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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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3.4
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2004
Poured dark brown with thin tan head...smelled of caramel, molasses, cloves and nutmeg...nice mouthfeel too...a little too tart on my tongue...may a year in the closet will help it develop...

3.4
Odeed (1806) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 24, 2005
poured a crimson red with a light brown head that left lacing.raosted malts,brown sugar,and nuts make up the aroma.flavor was much of the same with an alcohol bite. medium mouthfeel.

3.4
ryan (3185) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2008 Pours dark brown with thin, fading, off-white head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, and chocolate. Flavor is initially of caramel and toffee beforepicking up citrusy bitterness at the end. Finish is bitter, dry and soapy. Medium body, texture is smooth.

3.4
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - JAN 22, 2006
12oz bottle.
Pours a deep dark amber, medium fluffy white head with satisfactory retention & lacing. Big aroma of piney, floral, citrusy Northwest hops, molasses, rich malt, toffee, and a whiff of chocolate. Flavor is roast grain followed by astringent hop bitterness, some malt, toffee and a hint of chocolate. Rich, slightly oily palate. As is their custom, Avery sabotages what could have been a great beer with their tiresome over-astringent hop bitterness.

3.4
Beerdedone (3457) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2006
UPDATED: APR 26, 2006 Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Pours dark bronze with an off-white head, aroma of hops, citrus, spices. flavor is bitter, alcohol, sweet finish, fruity, i liked this.

3.4
OldMrCrow (2446) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2006
Bottle. Pours brown with red highlights and a nice tan head. The aroma is dried fruit and a bit of leather, some citric hops. The hops come through stronger the flavor and the fruits take a back seat, some slightly burnt aftertastes mingling withe the strong hops. I might have called this one closer to 6.5% or 7%, so the alcohol is well hidden. This is a reasonable beer, though not a standout in my book.

3.4
rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2006
Rich copper. Nose is fruity, chocolat,e some rye, caramel. Flavor is quite fruity, caramel, alclhol, some lemon. Quite bitter finish w. some alcohol. Not bad.

3.4
Suttree (6505) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 19, 2006
Reddish brown, medium sized beige head. Clean, crisp aroma - spicy, and even a bit grapey. Flavor is piney at first, then a fruity, grapey note. Earthy, woodsy finish.

3.4
BillKismet (4139) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2006
Chestnut brown color with a full chocolate cream crown. Mildy hoppy aroma wafts easily away. Woodiness in flavor with ambiguous nuttiness and spiciness and finish of wood and alcohol. Decent brown ale/APA with woody character. Alcohol is well integrated. Enjoyable mouthfeel. More hoppy that I prefer for a winter beer, but well crafted.

3.4
Stine (1799) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 20, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2007 Pours to a garnet shade with a creamy head, with a nose of maple, caramel, different woods, and alcohol. Rich flavors of raisins, bourbon, and fruitcake, finishing with a bit of burn reminiscent of Robitussin. Flavorful, but it began to strike me as strangely overcomplicated, as if someone poured a bit of cough medicine on chocolate cake. Might even be a bit young.


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