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RATINGS: 517   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 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...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 3, 2004
Bottle. Pours brown and almost opaque, with dark amber highlights when held to the light and sporting a nice off-white head. Aroma is dark roasted malts and hints of spice. Flavor is porter-like, full and rich roasted malts, coffee bitterness and a slightly spicy finish. Medium body and slow rising carbonation give this a nice mouthfeel. Thanks to Dan for this east coast treat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (5938) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 1, 2004
Dark red with a thin toffee head. Heavy flavor on an average-bodied beer. Candy-nut and roasty, but relatively inactive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 21, 2003
Mostly brown in color with a hint of deep red. Aroma is of malts, mostly earthy, some fruity. Extremely carbonated. I'm having a hard time trying to find the flavor because the carbonation is overwhelming. Some roastiness and gets a little roastier as it warms. Finish is ok. Pretty much a bust.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
1more4dessert (330) - Upstate, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2003
very thin and watery, garnet color but pretty transparent. a little roastiness and a too quick dry finish, tastes like a watered down dry stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - DEC 18, 2003
Aroma of chocolate graham crackers. Flavor of tea and soft chocolate malt. Palate is very thin and watery which detracts greatly from an otherwise nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2003
Deep ruby color, medium tan head. Sweet malt aroma, some chocolate. Flavor was toasty and sweet up front with a touch of pine in the dry finish. Decent

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Darkover (1522) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2003
Dark ruby color with a big beige head. Weak chocolate and caramel aroma. Flavor of sweet malt, a touch of chocolate and some bitterness. Finish is pretty dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 12, 2003
Pours a darker brown with a moderate light tan head. Dry aroma of light chocolate and caramel with some wintergreen. Body is lightly sweet, semi-bitter and chocolatey more toward the finish, but very dry throughout. This could use a nice silky texture to it and some more balance.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (11822) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 7, 2003
Clear, dark red brown with small medium tan head. Aroma is medium sweet, raisin. Taste is medium sweet, watery raisin, some cardemom, somewhat astringent. Medium body, some stickiness.

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