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RATINGS: 1254   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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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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3.3
framebender (56) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2005
Good solid ale but not something I would insist on buying or drinking again. Gentle hop aroma with similiar taste. Balanced malt that is almost unnoticable and just enough hops to taste them but not overpowering or bold. Smooth balanced solid ale.

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joergen (28142) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 1, 2005
Bottled. Clear red coloured with a medium sized off white head. Sweet aroma with notes of fruits and spices with flowery notes. Sweet fruity flavour with notes of mlats and caramel. Hoppy finish.

3.3
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 3, 2005
Draught. Brown appearance, with a lasting off-white head. Hoppy nose, with citrus and some malt. Flavor is very hoppy, and a little roasty in finish. Grass in aftertaste. Could be a nice beer, but the hopwreck kind of kills all of the other flavors that are supposed to be there.

3.3
TheCaptMatey (213) - Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2014
Poured a dark red to brown colour with a thin white head. Aroma is quite malty with dark fruits and caramel/ coffee notes. Flavor is a sweet malt mixture of nuts and dark fruits with a bit of hop bitterness. Not much of coffee in flavor, but enjoyable none the less.

3.3
illiniphil (148) - Nashotah, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2014
Excellent Christmas Ale. Dark roasted malts with a balance of hops. Definately a buy again Christmas Ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
lusikka (7813) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 28, 2015
355 ml bottle. Enjoyed at Los Angeles, CA. Pours a dark brown colour with a small beige head. Aroma of toasted malts, nuttiness and wood. Flavour of sweet maltiness, syrup, bread, mild spiciness and mild graininess. Full bodied. Alcohol warms. Sweet and spicy. No complexity.

3.3
r464 (2360) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2016
Deep reddish brown with a thin tan head. Malty, nutty, with some sweetness. A bunch of dark fruit (raisin, cherry) without a real hops in the finish.

3.3
beer_queue (140) - 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 (c’mon, it’s 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.

3.3
Korcz (3390) - Warsaw, POLAND - APR 19, 2017
Jakaś dziwna lukrecjowa nuta się plącze. Karmel, melasa, dość dużo ciała. Nieskomplikowane i całkiem przyjemne.

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Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 22, 2004
This brew pours with a deep amber body topped by a thin head with little lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and malty with slight alcohol esters and a hint of caramel. The flavor is sweet and malty with a slight roastiness, a touch of caramel and very slight alcohol notes. Full bodied and smooth.


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