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Wizard's Winter Ale - Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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BA SCORE
80
good

127 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 6
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 11-15-2001)
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Reviews by busterthecat:
Photo of busterthecat
2.18/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A 12 oz bottle served into a SA Perfect Pint glass at 45 degrees. No bottle date.

A- pours a dull tarnished copper hue from bottle and sits a transparent amber in glass. A good cream white head forms and lingers around as a good film capping.

S- Lightly spiced bready malts, pears, apple. Medium strength aroma. Some buttery note detected.

T- Similar to beer that I fermented too warm giving it an cidery/ off flavor from acetaldehyde. Sharp cidery notes that end dirty. Drinkable, but not good.

M- Sharp on palate, not in a good way. Finishes dry.

O- Perhaps a bad bottle or maybe from last year (no bottle date), but if this is what was intended, it is not good. Got through half the glass before opting to drain pour.

busterthecat, Mar 01, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P ours a light brown with a definant orange hue with almost no head but that was expected,aroma very orangy and also some chocolate thrown in there as well. Nice big malty beer with a caramel taste emerging right away with deep fruitiness that pierces right thru every other flavor the alcohol becomes more prevelant as it warms.A real nice winter brew pretty warming and flavorful.

oberon, Apr 01, 2004
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice copper red pour with a nice two finger khaki head on top. Some sweet, doughy caramel mixed with raisins and spices. Interesting aroma here....sweet dark fruits.

Firt sip has a fresh baked bready malt background with caramel swirls. Hints of rasins and dark fruits....butterscotch candies. There's a nice hint of spiciness running through the background as well. An interesting and tasty winter warmer. As I continue to drink I get a bit of a cherry flavor as well.

Mouthfeel has a velvety quality to it while being a bit syrupy as well. I would not mind having a few of these on a cold night...nice flavor complexity and easy drinking. Thanks to dmeadows for the chance to sample this one.

Edit: After reading some of the other reviews, it looks like this is my first brew to feature Ringwood yeast...

orbitalr0x, Jan 12, 2005
Photo of xgoodyx
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

xgoodyx, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of Jason
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Patchy white lace, hazed tawny hue.

Smell: Butter Scotch candy and peach preserves. Slightly estery in the back.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Very smooth and creamy with a solid malt palate, hop bitterness is followed by a mildly astringent grain. Thin layer of diacetyl and fruitiness in the middle. Chalky yeast. Finishes sweet with more buttery undertones.

Drinkability & Notes: If this brew cleaned up its act it would be damn good … sadly it did not win me over at all.

Jason, Dec 29, 2004
Photo of yankeeheel
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy amber with a small cream colored head. Decent lacing. Smells a litle like apple and bread.

The taste is slighltly fruity/malty with a little caramel in there too. Moderately strong hop kick at the end. Mouthfeel is pretty solid between the carbonation and the alcohol. Not a bad little winter ale at all.

yankeeheel, Nov 04, 2003
Photo of nnthom266
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

nnthom266, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Ruby caramel amber brown thine cream head specks of lacing. Aroma: English style malts winter warmer like caramel and butterscotch touch of earthy hops, with a slight spicy character. Taste: English varieties of malts give off a nice mix of toasty butterscotch sweetness and finishes with a mild bitterness, overall tame but well crafted English style winter warmer. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied slightly sticky perfect carbonation. Drinkability: Pays homage to other English brewers with a very nice rendition of a traditional old ale, tasty wouldn't pass sampling this one again in the future.

WVbeergeek, May 02, 2004
Photo of CloudStrife
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours an orangish amber with a 2 finger puffy off white head. Some visible carbonation, head is fairly quick to dissipate. Doesnt leave much lacing.

S: A sweet carmel like malt dominates this for me, also some lighter malts. A dark fruitiness to it but again seems sweet.

T: Carmel malts like the smell, not as sweet as I expected seems to be balanced out by a nice bittering hop. Not offensive but seems a little lacing.

M: Feels a little thin for a strong ale, low carbonation. A little slick. Alcohol is pretty well hidden though.

Overall nothing to write home about. fits well in the winter but could use some more oomph.

CloudStrife, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of DagFishHead
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber body. Tightly-bubbled, 2-finger, off-white head has good retention and fantastic lace.
Smell: Big malt with some earthiness and alcohol. Nice, clean English-style nose.
Taste: Big malt, but surprisingly crisp. Slightly yeasty. That classic stale ale taste followed by a semi-dry hop finish
Mouthfeel: Low carbonation feel. Big, full, malty chew.
Drinkability: A nice Strong Ale.. this style usually has me bailing out after a pint... but in this case, pour me another! Middle Ages continues to impress the hell out of me.

DagFishHead, Nov 01, 2003
Photo of Andragos
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Andragos, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of ABokononist
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

ABokononist, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of Metalmonk
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Love the Middle Ages label approach...unfortunately a lot of them are rendered so generically they cross the line from cool fantasy art to medieval cheese. Like Wailing Wench, and certainly this one. But who cares really...it's what in the bottle that counts.

There was sticky residue on the neck of the first bottle opened, the cap popping with zero hiss and a wimpy soap-water "head". Clearly the cap wasn't on tightly. Tasted crappy. I poured it. Second try gave a "that's more like it" creamy head atop a ruby/rust color with a golden shimmer. Not enough lace to mention (oops, I just mentioned it).

Spices in the nose recall cinnamon, nutmeg and, um...not much else. Maybe dark chocolate and caramel if I try real hard.

First flavor impression is a nice toasty one. And shazam!, I swear there's a mild hint of Scotch whisky peeking through. But mostly you'll get your usual Winter Warmer flavors, which means sweet, dessert-y spices. A little bit of wood too. Everything is blended well here, and it's not abhorrently spiced like some in the style (I won't name names, feeling benevolent today).

Decent and even enjoyable, this is hardly mindblowing, and I suppose I can think of other beers I'd rather warm with this winter, but overall it's on the side of quality. Just not the most memorable brew by Middle Ages.

Metalmonk, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

fruity ringwood Yeast and multiple hops and good dose of malt. Peaty. More sweet than bitter, but dry finish and acidic citrus there. Nutmeg and cinammon Decent warmer and drinkable in bottle form..
Unique for this brewry coppery color, less aggressive hops so maybe shelf life less.

Sammy, Nov 17, 2004
Photo of RocPorterFanatic
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a rich Copper color with a full creamy head and lots of lacing.

S - Sweet and full of spices

T - Malty with a bit of hops, not overly bitter, not too mild. Just about in the middle

M - Lots of carbonation. not alot of lingering taste

D - My 1st winter ale of the year and it did not disappoint. Could easily sit and enjoy several. Definitely a session beer for late fall, early winter

RocPorterFanatic, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of tempest
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy Ringwood Batman! I took a big whiff of this right after the pour and was met with a burst of sweet, sugary fruit aromas. The taste is surprisingly subdued and on the same level as a pale mild maybe. The diacetyl is mild, adding a touch of buttery mouthfeel with most of the flavor focused on pale malts and ringwood. There's a bit of a nutty undertone, but its faint. I also want to mention this beer got some sweet lacing.

This one is actually 6.8% abv and the brewery calls it an "English strong ale."

tempest, Apr 12, 2007
Photo of Hobbz
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful color of clear, deep, burgundy-amber. Somewhat sweet aroma, but barely imperceptible to me; some piney hits in the smell as well. Assertive malts within the malt-hop balance, but certainly not a malty beer in itself; hops serve merely as bittering and balance. More toward a fine English strong ale, and yummy.

Hobbz, Mar 09, 2003
Photo of Lnedrive14
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tape at Cambridge Common:

Pours a rich chestnut with no head. Smells of caramel sweetness and floral hops. Taste is much sweeter than I expected - almost like butterscotch. A bit too syrupy I think. Strong malt backbone balances this out enough to make its drinkability fairly high. Not a particularly memorable beer - a nice drink at any time. My only wish was that it had more warmth that I like in a nice sub-zero wintery day beer. I felt that I could have just as easily been sipping this brew during a July heat wave.

Lnedrive14, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of TheBCrew
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass with 2 fingers of off-white head that dissipates quickly leaving some lacing. Light, clear caramel color and an aroma of citrus and butterscotch. Tastes of grapefruit, caramel, and a clean citrus finih. Medium-bodied highly drinkable beer.

TheBCrew, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of hollicetales
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured a nice deep medium brown with nice medium head....notes of the normal christmas spice, nutmegy spicey aroma...with nose hints of fruitiness...had a decent bite....spices not too overpowering and leaving room for hoppiness with a nice aftertaste of fruit...i'd say an average christmas beer

hollicetales, Feb 12, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep copper color with a relatively small off-white head that kicks of thin sheet of lace to the glassware.
Aromas of toasted bread and burnt caramel and the classic fruit esters of the Ringwoord yeasties.
Flavors of resiny hops, burnt brown sugar some darker fruits.
Mouthfeel is moderate sweetness that is very effervescent and alive on the palate. Finishes a little bit too sticky on the palate.
Drinkability is high although relatively weak finish detracts somewhat.

CRJMellor, Apr 15, 2004
Photo of n2185
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip from a bottle.

A: Pours a rich red mahogany with two fingers of creamy white head. Leaves a nice lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Smells similar to a Belgian dubbel--some bready/yeasty smells in there along with a Belgian spicy sweetness. A bit of banana/candy sugar aroma as well.

T: Tastes similar to the aroma. Some banana sweetness up front with a Belgian yeasty finish with just a bit of bitterness from the hops as well. As it warms, there's a bit of a sour flavor on the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with some creaminess at first but with heavy carbonation helping to provide a bite at the end.

D: Goes down pretty sweet and smooth. Overall it's a pretty decent beer, though in some ways it seems more like a Belgian style dubbel

n2185, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of PEBKAC
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two unmarked, surely a bit past-date bottles into my 25oz glass mug.

Pretty, gurgling pour. Foggy, dull orange/amber body. Big, lumpy, off-white clumps of foam fill nearly half the glass, leaving isolated bits of lace here & there as it falls.

Smell is crispy bran flakes upfront, followed by some butter toffee. Slight banana esters, a touch of peppery hops, & a doughy center keep my attention.

Crusty bread & pinching, leafy greens first come to mind. Mild, pleasing orange rind, dry toast, & a sprinkling of yeast. Not much ugly at all coming from the ringwood yeast.

Feel is nice. Moderately carbonated with a bit of body, but eventually turning thin & very dry.

Not sure why it's sold as a "winter ale", as it's not full bodied, a stout, spiced, aged in xxx, big on abv., etc. etc. Whatever, it's pretty decent alternative to all that stuff when the store is flooded with it. :)

PEBKAC, May 01, 2010
Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +14%

tclapper, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of irishkyle21
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wizards Winter has a good head on its shoulders and doesn't give in to the temptation of dropping into nothingness. Good lacing. Has a (mostly)clear copper color.

Smells of sweet caramel malt, fruits and yeasty.

The taste starts of malty then some fruits and yeast jump on the taste bandwagon.

irishkyle21, Feb 20, 2008
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Wizard's Winter Ale from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
80 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.