RATINGS: 1249   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcmisko (358) - New York, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Pours brown with tan bubbles, not much of a head. Smell is toasty. Taste toasty and slightly sweet, some hazelnut and toast. Super smooth, low carbonation, med bodied. Pleasant lasting after taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tbopslt (354) - New York, USA - NOV 16, 2013
Bottle at Craftsman Ale House. Dark chocolate color. No head. Slight spice aroma. Full bodied but slightly bitter start. Smooth finish. Drinkable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
spilledpint (352) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 24, 2010
Notes from Thursday, October 03 2010 On tap at Avery tap house. Ar: Toffee, chocolate dominate along with some hazelnut. Ap: Medium brown-red, little head, medium lace. T: Lots of hazelnut with a bit of toffee. Lightly hoppy finish. P: Medium body, medium carbonation. O: Highly enjoyable strong ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 9, 2004
This beer poured a brownish red color with a spotty tall head and left a little lacing on the glass. The aroma was very malty and had a fruity smell as well, but I can't pinpoint what fruits. The flavor was big on malts with some citrus notes. Very easy to drink and a nice full bodied beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
IPAsavedMYlife (346) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2010
Didnt have much idea about what to expect on this one.... Actually thought it was going to lean more toward the golden side of things but turned out to be an English style ale. Low carbonation, and a head that didnt last longer than a sneeze. Nice mouthfeel, not too smooth. Good amount of hops, kind of like an old war wound. They just stick around. Theres plenty of independent notes to this ale, which makes it the character deep. The only note that didnt feel right was the copper one while it was on the tongue. I could see how this would be excellent aged. The score would probably go up higher then.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 15, 2006
Bottle, pours medium reddish color, with noticable lightness around the edges. and a medium sized tan head. Aroma is a complex blend of malts, molasses, and spice. The flavor has a nice malty almost caramel cookie-like turn to it, with some fruits. great drinking for an August evening, would even be better in December or January.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - DEC 9, 2003
The best holiday ale I've had so far. Nice full body, and nothing too weird about it. Color is a nice clear, deep copper-amber-brown (mahogony?). Aroma has some spicy notes to it, but again, not too crazy. Mouthfeel is full. Nice malty flavor with a spicy finish. It's the balance and the full body that I like about this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajtrupp (340) - Broomfield, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2013
This is a great example if a winter ale. The hazelnut in it is spot on. Very complex beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
pforei (338) - USA - JAN 28, 2008
UPDATED: APR 11, 2008 Dark brown with ruby. Head is big and airy; dissipating expediently. Dark fruit aroma of prunes and rum raisin with molasses and some roastiness. Some alcohol in nose as well. Taste is similar but with "cough syrup" (as one reviewer astutely opined) towards the end. Finish is a nasty combination of alcohol and cough syrup. Hibernation Ale is much better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 9, 2007
The aroma was nutty and toasty with a sherry character, chocolate and coffee thrown in for good measure. The chocolate and fruity esters dominated the aroma was dark fruits of raisin and prune. The beer was brown with an amber hue and some particulate matter. The head was off-white and barely there, yet lasting enough to lace at the glass. The flavor was malty with dark fruits, once again raisin and prune, and chocolate, dark and milky. The beer had a strong caramel malt flavor coupled with chocolate and a smidge of coffee. The body was medium full or just a bit less and with a low carbonation level was still a bit creamy in the mouthfeel. A nice beer, kinda a porter IMO. I believe this one has been in the stash for awhile, but it certainly does not seem the worse for wear - I had written 2003 on the label. 12 ounce bottle.

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