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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%
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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3.1
YogiBeera (2569) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2004
On Tap at Britannia, London: Dark brown color, little foamy head. Malty nose, sticky, littler bitter notes come throuhg too. Refreshing.

2.3
Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2007 Nov 07 Cask conditioned @ Humble Plumb, Soton. Ruby colour. Fairly thin with sweet bready malt. From memory seems a touch lighter, a bit thinner and more one-dimensional than I remember the Youngs version being. 2.3
Feb 05 Gravity cask @ Hants Bowman, Dundridge. Deep colour. Creamy malty body but somewhat anodyne and doesnt fulfill the promise of dark malty delights the colour promised (expectation was also raised by reading Martyn Cornell’s excellent ’The Story of the Pint’ in which he describes this beer as the last remnant of the original burton style of beer). 2.9

3.1
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Handpump at the brewery. Dark, ruddy brown color with a good head. Dry, light chocolate, nutty, and toasty malt aroma. Just a hint of roasted malt. Nutty and toasty flavor. Medium-light body. No hop character. A pretty boring brown ale.

3.3
markas101 (2435) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 2, 2012
Cask, The Devonshire Cat, Sheffield. Deep ruby brown, chocolate chocolate aroma. Sweet and bright, mellow with a long chocolate finish.

3
Niall73 (2432) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2013
Pours a dark amber with a thin off white head. Aroma is malty, fruit cakey. Medium body, mild carbonation. Toast, a little lemon, a tiny hint of spice. Inoffensive. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Cask at the Queen Adelaide, Wandsworth. Deep ruby colour with an off-white head. Aroma of malt and molassess. Well-balanced flavour - caramel malts, berries and fruity hops. Full bodied but with the alcohol content completely concealed. A good winter ale.

3.6
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - DEC 3, 2003
Cask Conditioned, at The Lamb, Leadenhall, Market, London.
Dark brown, with a rich mahogany shimmer. Sweet aroma, with a sweet and bitter flavour. Full and well rounded on the palate, it certainly does warm the blood. Roasted caramel and Christmas spice become apparent towards the end. This pub is in the CAMRA good pub guide and probably has the best selection of Young’s beers of any Young’s pubs listed in London. Make sure you stop in for 10-15 rates.

3.5
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.

4
wheresthepath (2321) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2008
[on draught at the Boot & Slipper, Amersham] Uncarbonated. Chocolate, plum, strong taste of malt. Dangerously easy to drink. Lovely sweeter ale - even went down well with a cheesecake!

1.8
Imaena (2315) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - FEB 10, 2013
Draught. While this is lauded as a classic I am not terribly fond of it. There are better ESAs out there.


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