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Clearwater Winters Ale

Clearwater Winters Ale
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Brewed by Clearwater
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Great Torrington, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.2/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Cask; Seasonal - Winter. Also available bottled.
A full bodied strong ale, dark ruby in colour, made with roasted barley, First Goldings and Fuggles hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (43245) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 10, 2013

Cask (handpump) @ NWAF 2012, National Winter Ales Festival, The Venue, Sheridan Suite, Manchester, England.

Clear medium to dark red brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, caramel, chocolate. Flavor is moderate sweet and light moderate bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20120118]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackHaddock (6119) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2012
500ml bottle best before 1 Jan 2013: poured into a UK pint sleeve on Christmas Eve 2012. Front label claims it ’Warms yer Cockles’: well it didn’t do that but I did enjoy the beer. Dark mahogany body with deep red highlights: on top a thin off-white covering of foam. Malty molasses with an almost musty yeast presence in the nose: not unpleasant, but not right either. The taste was malts first and foremost: semi-sweet and fruity feel to the flavours. The hops were just below the surface throughout the tasting and added a little bitterness to the overall taste. Well balanced if a little un-bold in the blending/brewing. Could have been so much better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
foxo82 (843) - Bromsgrove (via Leicester), Worcestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2012
Cask at Birmingham Beer Festival 2012. Dark brown like Marmite. But not as spreadable. Aroma of treacle, brown sugar and custard malt. Yes. Ginger malty taste, dry, a little smoke. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Quack-Duck (9110) - Down South, GERMANY - AUG 24, 2012
Bottle from Tuckers Maltings. Brown colour, aroma of roasted malts. Medium-bodied, grainy malt flavours, roasted malts, dark chocolate, stout-like character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (7795) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2012
Bottle. Dark copper in colour with a decent, off-white head. chocolate and berry fruit aroma. Flavour was sweet, with caramel, more chocolate and a moderately bitter finish. Fine.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tommann (3272) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2011
500ml bottle. Pours dark brown with a small head. Aroma is faint, dark malts and apple. Not much to start, just generic dark malt. Burnt fruity malt finish. Low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2011
BC. Mahogany with ruby edges and a beige halo. Chocolate-coated apple and digestives aroma; mildly oaked with dark fruits, brown sugar, chocolate hints. Ordinary.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
leaparsons (9693) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2010
Bottle. Dark copper red with a thin head. Aromas are vinous with toffee and molasses. Earthy hops with herbal and spicy notes. Flavours are dark syrup with woody notes. Dark chocolate with alcohol. Peppery with a dry finish. OK.

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