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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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 22, 2003
Dark brown ruby color with a small white head. Aroma of chocolate malts. Subtle cocoa flavors. Texture is dry and smooth. Finish is bitter and roasty. Not bad, but just a bit too thin for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
raymow (1039) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2003
A nice winter beer. Reminded me of a nut-brown ale. Lightly sweet, nice dark reddish color, not much head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
egajdzis (5576) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2012 Dark reddish color, with little head and nice lacing. Aroma of malt, nuts, and cobwebs. Malty sweet chocolate flavor, with some spicyness on the background, some fruit found on the front of the tongue.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheBeerGod (5571) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 18, 2003
Had this on draft at the Taphouse in Norfolk. Dark brown to almost black in color. Light tan head. Smell of hops and malt. Tastes better but nothing overwhelming. Slight chocolate with thin spice character. Probably from the hops. Finishes well with a pleasant aftertaste. Pretty average beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2003
roasted malt, nutty, some chocolate hints very much like a brown ale. I think this one could probably add a little more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10082) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2003
This beer rocks! The aroma contains notes of chocolate, roasted nuts and very rich, creamy malt. Smells much like the imperial stout, only there are more spicey notes infused in this one... such as cinnamon. More hoppy character as well. Pours dark with a lovely ruby hue. The head diminished too quickly for me to so much as glimpse it. Who cares? The color is so sparkling clear and handsome that it still gets high marks for appearance. The flavor is perfectly balanced. Malty, but not sweet. Spicey, but not cloyingly so. Well-hopped, but not overbearing. I like this beer a lot! Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Medium-length, acrid and dry finish. Nice Winter warmer. I recommend it!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 16, 2003
Strong banana taste to the flavor, maybe with some cocoa too. The finish is a bit metallic, which is why palate got a lower rating. The carbonation is perfect, and the beer is a dark amber color. Not bad, not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
notalush (5358) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2003
Looks good and smells moderately roasty. The flavor, however, isn"t very full and is even on the bitter side. Watery finish. Not a very good english strong ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (5096) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2003
Nice dark colour, with a burnt smell. Great short taste with very little aftertaste. A great all-around beer!

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