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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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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
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niall73 (1838) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2013
Pours a dark amber with a thin off white head. Aroma is malty, fruit cakey. Medium body, mild carbonation. Toast, a little lemon, a tiny hint of spice. Inoffensive. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Desverger (2163) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2013
cask@Pied Bull, Streatham, London (drunk in a comfy leather armchair next to a roaring open fire) - Pours a dark brown colour with a persistent frothy head and lacing. Dark roasted toasty malts, nutty, rich dark fruits, christmas cake like, some spice, slight caramel/toffee/choc, good mouthfeel. Almost back to as good as I remembered back in the early 90s (and certainly much better than over the last 5 years I have tried it)

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jjsint (831) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2013
Cask @ Ship, Bromham Road, Bedford. Dark brown, disappointingly thin. Aroma of malt, plus some sweet fruit and spice notes. Hint of chocolate. Sweet warming taste with a very slight bitterness in the finish. One-dimensional but overall a decent experience.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackHaddock (3905) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2013
Another beer I hadn’t seen for a while: half-pint, hand-pulled in The Kings Arms, Oxford on 23rd Nov 13. Pours a clear mid-amber with a beige like foam on top. Toasted malt and hedgerow berry aroma. Semi-sweet taste with subtle caramel maltiness, those berries again and hints of spices. Not as rich or heavy as I remember it ’back in the day’ when it was brewed in London. Glad we found each other again, even if we don’t really remember each other too well.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lilja (1690) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 16, 2013
Smak och doft av stor sötma, choklad, lagom besk, möjligen något för söt och vattning.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Imaena (1855) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Draught. While this is lauded as a classic I am not terribly fond of it. There are better ESAs out there.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (11339) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2013
Cask at Richard I - Greenwich, London. Pours clear amber with a fine, beige froth. Light toast and berry aroma. Medium sweet flavor with mellow bready malts, berries and other fruits, fructose sugars. Light to medium bodied with fine carbonation. Good condition. Moderately sweet finish with light caramel, further berry character, fruitcake, lightly toasted bread. Very tasty, easy-drinking stuff. Mild dry, leafy bitterness, too. Solid.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
worldbeertaste (1670) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2013
Dark brown almost black with a creamy, lasting, creamy, frothy head. Dark fruit, roasted malt, nut. Medium thin body. Frothy. Tastes of toasted malt with some roast, nut, dark fruit and lots of sweet malt. Nice bitter

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wimpyjoe (4174) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2013
Ruby coloured ale with a nice creamy head. Plenty of winter fruitiness in both aroma and taste, somewhat dry in the latter aspect.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gary (1407) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2013
cask @ The Coopers . Rochester. Drank from a jug ! a real ’grandpha’ type of ale that would go well with chess and slippers ...Im 31 years old and can say this tepid brew is not bad . It gives me the illusion of feeling drunker than its 5% booze would create after just one or two ! Its maybe because the treacly palate and rich fatty mouthfeel make this beer feel heavy and tougher than it truly is ! The flavours are almost sicky with notes of sugar coated raisin ...burnt liquorice ..burnt caramel roast and loads of syrup ....All in all this aint bad ....


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