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RATINGS: 121   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Series   ABV: -
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 bearer’s wishes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2013
12oz bottle from Siebel. Pours a clear, orange-copper colored body with a finger-width, creamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is malty and somewhat sweet with light caramels and a bit of a toasty toffee note. A few fruity esters and a light spicing. Flavor is similar. Lightly spiced throughout with a somewhat sweet caramel maltiness. A bit of a toasty toffee and a few apple esters before this finishes dry and a touch sweet with a medium bitterness. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium to medium-full body and a somewhat fizzy, medium-high carbonation. Overall, not my favorite scotch ale, but pretty solid. Malty and somewhat sweet with a light toast, spicing, and apple note.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChiGuy68 (556) - Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Tasted from a 12oz. bottle. Poured with a healthy initial head and continuous carbonation. Rich amber color with a pleasant aroma. A smooth tasting Scotch Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pablo951 (646) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Pours well out of the bottle with a medium bodied head and an orange / brownish hue. Very Pungent aroma with notes of citrus and scotch. Heavy tasting scotch ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jstraw (1965) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Copper with big, creamy, beige head, decent legs / Sweet, malty nose of spun sugar, citrus, and spice / Medium body, lively carbonation, moderately sweet, some earthiness, surprisingly astringent with bitter finish / Mild flavors of spun sugar, orange, cinnamon / Big bitterness, weak fruit, makes this somewhat out of balance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Bottled. Poured hazy orange with a short, smoked khaki head. The aroma picked up warm molasses and caramel with peppery warmth and a bit of raw alcohol too.. OK. The flavor found black pepper and a touch of tangy fruit skins upfront, with warm molasses and licorice behind.. spicy and warm with a kiss of smoke on the finish.. tasty. Medium-bodied and just a touch raw with boozage on the palate.. I’ll give ’er another shot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andyhwcinc (1853) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Enjoyed at a friends house prior to going to 3 Floyd's. Appearance is a moderately cloudy caramel with a very rich slightly off white head. Aroma of ale yeast, a bit of spice, with a touch of caramel and toffee. Taste is crisp like other New Glarus brews, definitely malty with a bit of a roasted flavor. Good stuff, happy to have enjoyed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbaaron (1974) - Arizona, USA - FEB 1, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2014 Poured into a snifter. Literally 0 degrees outside at the moment. Beautiful deep burnt orange. Medium fluffy white head reducing to a small lasting topping. Nicely carbonated. Sticky lace. Aroma is complex.. malty, sweetness, toffee, fruity, spices, lighter peat. Flavor follows nose. Medium body. Creamy and smooth. Noticeable alcohol warming in mouth and belly. Malty then spicy then hop bitter. Clean flavorful finish. Not a model of the style but a delicious well made beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarinEvelyn (820) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 1, 2013
golden/orange/amber color. Large head. Very beautiful beer. Hints of toffee and malt. Smooth beer. Malty, toffee flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
spilledpint (352) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 31, 2013
12 oz. bottle served in snifter. Ar: Moderate boozy dried fruits, touch of toffee, and a touch of light smoke. Ap: Pours a slightly hazy orange-amber with almost no head or lacing. T: Fairly sweet and definitely malt-forward, but not as much so as other Scotch Ales I’ve had. Not as robust as I expected, finish is a bit piney. P: Moderate to high carbonation for a bigger beer, medium-thick body and a bit sticky. O: Pretty good beer, but underwhelming for me compared to most other NG Unplugged/Thumbprints.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
akoeninger (683) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Hazy red color, toasted malt aroma, flavor is sweet, toffee. Some scotch and alcohol. Very, good.

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