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


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RATINGS: 126   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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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jlfrede (6) - - DEC 4, 2010
Good standard cask Ale. Perfect for a "fast one" on one the your favorite bars. Aroma not too prominent but nice looks with the clear color of reddish/brown. Minimal head. Sweet taste from the malt and a scent of bitternes. Palate like the aroma not too prominent. Overall a good standard ale. But nothing I would lie sleepless in my bed, thinking about :-) Had this one in Charlie’s Bar in Copenhagen - a must try!!

Ktwse (5594) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2017
Pours clear deep amber with low white head. Aroma of bread, malt, caramel, citrus. Taste is mellow malt sweet, light bitterness in the finish. Light and smooth body with soft carbonation.

Dbcwi88 (51) - Loughton, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2017
Classic malty red ale. Sweet red fruit aroma malty front and bitter finish. Decent

Davros IX (528) - Hertford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2017
Cask at the Fox & Anchor. A deep dark brown in the glass with a minimal head. This was an old fashioned winter warmer that was very simple in its flavour profile with plenty of malt and a strong hit of caramel. There was a lot of flavour for a 5% beer, but in no way sessionable. Once again I come away from drinking a Young's beer mulling on its simplicity and trying to work out if that is a good or a bad thing.

john44 (3420) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2017
Cask. Dark Amber Gold. Fruity; dark fruit, raisins, berries. Spicy. Malty; bready malts, toffee, quite nutty. Hoppy; some hop bitterness. Sweet-bitter fruity malty. Bitter finish. (2008)

ladnewton (2053) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2017
Cask at the Calthorpe Arms, London on 4th January 2017. Deep copper with virtually no head or lacing. Spicy malt aroma. Sweet malts, touch of fruit and some hints of leafy hop in-mouth. Malty, slightly toasty in the finish. Fair bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Rated as-is. Had I tried to compare with the original Young’s version, the fields above would have been populated with different values.

Parmenion777 (364) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2016 A reddish dark amber colour with a tiny head. Malty and fruity, orange peel and raisin aroma. Sweet malty flavours, some brown sugar and dark fruit. A mild bitterness in the finish.

Stuu666 (15056) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 7, 2016
Cask at the Guildford arms. Pours clear amber, nose is toffee, grassy, taste is sweet, grassy, dry toffee.

liquidbread86 (172) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 13, 2016
Ruby in color with almost no head. Not much different than most real ales, but a good beer none the less.

BeerNinjaUK (488) - Wiltshire, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2016
Legacy rating. Pint at the Blue Boar in Aldbourne during their winter beer festival last year. Fruity and full-bodied with a good balance between the bitterness and sweetness. Great winter seasonal.

DruncanVeasey (8326) - Nr NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2016
Cask, The Marquess of Anglesey, Covent Garden, 12/12/15. Pale red with a shrinking off white top. Nose orange peel, pine cones and fresh-pinched Fuggles. Alt-like with crushed nuts, bread and a discreet orange peel and red apple fruitiness on the belch. Almond and cashew linger. Fine advert for dull old school cask English if you’re a bit jaded by designer freezing cold keg that tastes of shower gel. Highly likeable.

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