Brewed by Charles Wells (Marston’s)
Style: English Strong Ale
Bedford, England


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RATINGS: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Cask: Seasonal - October to January.
Production moved from Youngs to Wells & Youngs in October 2006. Brand acquired solely by Charles Wells in 2011.
Ingredients: Maris Otter and crystal malt with cane sugar added to the copper with Fuggle and Golding hops.
The definitive winter beer and a long-time Young’s favourite, Winter Warmer is a champion cask ale that is an essential warmer during the winter months.
"Rich ruby coloured beer, almost red in bright light. Complex fruity nose with hints of candy. Luscious and full bodied, with a powerful mouth-coating flavour leading to a bittersweet, vinous finish."

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JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2005
Cask handpump at the Swan in the Rushes, Loughborough. Dark ruby coloured with a creamy white head. Fruity aroma. Rich malty, fruity and brown sugar flavour. Full bodied. Very good.

madsberg (11776) - Søborg, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2005
Cask @ Ølbaren: Burgundy coloured. Unclear. Fluffy brownish head. Floral, herby and light fresh aroma. Flavour as well is herby and has light caramel notes. Is a bit flat (it has to be, hasn’t it!!!). Is quite fruity in the end. Very bitter notes.

Tobias10 (99) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2005
Cask : The Ram, Wandsworth. The 2005 brew is not so full bobied as previous years. It still has the burnt caramel undertones, deep red/copper colour and rich malty flavour. I dont have anything else to say about it but it wont let me submit so this is just a bit of ad lib to trick the system it accepting a short review!

TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 20, 2005
Pint pulled at The Kings Arms in Wandsworth (London), a dark ruby brown with a frothy head and an aroma with hints of cherries. A richness in the malty flavour and a nice bitterness through the mouth, with an underlying smoothness.

Badowski (1) - ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2005 does not count
Cask at the Coach & Horses, Kew and Ye White Hart, Barnes, Surrey/South London, UK. This is my favourite beer ever. I was horrified when Young’s "reformulated" their Special Bitter and would have been mortified if they’d changed this masterpiece as well. This year’s offering is as good as it’s ever been. I don’t drink wine or spirits, and what amazes me about this ale is that it seems to be the complete alcoholic beverage. As it develops in the glass it takes on a refined port-like character while having a lovely malty aroma and all at 5%!. The unique toffee/fruit flavours are as good as ever. Please keep drinking this, chaps, it deserves your support, plus if anyone out there knows how Young’s could be persuaded to start brewing Special Bitter as it was then let me know. Why on earth they changed it is anyone’s guess. At present I’m only visiting their houses when Winter Warmer is around, which, thankfully is for a glorious 4 months. On a more positive note, Ram Rod and Burton Ale were offered on cask as part of this year’s "Autumn Festival" and both were packed full of flavour and highly recommended. Viva Young’s! A Happy Winter Warming to you all.

Nekronos (4175) - Xalapa, MEXICO - NOV 6, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2006 Too strong with no sense, I got a little wamrer but not enough to call it like that. Dark, and foam just present.

harrisoni (19318) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2005
Cask at County Hotel, JDW, Ashford I know that this is out of season, but I forgot to rate it at the time. Dark brown/ruby beer with rich malty fruit and brown sugar flavour. Hoppy spiciness on the end. Splendid to keep you warm

Mads Langtved (2240) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - APR 24, 2005
Strawberry flavour. Slightly acidic. Malty sweet finish. A nice warming brew, with a fruity touch.

Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2005
Cask, the Cockney pub. Dark brown body with lovely dense light brown head. Fruity, sour berries, chocolate, soft and medium body.

DanielBrown (4546) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2005 Sampled cask at the Brittania, Euston, with Joeh and Maeib. i liked this on tap, as much as I liked the bottle version. Very smooth, with a strong caramel and toffee backdrop. Seemed to be rather rich, and all the better for that - one of Youngs’ better efforts.

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