RATINGS: 95   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
• First brewed 1995
• Available November 1st to mid January
A ruby colored classic Scotch Ale made with crystal, Munich, smoked and special malts. No spices needed for this rich flavored brew.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rodzilla79 (90) - Maryland, USA - JUN 11, 2011
A good enjoyable beer. It has some earthy tones and a deep amber color. Enjoy.

tfontana (1258) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 17, 2015
Bottle in pint glass from The Drinkery, Londonderry, NH. Aroma is bready, caramel, roasted cereal malt with a bit of fruit, yeasty dough and barnyard. Appearance is cloudy (lots of sediment floaters) brownish red with minimal beige head that dissipates fairly quickly and trace lacing. Taste is light-to-medium sweet up front and in the middle with some dry sour at the finish. Palate is light-to-medium bodied with average texture and lively carbonation. Overall, pleasant and highly drinkable but isn’t noteworthy in any way.

malrubius (3154) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JAN 11, 2015
Bottle. Dark clear copper with lasting head and lace. Mild caramel and fruit and slightly metallic aroma, Sweet caramel fruity with medium spicy bitterness. Not really picking up much smoke. Will let it warm up a little... More roasty sweetness. Would be excellent with significant smoke. Medium body. Fairly aggressive carbo. Good.

sailracer (486) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 6, 2013
Bottle. Malty toasted flavor with a sort of odd aftertaste that I couldn’t place. Ok but not great

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.

mcox90 (2180) - 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.

Imaena (2295) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - JUN 21, 2013
Temple w/ new people. Fairly boring beer in a fairly odd bar. Nothing to go looking for.

Bulk_Carrier (6064) - Vermont, USA - JAN 25, 2013
It pours a light amber in color and has some visible carbonation seen rising in my nonic. A nice fluffy one inch white foamy head appears and lasts for about a minute before slowly dieing. The smell has some light aromas of caramel with some light spice as well. The taste is slightly sweet ranging closer to some light bitterness from the Christmas spices. The palate is medium centering on a moderate amount of carbonation on the tongue. This is fairly drinkable. It leaves a bland aftertaste. Overall, I’m not really impressed with this one, but for the style, I’d say just average.

BrewIPA (94) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Not much going on in this winter ale. I have a few others I would buy again before this one. Not enough going on in this beer to comment specifically. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 3, 2012
A smooth malty nose with a hint of smoke. Medium amber color - when one pictures strong English beer this isn’t it. Could be a bitter or even a pale. Tastes, however, are the roasted malt and bitter bankground that define the style. Not enough sweetness to be Scotch ale; English classification is correct. An easy enough drinking beer with a medium body. Just out of the session range.

osoroso (11) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 3, 2012
Malty sweet. Thick and heavy with a lot of flavor. I wish it had even more alcohol to match the rich taste. Would be great with very sharp pungent cheeses or savory meats.

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