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RATINGS: 1229   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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
FlagstoneHill (215) - Erie, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2005
Med Brown, cola-like color. Tan head... ...Malty, hints of chocolate, Bitter with sweet finish.... ....Med Body. Light carbonation. ... ... ...A solid Strong ale. Delightfully on the hoppy end of the spectrum. Good balance between the hops and malt

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2005
Bottle. Red brown colour with a medium baige head. Light roasted malty, Dark fruits aroma and a sweet caramel malty, dark fruits, , licurise, light alcoholic taste. Medium to full body and a sweet anis, light alcoholic finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2005
Almost like an English barleywine, this cola colored ale. Nice creamy tan head with good lacing. The aroma is a bitter, roasted malt, a touch of chocolate, nuts, and dark, dried fruit. Very smooth. Besides the toasty malts, theres some soft toffee in the flavor. Nuts, fruit, white peppers, and some coffee, too. The alcohol mainly comes out in the dry finish. Nice.

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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2005
Pours a deep ruby- brownish color with a nice thick head. Aroma of malty nuts, fruit,chocolate, and alcohol. Smooth body with hints of carbonation. This is a great winter brew. Smooth enough, tasy enough, and very warming.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 23, 2005
Deep, lucrative brown with a safire kiss and a creamy, dense, blanketing quarter-inch head, leaving perfect lacing all the way down the tulip. Promising aroma of brown sugar, caramelized pecans, black cherries, concord grapes, prune juice and a hint of nutmeg. Flavor smacks with discernable alcohol amidst festive spicing. Plum skin, toasted rye, and mulled, diluted port sprinkled with a dose of pepper to keep with the holiday spice tradition. Some accents of crme liqueur drizzled over singed walnut casings. Stinging, resoundingly bitter-sweet. Medium-bodied and numerous elemental palate forces butting heads with each other, simply not in agreement. Effervescence exceeds its tolerable limits, finishing with a pessimistic alcohol sting.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (5953) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2005
12 oz bottle via trade w/ Sprinkle. Pours a dark ruby with a thin foamy 1" head. Mainly malty nose with supporting notes of spice, yeast, and alcohol. Flavor is malty with minimal hop presence. No hint of spices that the nose indicated (after reading comm. desc. I guess I was right). There is some oxidation here as well. Lighter bodied with soft carbonation. Not a bad Winter Warmer, but rather thin and bland to my tastes. Im wandering if maybe this was from last years release. I might question their "cellarable for 2 years" claim. This just didnt seem big enough to stand up to any significant aging.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thedm (5881) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 22, 2005
This bottled brew poured a head of foamy frothy topped tan colored mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a carbonated transparent deep caramel rel brown colored body and a good lacing. It had a malt hop dough caramel aroma. The mouth feel was tingly from start to finish, mildly vinous with a strong caramel malt flavor. There was a very noticeable hoppy content to it along with a yummy caramel flavor. Delicious! Another fine brew by Avery!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
CQ (15) - Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2005
Drunk in 2 bottles not bad. Rich flavor. From my home state of Colorado. Beats Coors, which isnt tough. You guys like this real rich taste, Huh??? Like I said, I give it some points because I like a beer with a kick and this has it. I am kind of getting interested in these Breckinridge/ Boulder Brauries. This is a Boulder Braurie. I kind of like the Breckinridge Braurie better, but is OK. It is some business for Colorado that is all I know hope you guys find something in it you like. I like what some Brauries are doing with beers here it is worth exploring for you beer Conniseurs. Rich beer but not skunky, I dont think beer should be skunky. Licorice head via hazlenuts. Some people say the beer is warming, I agree I dont know why, but it is a relaxing brew to drink that is reminiscint of holiday times as the picture shows on the bottle. It would be great enjoyed with some holiday hores dourves and watching a winter footaball game. Enjoy men.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 18, 2005
Deep reddish brown color with a decent off-white head. Caramel and toffee aroma with a hint of plum and chocolate. Toffee is big in the flavor but there are also notes of dark fruits like raisin and prune along with a slight coffee flavor. Good stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Im heading into this with negative expectations. My battle with Strong Ales wages on, yet Im merely an abecedarian to those examples which fall into this category. Plus, Ive heard not so great things about this specific specimen. It pours a clear ruddy, brown, with a deep tanned ivory head of cream. I can already taste the caramel and toffee. To the nose, a light, brisk whiff of sugar and hops, mingled with the though of an aged cheddar, no wait thats my french bread pizza in the microwave, the perfect bachelors companion. An expected strong dose of caramel malt, with a lack of hop balance. Two phased, this beer begins with a bright, chipper vanilled brown sugar malt, morphing into a mellow, christmas cookie and marshmallow run. I was mistaken at first, thinking this an American SA, but its indeed an English. And as the beer warms, its yielding some crisp, green euro hop notes on the back and smack. It actually doesnt fare poorly compared to other examples Ive run with.


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