RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
: 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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bhensonb (15345) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 18, 2006
Rich malt and candy aroma. Underlying hints of earth. Affects my senses. Very hazy, near opaque, apricot color (using a halogen lamp). Brown? under regular light. No head in the snifter. This is sweetish dark fruit, with that slightly sour underlying component of so many Siletz ales. Quickly overcome with something like toffee molasses. This one was aged for a year or so, and the hop is not up to the malt. One to sip rather than quaff.

argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 17, 2006
(22oz bottle) Murky mud-brown body with small but creamy beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, some roast, raisin, clove/nutmeg, pine/grapefruit, light wood. Taste is medium sweet, caramel, date, some sourness, finishing pine/grapefruit. Medium body, undercarbonated.

bu11zeye (13029) - 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.

hopdog (12673) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2004
Poured a dark amber color with an averaged sized dark tan head. Aromas and tastes of dark fruits, spices and caramel. Has a slight sourness to it. A little roastiness to the flavor as well. Slight bitter finish.

kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Date: 10/20/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party

cloudy dark amber, frothy dirty white head, funky spicy malt aroma, sweet caramel malt flavor, earthy spicyness, big bitter twang, light sourness turns into a huge acidic finish,

Aroma: 3/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 3/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 5/20
Rating: 1.7/5.0
Drinkability: 3/10
Score: 4

marcus (10337) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 22, 2008
This amber ale poured with a thin beige head, eliciting a musty aroma. The bottle cap was slightly loose and the flavor is very skunky, lieading me to believe that the beer is infected. Either that, or it is not a very good brew. Very citrusy and sour.

3fourths (9349) - 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.

CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2003
Pours a rich milk chocolate brown with a thick frothy light tan head. Soft bready chocolate chip cookie dough aroma mixed with caramel toffee and roasted malt, well balanced with a moderate hop presence. Body is rich and robust with a nice roasty sweetness and dry finish. Good complexity and fullness. A very nice winter warmer. Thanks TChrome!

5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Bottle: Deep caramel, somewhat dirty, moderate off-white head, fizzy, dies pretty quick, spotty lacing.   Malt oriented nose, perhaps a slight bit of pine?   Flat tasting malts on the tongue.   Slight hop presense, very slight.   Soft sweetness, some of the aformentioned pine.   Doesn’t seem very big at all, somewhat flat, and a bit stale.   Needs to be more lively.   Needs to be spiced up.   Needs a bit more of a hop bite.   Tiz okay, but seems to me to be lacking as compared to other years.   Body and mouthfeel are... flat.   Will likely rerate down the road.   Next years batch perhaps?

BBB63 (6557) - 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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