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RATINGS: 121   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Series   ABV: -
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Indulge in our heady scotch ale. This "Winter Warmer" is a celebration of roasted toffee notes wrapped in rich tawny tones and toasty palate. Two months in the making insures an incredible silky finish. Scottish folklore tells that the first person to step over your threshold brings with them luck for the New Year. Simple gifts of coal for warmth, salt for prosperity and ale for joy symbolize the bearers wishes.

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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AZBennett (114) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAR 20, 2013
Pours a nice copper color with a fingers width of big bubbled, white head that fades rather quickly. Aromas are caramel, toffee and banana bread with a hint of booze. Tastes like toffee and caramel with some gumball and bread flavors then you get a decent booze hit and some weird bitterness. Overall this is a nice scotch ale, though it leans just a little too much towards boozy/bitter aftertastes. But with the limited availability of good Scotch Ales this ranks #2 behind Alesmiths Wee Heavy. Congrats New Glarus everything of yours has been rock solid!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
juiceisloose (1319) - Windermere, Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2015
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear, dark amber color with an orange hue and topped by a thick, fluffy off white head of foam that quickly settles to a thin film. No real lace to speak of on the glass. The aroma shows notes of dark fruit, buttery toffee, toasted caramel, and sweet bready malts with some yeasty esters as well. Very malt forward, but not overly sweet which is nice. The flavor is malt forward as well with the dark fruit, toasted caramel, buttery toffee, and sweet bread all playing a role with some esters and a nice drying quality from the yeast. Not much in the way of hops or peat/smoke like you would find in a traditional scotch ale though. Its able to avoid getting overly sweet though. Medium bodied, but a touch thin on the mouthfeel with soft carbonation that leads to a relatively short finish. This has held up nicely with a couple years on this bottle now. Not sure it fits quite into the Scotch ale category, but it is a solid winter time beer either way.

2.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
BiiruBierBeer (997) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2015
Gingerbread house smell. Taste is semi-sweet, semi-bitter, scotch ale notes, and a slight metallic note. Kind of bitter aftertaste along with a well water note. High carbonation with light foam.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2015
Bottle: Thanks, Jeff. Orange-copper mix on the body with a mild haze. Foamy, eggshell colored head on top that leaves decent webbing on the glass. Aroma is a strange blend of winter warmer & Scottish ale. Red Delicious apples, cinnamon, ginger, cocoa powder, herbal & leafy hoppage, a touch of mint, very faint menthol, sweet bubblegum, clove, toast, finish has reminders of Belgian yeast. Definitely a lot going on. Flavor leads off with heavy herbal hop notes; mint, toast, brown sugar, gum, coriander, cinnamon, clove, & yeast all come crashing down at once. More subtle background notes of apple, graham cracker, smoke, & caramel are there, too. Definitely a strange brew. Not bad, but just decent, especially based on my standards for New Glarus.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Homer321 (4380) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2015
12oz bottle to snifter. Nose is full of sticky, chewy, malty aromas with a light toffee/buttery sensation. Some light esters, mostly apple. Pours a slightly hazy dark orange to red with a medium sized off white head. Wowsers on the taste. Initially full of malt sweetness with some toastiness and caramel. Then the alcohol kicks you in the chest. Finish is on the sweet wide, but man, the alcohol just continues to build and build. My ears are starting to warm as well. Overall a well made beer, but the alcohol is out of control, almost a tad hot and burning.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (10461) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2014
"At first this seems to light in color and body for a scotch ale, but that aint it. Color, maybe, but thats irrelevant. Less chocolate malt and more toffee than a lot of wee heavies. It opens nicely and becomes pleasantly warming. I like this, but for a style I really like and a brewer I love I was just a tiny bit disappointed. Not as wee heavy in its presentation as Belgian. Fruity and even a little yeasty like a BSA instead of peaty like a scotch. Definitely enjoyed, though. Thanks again to Heybeerman for the trade."

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Typical scotch ale flavours but a slightly better example. Not my thing of course but drinkable.peaty

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (11879) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2014
This beer is a slightly hazy dark amber color with a medium light beige head that diminishes steadily to a film. Aroma of malt, butterscotch and hops. Medium-bodied with flavors of caramel malt, earthy hops, yeast and spices. The finish is dark fruit and malt, with some linger spice in the aftertaste. Decent overall.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (9580) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 26, 2014
12 oz. bottle from Homer321- thanks again, Sean! Pours a cloudy orange-amber with a small off-white head that leaves a ring and some film that leans to one side. Aroma of fruitcake, allspice, nutmeg, caramel, and cardboard. Flavor of fruitcake, allspice, caramel, nutmeg, gingerbread, graham cracker, cardboard, and a metallic note at the end. Kind of boozy on the finish, too. Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation and a boozy, spritzy mouthfeel. Past its prime. Wish Id gotten a hold of one sooner.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
napdynmite (91) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2014
Rich and boozy with notes of toffee, coriander, anise, brown sugar. Tastes like a holiday brandy.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
tvail4 (17) - - AUG 22, 2014
caramel, alcohol, black, clear, rocky head, white foam, lightly bitter, medium body, slick feel, soft carbonation,


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