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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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RATINGS: 128   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olio (5261) - 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 (3069) - 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 (4943) - 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 (2441) - 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 (451) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HipHopOpotamus (210) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 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!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
lesifflebiere (1025) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 11, 2014
Bière rouge présentant un petit tapis de mousse couleur érable, et dévoilant des notes de gingembre, de cannelle et de caramel en nez. Côté saveurs, elle rappelle indubitablement une bière de Noël, mais avec des épices assez discrètes ; bien carbonatée, plutôt mince, elle est presque désaltérante, bien qu’elle prenne un peu de corps en réchauffant. Une bière d’hiver bien à point, si l’on exclut sa minceur, mais les arômes qu’elle étale sont parfaitement au point.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
cargo150 (420) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 7, 2014
Couleur ambrée avec un beau col. Nez de caramel et d’épices. En bouche épices,caramel fruits rouge. Une bière dans la moyenne rien de très fantastic!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
punkska101 (806) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 4, 2014
bottle from lcbo shared with daddy A: orange peel, ginger, caramel, red fruits just a touch of cinnamon. app: reddish brown small white head t/p: med body with bitter finish of average duration.o: average lack some alcohol.aroma is bit that bad but it’s pretty gentle on spices.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jdobbs (286) - New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 1, 2014
Pours a clear amber with a large off-white head. Aroma is cinnamon dominant. Tastes are sweet, spice, and malt. Cinnamon comes through most clearly. Mouthfeel is astringent like you might feel if you actually put some cinnamon in your mouth. Long finish. Would not try again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy


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