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RATINGS: 496   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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At Weyerbacher we have created a Winter Ale that is a must for any malty beer lover. Winner of a Silver Medal in the 1998 World Beer Championships, Weyerbacher Winter Ale is brewed with deep-roasted chocolate malt. The taste predominates with a warm, roasty flavor, balanced out with a slightly dry finish. It is smooth but not cloying, with a warming belt of alcohol (5.6% ABV). Although winter ales predate history, they are believed to have their origin in the pagan celebrations of winter solstice. Later, when monasteries produced the local brew, winter ales were made each year to commemorate the birth of Christ. Back then, winter ales were brewed full-bodied as a source of nutrition for the upcoming winter months. Today, winter ales are typified by their seasonality, their rich, malty flavors and by their deep, dark coloration. Generally available November-March, Weyerbacher Winter Ale is the perfect libation for a winter meal, with good friends, or beside a warm fire fending off a cold winter night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TAR (2410) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - FEB 13, 2004
Clear reddish copper. Thick, caulky light tan head. Interesting aroma with slick, fruity malt accents and suggestions of cherry stem, perfume, plum, and unsweetened chocolate. Quite earthy and sugary with muted wood notes and peach esters. Soft, round mouthfeel. Velvety carbonation. Light leather sensations collide with rounded hop flavors and sugary malts as the subtle fruity esters spring into action. Finishes with fresh bread and roasted chocolate alongside unsweetened chocolate, pleasant fruit notes and a pinch of earthy hops. Their house character is addictive as it tastily lingers with the leather, star anise, and black cherry flavors. What happened to the hop depth? Middle-of-the-road seasonal badly needing more body to carry the delicate flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2004
A very different winter ale than what I was expecting. The flavor is full of chocolate and carob, very nice and roasted, with a light spiciness, some dark fruits, figs and raisins. Very nice and easy to drink, could almost pass as an apertif.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2004
Dark brown with a thin beige head that fades as fast as Howard Dean in the New Hampshire Primary. A touch of sweetness tempered by roasty malt goodness. Unsurprisingly, for Weyerbacher, a noticeable amount of bitterness rears its pretty head. The malt is almost coffeeish in flavor, but not like a Speedway Stout. Raisiny along with some pleasant, mild spiciness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2004
Dark brown w/ burgundy hue. Beige head. Sweet, slightly roasty caramelized malt aroma w/ some fresh hops underneath. Medium body. Rich chocolately flavour w/ some roastiness. Dry, moderately hoppy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2004
Dark chestnut brown with some red tint. Malty, just a little sweet, caramel, medium bodied. Just OK.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
Ron (2348) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2004
Received one bottle as part of Christmas present. Yeah, it's dark, corbonated and slightly sweet. Then youtaste other overpowering nasty flavors. I do not enjoy coffee or tobacco flavors in my beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3158) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2004
Pours dark red-brown, with a thin tan head. Sweet, sugary aroma leads to a rather one-dimensional sweet, sugary body with dark fruit flourishes and nutty hints. Thin-bodied. Comparable to Boulevard Nutcracker or Goose Island Christmas Ale, but falls short of those beers in terms of complexity and character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - JAN 11, 2004
Pours a dark red color with a small off-white head. Aroma is roasted malt with some spice. Flavor is quite spicy and malty. Nothing exciting here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DCopperfields (145) - Alabama, USA - JAN 7, 2004
Maybe I am lucky because I am able to taste this off the tap. A little too cold at first to get the aroma, but once the beer warmed a little, I detected hints of coffee, mocha. Apperance was dark brown with red hightlights. and after tasting this beer, I immediatedly thought to myself, "porter." And a nice porter it is. Well carbonated, with a creamy, tan head that stuck around long enough, I particularly was impressed with the mouthfeel. Finish was choclolaty, nice firm roasted malt flavor, and a touch of hop to close it. A very good beer on this cold winter night, warming up at the bar at David Copperfield's.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JAN 3, 2004
deep cola and tobacco spittle umber pour; direct lighting forces confessions of flinty crimsons along the outermost edges. head is retiring and a slightly more pale and alluring version of the biege associated with old computers. sweet orange-scented malts abound in the aroma--tho the alcohol too clamours for recognition. subtle plum, chocolate, dried flowers and-- never mind what it smells like-- it's begging to be quaffed. carbonation is lively and hops are upfront immediately, leaving the malts to speak more slowly and less dramatically. light to medium body, sweet coffee and hints of orange and ginger bread. bitterness returns again to take it out with a deminishing reprise...

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