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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 bearer’s wishes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RobertDale (3705) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - FEB 21, 2013
12 ounce bottle. Thanks Jeff! Pours a slightly hazy orange/gold with a nice biege head. Aroma of malt, caramel, fruit, and spice. Taste is caramel malt, citrus fruits, spices, and yeast. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ericular (686) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2013 Pours hazy orange with fine decent head with OK retention and not much lacing. Aroma is very sweet malts and only a hint of bread, and then some yeast. Taste is a light sweet cherry into a peppery yeast. Palate is unreasonably carbonated. Aftertaste is moderately bitter. Not my favorite beer in not my favorite style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheAlum (5909) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2013
12 oz bottle from Festival Foods (Eau Claire, WI). I love doing grocery stores for my New Glarus hauls as they always have the best prices. Pours a deep copper amber pour, touches of brown and deepness in the body. Good hazy middle, amber orange glow on the edges is striking. A cakey tannish head atop stays larger, laces pretty well. Aromas are spicy apple sweetness, toffee and carmelization, bready and biscuity malts. Some bigger apple feel at times, mellow earth, yeast, and spice. Gentle spiciness, nondescript sweeter biscuit and caramel malts, gentle kiss of yeast and faint cinnamon whisper. Initial is medium bodied, perhaps a touch lighter. Gentle carmelization, sweeter toffee, biscuits. Some creamy sweetness moves into some mellow yeast, spice, firm earthy hopping that combines with the toast, dries out a decent bit as we move back. Gentle toasty malts linger into the backend, some sticky toffee, caramel, and gentle fruitiness. A touch of heat, dried fruit. A bit bland an non-descript. Not quite what I’d expect from New Glarus a solid if forgettable Winter Ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dogfish120love (1001) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Pours rust in color with an thick off white head. Mettalic notes in the aroma accompanied by dough and vanilla. Too much carbonation which hides a number of flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bookman10 (662) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Pours a clear orangish-copper with thick, soapy head. Grassy, floral aromas and flavor. Rather astringent, with a lot of carbonation. Not my favorite New Glarus variety...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
rubbishystuff (1872) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Thanks to iNBe. Rich toffee flavors quite smooth too. Not too hoppy. Amber with a frothy head. Quite nice. Serving: Bottle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, 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 (426) - 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 (462) - 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 (1937) - 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.

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