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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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drinkingdan (371) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2002
Dark & roasted but I thought it was just a little to thin. It just felt like something was missing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcalbi (378) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2002
Nothing like a winter ale to cap off a cold, dank Labor Day weekend. Deep, dark brown with a thick and soft roasted peanut color head. Multiple spices dominate the aroma of this beer (ie cinnamon and nutmeg) with a touch of candy sugar. Slight aroma of alcohol on the nose as well but you have to look pretty hard for it. Heavy malt dominance on the inital sip leads into a peppery spiciness and a rather sweet syrupy finish. Comfort food on a cool day.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2002
excellent ’warm you up’ beer, smooth and relaxing

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
quiksilverxtc99 (99) - USA - MAR 9, 2002
Very dark and bitter, english strong ale? well, they got the strong part right.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 3, 2002
The typically american meets the typically belgian and nothing happens. Too bad, is all I have too say. The definition of a average-rated beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
omhper (19667) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 15, 2002
Deep burgundy in colour. Sweetish, malty, and moderately bitter. Roasty and clean.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Delbomber (387) - Philadelphia, USA - DEC 2, 2001
Cloudy dark brown, nearly opaque, with a tan head. Initial aroma reminiscent of a single-malt scotch, blending with earthy vegetable and malted chocolate aromas, developing raisin, prune, and plum aromas as it warms. Full bodied, velvety, and very rich, competently curbing the sweetness of milk chocolate while maintaining its creamy flavor, complemented aptly by rum raisin. Malt dominates, almost bullying the roastiness that gives this beer its charm.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bov (9607) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAR 22, 2001
very dark brown colour, fine lace, vegetable and malty aroma, sweet with a long bitter aftertaste

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12723) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 22, 2001
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2008 Amber-brown colour. Rich chocolate, earth aroma. Earthy, chocolatey body with a light nuttiness. Good balance throughout and an earthy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2528) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2001
Warming, with a slight nuttiness and toasted flavor. Nice deep dark brown color, although no head or lace. Unusual aroma difficult to identify (some roasted malt in it). Overall, a pretty good winter ale.

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