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Brewed by Wells & Youngs
Style: English Strong Ale
Bedford, England

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RATINGS: 116   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.
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."


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (9954) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2005
Cask Conditioned at The Crown Hotel, Chertsey, Surrey. Chestnut coloured with thin head. Roasted malts to the fore, with charred coffee husk taste. Thin in body and with a sweet fruity background. OK but not great.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2005
Cask @ Britannia, Euston Station & The Lamb, Bloomsbury. More body than the bottled version for this pleasent sweet winter warmer that gets a bit cloying in the finish

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TinyClanger (41) - West Sussex, West Sussex, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2005
Case @ Young’s brewery tap. A dark ruby beer with a roast nose. The loose, ivory-coloured head didn’t last all that long. An initial roast malt hint is rapidly overwhelmed by the toffeeish sweetness, with a faint iodine tang developing in the aftertaste.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5156) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2010 Jan, 2004: Catford Ram - a Young’s pub. Pleasantly malty and sweet. Good balance and a humming harmony. Sort of honeyified, like a liquid Toblerone. [3.5]
Dec, 2004: Lamb, Bloomsbury - a Young’s pub. Butterscotch. Mouldy going into dark fruits. Mild dark hop finish. OK. London Xmas Crawl. [2.9]
Feb, 2005: Young’s brewery Tap. Soft toffee. Delicate, fresh. Pleasant. Sweetness builds to become cloying. [3.0]
Nov 9th 2007Trinity Tavern, Brixton This was the meeting point for the Sex Pistols gig. And we knocked back a few ordinaries, then tucked into the Winter Warmer before heading for the Beehive and getting hammered on Scorpio Porter. What a night! This one went down well. A solid tasting English Strong Ale, though only 5%. It really has the lovely firm mouthfeel that gives the impression this is much higher. Nicely done. [3.4]
Dec, 2010 Who’d Ha Thought It, Rochester. An OK beer, but way too much crystal malt. Tastes more like an Autumn Ale. Would like some dark malts for a winter warmer. Tastes damp and greasy in places. Ho hum. Drinkable enough, but a pint is the limit. [2.8]

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - FEB 26, 2005
Cask @ brewery tap: Dark ruby in colour with a lasting tan head. Sweet fruity flavour, suprisingly inoffensive. Not very warming but still quite tasty and fresh. Smooth body. Nice.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Mungo (2472) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2007 Nov 07 Cask conditioned @ Humble Plumb, Soton. Ruby colour. Fairly thin with sweet bready malt. From memory seems a touch lighter, a bit thinner and more one-dimensional than I remember the Youngs version being. 2.3
Feb 05 Gravity cask @ Hants Bowman, Dundridge. Deep colour. Creamy malty body but somewhat anodyne and doesnt fulfill the promise of dark malty delights the colour promised (expectation was also raised by reading Martyn Cornell’s excellent ’The Story of the Pint’ in which he describes this beer as the last remnant of the original burton style of beer). 2.9

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8574) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2011 Cask conditioned - handpump - Britannia - Euston Station. A ruby-russet coloured bitter with a spices and raisins aroma. The taste is Christmassy with full malty tastes including raisins and nutmeg. A damn fine beer in its purest (cask) form. Score 4.0
Subsequent rating scored 3.2. Average becomes 3.6

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hbie (133) - Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2004
Cask at Crosse Keys, London. Red dark brown with white head. Fairly sweet with caramel flavour and hoppy. A bit thin for the strength and style.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2004
UPDATED: APR 7, 2005 Cask@The Shaftesbury, Richmond, London. This was very malty and sweet and not much else. Not really wintery or warming either, just a sticky syruppy flavour, lots of toffee/caramel, some brown sugar, to sweet and not entirely interesting.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - FEB 15, 2004
On Tap at Britannia, London: Dark brown color, little foamy head. Malty nose, sticky, littler bitter notes come throuhg too. Refreshing.


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