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

Not Rated.
Wizard's Winter AleWizard's Winter Ale

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98 Reviews

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Reviews: 98
Hads: 135
Avg: 3.52
pDev: 13.64%
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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Reviews: 98 | Hads: 135
Photo of busterthecat
2.21/5  rDev -37.2%
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.

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Photo of Viggo
2.5/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Clear orange/copper, fizzy off white head forms, settles down to a thin layer very fast, few spots of lace. Smell is sweet, some toffee, butter, fruits, yeast and bread. Taste is almost all diacetyl, seems to be a problem with Middle Ages. Little bit of sweet malt, strange medicinal citric flavour, bread, wheat, very dry astringent finish, very unpleasant. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, low carb, heat going down, coats the mouth in not a good way. At least the colour is nice.

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Photo of armock
2.68/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From notes bought the winter mix pack during Christmas and one of these bottles exploded while the case was sitting on my kitchen counter.

A - Poured an amber color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet malt and dark fruits

T - Dark fruit and alcohol with a bad tasting finish

M - This beer has a thin body with high carbonation to it

D - I won't be picking up any more of this when I go back up to NY it just doesn't taste good and I never heard anything back from the brewery after I sent them an email about my bottle bomb

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Photo of brentk56
2.72/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A very pretty pour, with a clear amber color and a frothy head with good stickage and lace

Smell: Nooo....butterscotch diacetyl with some tea-like earthy hops

Taste: Butterscotch from the get-go, with some developing earthy hops arriving at mid palate; after the swallow, it is more of the same, unfortunately

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; a bit chalky

Drinkability: I know this brewery likes the Ringwood yeast but here is exhibit number 1 as to what it produces; just not my cup of tea

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Photo of Naes
2.81/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This one is dark amber in color with a two finger light tan head. No lacing.
The aroma has a mild blend of hops, malt and spice.
Its flavor starts out with caramel malt and has a slight hop presence. The spices (cinnamon and allspice) are more apparent in the flavor, especially near the finish.
Mouth feel is medium in body and highly carbonated.

Not a bad brew, but the spice and overall sweetness are a little much.

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Photo of jackorain
2.86/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Nice coppery color with a nice 3/4 inch head that fell to a fairly thick coat that left a nice splotchy lace

S-Butterscotch, fruity sweet stone fruit, caramel malt. Hops are non-exisntant in the nose

T-Big butterscotch and toffee notes, stone fruit jam, earthy hops, faint sour bitterness on the finish. some yeastiness on the finish with a lasting sour twang

M-Light to medium body. Very tight fizzy carbonation. A bit chalky on the finish.

D-I'd move on after this one

Overall-this is not what I think of as a winter warmer. It is not that warming. Alcohol is a little low for me to 'warm'. There is no spicy edge. I am not talking actuall added spices but I except some spicy hop notes like from Target or goldings.

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Photo of brew3crew
2.93/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

had during a middle ages tasting.
A-almost like a burnt orange with white head and lacing
S-more sweet than bitter. Little bit of booze
T-some fruit and malt, not so great tasting.
M-medium body and goes down smooth
D-fairly drinkabke, if I wanted to have it again

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Photo of Jason
3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am sampling this bottle at room temp in a pint glass. The beer pours a clear mahogany with some garnet tints and several streams of bubbles rise to the surface creating a fluffy off white head that foams up 3 cm even with a gentle pour. The aroma is a little subdued but I detect some caramel and light fruitiness, red grape and also some lite grassy hops. The head is fading very slowly to a sturdy surface layer. The first sip reveals an average body and fine yet fizzy carb that tingles on my tongue as I drink.
The flavor is also fairly mild. I get a bit of brown sugar up front and some caramel and red grape fruit that rolls to a lite piney hop finish that doesnt linger very long. Overall the beer is much milder and supressed than I would have expected. Thought there would be a bigger nose or flavor in here but it is pretty much not very exciting. I wouldnt buy it again, but wouldnt turn down a free one either.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours amber brown with a good amount of head that hangs around. Smells bitter and fruity. Like a poorly made lager... Overall, not very tasty. The herbs and spices are covered by a undesirable taste that i can't describe well. Overall an undesirable brew

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Photo of hollicetales
3.17/5  rDev -9.9%
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

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Photo of Gavage
3.17/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slighlty hazy amber color with a wispy, spotty residue head. The aroma was mellow with some bitterness and spice. The flavor followed suite, as the spices (cinnamon, nutmeg most notible), orange zest, and malt were all well tamed and mellow.

This was medium bodied, had a slight crispness and dryness on the tongue. Dryness continued during the aftertaste. Overall an average drinkability due to the boredom that settled in before I finished this off. A good beer for a newbie expanding his/her tastebuds.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear darker amber brown. No head. Nose is quite malty and caramel toned in a very minimal sense. Seems to be a leafy hint on the back side. Whew. The flavor is...tangy shall we say. The first hit almost goes right back out. The second swig is not nearly so shocking on the tastebuds, but things still aren't working here. Feel is nice, but this just isn't doing it for me. Sorry sweetheart, but you've got to go.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Wizard's Winter Ale is a very clear, sparkling copper ale with a thin off white foam that quickly fades to a blotchy, bubbly film and leaves nice lacing. It has a sweet, malty, toasty aroma. It's pretty light bodied, a little flat and a little watery. The finish is a little scratchy. It doesn't taste as sweet as it smells. A pretty strong, green bitterness dominates the taste. It's quite well balanced and no particular flavor really sticks out. The toastiness is prominent and it's perhaps a bit nutty. It's not too bad.

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Photo of frank4sail
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
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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Photo of wiseguy142
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ok a Winter Warmer bought in a mix pack in April... stupid Wegmans. Not the first time this has happened to me there.

Pours a great tawny orange/brown with lots of visible carbonation and a frothy off white head that dies down fairly quickly.

Aroma is sweet, lemony/cinnamony. Some aggressive hop character in the aroma. Almost like an aggressive red ale.

Taste is malty but a little bland. Again, a lot like a red ale with a lot of dry British malt flavor and minimal spices. Noble hops or something very subtle. Slightly bittersweet aftertaste- bitter hops with the taste of pure white sugar. Hop aftertaste is a bit unnerving... sort of sour or rotten. Nice and malty but not exactly what I was expecting for a Winter Warmer.

Mouthfeel is nice a medium bodied with a slight slickness towards the end. The extreme, slightly unbalanced malt sort of got to me by the end of this in terms of drinkability. An enjoyable brew.. hopefully next time not at the end of Spring.

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Photo of cbl2
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


A nice medium brown body with a thin white head perched atop.


A sweet star fruit quality is the predominant odor, with a definite herbaceous quality in the background.


Definite hop presence on this one, but there is an alcohol tinged malt presence in the background that hold it together. Hops are nicely herbal, and not extremely bitter as they can be, though finish is a little harsh.

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Photo of rohrbachsfan
3.26/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: This beer poured a traditional amber ale color with a low head that didn't last.

Smell: The smell was malty with some estery aromas.

Taste: Malty with medium bittereness and hops flavor. A little bit of a metallic after taste. Didn't taste any spices or adjunct flavors.

Mouthfeel: Smooth.

Drinkability: This beer came across pretty average to me... an average amber ale in my opinion.

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Photo of younger35
3.27/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this brew from ncvbc, Walter is the man! This will be the first brew I’ve had from Middle Ages brewing and I look forward to it. Drank from my Big Horn Mai Bock pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a copper orange with a nice half finger bright white head that recedes fairly quickly. Leaves a spotty cap and thin collar with almost zero lacing.
Smell- Lot’s of sweet bready malt along with plenty of spice and vanilla. There is almost a pumpkin beer type spice rack here, reminiscent of cinnamon and nutmeg.
Taste- Lots of sweet doughy malt with plenty of caramel candy goodness. Actually kind of switches between a caramel and butterscotch feel. Plenty of citrus hop here that has ample bitterness. Finishes with a lingering bitterness and an almost woody aftertaste.
Mouthfeel- Medium body with lots of crisp, fine carbonation.
Drinkability- Overall not a bad brew but this is a bit different of a “winter warmer” than I expected. The spice in the nose isn’t present in the taste but plenty of hops are. A good solid beer that I’m glad ncvbc shared, thanks again!

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Photo of n2185
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
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

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Photo of leansean88
3.32/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pretty poor head. Bubbly and amber colored. Mostly clear. Sort of looks like cream soda if you ask me.

S - Faint hops and alcohol. It's good, but it sort of reminds me of a lager.

T/M - Alcohol is vividly detectable over the carbonation. Notes of malt with not a whole lot of hop character. Bitter, metallic finish.

O - For what I paid, I'm a bit disappointed. Still, it's better than adjunct stuff by far (not that that says much). Middle Ages has had some good selections, and some that are just okay. I feel like this ale falls into the latter. Still, not sad that I at least tried it. Unfortunately I've got another 5 to try after this round.

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Photo of doho95fu
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It is dark copper, with a thin cream colored head. It does leave some thin lacing. It smells smoky to me with hops and fruit. It has a taste that is hoppy and still tastes a little smoky to me. Good mouthfeel and drinkable. The smokiness was not expected and I do not know if that is the "real" taste here or just how I perceive a flavor I am not accustomed to.

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Photo of taez555
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a dark amber body with a small off-white head.

A very fruity nose. Almost smells like the fresh produce section of a grocery store. Definitely a butterscotch sort of smell with touches of caramels and sugary fruit.

Taste is light to medium bodied. Taste is sort of all over the place. Caramel, butterscotch, biscuit, and fresh grainy vienna or munich type malt. Chewy and little bit creamy. Hop taste is present, but not in your face. A little earthy and little leafy. A firm bitterness shows up about half way through the sip and lingers on into the long finish.

Overall not to bad. Kind of a middle of the road winter warmer. Not quite old school american pale ale micro, not quite english pale, not quite winter warmer. It's drinkable, but I've come to expect more from this brewery.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.36/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a lovely, clear, rich amber with an off-white head that fades. Noticable lacing on the glass.

Smells of malt and spices, a rather mild aroma.

Tastes of malt and spices upfront with a clean and mild malty aftertaste. A rather mild flavor.

Body is just average.

Pretty easy to drink, but nothing special.

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Wizard's Winter Ale from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
80 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.