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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."


3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beersiveknown (2879) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 23, 2012
Hazy dark bown and fairly flat. Tastes and smells ok so no point returning it. Molasses, white bread and caramel malt. Low carbonation, sweet, thick mouthfeel, slight cardboard, no bitterness, light redcurrants.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mr_h (2817) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - NOV 17, 2012
Cask by handpump at State Bar, Glasgow - clear brown, thin off-white head, roasted malt and fruity aroma, caramel malt, sweet, malty aftertaste

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theydon_Bois (8302) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2012
Served on cask at the Rose and Thistle, Frimley Green into a UK pint glass (Jan ’12). The colour was a dark rich, brown, darker than mid brown and a decent half finger of white head that remained pretty much throughout the first 2/3rds of the drinking experience. In terms of smell, fruits of the dark and dried variety stand out, along with spices and a little malt aroma. Tastewise, definately dominated by the fruits and malts, quite a complex mix of different malts going on, also caramel/toffee/sugars, a toasted flavour blending in with the spices present (maybe a pinch of nutmeg/cinnamon?). A fairly full bodied beer for 5% with a certain amount of chewiness, I took my time over this one! A Bitter/soured aftertaste.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bretwalda (6) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2012 does not count
Nothing signafies the count down to my festive activities like my first pint of this amazing winter ale. This seasonal beer could only be improved by being available all year round!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tombyars (1354) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2012
First had this winter warmer in Gabriels, Paisley in January 1995. Cask, handpump dispense. Ruby black in colour with a creamy white head. Slight stout like aroma from black malt and nutty roast malts as well. Dark malts give a sweet millionaire shortbread like taste with smooth creamy caramel and sweet raisin and sultana fruit notes full in the mouth. Dry hops appear in the short bitter aftertaste. Malt returns in the sweet vinous finish with port like flavours tangy in the palate. A classic Winter Warmer.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ads135 (2921) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Caramel candy finish to a watery, licorice and coffee flavored beer. Clear amber brown with a small head. Too much caramel.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
markas101 (1841) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 2, 2012
Cask, The Devonshire Cat, Sheffield. Deep ruby brown, chocolate chocolate aroma. Sweet and bright, mellow with a long chocolate finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PaulW (98) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2011
Tasty, warming pint. Nice nose of dark fruits, and the taste is of raisins and crystal malt. Nice clean thick white head, poring a deep amber colour. Does what it says in the tin, and rather well.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jackl (4567) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Cask. Deep brown color with an off-white head. The aroma’s dominated by the crystal malts with toffee and caramel coming through on the nose. The taste is light, a bit sweet and watery. The body’s medium. This is a pretty forgettable ale, but it’s not without some merit.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2011
A - caramel and some spice A - mix dark with thin head T - mid sweet with some sour P - mid to full and soft T - decent


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