RATINGS: 118   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
A hearty British style strong ale with a deep chestnut color. This warming elixer complements stews, soups, roasts and wild game. It's magically delicious.

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gripweed57 (2909) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2017
From old tasting notes. Amber orange color. Big foamy beige head. Earthy toasted malt aroma. Rich malty flavor hints at spices and a dry sherry-like finish. Good flavor, but lacks depth and complexity.

Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - FEB 22, 2017
Poured into a snifter, the appearance was a light amber color with a finger’s worth of white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Stringy lace.
The aroma had some caramel/toffee malt combining with some leather to earthiness. Pleasant ginger and then some woodiness.
The flavor keeps the sweet malty tones forward and allows the ginger to come out as it warms. Faint malty to woody aftertaste. Sly wet malty finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sipping quality about it. ABV feels good. Carbonation felt fine. Nice smoothness flowing over my tongue.
Overall, nice English strong ale that I would have again and a good style to have in Winter.

markducommun (1228) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2016
On draft at the SYR airport beer gardern. Very light golden amber, clear, light tan head. Sweet malt, alcohol, damp cardboard. Lightly bitter. Oxidized. Medium body, relatively clean finish. Not awesome.

Boutip (6554) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2016
Bottle: Poured a light amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of caramelized malt with light spices notes is pleasant. Taste is also a nice mix of caramelized malt with some light spices and light toffee notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not the most complex beer out there but not bad for style that is not brewed often enough.

geologyguy (1670) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - AUG 11, 2014
Great spiced winter ale smell, medium strength, smooth but a bit watery, bitter finish

ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2014
I poured a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. There was no freshness date. It cost $2.69 ($0.22 per ounce).

Appearance: Hazy orange shade with plenty of spastic carbonation visible. Pours to a small, off white, frothy head which laces and retains fairly well.

Smell: As soon as I popped the cap I could smell a Heineken-like skunky aroma. Not sure why since it’s in a brown bottle. Closer inspection reveals minor hints of spice and malt, but mostly it’s off-putting.

Taste: Middle Ages is a brewery I’ve never been a big fan of. Most of their beers are average at best, though several are extremely amateurish and lacking of quality control. Wizard’s Winter Ale is a good example of what I mean. Here is what should be a decent, robust English strong ale or winter warmer, but is actually a mess of skunk, spices that don’t match, and brewing flaws every homebrewer should rectify by their second batch.

I often find beers that smell skunky have a taste to match. While this brew wasn’t quite as sour as some of the green bottle lagers, it’s definitely noticeably for a supposedly craft brewed ale. Marketed as a strong ale or winter warmer of some type, but it’s lacking genuine spices. A general melange of amber and pale malts, but with no sweetness - just raw graininess. Light bitterness on the second half with some dryness on the finish, but still lacking any real hop character. Additional sourness emerges as the beer goes down.

Honestly, I just don’t know what this beer is supposed to be. I’d probably chalk this up to being a really old bottle, but I doubt that’s the case because: 1) it’s a winter seasonal, so unless my beer store forgot to sell this last year, there’s no reason to believe this could be more than just a few months old; 2) there’s no freshness date on the bottle, so even if it were expired or fresh off the bottling line I’d never be able to tell.

Drinkability: For a 6.8% ABV brew, you’d think Middle Ages Wizard’s Winter Ale would have some real body and character to it. I found it to be remarkably thin in the mouthfeel and as light-bodied as a macro "lite" brew. It’s tolerable, but not redeemable. This isn’t the first time I’ve had problems with this brewery, but after drinking this beer it will indeed be the last.

BrewIPA (94) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2013
12 oz bottle, a nice tasting British ale with a nice bitter taste. Reminds me a bit of some IPAs but with a winter twist. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2012
Poured from 12 oz. bottle yielding a hazy, sparkling dark orange copper with less than a 1 finger head that dissipated quickly. Excellent lacing. Aroma of bready malts, floral hops and spice. Taste is of dark bread, bananas and malt with hops bitterness and a hint of tartness in the finish. Medium plus body with very foamy, silky mouthfeel. An interesting beer, but not an especially good one. The bitterness and slightly tart finish seem to be fighting with the bready malt front end. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

badwhale (420) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2011
Bottle to glass mug. Pours a brown / copper color. Hazy. Has an off white head with good lacing. Lots of sweet malt flavors, good body and has some floral notes.

beerbill (3618) - Laurel, New York, USA - APR 8, 2011
12 oz. bottle. Pours a slightly hazed amber with a moderate off-white head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left partial lace. No aroma. I swirled the beer, stuck my nose right into it - nada. The flavor is mild malt, somewhat grainy, followed by some mild hops bitterness. Light-medium bodied. Easily forgettable.

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