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Indulge in our heady scotch ale. This "Winter Warmer" is a celebration of roasted toffee notes wrapped in rich tawny tones and toasty palate. Two months in the making insures an incredible silky finish. Scottish folklore tells that the first person to step over your threshold brings with them luck for the New Year. Simple gifts of coal for warmth, salt for prosperity and ale for joy symbolize the bearerís wishes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
tectactoe (2851) - Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2015
Bottle: Thanks, Jeff. Orange-copper mix on the body with a mild haze. Foamy, eggshell colored head on top that leaves decent webbing on the glass. Aroma is a strange blend of winter warmer & Scottish ale. Red Delicious apples, cinnamon, ginger, cocoa powder, herbal & leafy hoppage, a touch of mint, very faint menthol, sweet bubblegum, clove, toast, finish has reminders of Belgian yeast. Definitely a lot going on. Flavor leads off with heavy herbal hop notes; mint, toast, brown sugar, gum, coriander, cinnamon, clove, & yeast all come crashing down at once. More subtle background notes of apple, graham cracker, smoke, & caramel are there, too. Definitely a strange brew. Not bad, but just decent, especially based on my standards for New Glarus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Homer321 (2434) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2015
12oz bottle to snifter. Nose is full of sticky, chewy, malty aromas with a light toffee/buttery sensation. Some light esters, mostly apple. Pours a slightly hazy dark orange to red with a medium sized off white head. Wowsers on the taste. Initially full of malt sweetness with some toastiness and caramel. Then the alcohol kicks you in the chest. Finish is on the sweet wide, but man, the alcohol just continues to build and build. My ears are starting to warm as well. Overall a well made beer, but the alcohol is out of control, almost a tad hot and burning.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (6336) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2014
"At first this seems to light in color and body for a scotch ale, but that ainít it. Color, maybe, but thatís irrelevant. Less chocolate malt and more toffee than a lot of wee heavies. It opens nicely and becomes pleasantly warming. I like this, but for a style I really like and a brewer I love I was just a tiny bit disappointed. Not as wee heavy in its presentation as Belgian. Fruity and even a little yeasty like a BSA instead of peaty like a scotch. Definitely enjoyed, though. Thanks again to Heybeerman for the trade."

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
lb4lb (2565) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Typical scotch ale flavours but a slightly better example. Not my thing of course but drinkable.peaty

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (8950) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2014
This beer is a slightly hazy dark amber color with a medium light beige head that diminishes steadily to a film. Aroma of malt, butterscotch and hops. Medium-bodied with flavors of caramel malt, earthy hops, yeast and spices. The finish is dark fruit and malt, with some linger spice in the aftertaste. Decent overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (7107) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 26, 2014
12 oz. bottle from Homer321- thanks again, Sean! Pours a cloudy orange-amber with a small off-white head that leaves a ring and some film that leans to one side. Aroma of fruitcake, allspice, nutmeg, caramel, and cardboard. Flavor of fruitcake, allspice, caramel, nutmeg, gingerbread, graham cracker, cardboard, and a metallic note at the end. Kind of boozy on the finish, too. Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation and a boozy, spritzy mouthfeel. Past its prime. Wish Iíd gotten a hold of one sooner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
napdynmite (67) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2014
Rich and boozy with notes of toffee, coriander, anise, brown sugar. Tastes like a holiday brandy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
tvail4 (17) - - AUG 22, 2014
caramel, alcohol, black, clear, rocky head, white foam, lightly bitter, medium body, slick feel, soft carbonation,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
17thfloor (2435) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2014
This is fantastic. Body and appearance are basically perfect for style... the German-esque attention to detail makes this English-style beer really shine. Rich malt presence that is perfectly attenuated leaving a nice toasted sugar finish, light hopping that compliments the strong alcohol. Nice and nutty aroma. Color me impressed. Iím guessing lager temperatures are what is paying off here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gregwilsonstl (1223) - Missouri, USA - JUN 4, 2014
Oh my. Delicious. Strong toffee. Buttered toast. Dark orange. Smooth. Thanks Erin, great Bday gift. Peppery.

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