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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
: Winter Warmer is designed to be served with hearty meals or to be enjoyed on cold winter nights, preferably by the fireplace with a close friend. This robust, rich ale gets its distinctive flavor and ruby brown color from seven different malts and three hop varieties.

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3.1
BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2006
Bottle from Steve and served in my LaChouffe tulip:

Poured at first with a sunset orange hue and a fading fizzy head with some lace, the second pour was murky and more like a rust color. The aroma has a pink grapefruit, mango, candied cherry, woody and earthy yeast, a light biscuity malt, and some pepper. The taste was not equal to the nose as I found a unwelcomed tartness and cardboard character on top of the juicy hops and malty undertone. Ruined what I hoped for would have been a great tasting experiance. Maybe it was the bottle, lets hope so.

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3fourths (9358) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2006
22oz bottle. Cloudy dark rusty tea colored body witha very small head. Semi-sweet grassy hop cones, rich marachino cherries and a strong whiff of cedar wood round out the nose on this brew. Moderately thick, and fizzy as well. Some bubble-gun sugars and more cherries and cedar flavors. Palate is significantly dry and rough, and the finish is sour grapefruit and cedar wood. The yeast has a bit of a funk, something I didn’t like in their other beers, especially their imperial porter, but in this beer it’s more interesting and blends better with the barley wine-like flavors.

3.1
bu11zeye (13215) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2006
(Bottle) Pours a hazy amber-brown with a moderate off-white head. Aroma of malt, dark fruits, dirty diapers, and sour citrus. Flavor of citrus, mixed dried fruit, and funky sourness.

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11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - OCT 30, 2005
Bottle. Pours a deep mahogany color and just lightly opaque. Very modest whitish head forms and fades out to a slight broken layer over the center and a fair ring around the edge. Minimal lacing. Aroma is richly malty with a very healthy dose of "C" hop citrus nose. Full bodied, moderately viscous. Flavors of rich malt and a citric/piney hop presence blend nicely with a lingering hop presence at the finish. Quite well done.

3.7
BrewDad (5667) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 10, 2005
(2005 Newport Microbrew Festival) This winter warmer was very good. Had a crisp hoppy finish and a great overall flavor. The hops where just a perfect flavor for this beer. A good deep dark beer with a great fruitiness and a strong aroma. A great beer.

3.7
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2005
From the bottle this pours a dark, lightly cloudy mahogany with a smooth off-white head. Tons of spice overtake the aroma with some crisp spicy hops. Taste kinda brings you through a assortment of flavors finishing with a very dry spicy finish. Nice fruitiness compliments the spice in the finish.

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DarkElf (3066) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 2, 2005
(22 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with derekarent, thanks Derek!) Pouring the beer, I’m hit with the strong aroma that immediately snaps me to attention and heightens my anticipation. The inviting nose is malty and very earthy, with the wonderfully pungent aroma of dried mushrooms soaked in soy sauce. Everything in the nose also comes out very clearly in the flavor. And this beer has a lot of flavor too. Robust earthy, mushroomy maltiness dominates this beer, and it’s moderately sweet, but that is countered by a fair amount of sourness throughout, which along with a moderate bitterness, becomes quite assertive in the finish. But this is a good sourness, adding complexity to a fine beer, and lending a feel of barrel aging. Full bodied and fairly rich on the palate, but not sticky. Deep brown in color, dark enough that it shows only a bit of translucence when held up to a light, at which time, the cloudiness of the beer becomes apparent. Tan head pours on the small side and fades away to just a thin rim with a few random wisps scattered about. This is great stuff, and I hope to get more of this in future trades.

3.6
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2005
Dark mahogany with a rocky head and lots of big turds of lace. Spruce aroma with some caramel. Bitter hops as well. Lots of spices in the flavor with some alcohol and bitter hops. Dry palate with a bitter and sour finish, eh.

3.8
Reid (2621) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAR 13, 2005
sampled in the 22 oz bottle ,bought today in Newport ,Oregon. Quite attractive brown with ruby accents in colour,slightly hazy. Good sized bubbly frothy white head. That dissapears fast but leaves nice lace. Spicy hop,and chocolaty malt hop aroma mostly Very spicy taste to this,and with a great malt backbone, some bitterness near the end, but it ends with a long drawn out ripe fruitiness.For some reason figs and raisins come to mind. Very smooth on the palate ,almost like a bottle conditioned beer. Very easy to drink. Nice winter offering from this great little brewery!

3.6
BückDich (5477) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 9, 2005
Sampled bottled
Dark brown color, decent lacing & moderate carbonation. The nose is very spicy with some nutty & Christmassy fruits. Cranberry or something. Eh. The flavor is nicely balanced & musky, very unique.


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