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RATINGS: 774   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Harpoon Winter Warmer is a full-bodied rich ale that uses a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg to achieve its spirited flavor. Perfect for the holidays!
Ingredients: Water, Malted Barley, Hops, Yeast, Flavoring (cinnamon and nutmeg).

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3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Reviewed 2/4/13. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a crystal-clear tawny copper color that is honestly quite beautiful. The head is a one finger offwhite shade with great texturing and lacing. It doesnt retain itself the best, though. S: The most shamelessly cinnamon forward beer Ive ever encountered. Its almost as if Harpoon took a page from Southern Tiers book on "how to make something smell exactly like what youre advertising". Okay, so Harpoon didnt advertise this as "Cinnamon Bomb", but you get the picture. I dont care for super-spiced brews - still, I wish most scented candles smelled like this. T: Flavor-wise, there was no chance in hell of living up to the aroma. Still, spicing comes through quite strongly on the midtaste and finish. Ultimately, the cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and coriander overpower the timid malt base quite thoroughly. As a result, the balance is sorely lacking. But you know what? Its not bad - as a showcase for the heavy spicing, Id even call it good. M: Very creamy and almost lush. It slides down a bit sluggishly due to the thick texture, but becomes quite clean (not to be mistaken for dry) past the aftertaste. Carbonation is unintrusive. O: Fairly underrated in my book. Its not great per se (nose notwithstanding), but I wouldnt be averse to having this again. In a way, Im glad Harpoon went for the unsubtle, hop-devoid spice bomb route with this instead of the wassail meets Arrogant Bastard route. This is NOT for everyone, though.


2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
wombat23 (1089) - Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2017
Shared 12 oz. can. Pours clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma of a Christmas candle. Taste is liquid potpourri. Way too much spice here. Drain pour.

1.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
darbeer75 (764) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2017
Aroma: odd spicy aroma that is neither cinnamon nor nutmeg; scary; Appearance: clear amber pour with thin white head that dissipates quickly; Taste: unfortunately, follows nose. Gross. Palate: medium body with long, odd finish; Overall: would never get again.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
StoutBeerReviews (108) - Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 10, 2017
Straight gingerbread. mild in flavor overall. chalky dry finish. pretty simple but works as far as the whole holiday thing goes.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
btheise2 (21) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2016
Very drinkable ale. Taste is nearly all malt and cinnamon. As others have stated the cinnamon and nutmeg flavor builds with each sip.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
islay (2411) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2016
12 oz. bottle, consumed on 12-6-16. Enjoy By 02/15/17. Pours a clear, slightly amber sable. Moderate to large amount of taupe-colored head. The head has a golden hue that reminds me of golden egg nog. Nice color and nice head. Spicy aroma features scents of ginger, raisin rice pudding, and pumpkin spice. The smell does evoke Christmas but also is somewhat artificial. The flavor is more subtle than the aroma in its spiciness; rather, the flavor is dominated by malt flavors. Toffee and some wood and leather. Cinnamon comes on strong upon multiple sips. Nutmeg too, I suppose, although thats a less distinctive flavor. Light to medium body. Perhaps a touch undercarbonated. Forgettable palate effects. Fits the bill. Very good appearance, pretty good taste, average aroma, and below average palate. Overall, an acceptable although not inspired craft beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (5013) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2016
Dark copper color wih a thin head. Aroma of cinnamon and allspice. Flavor has strong toasty caramel and warm spicing. Seems like allspice and light orange peel, then moderate cinnamon. Bready. Finishes dry. Medium body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ronaldtheriot (1861) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - DEC 3, 2016
Harpoon Winter Warmer has a moderate, bone-colored head, a clear, bubbly, copper appearance, and minimal lacing left on the glass. Aroma is of pie or holiday cake spices, with a brown ale under-aroma. Taste is of the spices, a bit of white pepper, very low bitterness, brown bread crust, and a touch of chocolate cake. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Harpoon Winter Warmer finishes crisp and highly drinkable! RJT

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
crossovert (12017) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2016
355ml embossed bottle. This is basically a pumpkin beer that they have carried into "winter" adn shame on them.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chalumeaux (1330) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 20, 2016
Poured from bottle brown red with a thin tan head. Aromas of malt caramel spice and bread. Taste is spice caramel and malt.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
onceblind (8471) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 16, 2016
Deep nutty Amber with a thin white cap. Gingerbread and pseudo-pumpkin spice aroma with more spice than malt on the nose, and light cinnamon apple. Light and crisp body with cinnamon apple flavors and a little earthy caramalt, and a fair dose of holiday/pumpkin spice tones. Really meh.


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