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RATINGS: 522   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2004
Almost opaque dark brown. A good, smooth, and very drinkable beer. I enjoyed it, but I honestly just didnít think there was enough there, not enough flavor.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2004
Draft at the Old Bay in New Brunswick. Nasty skunky aroma; no head, no lace, undercarbonated, and served too cold. To taste: a crisp clear imitation of better british ales (fullers, youngs).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 1, 2004
Nice dark winter brew.It is a little roasty but generally malty with a nice kiss of hops.It has that standard Weyerbacher taste and aroma,almost like a supped upversion of their Autumn fest.I found it quite enjoyable altogether.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCW (1277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2004
Okay as an English Strong Ale this sucked, but it was a damn good beer! It reminded me of a very good porter. Black in color with a small head. Aroma is sweet, and very chocolatety, with a little roast. Flavor is outstanding, just not what Iíd expect for an English Strong Ale, frankly its more of a chocolate stout. Balanced, chocolate finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 30, 2004
Bottle: I picked this one up at the store and guessed it was an English strong from the aroma alone. Proud of myself or something. Pours to a clear brown, ruby highlights, with a small tan head. Aroma is weak, with notes of coffee, nuts, cherries, light grains, dried apricots. Taste just has something not quite right. Thereís some initial cardboard/stale grains, followed by cocoa, roasted malt, dough, dried fruit, cherries?, corriander?, pepper. Thin and watery, strange.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 30, 2004
Deep mahogany and brown, light tan creamy head. Soft nose of roasted coffee, chocolate, toffee and nuts, with a hint of toasted bread and earth. Itís very well balanced ,smooth and malty, with dried cherry and roasty notes dominating. Subtle hops round this out nicely. Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation drying malty finish. Definitely worth a try...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2004
Drunk out of a blue colored pint glass so no confirmation on definite appearance other than the head which was decent with some lacing that stuck around and stuck to the sides of the glass. Its got a little sweet scent. Tastes like something wintry should, although I canít see the influence of the chocolate malt or roasty flavor. Not great but good enough to light a small fire in this cowboy on a winterís night

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hershiser2 (1571) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 8, 2004
Dark, small head. Strong ale scent. Ordinary flavor/taste for a strong ale. Quite boring and ordinary.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2004
Winter time. This is a decent chocolate smoky ale. Decent beer, but not that remarkable. Weyerbacher usually makes unforgettable beers, this one is not one of those.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - OCT 29, 2004
not much to this beer. poured a brown color with almost no head. Subte roasted aroma gave way to a thin malty flavor not much body either. some hops

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