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RATINGS: 1244   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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3.1
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - NOV 13, 2004
Pretty ruby brown, relatively clear appearance. Head is foamy and fuzzy, like a tan cashmere sweater. Smell is sweet, caramel and cherries, not much else. NIce and strong flavor punch. Roasted, bitter hops, almost astringent, coupled with sweet malt, chocolate, winter spices, earth and a tad of alcohol. Aftertaste is sweet and roasty. Decent beer, but I don’t know about this 92% rating.

2.9
jgb9348 (6434) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2004
2004 Bottle:
Cola coloured body with a nice thinnish off-white coloured head. Aroma of caramel, light english hops and some strong nuttiness. Medium to Light-bodied; Strong maltiness up front with some sweetness shortly following. No spices to mention, more of a mellow sweetness and toasty malt flavour. Aftertaste shows some metal and a light bitterness. Overall, a decent winter seasonal-no spices, but good with burnt sugars and english hops. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased by jon[r888710] at Chevy Chase Wine & Liquors in Washington, D.C. on 14-November-2004, with jon. Thanks for the beer :-)

4.1
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2004
12 oz bottle. Brown and clear with a tan head. Malty carmel aroma, with some fruitiness. Malty flavor, with some chocolate notes as well. Slight hops in the finish, along with some pleasant malt dryness. A touch of alcohol noted.

3.7
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 11, 2004
Pours a dark reddish brown with a small biege head. Malts and chocolate on the nose. Full and thick mouthfeel. Dark fruits, a little bit of spice, chocolate, and a dash of hops on the tongue. Nice lingering aftertaste. This a good holiday seasonal. Great for a cool crisp fall evening.

3.9
SDalkoholic (2408) - Linda Vista, California, USA - NOV 10, 2004
Medium sized head thats dense and thick resting on top of a dark brown body. Nice spider webbed lacing left behind as well. Aroma is sweet malt, nutmeg, hops and chocolate. The blend of malts works out real well while some spices are tasted even though the description states the opposite. Quite a good beer for the cold weather for fall or winter. Thanks to Kaggie97 for the brews.

3.6
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 8, 2004
Dark brown with a tan head, big malty nose with aromas of walnut waffles. Caramel and prune in the thick body, some spices as well. Nutty aftertaste, really interesting.

3.8
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2008 I love the painting on the bottle. Someday I want a house like that in the mountains of Colorado... But back to the beer. This is a tasty little offering from Avery. Starts with a strong hint of roasted nut and alcohol, but finishes with a slap in the face of bitter coffee and sweetness. Gooooood stuff! <b>Rerate, 12/19/05, bottle</b>
After a year of aging, there are noticeable differences in the brew. A strong citrusy sweetness has developed, and a faint hint of strawberry is evident. Much improved with age, if you ask me!

4.3
Cobra (1100) - - OCT 30, 2004
12 oz. brown, longneck bottle. 2004 edition. Poured out a deep ruby / garnet reddish color, with a huge mocha colored head. Thick, sticky lacing left down the sides of the glass. Aromas are of chocolate malts, slight yeasty bread, earthy hops, slight caramel aromas as well. Tastes are of English Toffee, malty caramels, nuttiness, earthy hops, and very subdued alcohols. Rich, creamy mouthfeel, very smooth on the palate. Finishes rich, creamy, and slightly dry. A decent ale by any standard.

3.7
biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2004
Aroma of everything in the commercial description plus I get some vanilla and plum. Slight tan head on clear ruby. Hazelnut is definately the first and last flavor. Some smokey, earthy flavors, "mocha and toffee" also. Surprising bitterness that is just right. Overall smooth and mellow for the strength. Nicely balanced, flavorful and rich winter ale.

3.6
Kevin (2200) - Montana, USA - OCT 29, 2004
pours dark brown almost black witha bit of sparkle in it. has a thin cream colored head. malt aroma that has some nuttiness. pecan walnut hazelnut a peanut butter mixture with a nice sharp bitter hop bite at the finish that lingers. alcohol is well hidden but this sucker will keep you warm on a cold Texas night where it dips below 50, bbbbrrrr.


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