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RATINGS: 533   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
At Weyerbacher we have created a Winter Ale that is a must for any malty beer lover. Winner of a Silver Medal in the 1998 World Beer Championships, Weyerbacher Winter Ale is brewed with deep-roasted chocolate malt. The taste predominates with a warm, roasty flavor, balanced out with a slightly dry finish. It is smooth but not cloying, with a warming belt of alcohol (5.6% ABV). Although winter ales predate history, they are believed to have their origin in the pagan celebrations of winter solstice. Later, when monasteries produced the local brew, winter ales were made each year to commemorate the birth of Christ. Back then, winter ales were brewed full-bodied as a source of nutrition for the upcoming winter months. Today, winter ales are typified by their seasonality, their rich, malty flavors and by their deep, dark coloration. Generally available November-March, Weyerbacher Winter Ale is the perfect libation for a winter meal, with good friends, or beside a warm fire fending off a cold winter night.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2581) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2004
Nice dense head. Settles nicely. Light carbonation. Rich but strange aroma. Rubber, licorice and roasted grains, weird. Color is a dark reddish brown. Flavor is dry and roasty. Some smoke and a bit chalky. More rubber and carbon. Finish is dry and a little bitter. A decent winter brew but a strange one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (6539) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 26, 2004
2003 bottle aged 1 year. Dark black/brown color with deep burgundy-violet tinges, a small light tan head, and a mostly clear body. Aroma of black licorice, blackstrap molasses, spicy herbs and hops, lightly toasted malt and chocolate covered cherry cordials. Flavor to match, with plenty of malt flavors mingling with the dark spices and sugars. Molasses and cherry cordials stand out, with a dark brown malt base, some anise notes. Tried side by side with a one year old Nutcracker and this one was more complex and flavorful. Medium body, but the flavor lasts to the final drop. Round mouthfeel, not creamy, but smooth and drinkable, with low carbonation. Finishes with some dry caramel, molasses, light brown sugar hints, and a dark chocolate flavor. Very good for being filtered.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Roasted malt nose, smooth malt flavor. Only slightly hoppy, lacking in the spicy-bite of a typical winterbut still enjoyable. Medium bodied. Extra points for the beer-thieving snowmen.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lamas (1635) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 15, 2004
Bottle. Pours a dark mahogany with a medium-sized bubbly tan head. Aroma is malty, roasty and of hops. Taste begins roasty with somewhat stale malts and finishes with a subtle hoppy banana flavor. Where are the spices? At least the label is cool.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gachupines (1252) - USA - DEC 13, 2004
Appearance and aroma werent bad, but the flavor is lacking. Tasted almost stale to me. Generally unpleasant taste also lacking consistency. Couldve been much better (and Im hoping somehow the other 5 will be).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
rajendra82 (1076) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - DEC 11, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2005 The beer came in a handsomely labeled bottle, and poured out dark red, with a decent sized foamy off white head. The aroma was that of roasted grains, and grassy hops. The taste was where things started to go downhill. The taste was down right weird, with off putting wet paper, leather, and rubber tastes mixed with some aweful spices. The mouthfeel was thin and watery as well. Bad on several levels. Not quite sinking to a drain pour level, but flirting pretty close.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chandernagor (39) - Oak Park, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2004
Dark amber/reddish beer, clear, with a large off-white head dissipating slowly. Sweet chocolatey aroma, with a hint of brown sugar and some spices. Malty roasty flavor, tastes like watered down coffee with a bit of caramel. Pretty well balanced, malty, with subtle hops at the end. Light carbonation, watery texture. Not a lot going on, its very simple, but still very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7619) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2007 Weyerbacher has grown well upon me in recent months. I was pleased to have the opportunity to try their winter ale. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a very dark brown with only a hint of redness when held to the light. There was a large tan head upon the surface. The aroma was strong with hops and spice. A rather pretty and fine smelling beer to be sure. The flavor was sour, malty and had a hint of spice. A bit disappointing really given the promise held in the nose.There were some nice winter spices and a bit of molasses and sour malt on the finish. I found this one to be pleasant drinking and a rather nice but sadly unassuming beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2004
Dark ruby brown with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted malt and some chocolate. The taste is more of the same along with hints of nuts, hops, light coffee and then fades into nothingness. Body starts off medium then gets watery at the end. ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Deep ruby brown, with a thin beige head, nice lace. Roasted grain in the nose, sweet aroma. Great roasty malts, faintly sweet, balanced by great hop goodness and and coffe-like finish.

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