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RATINGS: 530   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 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (10731) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2004
On tap at the Lehigh Valley Brew Fest í04. Poured a dark reddish brown color with a huge off white head. Aroma and tastes of nuts, chocolate, and roasted malts. Very tasty. I enjoyed this one...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 26, 2004
Appearance: full blackness and utter opacity marks the color, and the head is a big, bold thing, large, fluffy cream-toned head. Aroma:dark, with deep, nutty, spicy notes, earthy, and highly carbonated, peppery. Taste: lush malt warmly greets the tongue, smooth, yet bitter and spicy tones interject. Carbonation continues to be high, and the feel on the tongue is sometimes to close to a cola or such. Body is medium or so, but feels lighter than it ought to be. Texture possesses an oiliness at times, that goes beyond smooth and into slick. This winter ale could use a great deal of improvement if it means to strive further in providing true drinking pleasure. As it is, itís a nice little brew, nothing great, and not offending, neither.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2004
Dark amber/garnet with a medium though quickly-disappearing head. Aroma is very sweet and malty, hints of cherry. Flavor somewhat nondeScript--quite malty, pretty sweet though not cloying, and a nice little bit of hoppiness in the finish, but there just isnít much more to it than that. Feels mildly thick and syrupy. Okay, but no big deal at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (12285) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2004
Dark brown ale with no head. with a nice malty aroma with vinous qualities. A bit thin, but nice nutty lightly lactic taste, with some sweet chocolate and a light hop finale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 29, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2005 Bottle @ Akkurat, Stockholm
Chocolatey malty nose. Quite rich in palate, but I doubt it will evolve to the better with time. This being only six month "late" itís a bit thin. Still got a bit of bonfire aroma. Iíd like a 9% version of this, I think.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAY 17, 2004
Dark brown color with medium sized off white head. aroma is malty with coffee, caramel, cherries, vanilla. Flavor is a little thin, some caramel, malty, but a little watery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 1, 2004
Deep ruby brown hue with inital large frothy head before fading into a small crown, good lace. The aroma hints of dusty and erathy yeast esters, caramel and roasted malts, pipe tobacco, almonds, floral hops, plum, and allspice. The taste starts fruity, malty, and lightly lactic. Undertones of mocha and smoky characteristics. The finish is mildly bitter and hints of some spice. Thin but not watery palate, lively. Alcohol hidden well. Overall, nicely quaffable but nothing earth moving.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 16, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2004 Deep dark amber color with big bubbled tan head, which went away in the first 3 minutes. Roasted aluminum aroma. Taste was a bit thinner than I care for in my winter beers. This is more of a Porter than anything else. No spice or nutty anything. Slight chocolate taste thats a bit too thin. For I brewery that almost always gets my love, this Winter Ale needs a face lift for '04.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (9243) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2004
Pours dark brown. Aroma and taste of almonds, toffee, and malt. Finishes watery, with some malt and sweetness. Not one of my favorites.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 8, 2004
Pours a deep brown with a quickly dissipating brown head. Somewhat spicy but really lite in body. Not very good.

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