tombyars (1579) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
fly (1461) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another sample from my London/Oxford cask conditioned campain. One of the first of the lot that I tasted that had the character and quality I was looking for. Full bodied, roasted, the bitter leaving an ever so slightly unpleasant tannin finish.
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - JAN 31, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask. Calthorpe Arms, London. Brown colour with a beige head. Malty, sweet, toffee/chocolate, dark fruit, light bitterness.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAR 1, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask, Angel & Grayhound, Oxford. Caramel brown with a light tan head. Toffee and raisin aroma. Roast flavor, slight astringency, soft plums. Could use a bit more texture, but still a nice wintery sort of ale.
bobinlondon (1286) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2009
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2012 Handpulled cask at the Red Lion Radlet. Deep ruby with a beige head. Predominately malty with a slightly corky characture. Hop bitterness has definitely gone down since 2007/8 batch. I’ve been drinking this beer since the late 70s and seen the quality go up and down over the years. The switch to Bedford was at first a reasonable match but the last batch (2008/9) showed a noticable decline.. Lighter in colour and distinctly more watery in flavour. Such a shame. I really used to look forward to drinking this every winter.
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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
RoyceH (1198) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - NOV 15, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance good dark ruby, thin light tan head. Aroma is smooth, some kind of acidic attack in the nose, hoppy, quite a bit of malt. Flavour is biscuity, malty, hint of sour hops, no alcohol present in the mouth. Little bit harsh on the palate. All in all, quite good.
dogbomb (1148) - ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2014
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask. Dark tea beer with a thick offwhite head. Not much of a nose other than a light wheaty malt. Deep malty tastes in the mouth releasing tea, light toffees and a little spiciness. Pleasant.
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask, the Cockney pub. Dark brown body with lovely dense light brown head. Fruity, sour berries, chocolate, soft and medium body.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 2, 2000
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had this one on draught in a London pub. A nice typical, English winter ale, slightly dark, malty, and warming.