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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."


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackHaddock (3509) - 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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 22, 2008
Dark amber colored, little yellow head. Licorice dominates aroma, some caramel and lemon also here. Medium bodied. Flavor has also this licorice here with some berries, not as strong though. Aftertaste gets dry and sour with some hops.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pyrmir (3267) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2014
Cask at Abbey Tavern, London. Hazy copper color with coarse white head. Aroma malty; soap, flowers and grass. Taste is soapy and malty, roasted and lightly burned.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ads135 (2814) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beersiveknown (2781) - 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 (2754) - 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

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mR_fr0g (2519) - 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.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Mungo (2472) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2007 Nov 07 Cask conditioned @ Humble Plumb, Soton. Ruby colour. Fairly thin with sweet bready malt. From memory seems a touch lighter, a bit thinner and more one-dimensional than I remember the Youngs version being. 2.3
Feb 05 Gravity cask @ Hants Bowman, Dundridge. Deep colour. Creamy malty body but somewhat anodyne and doesnt fulfill the promise of dark malty delights the colour promised (expectation was also raised by reading Martyn Cornell’s excellent ’The Story of the Pint’ in which he describes this beer as the last remnant of the original burton style of beer). 2.9

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Handpump at the brewery. Dark, ruddy brown color with a good head. Dry, light chocolate, nutty, and toasty malt aroma. Just a hint of roasted malt. Nutty and toasty flavor. Medium-light body. No hop character. A pretty boring brown ale.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
YogiBeera (2448) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2004
On Tap at Britannia, London: Dark brown color, little foamy head. Malty nose, sticky, littler bitter notes come throuhg too. Refreshing.


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