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Great Lakes Brewing Winter Ale

Brewed by Great Lakes Brewing (Ontario)
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Etobicoke, Canada


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RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
Inspired by the long, cold and seemingly endless Canadian winter, our 6.2% alcohol Winter Ale is a true winter warmer. Handcrafted with specialty hops and malts, combined with generous amounts of cinnamon, honey, ginger and orange peel, this unique beer is brimming with flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KoNrRiI (860) - Århus, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2015
0.75 bottle. Clear, brown color and a small, off-white head. Aroma of malts, spices, a tad of licorice, some nuts, and delicate hints of alcohol. Sweet taste of spices, malts, caramel, and cinnamon. Medium body, slick texture, and average carbonation. Finish is even spicier, really Christmas-y. Overall a mediocre beer, nothing unexpected given the usual quality of spiced, Christmas brews.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (40504) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2015

Bottle 750ml.

[ As Great Lakes Brewing Winter Ale ].
Clear medium to dark orange amber color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, spices, dusty, big time cinnamon, ginger, light roasted. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration, caramel, spiy, dusty, cinnamon, ginger, honey sweet ! Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. [20150513]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jamaty (1541) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 4, 2015
Cobriza oscura, con dos dedos de espuma beige. Notas de canela en el aroma, junto con piel de naranja y malta. Sabor especiado, mucha canela y algo de clavo, dentro de un predominante tono dulce de malta tostada y caramelo. Cuerpo medio y carbonatación moderada. Bien balanceada con un final más amargo. Ligera.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
back (1666) - Holstebro, DENMARK - MAY 13, 2015
Kobbe klar skum hvid råhvid Anis larkis ingefær appelsin kanel honning Bitter lidt sød meget Tør livlig @f1

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
twistedtxb (81) - - MAR 7, 2015
Bouteille de 750 ml. Belle couleur sirop d’érable. Arôme caramel tout juste assez bien dosée. En bouche c’est cannelle épicée, ensuite mielleuse avec une belle finale sèche. Belle découverte!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MarkoR (811) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2015
750 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a clear copper colour with medium brownish head. Aroma is caramel, floral. Taste is herbal, malts, chocolate, cinnamon. Decent beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beffrey2 (36) - Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Solid winter ale. Kind of reminds me of a Belgian ale. Nice after taste of what seems to be cinnamon. I would drink this again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopsandBolts (223) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2014
2014 edition in 750 ml bottle from the LCBO. Appearance: Pours a clear deep copper brown colour with a finger and a half of white head with decent retention and lacing. Aroma: Brown sugar, cinamon, nutmeg, rasins, toasted malt. Flavours: Brown sugar, caramel, maple, rasins. Mouthfeel: Viscosity a bit on the thinner side with average carbonation. Overall: A nice beer with lots and lots of sweetness. The aromas are more complex than the flavours. This is not a beer I would have identified as a Winter Warmer. I would have expected more spice and higher alcohol but I really liked this beer for the balance of aromas and flavours they achieved, plus I love the sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HippyHop (525) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
Pour is a nice, light-catching amber, with a finger of tan cap that lingers for a bit but leaves my glass squeaky clean. Nose is everything in the deScription: at first the spices, more (candied) ginger than cinnamon, and lots of (candied) orange. As it warms the honey starts to dominate. There’s a bit of caramel malt in the background, and the whole effect is sweet and spicy, and bang on for a "winter ale". Taste is mildly sweet, lots of spice, with a herbal, slightly bitter finish. As someone noted below, this is the kind of thing you drink about once a year, but it’s nicely executed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bunget (711) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2014
750ml bottle. Clear copper body, medium yellow-brown head with good retention. Aroma of soap and ginger, caramel, camp flowers, cloves, dried fruits. Taste starts with a modest herbal hops bitterness, followed by a nice amount of malt sweetness, ginger and cinnamon, cloves. Decent.

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