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Brewed by Wells & Youngs
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.
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."


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
worldbeertaste (1693) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2013
Dark brown almost black with a creamy, lasting, creamy, frothy head. Dark fruit, roasted malt, nut. Medium thin body. Frothy. Tastes of toasted malt with some roast, nut, dark fruit and lots of sweet malt. Nice bitter

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wheresthepath (1617) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2008
[on draught at the Boot & Slipper, Amersham] Uncarbonated. Chocolate, plum, strong taste of malt. Dangerously easy to drink. Lovely sweeter ale - even went down well with a cheesecake!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2011
Cask, somewhere in London waiting for Led Zep tribute to come on. Out a fkin plastic cup the bastards. How bad are this band? Belting actually. Beer was ok, red amber with big bubbled thin head, malty, some fruit, low carbonation, light bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LoFi (1595) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 18, 2010
At Dirty Dick’s, London. Dark brown/red with a small beige head. Aroma is very light, but I get some spices. Taste: oranges, grapefruit, some spices, medium bitter, quite a lot going on here, but I can’t place anything else. Medium body, low carbonation. Not as good as I remember it from a few years ago, but still good and drinkable.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AdiBeer (1509) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2013
Aroma: some malts, light sweetness. Appearance: dark clear gold. Taste: medium sweetness. Palate: long sweetness again turning to some bitterness. Overall: decent Strong Ale. Pint at The Hollywood Arms, London

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gary (1448) - the hood Brentford, London,, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2013
cask @ The Coopers . Rochester. Drank from a jug ! a real ’grandpha’ type of ale that would go well with chess and slippers ...Im 31 years old and can say this tepid brew is not bad . It gives me the illusion of feeling drunker than its 5% booze would create after just one or two ! Its maybe because the treacly palate and rich fatty mouthfeel make this beer feel heavy and tougher than it truly is ! The flavours are almost sicky with notes of sugar coated raisin ...burnt liquorice ..burnt caramel roast and loads of syrup ....All in all this aint bad ....

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fly (1419) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - NOV 27, 2002
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - JAN 31, 2010
Cask. Calthorpe Arms, London. Brown colour with a beige head. Malty, sweet, toffee/chocolate, dark fruit, light bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tombyars (1411) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2012
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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAR 1, 2007
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.


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