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

bottling
unknown

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available

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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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3.2
SaintMatty (7526) - 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
downender (8891) - 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.

3.2
evergreen0199 (3492) - 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.

3.2
yespr (47567) - 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
yngwie (17234) - 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
gunnfryd (15287) - 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
Beersiveknown (5302) - 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
SilkTork (5855) - 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
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

3.1
imdownthepub (15332) - 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.


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