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RATINGS: 1245   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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3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
evr1dr (145) - Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2010
Pours clear, reddish-brown with a thin, frothy, white head with light lace. Nose of plum, raisin, cedar, malt, and a hint of barnyard and sour cherry. Thin mouthfeel. Taste of bitter coffee, vanilla bean, toffee, malt, booze and smoke. This is a medium hot brew in that the alcohol is present on the finish. Enjoyable for the style. I might enjoy more if cellared for a year.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrEcted1 (144) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - JUN 6, 2006
A perfect winter ale brewed by Avery. I get this one every year, and for good reason... its one of the better winter seasonals that you can find. Pours a nice full bodied brown hue with ruby highlights. Bakers chocolate, caramel, spices flavors come through, as well as some nutty flavors. This one has a nice bit of hops that even out the malt well. This beer is nice and sticky, a little chewy, too. This one is definitely worth picking up in the season.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
scrawfis (143) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2002
Great chocolate aroma. The flavor continues along with a slight fruit flavor from the aroma hops. Good but could be a little smoother.

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!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
beer_queue (135) - 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 (cmon, its 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jmw141 (134) - Canton, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2009
Draft 4 oz. Beer Flight at Old Chicago in Peoria, IL. Dark amber color. Roasty chocolate comes out as it warms. You can really taste the alcohol here.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Airlifter (134) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - AUG 1, 2009
Pours a caramel color with a large tan head. Mild aroma; a bit of hops and alcohol. Flavor is very hoppy with some bitter coffee and charcoal. Medium body and carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
outerupt (133) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2006 Poured from a 12oz. bottlle into a pint glass. High hopes just after the pour as the colour is certainly another success for the Avery palette offering a lovely cherry-tinged burnt sienna. The nose was the first disappointment offering only a little bit of caramel dominated by overbaked bread. I found the flavor in line with the aroma offering a nice enough malt profile reminiscent of a classic English Winter Warmer and an all too ephemeral touch of toffee. An ok brew but not a standout for the brewery.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tkaufman (128) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2003
Very good aroma and appearance when poured. Plum and toffee aroma with a deep dark ruby color. Flavor was pretty complex and well balanced. The bottle I had was slightly overcarbonated, but all in all, it was a very good beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackamackson (127) - USA - FEB 12, 2005
pours a lovely dark red/brown, with a nice frothy 1 inch white colored head. all i get out of the aroma is malts. this tastes very good though, sweet malts, not much bitterness, and some roastiness in the finish. very smooth, but somewhat thin mouthfeel. very drinkable too.


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