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50
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Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: English Strong Ale
Bedford, England

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RATINGS: 126   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (7470) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 12, 2005
Thin, coarse-laced off-white head on dark red body. Faint sourish aroma of nuts and faint sweet roastiness. Taste is smooth, clean, nutty maltiness; quite bitter. Aftertaste is drily nutty, with hoppy bitterness lingering. Clearly a well-made beer, but rather subdued. (Cask at the Britannia.)

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SaintMatty (7207) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 19, 2008
Cask at The White Hart, Overton- Dark brown in colour with red tinges. Malty aroma with caramel and toffee. Nutty, refreshing taste. Not as good as it used to be but still a good pint.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2006
A Mes rate: From the White Horse. Creamy malt nose. Translucent dark red body with just a thin film for a head but leaves nice lacing. tastes like French toast with a berry finish with some malt. Standard palate. Nothing to write home about.

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Finn (7039) - Tromsř, NORWAY - FEB 19, 2008
Cask at The Lamb Bloomsbury 7 Feb 08. Dark red / amber colored. Modest fruity aroma. Sweet flavor with hints of biscuit and fruit. Modest roasted aftertaste. Lacks strength to be a proper winter warmer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackHaddock (6974) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2013
Another beer I hadn’t seen for a while: half-pint, hand-pulled in The Kings Arms, Oxford on 23rd Nov 13. Pours a clear mid-amber with a beige like foam on top. Toasted malt and hedgerow berry aroma. Semi-sweet taste with subtle caramel maltiness, those berries again and hints of spices. Not as rich or heavy as I remember it ’back in the day’ when it was brewed in London. Glad we found each other again, even if we don’t really remember each other too well.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KnutAlbert (6753) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 12, 2006
One of the seasonal ales from Youngs. Subtle taste - on the opposite end of the scale from the Special London Ale. A bit on the sweet side with a nice nutty finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AshtonMcCobb (6397) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 9, 2014
On tap at the Guildford Arms. Appearance - a lovely red to toffee colour nice head. Beautiful. Nose - biscuits and spice. Some herby or pine notes too but subtle. Taste - a more intense version of the nose. Palate - medium bodied with a crunchy texture and a fairly elegant finish. Overall - I like this but would classify as an ESB.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
berkshirejohn (6371) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2007
Cask at the Thatched House, London W11.Reddish chestnut body with a beige head; earthy malt aromas; nutty and fruity flavours, full and smooth; short strong bitter burst and then a sweetish finish.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2006
CASK at Charlies. Amber colour with a tan head. Caramel, vanilla, fruity aroma and taste. Medium body with a bitter dry finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pyrmir (5864) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2014
Cask at Abbey Tavern, London. Hazy copper color with coarse white head. Aroma malty; soap, flowers and grass. Taste is soapy and malty, roasted and lightly burned.


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