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RATINGS: 533   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Emeister84 (2084) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Aromas of caramel, vanilla, roasted milk chocolate, and butterscotch. Appearance is very dark brown, almost black, with faint off-white head. Flavors of vanilla, cream soda, caramel, some hop bitterness, and some dry Belgian fruity esters. Medium-bodied, with a carbonated creamy texture, and a slightly sweet, slightly bitter, clean, lingering finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2758) - 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.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SanfordBrewer (1501) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2010
(br-btl bk/bu-lbl, 6 pack, 12oz, 6%)

a lot of roasty malt and a bit of minerality. not much hops or alchl to balance, but quite drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10612) - 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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pirmigrin (13) - EASTON, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2011 Pours out with a deep brown/purplish color with a nice brownish/tan head. Smells of malt and a fruity smell....possilby plum? Sweet start with a bit of a malty dry finish. Great winter Ale!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigSkyman007 (202) - USA - JAN 5, 2003
One of the darkest and thickest ales Ive ever had. Very nice rich dark brown color, almost like cola colored, but very little head. A sugary aroma, even though a little thicker, quite smooth, with a nice hoppiness. Not too overpowering or lacking on the hops. Since I am inexperienced with a lot of winter brews, I have nothing to compare it to, but this has been my favorite of the couple of winter brews Ive had, and Weyerbacher once again makes a great microbrew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2004
Okay as an English Strong Ale this sucked, but it was a damn good beer! It reminded me of a very good porter. Black in color with a small head. Aroma is sweet, and very chocolatety, with a little roast. Flavor is outstanding, just not what Id expect for an English Strong Ale, frankly its more of a chocolate stout. Balanced, chocolate finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shadey (2079) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 10, 2005
Black colored pour with no head. Aroma is rich and sweet with some mild roast. Flavor is more chocolately. I like this. Why such crappy ratings?

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