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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JK (6342) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 2, 2007
This beer is a little sour, which I suspect is unintentional. Malt in the flavor and no hop presence, which is OK for an amber. Bitter finish.

Skyview (6115) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Picked up 22-oz bottle (2006-Green label) during ABA’s Annual Beer Swap in Portland, OR. Pours a semi-hazy dark amber brew with a fast dissolving off-white head that leaves behind a shallow ring and spotty lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, raisins, bubblegum, some nutmeg, and cherries. Taste is medium bodied, very carbonated with an overall sour flavor of apples, grapefruit, some caramel malt, and a touch of banana esters. Finish is tart, caramel malt, with a spruce bitter aftertaste. Not sure if bottle was infected due to the sourness, but still drinkable.

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.

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.

badgerben (5372) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 4, 2007
Thanks to Skyview. Murky copper color with no head. Caramel aroma with a bit of cinnamon. Mostly sour apple taste.

beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 5, 2004
NOTE: POSSBLY BAD BOTTLE. Medium amber color. Medium sized white head. Aroma is malt, fruit and Christmas spices. A medium bodied “amber”. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are slightly spicy. Dried fruit and spice, caramel, nutmeg and cinnamon. That said there is also an off taste, sort of faded, sour and thin. Will need to retaste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sour.

SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 19, 2008
In the bomber bottle from John’s Market in Portland. Pours a cloudy rusty brown with a medium beige head. Lemon-like aroma. The flavor is quite tart with an incredibly harsh bitter bite at the end. At first, I wondered if something was wrong with this because the bitterness was not hop-like at all, but rather the bitterness one might expect from drinking a poison. One of those Mother-Nature-is-warning-me bitter flavors. However, as it warmed and I kept at it, I realized that the bitterness really was from hops, just not very good flavoring hops and way too many of them. Plus, I was not poisoned.

WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 7, 2008
07-08 Road Trip with BikesandBeer. Had at Horsebrass Pub in Portland. Pours dark amber with a thin tan head. Nose is full of nice light malt. Taste was sweet and spicy with malt, not bad at all.

DarkElf (3067) - 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.

cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUL 19, 2007
22 oz. bottle via trade with OhioDad - Pours a mohogany color with a half finger thick off white head. Light spotty lacing. Aroma and flavor is caramel malt and light spice. Light to medium body. This beer was so so. At least it wasn’t as bad as some of the past Siletz beers I’ve had. Thanks Scott.

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