mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 5, 2012
Solid winter warmer. I would like to see a bit more depth of flavor though -- either more hops in a West Coast style or more malt for a more traditional warmer.
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From last winter. Served in a snifter with Ginger snaps. Brownish red pour with plenty of caramel malts and winter spices. Taste has a some nice spices and a little sweetness. My favorite SanTan brew by far. turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JAN 19, 2008
Dark red oak color with a thick, long lasting head.
Aroma and flavor is sweet and malty with a nice creamy mouth feel and good warming effect on the blood.
A good, easy drinking beer. lucklys (62) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2011
My beer arrived with a nice finger-thick, khaki colored whipped cream layer of foam resting atop a clear concentrated cola brown brew with gorgeous garnet red highlights. The head didn’t stick around long, though, and the little bit of retention it had quickly diminished to thin webby lacing along the glass while it was cold. As it warmed, all traces of foam vanished. ---
The nose was full of toasted sweet malts, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. While it was sweeter on the nose initially, it did hold quite a bit of a bittersweet note that was punctuated by hints of pine needles and a very faint bon fire off in the distance. Warming up, the spices were much more pronounced and a faint dry spicy yeast, toasted barely, and a caramelized citrus - most likely orange zest - became present. It was rather comforting to sit with this beer in the dark, warm bar with the sounds of lightly clinking glassware, garbled laughter, and that ever present hum of friendly conversation going on around me. It’s a very calming experience enhanced by a nice warming beer. ---
the Winter Warmer, while being warming, comes across with a medium body thanks to adequate tingly carbonation even though it holds a thinner mouthfeel overall. Early on it was quickly hoppy and dry with a light piney resin, but was smoothed out nicely by lots of honey and a faint caramelized orange zest that became more prominent as it warmed. There were plenty of dark, sweet malts throughout, followed by toasted grains, nutmeg, allspice, and a hearty kick of ginger right at the end that left my mouth slightly dry and spicy. I really liked the complexity of this beer and found it difficult to pick out quite a few aromas and flavors as I came across them - which of course kept me going back for more. At one point, I even started dipping my fresh little gingersnap cookies in the beer to bring out the sweetness from under all the spice! Honestly, I should probably get a growler of the Winter Warmer so I can make my own gingersnap cookies for my family when they come visit in a month. daknole (11049) - 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.
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 19, 2011
on tap at 1702 pours dark brown to black with a medium tan head. Aroma is licorice, maple wood and syrup and a little booze. Flavor is light roast and licorice with a little heat and light peppery spicing in the finish. Very well done, I could drink alot more of this. dcschiller (2208) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 5, 2012
(On draught at Santan). Pours a clear mahogany color with a off-white head. Aroma is caramel malts and plenty of spices (ginger?). Taste is sweet with some spice bite. Medium bodied and slick. Very easy going down. Pretty nice stuff. DesertDevil (699) - Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2013
On tap at the brewery. Ginger-heavy nose with some clove, cinnamon, and the faintest hint of tobacco. Pours über-dark brown with a big, foamy tan head and medium lacing. Spice-forward flavor of ginger and orange blossom with a tiny earthy hop bite and a moderate-to-heavy caramel malty sweetness to finish. One of SanTan’s better offerings.
BelgianBeerGal (4066) - 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. Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 18, 2008
Tap @ Papago. Had a sweet malt aroma. Dark body color with red tynt to it and decent head. Flavor had a creamy texture to it along with a good mix of sweet and sourness. Easy on the palate. Good Brew.