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RATINGS: 533   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 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 (10000) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 5, 2004
Bottle pours a dark brown with major ruby hightlights.   Head is pancake dough like, lacing is average.   Roasted malts, light bubblegum, and chocolate make up the aroma.   Taste is somewhat watery, but has notes of lightly roasted malts & semisweet chocolate.   Seems fairly light for a Winter seasonal.   Mouthfeel is a bit thin for an English Strong Ale.   Not bad, but was hoping for a bit more.   Appears to be more of a Brown Ale.   Thanks goes out to Pabobcat for the trade!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2004
Weak aroma, dark reddish brown color, some malt flavor but quite weak, little hops, watery, unimpressive offering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2004
Rich dark brown with a red tint to it, and almost no head to it. Flavor is intially bitter sweet with a deceent roast flavor and ends with an viscous hop profile

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (18323) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2004
Dark amber, almost black. No head. Has a nice malty aroma with milk chocolate. That chocolate dominates the flacor as well, even if there is some bitterness as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TAR (2693) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, 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.

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