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

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RATINGS: 118   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. 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."


2.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2006
Cask at the Spread Eagle, Albert Street, Camden Town. Dark red-brown. Served too cold. Faint aroma. Rather dusty cardboard taste. Some late bitterness, but not particularly warming.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SHIG (3914) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 5, 2007
Cask 3 judges, ultimate glasgow tasting afters pub crawl. Poured a dark brown. The aroma was malt with spices and fruit. The taste was very nice with malts and sweetness.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beersiveknown (3830) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AshtonMcCobb (3756) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nekronos (3742) - Xalapa, MEXICO - NOV 6, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2006 Too strong with no sense, I got a little wamrer but not enough to call it like that. Dark, and foam just present.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mr_h (3546) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Desverger (3545) - 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
   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.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ads135 (3357) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerViking (3089) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2010 Re-rated for the 2009/10 version: Cask/handpump at the Express in Brentford. A deep red with a coarse off-white head, aromas of chocolate and dried fruit are followed by a roast malty and dry/sweet body, with a drying finish and hints of orange. Very nice, but not as satisfying as in previous years. 2008/9 version: Cask/handpump at the Old Ship in Richmond upon Thames. Dark ruby with a thin but tight beige head. The aroma is fruity with hints of plums, demerara and lemons and just a touch of yeast. Very full-bodied with a rich yet drying and almost nutty palate. Big satisfying treacle and hops aftertaste. 7/4/8/4/16


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