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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 15/20
DalzAle (2026) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Bottle. Dark tan pour, a little carbonation and an rich caramel aroma. Flavor is rich caramel, toffee, copper and good and malty all the way through. Not bad for a scotch ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Has some nice malty caramel sweet scents. Taste is very sweet caramel and has some piney bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
demmbonz (716) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 20, 2013
12oz to pint. Looks like an amber. Cream color head that dissipates. Very biting carbonation. Good beer but Scotch Ale? I guess if you say so.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
portableparty (2293) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Pours amber brown with a large frothy off white head that settles to a tight foamy film. Aroma is malty and fruity with hints of roasted nuts. Taste is sweet malt and fruitiness with some peat toffee and burnt caramel and some bitterness. Palate is medium to full with fizzy carbonation and a slick drying finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nuplastikk (5797) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours a lighter than expected orange-tan, a little murky, with a thin, oily white head. Rather unimpressive for a NG Thumbprint, this sort of leans more towards an Amber, Not really clean enough or smooth enough on the palate to really capture any Scottish feel, finish is actually a little boozy, along with cherry amber malt. Mystery ABV doesn’t help a beer like this out, I;d guess 8.2%, and shows it. The more and more I sip on it, it reminds me of a Belgian Amber, sugary, boozy, big amber malt tones. Not one I’d seek out or buy again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
starewich (170) - - JAN 17, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2013 Cloudy red-orange. Malt character is big on caramel. Hops are there but in the background. Long finish; the earthy taste of a scotch ale kicks in here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Guerde (1288) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2013
(bottle) Pours a clear ruddy color with a medium cream-colored head. Aroma is interesting, although somewhat subtle, with scents of marshmallow, booze, urinal cake, maraschino cherry, graham cracker, and toasty malt. Odd combo, but it somehow works. The flavor is disappointing,and consists of a muddled mass of undefinable sweetness before finishing with a thinned-out booziness. Gets a bit minerally and metallic in the finish. Could be a hint of cherry here, but it’s very faint, and it’s the only definable aspect of the flavor. Carb is a little too high as well for the style and is very spritzy. A rare miss from New Glarus.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4889) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Courtesy of Skyview. Dark orange color with a medium head. Musty malt aroma. Malty flavor with a light bitterness. Lacks the malt profile of most Scottish/Scotch Ales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Picked up a four-pack from Discount Liquors in Waukesha, WI. Pours a clear amber orange colored brew with an average sized off-white head that slowly dissipates to a thin white ring. Aroma of sweet caramel malts, some tart apple, earthy spices and a hint of cinnamon. Taste is full bodied, malty with flavors of belgian style yeast, a hint of banana, clove, some cotton candy, caramel malt and some floral hops. Finish is semi-sweet with some banana yeast and caramel malt aftertaste. More of an American Strong Ale than a Scotch Ale, but definitely a winter warmer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (11424) - Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2015 Very clean and alty brew. some yeast which is almost bubblegummy. Overall it is solid but I would have liked more toasted malt character and a different english ale yeast. 2 year aged bottle: Darker pour than I remember, hazed amber poured with lees, the creamy off-white head sticks forever. Aroma of a brandy old fashioned, bubblegum, vanilla, oak, poached pear, ginger, and spice. Flavor is toffee and dark fruits, hit of alchol, some earthiness and spice. This aged really well. Bumped to a higher score

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