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Great Lakes Brewing Winter Ale

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

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on tap
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RATINGS: 132   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jennawood79 (367) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2014
Aromas of the honey, spices and malts give an impression of an Xmas pudding with oranage sauce. Decent malt spine, smooth palate, spicey-bready character. Up front the cookie dough malts are there to chew on then the balance comes from the spices which seem to blend nicely with the hops chosen for this brew. Mid palate you get the fruitiness and citrus peel tastes developing...finished clean, slightly sweet and warming with a tang from the spice and hops.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Idiosynkrasie (3928) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - SEP 26, 2014
750ml bottle. Cloudy reddish brown colour with average, frothy, half-way lasting, moderately lacing, off-white to beige head. Spicy aroma has typical soapy ginger notes, hints of orange zest and cinnamon. Taste is minimally sweet malty with a touch of roasted nuts, not overly intense spicy notes of cinnamon, orange peel, hints of ginger with reduced soapy touch; cinnamon and ginger produce a slightly dry, if not soapy finish. Not overdone, but sadly with the in most cases unavoidable soapy ginger touch. More orange and cinnamon, please!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Randy4Beer (196) - - JUN 30, 2014
Pours semi-clear mahogany brown, with a thin off-white head. Moderate lacing left behind while drunk. Aromas are of spice, cinnamon, molasses, caramel. Slightly sticky mouth feel. Tastes of raisin bread, a bit of ginger, honey and Christmas spices. Overall this is the type of beer you have once a year, maybe during the Christmas Holidays.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (7875) - Hasborn, GERMANY - JUN 1, 2014
Trübes kupferfarbenes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch fruchtig, malzig, reife Früchte. Geschmack nach Gewürzen, Pfeffer, scharf, malzig, Citrus.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olio (6287) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 22, 2014
65 cl bottle @ Timo A.
Clear mahogany color, small head. A bit doppelbock like aroma with sweet malts, caramel and some nuts. Sweet caramels makes, ripe fruits, and some yeast. Not as refined as scotch ales usually are, I’d categorize this as doppelbock.
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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiong (3855) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAR 22, 2014
650ml bottle @ Timo A., thanks!

Pours dark reddish brown with a white head. Aroma of sweet syrup, bready maltiness, spices, hints of ginger and orange peel. Taste is smooth, malty and spicy with some notes of cinnamon, honey and bready notes. Finish is sweetish, malty and spicy with some caramel, cinnamon and breadiness. Feels like a doppelbock with spices. Decent.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
laiti (5793) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 22, 2014
65 cl bottle @ Timo A
Rather spicy aroma with pepper and some licorice aromas. Flavour has lots of peppery spices, clove and some toffee. Feels a bit watery. Foamy palate. Too spicy.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
asheft (2544) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2014
Bottle. Potent cinnamon aroma that makes one cough. Almost clear reddish amber under a thin white sheet. Spicy and bitter cinnamon with barely anything else. Medium body, medium carbonation, spicy bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
dandeman (528) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 19, 2014
Aroma: A very spicy aroma; cinnamon, clove, ginger. A touch of crystalized fruits, jujube and cranberry. A slight lack of power. I would have liked a bit more strenght. But still it has indeed a complex nose. Visual: Dark amber, almost brown, clear, with an average thickness head, average density, sticking pretty well to glass. Taste: A lot of spices with clove, cinnamon, orange peel, ginger. A real Christmas beer with a good complexity of flavors. A thin texture and unbalanced mouth feel are the only negative points. All flavors are within spices. Cannot feel a lot of hops. Not exceptional but pretty enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HipHopOpotamus (229) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2014 Purchased in a 750ml bottle from LCBO. Rather enjoyed it. Nothing to strong but still some good spices, good finish to the beer. Good winter brew to enjoy!


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