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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Bottle thanks to Skyview:   Reddish caramel, moderate foamy sandy head, fairly nice lacing.   Sweet bready aroma, some biscuit, but also some alcohol.   Appears to also have an unripened fruitiness too.   Somewhat of a weird one in that its more fruity than smokey or peaty.   Very bready and fruity, but not all that bright.   This really is a weird one, as it doesn’t have the peaty/smokey aspect to it.   Body and mouthfeel are fairly full, chewy too.   However, its more fruity and bready than any other Scotch Ale I have had.   Slightly mealy on the finish.   Tiz okay, and certainly different.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
revtork (10) - North Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2013
A lighter scotch probably shouldn’t be named "Winter Warmer." This scotch ale doesn’t stick to your gills the way others do, despite the over-the-top packaging with foil and the like. You’ll do better with Founders or Three Floyds Scotches. And this is coming from a Wisconsinite! (New Glarus is overrated in just about every category. Go to Tyranena’s Brewers Gone Wild for the best in what Wisconsin has to offer).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fattybladdy (617) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2013
12oz bottle, appearance is a cloudy brownish amber with tall head. Nice mild aroma of apple and caramel. Taste is light apple, caramel and spice. Not at all what you would expect with a name like winter warmer, it’s actually fairly light tasting and really easy to drink. Aging it for a bit may have taken the edge off, as there is no detectable alcohol. Overall quite the unique and enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
adnielsen (9470) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Bottle @ home, courtesy of arminjewell. Thanks! Gusher! Pours a bit hazy, reddish orange appearance with a cream colored head. Cola, caramel, orange fruity, toffee aroma. Heavily carbonated. Kind of chewy, cardboard/paper, toasted malty, caramel, a bit goopy, slightly herbal flavor that finishes with a bit of citrus. This sure hasn’t held up well based on this bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (6434) - Hastings, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2014 Rerate: Pour out of 12 oz bottle, big thanks to Jeff! Much less cardboard, nice caramel, toffee, dark plum, red fruits, no cardboard. Tasty. Pour out of 12 oz bottle, dark orange red pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, toffee, hints of cola in there, touch of earth, slight spice, some cherry juice. Taste is a mix of dark fruit, cola, hints of dark caramel, lots of cardboard, hints of spice, finishing fairly sweet, slightly dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
markducommun (238) - Wilmette, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2013
Sweet toffee nose, some nuttiness. Orange-gold with a small tan head. Initial taste is like the nose, sweet caramel, but followed by a pleasant banana yeastiness and some sourness. Very present alcohol, some acidic bite. Quite heavy mouthfeel. Has aspects that alone might be undesirable but together balance each other very well. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (9555) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 21, 2013
Bottle... Pours clear and amber with a small, creamy, white head that’s gone in a flash. Unassuming aroma of toffee and biscuit. Nearly full-bodied with tickling carbonation. Toffee and biscuit flavor with a lightly acidic element. Finishes tangy and malty. Bottle courtesy of ctipping!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 8/20
Westchesterco (1112) - mclean, Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2013
Poured from a bottle it is a cloudy caramel color with a slight head. The aroma is apples and it tastes of some cinnamon with a zing of that which lingers on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (3643) - McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2013
From a 12 oz bottle shared at home. Pours a reddish amber with a thick ecru head. Fruity nose. Highly carbonated. Flavors of toffee. Smooth, crisp finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nulptr (114) - SCOTLAND - SEP 1, 2013
bottle from Coffee Grounds. I can say nothing that Terminus’ review doesn’t already say perfectly. Fazit: not bad but not really a scotch ale.

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