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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.


3.7
   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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
charule (1250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2014
Bottle from NG. Poured slight hazy dark amber orange with thinning beige head. Aroma if pear apple caramel spice. Med carb and bod. Sweet dark fruit clove pear taste.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gregwilsonstl (1139) - Missouri, USA - JUN 4, 2014
Oh my. Delicious. Strong toffee. Buttered toast. Dark orange. Smooth. Thanks Erin, great Bday gift. Peppery.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (2843) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Bottle - Pours lightly rosy amber with a big foamy white head. Toasted bready malt on the nose, with a bit of toffee sweetness and a touch of peat. Smooth, well-balanced taste, with the same bready maltiness, subdued caramel sweetness, some fruitiness (the grapes from canned tropical fruit?) and just a bit of boozy warmth on the finish. The finish is pretty bitter malty too, and lasts a long time in the mouth. Thinner than I expected, but smooth and with just the right amount of carbonation. Solid, and a much more season-appropriate beer than the Sam Adams Spring mix pack I saw--on January 4th--in the cooler.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scones (6) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2013 does not count
Itís good, but not what I expected. I think a winter warmer, and I expect a little more, a little more body, a little more umph. This beer came across a little light. I got some caramel in the nose, and more caramel and some vanilla flavor. The mouthfeel was rather light, at least for what I thought for the style. Not really disappointed, just thrown off a bit. Again, a good beer, but I guess since it was New Glarus (a thumbprint no less) I was expecting to be a bit more "wowed".

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OnWisconsin (132) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Poured I to a tulip a clear dark golden or pumpkin color with a nice 1+ white finger head. Aroma was of green apples/cider up front followed by some burnt toffee and finishing with a ton of spice. Taste followes the nose with sweetness and apple followed by a sour and bitter maltiness and finishing with spices I canít pick out (some cinnamon for sure). There is a lot going on and a bit difficult to pick it all out. Mouthfeel is medium and pretty smooth. Feel like this should have about a 7% abv but canít detect much until it warms to about 55 degrees due to all this sweet spicy maltiness going on.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5269) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
XmnwildX12 (2078) - 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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DalzAle (1999) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwm1034 (662) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Bottle from the beer fridge at lake. Interesting / almost sour initial taste followed by toffee / boozie taste that improves as it warms. Tasty


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