BlackHaddock (2887) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From Oct 2009: This bottle conditioned beer came in a brown 500ml size, bottled on 3 Oct 08 and could have been laid down for years to come (according to the label).
I tried to pour this beer into a vase shaped pint glass, but it was so lively I had to find another glass and pronto! Once it had calmed down it looked fine. A clear dark amber, light mahogany body had an off white head sat on top of both glasses.
The smell was spicey yeast, meaning pepper, cumin and corriander (but not a curry smell), along with the more normal yeast aroma you’d expect from a UK bottle conditioned beer.
The taste mirrored the smell, spice and yeast. Robust even though the alcohol is only 4.9%.
I prefer a winter warmer to have more body and richness, this didn’t possess such attributes but it felt right in the mouth. It may even have been opened too early (only a year old).
I wish I’d obtained more than one of these because I think with time the beer will mature and could well be fantastic aged a bit.
SaintMatty (4277) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml Bottle (as Santa’s Choice Winter Warmer) - Chestnut coloured. Fruity, hoppy and spicy aroma with cinnamon, ginger and fruit cake. Spicy and tangy taste eiyj hops, cinnamon, ginger and some peppery malt notes. More fruit cake elements feature in the finish. Very nice.
johndoughty (3528) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle with strength of 4.9. Brown with a small head.Medium body with a very nice spicy flavour mixed with a gentle bitterness.A pleasant winter warmer.
swooper (1242) - Cambridge and Kladno(Czech Rep.), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, 4,9% alc now. briliant aroma, fruit malthoppy - orange grapefruit, Golden, hazy, white head, medium bitterness, medium malt sweetness in the end. Medium body, nice slicky feel, soft to average fizzing, nice bittersweet end, very good stuff
oh6gdx (19631) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 2, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (as Santa’s Choice Winter Warmer). Amber colour, small beige head. Aroma is lots of spices, some caramel malts as well as fruity notes. Flavour is spices, yeast, grass, some caramel malts. Quite dry bittery palate.
leaparsons (7483) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle conditioned. Amber brown with a small off-white head. Aromas are xmas spices with herbal notes. Mellow berries with biscuit. Flavours are caramel malts with earthy hops and berry fruit. Spicy on the finish. Mine was called Santa Clause’s Winter Warmer at 4.9%/
Alphadelic (1728) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Winter warmer. No sign of the Ginger added. pretty tasty but straight forward golden ale. Why so golden for Xmas?
thepegjett (1261) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A - fruity
A - golden with frothy head
T - light sweet with dry bitter
P - mid
O - decent
KnutAlbert (5544) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 17, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask at Pig’s Ear BF
Lots of caramel here, some malty body, some burned sugar giving bitterness, but alltogether not well balanced.
BeerCast_Rich (1809) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 6, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
[500ml bottle, The Bottle, York] [Santa’s Choice WInter Warmer] Pretty flat golden brown pour, aromas of hops and slight spicy bitterness. Tastes like a bitter, with something slightly odd towards the back which may be a gingery tang. Spiced with hops rather than actual spices means it tastes more like a speciality bitter than a winter warmer. Quite watery overall and ultimately disappointing. Needs more of everything. [09/12/2009]