some off-white head that laced onto the glass nicely. Nutty flavor with nice warming feel as it went down. I’ll be ordering this one again frequently.

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axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2004
Pours a smooth dark briwn with a small beige head. Malty, nutty aroma. Mostly malts and nuts in the flavor with a small trace of coffee. Alcohol very well hidden. Great ale.


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