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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."


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 2, 2000
I had this one on draught in a London pub. A nice typical, English winter ale, slightly dark, malty, and warming.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (23917) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 5, 2010
Cask@The Founders Arms, London. Deep amber colour, small beige head. Aroma is caramel malts, some slight sugary and mildly raisiny notes as well. Flavour is raisins, plum and some slight notes of sweet malts. Wellbalanced and nice and also tastes good with food.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tombyars (1528) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mr_h (4205) - 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
Gary (1754) - 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 ....

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MissPxx (937) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2013
Very light aroma. Dark amber colour. Subtle hoppy taste. Very mild aftertaste. Quite drinkable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AshtonMcCobb (4432) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cimbasso (558) - - NOV 23, 2015
Sampled on draught at the Bear in Oxshott. Dark ruby colour with a white head. Sweet, malty aromas with hints of spices. Taste is rich and malty, with notes of Demerara sugar, mild coffee vine fruit and spices. Pleasantly bitter. A really delicious winter beer. Has well-deserved classic status.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - APR 24, 2005
Strawberry flavour. Slightly acidic. Malty sweet finish. A nice warming brew, with a fruity touch.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
RoyceH (1198) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - NOV 15, 2006
Appearance good dark ruby, thin light tan head. Aroma is smooth, some kind of acidic attack in the nose, hoppy, quite a bit of malt. Flavour is biscuity, malty, hint of sour hops, no alcohol present in the mouth. Little bit harsh on the palate. All in all, quite good.


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