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


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RATINGS: 140   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hstreet (71) - Toronto, Ontario, - DEC 28, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2012 Great color, great head, great carbonation, Lotsa spice something you would expect around the holidays. A great addition to the fridge during the X-mas season!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jamaty (1335) - 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 (1604) - 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 (68) - - 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 (722) - 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 (34) - 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 (201) - 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 (477) - 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 (687) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daniel0017 (410) - Yukon, CANADA - NOV 28, 2014
Reddish amber body supporting a bubbly, quickly dissipating head. Scent of malt is most prevalent in dair. Flavor is tilted in favor of the malts, which are fruity and like molasses in character. Spidery thin whisp of a mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Idiosynkrasie (5013) - 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!

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