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


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RATINGS: 127   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bretwalda (6) - Greater London, - JUN 18, 2012
Nothing signafies the count down to my festive activities like my first pint of this amazing winter ale. This seasonal beer could only be improved by being available all year round!

IPACommander26 (1) - - JAN 6, 2018 does not count
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2018 rosso rubino con pochissima carbonatazione, odore nullo, schiuma persistente, al palato caramello, prugna secca, gorgonzola. buona nel suo genere, non eccezionale

explosivedog (1808) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 6, 2018
On handpull at the Trinity Arms in Brixton. Pours red brown. Caramel, biscuit, dried fruit. Very drinkable.

Ktwse (5667) - 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 (88) - Loughton, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2017
Classic malty red ale. Sweet red fruit aroma malty front and bitter finish. Decent

Davros IX (571) - 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 (3454) - 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 (2069) - 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 (380) - 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 (15248) - 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.

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