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

bottling
unknown

on tap
available

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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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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SaintMatty (7121) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (42183) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2010
From cask at Charlies. Pours golden deep amber with a small tan head. Aroma is fruity and malty. Breadish and slight fruity flavoured. Rather bitter and dry into the finish. Bitter and dry finish. Lasting malt note.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (16768) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 8, 2011
Cask at the wharf. A small, beige head sits on top of a clear chestnut body. The aroma has roasted malts and a hint of coffee, as well as toffee and dried fruits. A bit thin on the palate maybe. Roasted malts, dried fruits, toffee and a little bitterness in the flavor, roasted malts and toffee in the end. A pleasant one indeed, but lacks a bit on body to go as a winter beer for me. 101204

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (14461) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 25, 2011
Cask at the Wharf. Amber colour with a beige head. Aroma is fruit, caramel, hop, roasted malt. Flavour is fruit, caramel, hop, malt, coffee. OK/Nice beer.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beersiveknown (5148) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 23, 2012
Hazy dark bown and fairly flat. Tastes and smells ok so no point returning it. Molasses, white bread and caramel malt. Low carbonation, sweet, thick mouthfeel, slight cardboard, no bitterness, light redcurrants.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
YogiBeera (2570) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5659) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2010 Jan, 2004: Catford Ram - a Young’s pub. Pleasantly malty and sweet. Good balance and a humming harmony. Sort of honeyified, like a liquid Toblerone. [3.5]
Dec, 2004: Lamb, Bloomsbury - a Young’s pub. Butterscotch. Mouldy going into dark fruits. Mild dark hop finish. OK. London Xmas Crawl. [2.9]
Feb, 2005: Young’s brewery Tap. Soft toffee. Delicate, fresh. Pleasant. Sweetness builds to become cloying. [3.0]
Nov 9th 2007Trinity Tavern, Brixton This was the meeting point for the Sex Pistols gig. And we knocked back a few ordinaries, then tucked into the Winter Warmer before heading for the Beehive and getting hammered on Scorpio Porter. What a night! This one went down well. A solid tasting English Strong Ale, though only 5%. It really has the lovely firm mouthfeel that gives the impression this is much higher. Nicely done. [3.4]
Dec, 2010 Who’d Ha Thought It, Rochester. An OK beer, but way too much crystal malt. Tastes more like an Autumn Ale. Would like some dark malts for a winter warmer. Tastes damp and greasy in places. Ho hum. Drinkable enough, but a pint is the limit. [2.8]

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2005
Cask @ Britannia, Euston Station & The Lamb, Bloomsbury. More body than the bottled version for this pleasent sweet winter warmer that gets a bit cloying in the finish

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (13851) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2005
Cask Conditioned at The Crown Hotel, Chertsey, Surrey. Chestnut coloured with thin head. Roasted malts to the fore, with charred coffee husk taste. Thin in body and with a sweet fruity background. OK but not great.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cab (866) - DENMARK - MAR 1, 2007
Draft: served at C4 good english hoppy but a bit weak to be a ESB, the feel is almost like butter, and it has a bit of diacityl, ok for the style.


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