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50
style
Brewed by Charles Wells (Marston’s)
Style: English Strong Ale
Bedford, England

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unknown

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RATINGS: 123   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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3.8
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2006
1. Cask Handpump at the White Horse, London SW6 23/11/2002 Dark brown coloured with some spice aroma. Slightly malty dry finish. 2. Cask Stillage from the cellar at the Cross Keys, Knutsford 20/01/2004 Mid to dark brown coloured and slightly rich on the palate. Fruit aroma. Smooth and crisp malt finish with some chocolate flavour. 3. Cask Handpump at the Cross Keys, Knutsford 21/01/2004 Dark coloured and smooth on the palate with a fruity aroma. Slightly rich. Crisp lasting chocolate malt finish.

3.8
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - JAN 31, 2010
Cask. Calthorpe Arms, London. Brown colour with a beige head. Malty, sweet, toffee/chocolate, dark fruit, light bitterness.

3.8
Desverger (11807) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2013
[email protected] Bull, Streatham, London (drunk in a comfy leather armchair next to a roaring open fire) - Pours a dark brown colour with a persistent frothy head and lacing. Dark roasted toasty malts, nutty, rich dark fruits, christmas cake like, some spice, slight caramel/toffee/choc, good mouthfeel. Almost back to as good as I remembered back in the early 90s (and certainly much better than over the last 5 years I have tried it)

3.7
Svesse (8613) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2006
(Cask at Lamb, Bloomsbury, London, 23 Nov) Dark ruby colour with a brief beige head. Fruity nose with malty notes of port wine, nuts and dried fruit. Fruity taste with a malty backbone, notes of dried fruit, nuts, prunes and a slightly vinous note of port. Very tasty and nice.

3.7
Christian (13678) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2007
Dark brown with a small creamy head. Little aroma with some malt and caramel. Big sweet flavour dominated by the malt and only with a hint of bitterness at the end. And a perfect version of that creamy, silky cask mouthfeel

3.7
FatPhil (16345) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 13, 2007
Cask (The King’s Arms, Oxford) Youngs version. Stonkingly good strong ale, even if a little weak for a strong (it was 5.6 % back when I was regularly drinking it). Subdued spicy sweet and malty aroma. Much more in the taste. Massive complex fruity and sweet nougaty components augment a huge brown malty body. One of my favourites.

3.7
jberti (19) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2007
On tap Mahar’s. Very nice amber pour, smell of sweet malt and caramel. A hint of bitter fruit taste, goes down smooth.

3.7
Leighton (21463) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2013
Cask at Richard I - Greenwich, London. Pours clear amber with a fine, beige froth. Light toast and berry aroma. Medium sweet flavor with mellow bready malts, berries and other fruits, fructose sugars. Light to medium bodied with fine carbonation. Good condition. Moderately sweet finish with light caramel, further berry character, fruitcake, lightly toasted bread. Very tasty, easy-drinking stuff. Mild dry, leafy bitterness, too. Solid.

3.6
mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2010
[2712-20100119] Cask. Nice toasted weed malt aroma. Slightly hazy, dark brown red body with a long-lasting creamy off-white head. Little charred bitter wood malt flavour. Medium-full body. Great brew, in great shape too.
(@ Royal Oak; near Victoria Station, London)

3.6
rosenbergh (11578) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 10, 2011
Cask at the Buck’s Head, Little Wymondley, Stevenage, England.
Dark reddish brown colour with small off-white head. Sweetness, dark fruits, toasted malt, some spices and some liquorice in aroma. Flavour is sugar, dark fruits, molasses, mild hops, toasted malt and some spices.


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