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

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RATINGS: 120   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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."


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2004
UPDATED: APR 7, 2005 Cask@The Shaftesbury, Richmond, London. This was very malty and sweet and not much else. Not really wintery or warming either, just a sticky syruppy flavour, lots of toffee/caramel, some brown sugar, to sweet and not entirely interesting.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AshtonMcCobb (5241) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 5, 2007
Cask @ Charlies, Copenhagen. Clear deep reddish colour with a small beige head. Malty, dark fruit sweet aroma with a light spicy note. Malty, fruity flavor with notes of anise. Light dry and sweet finish.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beersiveknown (5053) - 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 (4751) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SHIG (4670) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DanielBrown (4381) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2005 Sampled cask at the Brittania, Euston, with Joeh and Maeib. i liked this on tap, as much as I liked the bottle version. Very smooth, with a strong caramel and toffee backdrop. Seemed to be rather rich, and all the better for that - one of Youngs’ better efforts.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ads135 (4191) - Omaha, Nebraska, 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 (4140) - 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

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nekronos (4101) - 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.


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