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

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Wizard's Winter AleWizard's Winter Ale

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135 Ratings

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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | 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:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 11-15-2001

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Ratings: 135 | Reviews: 99
Reviews by n2185:
Photo of n2185
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
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

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
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...

Photo of Jason
3.05/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of yankeeheel
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of DagFishHead
4/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of RocPorterFanatic
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
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

Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
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."

Photo of Hobbz
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of Lnedrive14
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of TheBCrew
3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of hollicetales
3.17/5  rDev -9.4%
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

Photo of CRJMellor
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of PEBKAC
3.85/5  rDev +10%
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. :)

Photo of irishkyle21
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of Brent
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an interesting coppery amber. Sticky, rocky head with good staying power. Not a lot going on in the aroma - mildly sweet malt notes. Fairly malty with toffee and caramel, and just the barest hint of milk chocolate at the edge. Finished with a solid but rather blunt hops bitterness that lingered at the back of the tongue. Overall, quite English in character. I'm surprised to see that the abv is 6.3% - my impression was of a higher alcohol content. Overall, a pleasant beer, but fell short of its full potential.

Photo of babydoc
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured at 50 degrees to a pint glass, yielding a monstrous three finger head that was stiff, faded slowly, and left bands of sticky lace until the end. Clear copper.

Nose was sweet, a bit spicy as it warmed (spiced peaches?)

Mouthfeel was creamy, moderate, carbonation light. Tasted malty and sweet, a hint of toffee / a bit of diacetyl in the middle, and a touch of tart hops on the end. I found a metallic edge on the finish as it warmed. Despite that edge, I found this drinkable and would try it again. Thanks, shippos, for the sample.

Photo of rlee1390
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear orange, two finger head, not much carbonation, with some lacing.

S-Malt, way to much malt, some caramel, bland, no spices.

T-Very malty. Tad caramel, wee bit of cinnamon, nothing else.

M-Light to medium bodied, not much carbonation, finishes flat.

O-A boring bland beer, makes me wonder why I pick up Middle Ages when I see it.

Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color a unclouded deep brown with the head modest and frothy, the color a light tan as it evaporates, the lace forms a fine covering upon the glass. Sweet fruity nose and Ringwood yeast is quite noticeable, malts also right there. Start sweet, middle moderate in feel and the finish briskly carbonated and the hops pleasing and spicy, dry as a bone aftertaste, a good drinkable beer.

Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light butterscotch and a very estery yeast.

The taste was upfront spicy butterscotch with a grainy malt and utilitarian hop. A strong ginger element dries the flavor out.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with a very dry and clean finish.

Overall an interesting winter warmer. The flavor was a bit confusing though - almost a cross between a scotch ale and a dubble.

Photo of frank4sail
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a ton of nose just some light hints of caramel as you wiff. Slightly off white (light tan) dense 1/4 inch head after the pour. Dark peach filtered look in the glass. Very dry earthy hop taste to the inital sip of the brew. The beer also has a crusty malt base to it as well. The mouth seems of medium to light thickness.. a little light and lacks the coating nature of many Old Ales I have had. Very dry on the finish. You will be left with a sandpaper tongue.

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Wizard's Winter Ale from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
80 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.