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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Flanny (24) - Severn, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2003
Head formed readily; was a nice beige and fairly creamy, with a few large bubbles. Head disappeared quickly, though. Flavor of nicely roasted malt, with earthy undertones, effectively balanced by bittering hoppiness. Finish was surprisingly dry, considering the malty start.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
CapFlu (5111) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2003
(Draught) Thin, beige head with brown body. Nose of caramel malt. Taste slightly smoked. Nice gritty texture. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pivo (2675) - GERMANY - NOV 25, 2003
Spicy maple syrup nose with a great "winter" aroma, reddish-dark brown color, sticky head. Burnt malt taste - a little to roasted. Gritty texture on the roof of the mouth.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
YogiBeera (2570) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2003
Sweet cherry nose. Nice appearance. Black with a little head, leaving stripes on the glass. Kind of a weak chocolate taste with pepper notes. Fastgoing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LordHedgehog (144) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2003
Good collection of nutmeg and other spices, mixed in with a nice malty flavor. Smooth and enjoyable, as long as you can handle the spice load.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
guzzler67 (1676) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 20, 2003
Dark brown with a ruby edge. Small, fast fading head. Hints of toffee/caramel in the aroma. Roasted malt taste had a earthy, leathery edge to it. Spicy bite in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2003
Deep russet brown. Nose sweet, somewhat peaty and earthy. Primarily sweet, caramel notes. Mild roast flavor gives a little heft. End dry. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2003
Deep ruddy color. Sweet and malty, with notes of dark fruit and smokiness. very good indeed. Definately not a gimick beer like alot of "winter" beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2003
i'm really being to enjoy strong ales. nice dark color. Caramel was dominate along with alochol. Was rathered suprised by the only 6.1 abv, but i think i'm gonna enjoy the rest of the 6er.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cobra (1100) - - NOV 3, 2003
12 oz. brown bottle. No freshness date, but it's the 2003/2004 batch. Poured out a deep ruby red, with almost no head at all. Had a thin lacing of foamy bubbles around the edge of the glass, but that's about it. Aromas of caramel malts, some chocolate notes as well. Some slight fruitiness in the taste, but mostly sweet caramel & spices. Finishes smooth & dry, not cloying or syrupy.

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