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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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A hearty British style strong ale with a deep chestnut color. This warming elixer complements stews, soups, roasts and wild game. It's magically delicious.


2.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
geologyguy (690) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - AUG 11, 2014
Great spiced winter ale smell, medium strength, smooth but a bit watery, bitter finish

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Chad9976 (1178) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2014
I poured a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. There was no freshness date. It cost $2.69 ($0.22 per ounce).

Appearance: Hazy orange shade with plenty of spastic carbonation visible. Pours to a small, off white, frothy head which laces and retains fairly well.

Smell: As soon as I popped the cap I could smell a Heineken-like skunky aroma. Not sure why since itís in a brown bottle. Closer inspection reveals minor hints of spice and malt, but mostly itís off-putting.

Taste: Middle Ages is a brewery Iíve never been a big fan of. Most of their beers are average at best, though several are extremely amateurish and lacking of quality control. Wizardís Winter Ale is a good example of what I mean. Here is what should be a decent, robust English strong ale or winter warmer, but is actually a mess of skunk, spices that donít match, and brewing flaws every homebrewer should rectify by their second batch.

I often find beers that smell skunky have a taste to match. While this brew wasnít quite as sour as some of the green bottle lagers, itís definitely noticeably for a supposedly craft brewed ale. Marketed as a strong ale or winter warmer of some type, but itís lacking genuine spices. A general melange of amber and pale malts, but with no sweetness - just raw graininess. Light bitterness on the second half with some dryness on the finish, but still lacking any real hop character. Additional sourness emerges as the beer goes down.

Honestly, I just donít know what this beer is supposed to be. Iíd probably chalk this up to being a really old bottle, but I doubt thatís the case because: 1) itís a winter seasonal, so unless my beer store forgot to sell this last year, thereís no reason to believe this could be more than just a few months old; 2) thereís no freshness date on the bottle, so even if it were expired or fresh off the bottling line Iíd never be able to tell.

Drinkability: For a 6.8% ABV brew, youíd think Middle Ages Wizardís Winter Ale would have some real body and character to it. I found it to be remarkably thin in the mouthfeel and as light-bodied as a macro "lite" brew. Itís tolerable, but not redeemable. This isnít the first time Iíve had problems with this brewery, but after drinking this beer it will indeed be the last.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BrewIPA (83) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2013
12 oz bottle, a nice tasting British ale with a nice bitter taste. Reminds me a bit of some IPAs but with a winter twist. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
MadRobin (1939) - Silver Spring, USA - APR 5, 2012
Poured from 12 oz. bottle yielding a hazy, sparkling dark orange copper with less than a 1 finger head that dissipated quickly. Excellent lacing. Aroma of bready malts, floral hops and spice. Taste is of dark bread, bananas and malt with hops bitterness and a hint of tartness in the finish. Medium plus body with very foamy, silky mouthfeel. An interesting beer, but not an especially good one. The bitterness and slightly tart finish seem to be fighting with the bready malt front end. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
badwhale (366) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2011
Bottle to glass mug. Pours a brown / copper color. Hazy. Has an off white head with good lacing. Lots of sweet malt flavors, good body and has some floral notes.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beerbill (3405) - Laurel, New York, USA - APR 8, 2011
12 oz. bottle. Pours a slightly hazed amber with a moderate off-white head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left partial lace. No aroma. I swirled the beer, stuck my nose right into it - nada. The flavor is mild malt, somewhat grainy, followed by some mild hops bitterness. Light-medium bodied. Easily forgettable.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2011
Wizardís Winter Ale is a very clear, sparkling copper ale with a thin off white foam that quickly fades to a blotchy, bubbly film and leaves nice lacing. It has a sweet, malty, toasty aroma. Itís pretty light bodied, a little flat and a little watery. The finish is a little scratchy. It doesnít taste as sweet as it smells. A pretty strong, green bitterness dominates the taste. Itís quite well balanced and no particular flavor really sticks out. The toastiness is prominent and itís perhaps a bit nutty. Itís not too bad.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2011
Clear amber with a bit of white head. Aroma is light caramel with some spices and a light herbal note. Taste is malty with a light bitterness on the finish. Easy drinking, not very exciting.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pete4999 (1045) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 10, 2011
Bottle. Pours an amber orange with pretty much white head. Smells of some fruit sweetness, caramel; taste is similar. Nothing particularly great about this, but itís not bad either. Smooth and easy to drink...not too fizzy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Photog (215) - Camillus, New York, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Reallly liked this one. Smells of caramel malt and honey. Light hops. White head with a red amber color. Carmel hop flavor with a light bitterness. High Carbonation.


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