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RATINGS: 1247   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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3.6
Jerm719 (195) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 31, 2014
Medium sweet malts dominate subtle earthy hops. Smoke, caramel, white chocolate, lightly roasted coffee beans. Light vanilla, with some sherry-like nuttiness. Bit of alcohol on the finish. Pretty good.

4.4
BrewMstr (194) - Pleasant View, Utah, USA - NOV 26, 2013
Dark, fruity, spicy, and strong enough to put some color in your cheeks. Great winter warmer with noted of cherry, ginger with a solid malt backbone.

4
Hophazard (193) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 28, 2011
Caramel with sweet chocolate appearing faintly on the nose. Slight graininess. Clear, deep ruby pour with pillowy white head that leaves nice lacing. Caramel and breadiness blend seemlessly on the taste. Slight alcohol warmth on the finish. Without notice, hop bitterness dries the palate. Medium body with mild carbonation. Great winter beer that you would enjoy one after another in front of a fire.

3.9
walrussell (192) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Like a caramely, vanilla-y, slightly chocolatey ipa. That’s how hoppy it is. Unique in its combo of flavors. Some nuttiness and woodiness come through too. It is very good for winter. Excellent.

3.3
kromamc (192) - ITALY - FEB 5, 2010
buona old ale all’ americana.. nn strepitosa ma interessante luppolata buona presenza di note fruttate....

3.6
efrumtheidiot (190) - Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2008 pours a clear ruby-amber with a tannish head. aroma is hoppy, lightly nutty, some toffee and some toasty malt and a bit of straw. taste is toffee, light caramel, some hops, toasty notes, some nuts. mid-full bodied with a creamy/sudsy mouthfeel. leaves a layer of bitter on the palate. nice bitter finish. alcohol is nicely blended, and there’s some nice lacing. quite nice, very drinkable. not uber-complex or overpowering, but has a nice taste. would fit great into a session.

3.7
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Dark ruby red to brown poured with a thin white head. Aroma was rich with chocolate and fruits. Alcohol was intense in the flavor as was fruit sweetness and light chocolate malt flavor.

3.5
johno (185) - Galveston, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Lush, dark fruit-driven aroma, raisins & figs, holiday spice, coffee, cola. Bit creamy, weighty, bittersweet, bit sharp on the finish, warming, decent holiday beer.

3.8
WolfsBlood84 (183) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2007
12 oz in a winter seasonals 12pk. Pours a dark amber/light brown with tannish head and good lacing. Aroma is hops, malt, bread. Taste is malty, earthy, nutty, and a surprising hoppy bite. Alcohol is well hidden, this is nice and unique beer - it’s unique because it’s simple, no spices. Very nice.

3.4
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - AUG 10, 2004
Bottled. Gorgeous ruby coloring. Aroma of sweet roasted malts. I like Avery’s offerings but I was surprised by how well rounded this one is. The only detraction is the fact that its slightly thin/soft on the front side. I’ll definitely pick this one up again.


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