RATINGS: 1238   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (9617) - Montreal, Quebec, - MAY 12, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Toasted, caramelized malt flavors are inherently spiced by a rye-like character, while potent wooden hops contribute as much flavor as bitterness in this complex, compelling sipper.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy head of foam covers the cloudy mahogany.
-The spicy character seems to come from grain bill and hops. It even develops a marzipan-like personality at times.
-Fruit cake allusions also appear.
-The rich body is rounded out by alcohol warmth.
-The flavor profile is harmonious throughout.
-The finish is balanced.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
77ships (8757) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 27, 2017
355 ml. can @ Gollem: USA Beerweek(end) #2. Canned 20 October 2016. Very dark ruby brown, tanned big head. Nose is old leaves, ditch water, malt, stale caramel, kitchen spices. Taste is herbal leaves, old bay leaf, sugar, spices, leaves, Chinese medicinal herbs, candy, old candy, cacao, bit too thin,... Body is thinner caramel & bay leaf. Less malt sweet than I hoped, bit too old kitchen spices, medicinal herbs heavy. Okay but not on par with I hoaped, some soap in the body. Bottom of the can read "If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball" :)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ebone1988 (1676) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2017
Aroma is raisins, dark fruit, caramel, toffee, good. Appearance is reddish brown, light tan head, clear. Taste is caramel, dark fruit, booze, malt, good. Mouthfeel is medium body, light carbonation, dark fruit bitter aftertaste. Overall, Ive had better but its a good attempt by an American brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tapefuzz (292) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2017
Draft. Pours nearly black with a small off-white head. Aroma is licorice, molasses, hazelnut, raisin, and toffee. Taste is mocha, molasses, hazelnut, toffee, and dark fruit. Alcohol and a little roast in the finish. Full body. Soft carbonation. Heavy, sticky mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rumbero (60) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2017
12 oz Bottle from 2010. so cellared fro 6 1/2 years. wow. appearance: pours brown/ruby with a very thin tan head that vanishes quickly. it looks murky/opaque. aromas: dark malts and dark fruits (figs in particular) with some spices. theres bit of yeasty autolysis present. its vinousy. palate: a full bodied beer with a rich texture, light carbonation assertive astringency. taste: strong toffee, molasses and caramel malt forward sweetness combines with figs, substantial alcohol warmth and a bitterness that hits the palate hard. the finish is sweet and short other than some lingering alcohol. - just what youd expect from an aged beer of this type. I would not say its mellowed. still a strong and assertive brew for those who like them like that.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trapped (2692) - New York, TURKEY - JAN 23, 2017
Draught @ Milk & Hops - Chelsea. Murky brown with faint reddish tint against the light, very small frothy beige head, sweetish roasted malt aroma, low carbonation, bitter caramel/roasted malt taste with alcohol undertones, somewhat thick body, long bitter caramel finish. Very interesting and smooth brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ehaak26 (315) - - JAN 13, 2017
Snifter on draft from Pazzos. Aroma of mocha, toffee, maybe some dark fruit. Very pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Onslow (1453) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2017
Pour from a 12oz can. Clear medium brown brew with tan head, great lacing. Nutty aroma, malty and some ethanol especially as it warms. Taste is sweet nuttyness up front tranitioning to drying hops, great offset of the sweetness in the final hops flourish. Boozey from the middle to the end of the swallow though, but I guess that is part of the appeal. Really great strong ale, fine for a winter evening.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
beer_queue (124) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dlovell2 (1972) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 8, 2016
Poured from can. Pours brown/amber with a tan head. Aroma is bready malt with cherries. Flavor is roasted malt, toffee, cherries, and chocolate. Finishes with a fruity yeastiness. The perfect winter brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mep3222 (1385) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2016
Roasted malt aroma with some toffee and chocolate. Taste is malt dominant and has a slight chocolate finish feel to it. Balanced and full flavored. Malta add almost a spice feel but does not have any fake flavors some spiced beers have. Reading it is all different malts creating the complexity makes sense in how full flavored it is. Carmelized malty, very flavorful and balanced. Alcohol masked well. Really nice winter beer with great flavors and no fake spice tastes.

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