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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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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."


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (20322) - 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 (1356) - 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 (2862) - 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 (1390) - 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 ....

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MissPxx (373) - - 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 (2542) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mads Langtved (2245) - 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 (1196) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (13913) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 22, 2007
Cask, Chr. firtal, Odense: Dark brown with little off white bubbly head. low to no carbonation. Malty sweet dominants. Nuts/caramel. Though the body is thin it has a Silky smooth texture/mouthfeel. Hard to spot the hops. Enjoyable!

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerViking (2468) - 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


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