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Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: English Strong Ale
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RATINGS: 118   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask: Seasonal - October to Jan.
Production moved from Youngs to Wells & Youngs in October 2006. Brand acquired solely by Charles Wells in 2011.
Ingredients: Maris Otter and crystal malt with cane sugar added to the copper with Fuggle and Golding hops.
The definitive winter beer and a long-time Young’s favourite, Winter Warmer is a champion cask ale that is an essential warmer during the winter months.
"Rich ruby coloured beer, almost red in bright light. Complex fruity nose with hints of candy. Luscious and full bodied, with a powerful mouth-coating flavour leading to a bittersweet, vinous finish."


3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KnutAlbert (6346) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 12, 2006
One of the seasonal ales from Youngs. Subtle taste - on the opposite end of the scale from the Special London Ale. A bit on the sweet side with a nice nutty finish.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (6501) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 12, 2005
Thin, coarse-laced off-white head on dark red body. Faint sourish aroma of nuts and faint sweet roastiness. Taste is smooth, clean, nutty maltiness; quite bitter. Aftertaste is drily nutty, with hoppy bitterness lingering. Clearly a well-made beer, but rather subdued. (Cask at the Britannia.)

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JonMoore (1964) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2005
Cask handpump at the Swan in the Rushes, Loughborough. Dark ruby coloured with a creamy white head. Fruity aroma. Rich malty, fruity and brown sugar flavour. Full bodied. Very good.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
madsberg (10597) - Søborg, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2005
Cask @ Ølbaren: Burgundy coloured. Unclear. Fluffy brownish head. Floral, herby and light fresh aroma. Flavour as well is herby and has light caramel notes. Is a bit flat (it has to be, hasn’t it!!!). Is quite fruity in the end. Very bitter notes.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Tobias10 (99) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2005
Cask : The Ram, Wandsworth. The 2005 brew is not so full bobied as previous years. It still has the burnt caramel undertones, deep red/copper colour and rich malty flavour. I dont have anything else to say about it but it wont let me submit so this is just a bit of ad lib to trick the system it accepting a short review!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 20, 2005
Pint pulled at The Kings Arms in Wandsworth (London), a dark ruby brown with a frothy head and an aroma with hints of cherries. A richness in the malty flavour and a nice bitterness through the mouth, with an underlying smoothness.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Badowski (1) - ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2005 does not count
Cask at the Coach & Horses, Kew and Ye White Hart, Barnes, Surrey/South London, UK. This is my favourite beer ever. I was horrified when Young’s "reformulated" their Special Bitter and would have been mortified if they’d changed this masterpiece as well. This year’s offering is as good as it’s ever been. I don’t drink wine or spirits, and what amazes me about this ale is that it seems to be the complete alcoholic beverage. As it develops in the glass it takes on a refined port-like character while having a lovely malty aroma and all at 5%!. The unique toffee/fruit flavours are as good as ever. Please keep drinking this, chaps, it deserves your support, plus if anyone out there knows how Young’s could be persuaded to start brewing Special Bitter as it was then let me know. Why on earth they changed it is anyone’s guess. At present I’m only visiting their houses when Winter Warmer is around, which, thankfully is for a glorious 4 months. On a more positive note, Ram Rod and Burton Ale were offered on cask as part of this year’s "Autumn Festival" and both were packed full of flavour and highly recommended. Viva Young’s! A Happy Winter Warming to you all.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nekronos (3738) - Xalapa, MEXICO - NOV 6, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2006 Too strong with no sense, I got a little wamrer but not enough to call it like that. Dark, and foam just present.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrisoni (14619) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2005
Cask at County Hotel, JDW, Ashford I know that this is out of season, but I forgot to rate it at the time. Dark brown/ruby beer with rich malty fruit and brown sugar flavour. Hoppy spiciness on the end. Splendid to keep you warm

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - APR 24, 2005
Strawberry flavour. Slightly acidic. Malty sweet finish. A nice warming brew, with a fruity touch.


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