Rich and full bodied, this dark ale is brewed exclusively with UK-grown malt and hops and exhibits a luscious malty-sweetness and warming alcohol presence.
Big toffee and liquorice notes on both the nose and front palate give way to a gentle spiciness, refreshing fruit tartness and a drying bitterness that gives this bold winter warmer a surprising drinkability.
Winter Warmers are traditionally malty-sweet English Strong Ales that are brewed in the winter months. Although they are generally dark beers, they are not usually as dark as Stout and have a big malt presence and relatively high alcohol contents.
Sometimes, particularly in the United States, Winter Warmers can be spiced. However, in keeping with the English-style, Winter Sun is not spiced although it does show some spice and herbal character that come from the English-grown Admiral hops, used both for bittering and dry-hopping the beer.
gnoff (8173) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 25, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at The Local Taphouse, Melbourne. On July 26, 2013.
As "Stefano’s Mildura Winter Sun".
Hazy reddish brown color, tan head. Sweet, malty, fruity, alcohol scent. Sweet, malty, alcohol taste. Grainy, alcohol aftertaste. Warming alcohol. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
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