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Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: English Strong Ale
Bedford, England

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RATINGS: 120   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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."


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AshtonMcCobb (5151) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 9, 2014
On tap at the Guildford Arms. Appearance - a lovely red to toffee colour nice head. Beautiful. Nose - biscuits and spice. Some herby or pine notes too but subtle. Taste - a more intense version of the nose. Palate - medium bodied with a crunchy texture and a fairly elegant finish. Overall - I like this but would classify as an ESB.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MissPxx (959) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2013
Very light aroma. Dark amber colour. Subtle hoppy taste. Very mild aftertaste. Quite drinkable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrTipple (3552) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2013
Aroma: some malts, light sweetness. Appearance: dark clear gold. Taste: medium sweetness. Palate: long sweetness again turning to some bitterness. Overall: decent Strong Ale. Pint at The Hollywood Arms, London

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mR_fr0g (8870) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2013
Cask in spread eagle Camden . aroma is nutty twigs and wood. Light nutmeg and wood in the flavour. Medium body light carb.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niall73 (2419) - Ontario, CANADA - 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 (7980) - 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 (2252) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, 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 (6201) - 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 (2666) - 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 (2177) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - FEB 10, 2013
Draught. While this is lauded as a classic I am not terribly fond of it. There are better ESAs out there.


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