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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."


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrisoni (13283) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2005
Cask at County Hotel, JDW, Ashford I know that this is out of season, but I forgot to rate it at the time. Dark brown/ruby beer with rich malty fruit and brown sugar flavour. Hoppy spiciness on the end. Splendid to keep you warm

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (13209) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 8, 2011
Cask at the wharf. A small, beige head sits on top of a clear chestnut body. The aroma has roasted malts and a hint of coffee, as well as toffee and dried fruits. A bit thin on the palate maybe. Roasted malts, dried fruits, toffee and a little bitterness in the flavor, roasted malts and toffee in the end. A pleasant one indeed, but lacks a bit on body to go as a winter beer for me. 101204

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (11027) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2007
Dark brown with a small creamy head. Little aroma with some malt and caramel. Big sweet flavour dominated by the malt and only with a hint of bitterness at the end. And a perfect version of that creamy, silky cask mouthfeel

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rasmus40 (10642) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2011
Cask @ The Wharf, Aalborg. Clear brown with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet fruity, malty, nutty and almost perfumy. Flavor is medium sweet and light bitter. Sticky mouthfeel. This is not a winter warmer, though is fairness it was served way too cold. 251210

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (10540) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (10263) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 25, 2011
Cask at the Wharf. Amber colour with a beige head. Aroma is fruit, caramel, hop, roasted malt. Flavour is fruit, caramel, hop, malt, coffee. OK/Nice beer.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
madsberg (10140) - Søborg, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2005
Cask @ Ølbaren: Burgundy coloured. Unclear. Fluffy brownish head. Floral, herby and light fresh aroma. Flavour as well is herby and has light caramel notes. Is a bit flat (it has to be, hasn’t it!!!). Is quite fruity in the end. Very bitter notes.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (10020) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (9998) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 22, 2010
From notes. Cask. Bury, 1997. Deep reddish brown color with a thin tan head that disappears slowly and leaves scant lacing. Aroma of raisins and plums. Taste is on the sweet side, good body, lots of dark fruits. Decent.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (9172) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 13, 2007
Cask (The King’s Arms, Oxford) Youngs version. Stonkingly good strong ale, even if a little weak for a strong (it was 5.6 % back when I was regularly drinking it). Subdued spicy sweet and malty aroma. Much more in the taste. Massive complex fruity and sweet nougaty components augment a huge brown malty body. One of my favourites.


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