Brooklyn Winter (Christmas) Ale (2005 and earlier)



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RATINGS: 113   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
Christmas (Denmark): Here at Brooklyn Brewery we love to cook, so our Brooklyn Christmas Ale is inspired by traditional Danish winter food. We started with heirloom Maris Otter malt from Scotland, which gives soft bready flavors. Then we added a blend of spices that would have been common in Danish Christmas beers centuries ago. Brooklyn Christmas Ale is richly malty, aromatic, slighlty sweet and perfect with your Christmas goose. Skl!

Winter (US): Our Brooklyn Winter reaches back to the old British wassail tradition of adding spices to a robust winter beer. Brooklyn Winter Ale is richly malty, aromatic, slightly sweet and perfect with stews.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
POLK (2219) - Hrning, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2011
dark reddish brown color with a medium sized head. An incredibly strong and spicy aroma and taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MPA (989) - Amager (form. Nrrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - JUL 31, 2011
Bottle (from the november 2005 RB-tasting at Dixens place - notes have been damaged by flooding of my basement, but this was such an insane tasting for me as I was new to such massive tastings, so I gave up on the detailed notes quite early). Pumpkin, indecisive beer. All I wrote. Last of the evening, hence the few notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hatchattack (255) - Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2010
Bottle. good brown color. aroma: christmas spices and maltiness. taste: a good clean roasted malted flavor and then the christmas spices come in for a clean finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kidmartinek (4999) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2009
Pours a red tinted amber with a small tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel and spices. Flavor is nutty and of caramel. Some hops on the finish. Light carbonation. Caramel malt aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Blom (837) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2008
Tasting notes 2005. Brown with an ok head. Exciting sweet and spicy aroma of cinnamon and honey. But the flavours are nof equally uplifting, being malty sweet and again with some spice but quickly fading out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
fro2218 (471) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 1, 2007
Deep brown in color. A little spicy bread on the nose. The alcohol is hidden behind malt and bread. The sweet (yet dry) spicyness is perfect for a winter brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2007
Rated 11/18/06: Generously sweet malty scent some light spices are there. Nice color but the off white head soon left and couldnt be brought back. Medium fullness and easily drinkable, nice clean finish. Good tasting ale, sweet malts. A touch of clove perhaps with some complimenting spices although this aspect is greatly downplayed in the overall taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 7, 2007
Dark chestnut colored, with a light brown head. Aroma of cloves, nutmeg, and ginger. Lots of spiciness in the flavor, anise being the most prominent to me. Not as overwhelmingly spicy as some spiced beers. Mouthfeel is on the heavy side for the style, warming finish that may be amplified by the spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - FEB 1, 2007
Deep red and brown blends of color. The head is diminutive but dense and reluctant to fade. Incredibly spicy aroma contains clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, caramel malt, bitter chocolates in moderation, herbs and roasty malts. Flavor is much the same, the spice still dominant, caramel seems sweeter and cinnamon does as well. Palate is untamed and too spicy and jagged at times. Finishes medium dry with a peppery herbal blend and pleasing bitterness. While rough around the edges, quite nice for a smack you in the face winter beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maria (10213) - Thisted, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2007
This beer is dark brown with a little head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, allspice and pepper. The flavour reflects the aroma, and additional notes of caramel and licorice are found. It has a light Belgian expression, but not with the same depth. Its really nice though...

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