geologyguy (1035) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - AUG 11, 2014
2.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Great spiced winter ale smell, medium strength, smooth but a bit watery, bitter finish
Chad9976 (1471) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2014
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
BrewIPA (93) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
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MadRobin (2440) - Silver Spring, USA - APR 5, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
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badwhale (396) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2011
2.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
beerbill (3574) - Laurel, New York, USA - APR 8, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
pete4999 (1295) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Photog (215) - Camillus, New York, USA - NOV 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.