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

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RATINGS: 125   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TinyClanger (41) - West Sussex, West Sussex, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2005
Case @ Young’s brewery tap. A dark ruby beer with a roast nose. The loose, ivory-coloured head didn’t last all that long. An initial roast malt hint is rapidly overwhelmed by the toffeeish sweetness, with a faint iodine tang developing in the aftertaste.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KnutAlbert (6740) - 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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (46060) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2006
Cask, Handpumped @ ... . Dark brown body with lovely dense light brown head. Fruity, sour berries, chocolate, soft and medium body.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (11637) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 6, 2007
Pint served at perfect room temperature at the Lamb, London. Filmy off-white layer over a mahogany coloued body. Nice lacing on the glass. Roasted malty aroma. Taste of warming caramel malts. Moderate bitter ending. A bit watery. Half of the content was enjoyed with Fish ’n Chips (31.01.2007).

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Juancho (239) - Georgia, USA - FEB 7, 2007
Pint in [email protected], cross from eurostar station. Just returning from Paris on a cold winter day it is a great and welcome brew. But on its own merits i find it rather light and delicate.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAR 1, 2007
Cask, Angel & Grayhound, Oxford. Caramel brown with a light tan head. Toffee and raisin aroma. Roast flavor, slight astringency, soft plums. Could use a bit more texture, but still a nice wintery sort of ale.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joe19612 (2731) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2007
Cask at Biggleswade Rugby Club. Lovely dark amber colour, plenty of malts with a real malty flavour. The beer has a sweet finsh. A very good beer of it;s type.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SaintMatty (7082) - 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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (8189) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2008
Cask-conditioned at the Bristol Ram, Bristol. Chestnut coloured with a moderate off-white head. Caramel, malty aroma with some fruit in the background. Flavour was sweet, with toffee, nuts and a hint of roastiness. Good.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
evergreen0199 (3148) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2009
Cask at The Rising Sun, Pimlico, London. Deep brown/ruby pour with a thin beige head. Aroma of dark fruit. Sweet, roasty, caramel, nutty, quite rich tasting. This beer is much thinner than it used to be. Still quite pleasant and warming but I remember when this beauty was brewed at Wandsworth and it really was worth looking forward too. Youngs of Bedford is now a shadow of its former self, all in the name of money, what a shame.


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