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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 (3183) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niall73 (1054) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2013
Pours a dark amber with a thin off white head. Aroma is malty, fruit cakey. Medium body, mild carbonation. Toast, a little lemon, a tiny hint of spice. Inoffensive. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnar (4868) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JAN 10, 2014
Cask at Founders Arms. pours clear dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma is malty, light roasted, light toffee. Taste is malty, toffee, with some more dark red ripe fruits at the finish. Nice enough, but a bit thin mouthfeel

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joergen (19658) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2006
Cask at Charlies. Clear orange coloured with an off white ehad. Aroma of caramel, fruits and hops. Flavour of caramel, fruits and hops.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25094) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2010
Cask. Clear orangey brown with a rough off-white head. Nuts and caramel in the nose. Medium body, low carbonation, roasted malt, nuts and caramel with a lightly musty touch. Surprisingly good hop finish. 281110

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nekronos (3603) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ThomasE (5176) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jammin7jg (139) - Burnage, Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2007
[CASK: The Salisbury Ale House, Manchester 07/12/06] A reasonable winter ale. Not bad and overall quite good. Should try if you can.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2008
Cask @ Dirty Dick’s, Liverpool St. Reddish amber with an off white head. Bready malt, apple and caramel in the nose. Taste is much the same, a hint of fruit with sweet bready malts and caramel.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Vladivostok (215) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2011
This beer has changed fundamentally since the move from Wandsworth; where once the overriding flavour was caramel, it is now roast malt which puts it more in the porter rather than the old ale category. Not a bad beer, but am I alone in prefering the Wandsworth version? Very little aroma.


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