SanTan Winter Warmer
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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.54/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
SanTan’s annual Winter Warmer ale is based on a traditional English Old Ale recipe and then spiced with 10 lbs of fresh ginger from our local market. Generous amounts of caramel and roasted malts are added to give Winter Warmer a deep ruby brown hue. The malt is backed by 10 gallons of Arizona orange blossom honey that lends a slightly sweet taste to the big malt flavor with a sting of ginger. Winter Warmer weighs in at 9% ABV and will keep Jack Frost from nipping at your nose! 20.5°

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DesertDevil (685) - Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2013
On tap at the brewery. Ginger-heavy nose with some clove, cinnamon, and the faintest hint of tobacco. Pours über-dark brown with a big, foamy tan head and medium lacing. Spice-forward flavor of ginger and orange blossom with a tiny earthy hop bite and a moderate-to-heavy caramel malty sweetness to finish. One of SanTan’s better offerings.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 5, 2012
Solid winter warmer. I would like to see a bit more depth of flavor though -- either more hops in a West Coast style or more malt for a more traditional warmer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDurden24 (1673) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUN 26, 2012
From last winter. Served in a snifter with Ginger snaps. Brownish red pour with plenty of caramel malts and winter spices. Taste has a some nice spices and a little sweetness. My favorite SanTan brew by far.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bretupdegraff (242) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Ginger ginger ginger! Wow. Good taste but glad I got this in a flight. Might be too much in full glass. Wow. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (8159) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Growler pour courtesy of nbutler11 pouring up clear amber with tan head. The aroma is nice and estery with dates, prunes and red apples as well as some sweet malts and yeasty spiciness. The taste has a bit of malt astringency anchored between prune and honey covered apples notes. There is a modest mineral and earthiness going on in the background too. Decent enough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 5, 2012
(On draught at Santan). Pours a clear mahogany color with a off-white head. Aroma is caramel malts and plenty of spices (ginger?). Taste is sweet with some spice bite. Medium bodied and slick. Very easy going down. Pretty nice stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 19, 2011
on tap at 1702 pours dark brown to black with a medium tan head. Aroma is licorice, maple wood and syrup and a little booze. Flavor is light roast and licorice with a little heat and light peppery spicing in the finish. Very well done, I could drink alot more of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 3, 2011
draft@ taste of tops, tempe, az. Dark pour (bad lighting)...thin ring of suds. Spicy doughy nose...cookies and dried fruit with a subtle but noticeable fruit tartness around the edges, holiday spices..inviting in a christmasy way. Flavors are bound to a decently full bodied beer and exhibit holiday spices, dark fruits with subtle tartness like dark plum...similar to anchor christmas almost though less emphasis on the spices. A little spicey bitterness in the finish but not really all that strong. Decent beer for relaxation...could slowly sip on this with a cigar or something on a cold night, so...does the winter warmer thing like its supposed to...no complaints.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lucklys (62) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2011
My beer arrived with a nice finger-thick, khaki colored whipped cream layer of foam resting atop a clear concentrated cola brown brew with gorgeous garnet red highlights. The head didn’t stick around long, though, and the little bit of retention it had quickly diminished to thin webby lacing along the glass while it was cold. As it warmed, all traces of foam vanished. --- The nose was full of toasted sweet malts, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. While it was sweeter on the nose initially, it did hold quite a bit of a bittersweet note that was punctuated by hints of pine needles and a very faint bon fire off in the distance. Warming up, the spices were much more pronounced and a faint dry spicy yeast, toasted barely, and a caramelized citrus - most likely orange zest - became present. It was rather comforting to sit with this beer in the dark, warm bar with the sounds of lightly clinking glassware, garbled laughter, and that ever present hum of friendly conversation going on around me. It’s a very calming experience enhanced by a nice warming beer. --- the Winter Warmer, while being warming, comes across with a medium body thanks to adequate tingly carbonation even though it holds a thinner mouthfeel overall. Early on it was quickly hoppy and dry with a light piney resin, but was smoothed out nicely by lots of honey and a faint caramelized orange zest that became more prominent as it warmed. There were plenty of dark, sweet malts throughout, followed by toasted grains, nutmeg, allspice, and a hearty kick of ginger right at the end that left my mouth slightly dry and spicy. I really liked the complexity of this beer and found it difficult to pick out quite a few aromas and flavors as I came across them - which of course kept me going back for more. At one point, I even started dipping my fresh little gingersnap cookies in the beer to bring out the sweetness from under all the spice! Honestly, I should probably get a growler of the Winter Warmer so I can make my own gingersnap cookies for my family when they come visit in a month.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexanderj (3539) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Bottle; poured a dark ruby brown. Off white head. Aroma of fruit, sweetness, sugar and dark fruit. Flavor had a sweetheart feel to it; fruit and dark fruit. Some alcohol. A bit one dimensional.

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