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RATINGS: 680   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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We brew Brooklyn Winter Ale from heirloom Maris Otter malts to create a beer with roots in blustery Scotland. Brooklyn Winter Ale is richly malty, aromatic, full-bodied and perfect with stews, roasts and holiday dishes.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BuckeyeSammy (558) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2007
Disappointment. Carmel malt aroma. Dark brown amber color. Nice crisp, carbinated finish. Also slight hops in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2007
Pours a clear bubbly copper-amber with an average size lasting off-white head. Aroma of slightly toasted caramel malt, grain, light hops, a hint of maple syrup and spices -- not bad. Malt is certainly the focus of this brew. As the beer warms a pleasant fruitiness comes to the surface. Some malty notes on the inital flavor but finished with a hoppy but. Some spice to it. good but nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimhilt (2465) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 30, 2007
Pours a four-finger light brown head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Nice crystal clear amber color. Malty nose. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Flavor is malty slight bitterness at finish. This is the ’07 version and it lacks the spices but doesn’t have the smoothness of a scotch ale. Best before Apr 2008, 12oz bottle $1.50 from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (8423) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2007
Bottle. Brown body with small tan head and a little bit of lacing. Modest malty aroma with light caramel malt and a tangy malt note. Flavour is similarly malty with a distinct biscuity malt that I associate with the Marris Otter malt. Very light caramel notes, light bitterness in the finish keeps it from becoming cloying. Pleasant but straightforward brew. Bit light to be called a scotch ale in my opinion. Courtesy of HogTownHarry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fro2218 (471) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 1, 2007
Dark caramel in color. Sweet caramel and biscuit in the nose. Some raisins, and biscuits in flavor folowed by dark caramels. No detectable hop flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Viper666 (2787) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 23, 2007
Bouteille 12 oz, courtoisie de Hogtownharry. Nez malté de caramel sucré légèrement rôti et aux notes terreuses, léger de butterscotch, de biscuits, de pain et de houblon herbeux avec des notes de noix, de chocolat, de fumée de tabac et de fruits (raisins). Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen-bas et une texture crémeuse. Moyen goût fruité (léger de raisins, petites notes de prunes et de cerises) accompagné d’un léger goût de fumée de tabac ainsi que des traces de vanille et d’épices (traces de cannelle et de muscade) lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût malté de caramel moyennement rôti et sucré avec des notes terreuses, moyen de pain et de biscuits, léger de butterscotch puis en finale l’on retrouve un goût moyennement amer de houblon herbeux aux notes terreuses ainsi que des notes de chocolat noir, d’épices (poivre), d’alcool très doux et des traces de noix. Post-goût moyen-long, moyennement amer de rôti, de houblon herbeux (notes terreuses) avec un léger goût fruité (moût de raisins) et des petites notes d’alcool métallique et de noix.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 22, 2007
From notes 3/2007. Pours a clear lighter ruby with no head. Nose is a bit syrupy sweet with some malty character there as well. Flavor is earthy. I think that is the top classification here. Beyond jusy saying "earthy", it also has a slight sweet edge and a caramel tone to it as well. Feel is good for the style. Slightly thick and syrupy with little carbonation coating the tongue. This is a fairly drinkable brew. I won’t go so far as to say it is the best interpretation of the style, but it is still fairly good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (4164) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 7, 2007
Bottle drunk on 8/24/07
Large greyish-beige head tops a auburn-chestnut brown body that is clear and fairly carbonated. Head settles down to cover, leaving light lacing. Retention is moderate.
Some melanoidins in the nose add a boisterous fruitiness that is joined by light toffee and a bit of butterscotch to sweeten things. Not all that much breadiness, nor is there any strong yeast aroma. Leaves things quite "smooth" in the aroma, with red fruits titilating the senses. A light toastiness emerges, I wouldnt go as far as to say smokiness, but it definitely combats the sweetness well. Caramel sugars grow in power, however, with warming. No alcohol or flaws noted. Medium strength of aroma.
Very simple, yet well-extracted maltiness pours on the caramel, but enough breadiness and lightly leafy, lightly earthy hops add a touch of bitterness and gentle fruitiness. Melanoidins perk up as well, giving it the signature character of the style. Some vanilla sweetness and light breadiness on the finish. Very soft, nearly slick mouthfeel. Sweet, but not too much so for the style. Carbonation is low to moderate and somewhat engaging. No alcohol or flaws in flavor. Quite drinkable! Who made this a Scottish Ale?? I’ll go change that now....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2007
Best before April 2007...guess I missed the boat on that, so take this with a grain of salt... Appears a mahogany toned amber with a small, light tan head that quickly fizzles out. Light spots of lacing are left around the glass. Smell is of light smoked malt, caramel, toffee, grass, and a hint buttered popcorn that isn’t overly appealing. The taste is of the mentioned aromas with the goodness taking a backseat to the bads. Grass, and diacetyl infused caramel are over the top in this shell of what may have been a decent beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bitter of hay and grass, with a slick, somewhat pungent finish. Hmmm. Looking forward to another bottle of this, so I can update this sub-par review.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DeadGuyFrank (347) - http://westchesterbeer.com, USA - AUG 13, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2007 Scottish ales are made for the blustry months during the winter. They are dense, delicious and malty. Brooklyn’s take on the Scottish ale style is a winner. Nice and malty, full-bodied ale, with good subtle hints of caramel; tasty!! This is the kind of beer that you can recommend to beer drinkers who are looking to expand their taste buds.

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