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RATINGS: 521   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   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 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 (1528) - 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 (12440) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2662) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2003
Slight, tan head. Beautiful, clear mahoganey colored brew. Caramel, earthy, malt nose. Medium body. The earthyness and malt aromas play large in the flavor profile with some yeasty/breadyness too. Finish is fairly dry. An uneventful brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17 (3509) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 6, 2003
Pours a nearly opaque dark brown with a 2.5 cm frothy tan head. Nice lacing. Aroma is metallic, ethanol, with a hint of chocolate. Start is bitter with some chocolate maltiness. Finish is a nice smoky/nutty flavor. Mouthfeel is ok. A very solid brew. Maybe a tad bit too thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2003
Deep red/black/brown body with a short fluffy tan head, good lacing. Malty spicy aromas. Taste is sweet caramel, roasted and accented with spices. Dry end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kinz (3530) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2003
Dark crimson, good head, left a lasting ring. Aroma almost solely of roasted malt, nice. Flavor is also based around roasted malt, with a bit of earthy bittering hops for balance. A bit thinner than I would have liked. Fantastic label of looting snowmen though!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Flanny (24) - Severn, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2003
Head formed readily; was a nice beige and fairly creamy, with a few large bubbles. Head disappeared quickly, though. Flavor of nicely roasted malt, with earthy undertones, effectively balanced by bittering hoppiness. Finish was surprisingly dry, considering the malty start.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
CapFlu (4857) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2003
(Draught) Thin, beige head with brown body. Nose of caramel malt. Taste slightly smoked. Nice gritty texture. Good.

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