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RATINGS: 1254   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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3.8
Rumbero (85) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2017
12 oz Bottle from 2010. so cellared fro 6 1/2 years. wow. appearance: pours brown/ruby with a very thin tan head that vanishes quickly. it looks murky/opaque. aromas: dark malts and dark fruits (figs in particular) with some spices. there’s bit of yeasty autolysis present. its vinousy. palate: a full bodied beer with a rich texture, light carbonation assertive astringency. taste: strong toffee, molasses and caramel malt forward sweetness combines with figs, substantial alcohol warmth and a bitterness that hits the palate hard. the finish is sweet and short other than some lingering alcohol. - just what you’d expect from an aged beer of this type. I would not say it’s mellowed. still a strong and assertive brew for those who like them like that.

3.5
trapped (3147) - New York, TURKEY - JAN 23, 2017
Draught @ Milk & Hops - Chelsea. Murky brown with faint reddish tint against the light, very small frothy beige head, sweetish roasted malt aroma, low carbonation, bitter caramel/roasted malt taste with alcohol undertones, somewhat thick body, long bitter caramel finish. Very interesting and smooth brew.

3.9
ehaak26 (518) - - JAN 13, 2017
Snifter on draft from Pazzo’s. Aroma of mocha, toffee, maybe some dark fruit. Very pleasant.

3.6
Onslow (1495) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2017
Pour from a 12oz can. Clear medium brown brew with tan head, great lacing. Nutty aroma, malty and some ethanol especially as it warms. Taste is sweet nuttyness up front tranitioning to drying hops, great offset of the sweetness in the final hops flourish. Boozey from the middle to the end of the swallow though, but I guess that is part of the appeal. Really great strong ale, fine for a winter evening.

3.3
beer_queue (140) - California, USA - DEC 19, 2016
Dark mahogany color with a thin beige head. Really bright floral & light fruit aromas; some toffee and booze notes in the back, too. Flavors are malt-driven with a toffee sweetness, nuttiness, and candied fruits; of course it finishes with a big kick of alcohol (c’mon, it’s Avery). Some yeasty notes linger in the finish as well. Tastes very much like an English strong ale with a big bump in alcohol; call it a winter warmer if you want because the heat is there! Palate is medium, dry as hell, and astringent with the booze. Overall a very good winter ale, but the alcohol smells & tastes a lot stronger than 8.3% and can be a bit distracting.

3.9
dlovell2 (2132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 8, 2016
Poured from can. Pours brown/amber with a tan head. Aroma is bready malt with cherries. Flavor is roasted malt, toffee, cherries, and chocolate. Finishes with a fruity yeastiness. The perfect winter brew.

3.8
Mep3222 (1560) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2016
Roasted malt aroma with some toffee and chocolate. Taste is malt dominant and has a slight chocolate finish feel to it. Balanced and full flavored. Malta add almost a spice feel but does not have any fake flavors some spiced beers have. Reading it is all different malts creating the complexity makes sense in how full flavored it is. Carmelized malty, very flavorful and balanced. Alcohol masked well. Really nice winter beer with great flavors and no fake spice tastes.

3.7
thorongil2 (3073) - , Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2016
(Tap) hazy, bright reddish amber colour with a small beige head; aroma of jam, spice; thick palate; balanced flavour with a long, light bitter finish

3.5
Aggiebob (1123) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - NOV 29, 2016
Can. Mahogany I’m color poured with a nice tan head. Aroma is toffee with dark fruit and spice flavorings. It is a bit boozy but overall well balanced.

3.7
portableparty (2350) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 22, 2016
12 oz. can from a $2.47 6 pack, awesome! Pours mahogany color wth a tight khaki film and collar. Aroma has caramel toffee muted roast notes dried nuts and faint fig, with a hint of bitterness. Taste starts bitter with roasted flavors of caramel toffee and fig and finishes with a meld of sweetness and bitterness. Palate is medium slightly chalky and dry. Solid brew, I believe this is close to a year old.


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