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Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: English Strong Ale
Bedford, England

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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. 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."


3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5346) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2010 Jan, 2004: Catford Ram - a Young’s pub. Pleasantly malty and sweet. Good balance and a humming harmony. Sort of honeyified, like a liquid Toblerone. [3.5]
Dec, 2004: Lamb, Bloomsbury - a Young’s pub. Butterscotch. Mouldy going into dark fruits. Mild dark hop finish. OK. London Xmas Crawl. [2.9]
Feb, 2005: Young’s brewery Tap. Soft toffee. Delicate, fresh. Pleasant. Sweetness builds to become cloying. [3.0]
Nov 9th 2007Trinity Tavern, Brixton This was the meeting point for the Sex Pistols gig. And we knocked back a few ordinaries, then tucked into the Winter Warmer before heading for the Beehive and getting hammered on Scorpio Porter. What a night! This one went down well. A solid tasting English Strong Ale, though only 5%. It really has the lovely firm mouthfeel that gives the impression this is much higher. Nicely done. [3.4]
Dec, 2010 Who’d Ha Thought It, Rochester. An OK beer, but way too much crystal malt. Tastes more like an Autumn Ale. Would like some dark malts for a winter warmer. Tastes damp and greasy in places. Ho hum. Drinkable enough, but a pint is the limit. [2.8]

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2005
Cask @ Britannia, Euston Station & The Lamb, Bloomsbury. More body than the bottled version for this pleasent sweet winter warmer that gets a bit cloying in the finish

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chriso (7475) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2004 Dark and wholesome. Toffeeish nose. Fruity and malty throughout. Decent winter beer but not really my favoured style of beer - could do with a higher alcohol level and hop bite to temper the sweetness. Handpump, Buckingham Arms, London SW1, November 2003

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2005
Cask, the Cockney pub. Dark brown body with lovely dense light brown head. Fruity, sour berries, chocolate, soft and medium body.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Tobias10 (99) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2005
Cask : The Ram, Wandsworth. The 2005 brew is not so full bobied as previous years. It still has the burnt caramel undertones, deep red/copper colour and rich malty flavour. I dont have anything else to say about it but it wont let me submit so this is just a bit of ad lib to trick the system it accepting a short review!

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
madsberg (10593) - Søborg, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2005
Cask @ Ølbaren: Burgundy coloured. Unclear. Fluffy brownish head. Floral, herby and light fresh aroma. Flavour as well is herby and has light caramel notes. Is a bit flat (it has to be, hasn’t it!!!). Is quite fruity in the end. Very bitter notes.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 22, 2008
Dark amber colored, little yellow head. Licorice dominates aroma, some caramel and lemon also here. Medium bodied. Flavor has also this licorice here with some berries, not as strong though. Aftertaste gets dry and sour with some hops.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alphadelic (1840) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Medium dark crisp brown with a lacy head that clings to the edges of the glass. Chocolatey flavours in the aroma with some dark pruney fruits. Weak malts and hops but it is tasty. The finish contains bitter malts and caramel sweetness, it’s great and smooth. Pretty delicious seasonal; drinkable and friendly,provides rosy cheeks a plenty.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jlfrede (4) - DENMARK - DEC 4, 2010 does not count
Good standard cask Ale. Perfect for a "fast one" on one the your favorite bars. Aroma not too prominent but nice looks with the clear color of reddish/brown. Minimal head. Sweet taste from the malt and a scent of bitternes. Palate like the aroma not too prominent. Overall a good standard ale. But nothing I would lie sleepless in my bed, thinking about :-) Had this one in Charlie’s Bar in Copenhagen - a must try!!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theydon_Bois (11145) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2012
Served on cask at the Rose and Thistle, Frimley Green into a UK pint glass (Jan ’12). The colour was a dark rich, brown, darker than mid brown and a decent half finger of white head that remained pretty much throughout the first 2/3rds of the drinking experience. In terms of smell, fruits of the dark and dried variety stand out, along with spices and a little malt aroma. Tastewise, definately dominated by the fruits and malts, quite a complex mix of different malts going on, also caramel/toffee/sugars, a toasted flavour blending in with the spices present (maybe a pinch of nutmeg/cinnamon?). A fairly full bodied beer for 5% with a certain amount of chewiness, I took my time over this one! A Bitter/soured aftertaste.


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