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RATINGS: 500   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.


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
YogiBeera (2480) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2003
Sweet cherry nose. Nice appearance. Black with a little head, leaving stripes on the glass. Kind of a weak chocolate taste with pepper notes. Fastgoing.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LordHedgehog (144) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2003
Good collection of nutmeg and other spices, mixed in with a nice malty flavor. Smooth and enjoyable, as long as you can handle the spice load.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
guzzler67 (1509) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 20, 2003
Dark brown with a ruby edge. Small, fast fading head. Hints of toffee/caramel in the aroma. Roasted malt taste had a earthy, leathery edge to it. Spicy bite in the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2003
Deep russet brown. Nose sweet, somewhat peaty and earthy. Primarily sweet, caramel notes. Mild roast flavor gives a little heft. End dry. Not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2003
Deep ruddy color. Sweet and malty, with notes of dark fruit and smokiness. very good indeed. Definately not a gimick beer like alot of "winter" beers.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2003
i'm really being to enjoy strong ales. nice dark color. Caramel was dominate along with alochol. Was rathered suprised by the only 6.1 abv, but i think i'm gonna enjoy the rest of the 6er.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - NOV 3, 2003
12 oz. brown bottle. No freshness date, but it's the 2003/2004 batch. Poured out a deep ruby red, with almost no head at all. Had a thin lacing of foamy bubbles around the edge of the glass, but that's about it. Aromas of caramel malts, some chocolate notes as well. Some slight fruitiness in the taste, but mostly sweet caramel & spices. Finishes smooth & dry, not cloying or syrupy.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2003
Bottled. Good beer. Nice chocolate flavor that stays with you the whole beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2003
Deep dark ruby with a frothy tan head. Bubbles are a bit big for excellent lacing, but the lacing is still quite nice. Aroma is roasted malt, some smoky aromas also. Spicy aroma also, cinnamon and allspice. Smells like a very nice winter ale. Flavor is very malty, caramel and somewhat smoky. Spiciness is not nearly as noticeable in the flavor as in the aroma. Body is Medium and quite lively. Overall not bad but not great.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2003
Bottled. Had a mild roasted / smokey aroma with a medium light tan head. It had a light roasted chocolate flavor, which finished sweet at first and then turned bitter. Seems like something is missing. I think it could use more malt. Not a bad beer, but it was missing the kick in the butt assertiveness that I like in a winter ale.


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