YogiBeera (2569) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2005
Tap at Redbones: I liked it. Alcohol nose, but nice. Medium dark red color, flrothy head. Nice roasted, dark berries taste. Imaena (2359) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - JUN 21, 2013
Temple w/ new people. Fairly boring beer in a fairly odd bar. Nothing to go looking for. BroSpud (2283) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAR 2, 2009
12oz bottle. This is from a local brewery to me so I have tried most of their offerings. As with their other beers there is nothing special here. Just OK. MaBeer1972 (2208) - Reno, Nevada, USA - NOV 20, 2003
On-tap. This is a nice rich amber colored brew with plenty of malt character. The middle is a tad sweet and the finish is rather bitter and dry. One of the better ones from this Brewer. mcox90 (2161) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 11, 2013
Sampled at Mass Brewers Fest @ Julio’s. Poured a clear red/amber with a small, dense off white head. Sweet caramel nose with just a hint of smoke. Fairly sweet taste with more caramel malt and some nuttiness. Some spices. Sweet, but not overly so. Full bodied and warming.
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2008
This tastey winter brew pours a nice cloudy amber colour with a small vanilla coloured head. nutty aroma, with a hint of caramel and cloves. another nice brew from Wachusett. dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 7, 2004
amber in color with a small white head. Sweet malt aroma,caramel,toasted malt,vanilla.Malty flavor with a lingering sublte hop character and a clean dry finish. MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - MAR 6, 2005
UPDATED: APR 4, 2005 Tap at Redbones: pours dark amber with a creamy beige head. Mild caramel aroma. Flavor seems a bit off, almost vegetal. Mild earthy hop flavor. Decent but something seems off with this.
Bottle: pours clear copper with a smallish tan head. Light aroma of anise. Light flavor of anise. Better than the tap at Redbones. GAManiac (1946) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 26, 2008
12oz bottle courtesy of Secret Santa lackenhauser poured into a pint glass.
Pours a dark clear reddish amber with a small head that lingers as a ring for a while and leaves some spotty lacing.
The aroma is subtle but nice, with sweet caramel and toasted malts as a base with some sweet fruits on top, maybe some raisins and figs. The aroma is definitely on the sweeter side of things.
The taste is sweet, but the caramel malts always seem a little subdued with the toasted character and hints of smoke getting into the mix.
The mouthfeel is fairly light for the style with moderate carbonation.
This is a decent enough effort at a wee heavy and very drinkable. However, nothing stands out and its pretty run-of-the-mill overall. ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2013
I poured a 12oz bottle into a mug. It has a best by date of 3/8/14 and cost $2.70 ($0.23 per ounce).
Appearance: Clear, bright shade of copper/burgundy. Pours to an average size, white, foamy head which mostly dissipates and leaves minor lacing on the glass.
Smell: General malty aroma with hints of the usual scents for the style. Smells more like an Oktoberfest than a true Scotch Ale.
Taste: Scotch Ales are, in my opinion, an acquired taste. They’re very rich in character, has a smoky/peaty astringency and tend to be big in body. Wachusett Winter Ale has those qualities, but with less intensity. It’s remarkably drinker-friendly, making it a good introductory beer for those unfamiliar with the style.
The palette starts out with a nice malty flavor, similar to that of an Oktoberfest with distinct toffee and caramel flavors but without any lager character at all (as well it shouldn’t since it’s an ale). Slightly dry bitterness at the crest of the swig with subtle notes of chocolate and peat moss on the finish. There’s a slight tang or astringency on the back end, though I wouldn’t considering it a distraction per se. Hints of butterscotch on the aftertaste, at least momentarily.
Drinkability: While Wachusett Winter Ale may not be the best Scotch Ale ever, it’s in contention of the smoothest and most drinkable of the style I’ve ever had. The mouthfeel is somewhat thick, but soft with a smooth texture and easy finish. This would be an ideal accompaniment with cheese, or as an after-dinner beverage or nightcap. Though at only 6.1% ABV it’s not that heavy of a beer, but not light enough to consider sessioning. A single serving is satisfying.