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


3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerViking (2686) - 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

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hbie (133) - Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2004
Cask at Crosse Keys, London. Red dark brown with white head. Fairly sweet with caramel flavour and hoppy. A bit thin for the strength and style.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (6309) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 12, 2005
Thin, coarse-laced off-white head on dark red body. Faint sourish aroma of nuts and faint sweet roastiness. Taste is smooth, clean, nutty maltiness; quite bitter. Aftertaste is drily nutty, with hoppy bitterness lingering. Clearly a well-made beer, but rather subdued. (Cask at the Britannia.)

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (17520) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 29, 2006
Cask @ Charlie’s Bar, Copenhagen. Dark reddish colour with a small off-white head. Malty aroma with hints or roastiness and a little nutty. Malty and fruity flavor, also a little nutty. Warming malty aftertaste with some hints of bitterness.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29837) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2006
[Cask at Charlies Bar, Copenhagen] A hazy deep red beer with a nice brown head. The aroma is sweet nutty and malty. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of nuts, but also roasted malt and caramel, as well as light notes of wood and alcohol.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2006
A Mes rate: From the White Horse. Creamy malt nose. Translucent dark red body with just a thin film for a head but leaves nice lacing. tastes like French toast with a berry finish with some malt. Standard palate. Nothing to write home about.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (8032) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 30, 2007
Cask Pretty sure this one was still Wandsworth brewed, FTR. Dark chestnut with garnet highlights; B.C. "H.". Fruity, dark malts, a few meaty esters, and some acetic acid... Mild sweet taste, quite fruity, as cherries, ending in a kind of sweetness that is peculiar to this type of beer. Muscovado? Candy. Medium bodied, quite slick, alcohol-dryness (as the "tears" on a sherry glass). Enjoying the last of the real stuff?

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mlist55 (210) - media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2007
One of the seasonal ales from Youngs. Subtle taste - on the opposite end of the scale from the Special London Ale. A bit on the sweet side with a nice nutty finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2007
Cask 3 judges, ultimate glasgow tasting afters pub crawl. A particularly special ratings. A good balanced sweet spicey ale, very drinkable. My ratings says, " you talkin to me? You talking at me? Well there aint nobody else here, so it must be me your talking to scumbag!"

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kwik-lime (1373) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2010
Deep reddish-brown, sugary malts, plums, raisins and a hint of nuts and wood. This is pretty nice but palate seems thinner than I remember. Not that complex but still a good beer.


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