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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.54/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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SanTan’s annual Winter Warmer ale is based on a traditional English Old Ale recipe and then spiced with 10 lbs of fresh ginger from our local market. Generous amounts of caramel and roasted malts are added to give Winter Warmer a deep ruby brown hue. The malt is backed by 10 gallons of Arizona orange blossom honey that lends a slightly sweet taste to the big malt flavor with a sting of ginger. Winter Warmer weighs in at 9% ABV and will keep Jack Frost from nipping at your nose! 20.5°

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3.5
BeerandBlues2 (13718) - Escondido, California, USA - AUG 3, 2017
Can at home. Pours dark brown with a medium, creamy tan head, medium retention setting out to a film and cordon. Aroma is moderate rich bready malt, caramelized notes with malt-derived dark fruits, sweet and spicy ginger with stale oxidation notes and light earthy hops. Flavor is moderate rich bready malt, caramelized malt notes, spicy ginger, papery stale oxidation, dark fruits, light earthy hops and bitterness with a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

3.9
daknole (11050) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 23, 2010
Deep brown. Caramel, hops, spice,sweet spice cake, cane syrup, and some roasted nuts. Flavor is sweet and rich with a good caramel hit and some nuts. A bit hoppy. Good beer.

3.6
Ibrew2or3 (8808) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Growler pour courtesy of nbutler11 pouring up clear amber with tan head. The aroma is nice and estery with dates, prunes and red apples as well as some sweet malts and yeasty spiciness. The taste has a bit of malt astringency anchored between prune and honey covered apples notes. There is a modest mineral and earthiness going on in the background too. Decent enough.

3.1
JohnnyJ (5569) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 31, 2015
Can. Dark reddish brown pour, with a small tan head. Sweet malts, caramel, toffee, cardboard, herbal bitterness, and a bit spicy. Not that good, but pretty good for santan.

2.9
FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 1, 2010
Sampled 1702; March 2010
This arrives with a frothy, almost half-finger thick, dark tan colored head. The beer is a dark, concentrated, burnt amber color that shows some rich red hues when held up to the dim light. The aroma is hard to smell after the HopShock, but has a sweet, sort of cinnamon-like, no maybe mint-toothpaste like not to it if I really dig around for it. Some hints of toasted, caramelized notes seem to bee just noticeable in the aroma as well. The aroma is disappointingly faint, but after warming up for a long time the spice character becomes much more noticeable and even objectionable.

The beer is somewhat light bodied (at least for something labeled as a Winter Warmer), but still has a certain fullness to it. I was definitely right about the toothpaste note in the aroma as this is quite noticeable in the flavor; though it is not up front as it only comes through in the middle through to the lingering finish of each sip. This almost has a rosemary edge to it up front, but really, what is that flavor; it is not really mint, nor toothpaste, it is resinous, perhaps it is cardamom and / or ginger. There is enough sweet malt to support the spice I suppose, but really the spices are just way too aggressive; they really need to dial these way back to make this drinkable. Whatever the spices are, the mix of flavors has notes of nutmeg, allspice, cardamom, definite turpene notes and maybe even some flavors of myrrh.

This is a really interesting beer, too bad it doesn’t really work for me; a subtle use of the spices that allows the malt to come out would have been really nice. Hopefully this will get fixed for next years batch, as this does have potential.

3.7
BelgianBeerGal (4140) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Draft sample. Nice winter warmer with spiciness and a good ginger bite. Good malt backbone it from being one dimensional. Well made.

3.5
queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JAN 16, 2015
Can courtesy of mikedR. Toasty/bready caramel malt, light molasses, and faint giner aroma. Deep mahogany with a large tan head. Toasty/roasty malt, dry herbal ginger flavor with a subtle bitter finish. Medium body, soft carbonation.

2.9
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 20, 2008
Draft at the brewpub. Poured a clear dark orange-brown color with an off white head. Smelled of dark fruits, toffee, and light cotton candy. Medium bodied and sweet with a warming alcohol effect. A distinct cola flavor reminiscent of Coca-Cola dominated, but there was also a flower blossom/perfume accent. Strange.

3.2
alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Bottle; poured a dark ruby brown. Off white head. Aroma of fruit, sweetness, sugar and dark fruit. Flavor had a sweetheart feel to it; fruit and dark fruit. Some alcohol. A bit one dimensional.

3.6
dfinney23 (3395) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Despite the honey (and little pictures of gingerbread men on the can) this isn’t sweet enough to entice thoughts of cookies. Not that lack of sweetness is a problem. Ginger bite in the finish is reminiscent of bitter hops’ effect without tasting at all similar.


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