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Brewed by Wells & Youngs
Style: English Strong Ale
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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."


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Badowski (1) - ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2005 does not count
Cask at the Coach & Horses, Kew and Ye White Hart, Barnes, Surrey/South London, UK. This is my favourite beer ever. I was horrified when Young’s "reformulated" their Special Bitter and would have been mortified if they’d changed this masterpiece as well. This year’s offering is as good as it’s ever been. I don’t drink wine or spirits, and what amazes me about this ale is that it seems to be the complete alcoholic beverage. As it develops in the glass it takes on a refined port-like character while having a lovely malty aroma and all at 5%!. The unique toffee/fruit flavours are as good as ever. Please keep drinking this, chaps, it deserves your support, plus if anyone out there knows how Young’s could be persuaded to start brewing Special Bitter as it was then let me know. Why on earth they changed it is anyone’s guess. At present I’m only visiting their houses when Winter Warmer is around, which, thankfully is for a glorious 4 months. On a more positive note, Ram Rod and Burton Ale were offered on cask as part of this year’s "Autumn Festival" and both were packed full of flavour and highly recommended. Viva Young’s! A Happy Winter Warming to you all.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bretwalda (6) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2012 does not count
Nothing signafies the count down to my festive activities like my first pint of this amazing winter ale. This seasonal beer could only be improved by being available all year round!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrisoni (13144) - 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

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
labologist (56) - Disley, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2006
A rich winter beer. Fruity and fullbodied with a good bitter/sweet finish. If sold too young can be oversweet.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JonMoore (1840) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2005
Cask handpump at the Swan in the Rushes, Loughborough. Dark ruby coloured with a creamy white head. Fruity aroma. Rich malty, fruity and brown sugar flavour. Full bodied. Very good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wheresthepath (1521) - 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!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (9999) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
worldbeertaste (1596) - AUSTRIA - 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

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fly (1417) - 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DJMonarch (9158) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2006
1. Cask Handpump at the White Horse, London SW6 23/11/2002 Dark brown coloured with some spice aroma. Slightly malty dry finish. 2. Cask Stillage from the cellar at the Cross Keys, Knutsford 20/01/2004 Mid to dark brown coloured and slightly rich on the palate. Fruit aroma. Smooth and crisp malt finish with some chocolate flavour. 3. Cask Handpump at the Cross Keys, Knutsford 21/01/2004 Dark coloured and smooth on the palate with a fruity aroma. Slightly rich. Crisp lasting chocolate malt finish.


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