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RATINGS: 1251   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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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 22, 2004
This brew pours with a deep amber body topped by a thin head with little lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and malty with slight alcohol esters and a hint of caramel. The flavor is sweet and malty with a slight roastiness, a touch of caramel and very slight alcohol notes. Full bodied and smooth.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2004
UPDATED: APR 10, 2004 12oz Bottle No Date. Pours a clear dark amber with a thick head that is very foamy. Aroma is excellent with caramel, toffy, nuts and a slight sweetness. Slight metallic in the aroma as well.The body on this is also excellent. Very soft and full with low carbonation. Quite smooth and very drinkable. And the flavor does not dissapoint. Nice and sweet with a fantastic blend of malts with a chocolate note and a mild hoppiness in the background. Overall this is a fantastic brew. Thanks Louis.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2004
Brownish/red color,small head that faded quickly and left little behind.Malty caramel aroma with a very nice sweet side to it,maybe some mild hop presence as well.Nice malty sweet taste with a nice showing of caramel and faint hops there is a light fruit presence but of what kind escapes me.Very smooth brew with just a mild bitterness at the end,of hops.Very nice brew and well worth looking for.Thanks go to Ecrvich for sending this fine brew my way.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 3, 2004
This is a very nice looking pour. Clear mahogany color with a creamy, off white head. The aroma had a bit of caramel and some dried fruit. The flavor was smooth. On the tongue it was slightly with hints of berries. This is a very well crafted beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brew4Dug (139) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2004
Hands-down the smoothest version of a strong ale that I have tasted to this day. I was floored when I noticed the 8% abv. and couldn't believe the well-crafted balance which makes this winter ale so drinkable. The usual hoppiness from hop-happy Avery is evident, but they manage to tame it enough where the brew maintains a good balance from start to finish. Good stuff and I am looking forward to next years batch (b/c I foolishly consumed my stash from this year). Cheers!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 13, 2004
Nice ruby color, slight caramel aroma. Well rounded flavor with a good dose of cherries, semiisweet, remisicent of cough syrup. Sometimes the finish has a hint of alcohol, very dry and hoppy. An interesting beer, the character flowers as it warms. Thanks to ecrvich for the fine Avery brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2004
This was a challenge to interpret. Poured clear deep red-brown with a thin off-white head. Berries, dark fruit, and citric hops in the aroma. Flavor was a blend of traditional English Strong Ale flavors (sweet caramel, dark fruit, wood, and berries) with strong American hops that lent a bitter (grapefruit rind), piney character I've not detected in other examples of this style. Medium-thin bodied but full-flavored. A nice winter seasonal without the tired ginger-nutmeg-cinnamon theme.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2004
Wow, this was a nice surprise. Picked it up on impulse at a local "mix & match" cooler. From a bottle, the beer pours a dark brown with reddish tint. Smallish tan head. Not a whole lot of aroma but the taste makes up for it. Very sweet and spicy with underlying citrus flavors. Decent hopping kicks in towards the end of the first taste. Not especially heavy and I didn't notice any untoward alcohol taste. This could easily become a favorite of mine, especially for the price ($6.99 per six pack at Brennans in Madison, WI).

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - FEB 29, 2004
This beer was sampled thanks to the kind heart of beerguy101. This one poured a cranberry/cherry color with a slight head with patchy bubbles...the color a slight hint of tan. The aroma effervesced cranberries and orange peel with big smacks of maple syrup. Canada would be pissed if they knew how much maple syrup aroma went into the making of this. There's also a hint of tea leaves in the aroma. The taste smacks of a few spices, something on the order of ginger, and a heavy dose of oranges and lemons. Some hints of sweetening malty qualities come in near the end, but not enough to truly make an impact. Something was left to be desired, but still enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - FEB 20, 2004
Pours a dark amber, medium tan head. Aroma was fairly light but was nice: darker malts, some hops and some smoke. Flavor was much fuller, malty, caramelly, smoky, with a bunch of spicy hops at the end. Bitter finish, rounded body. Quite good.


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