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

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Wizard's Winter AleWizard's Winter Ale

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127 Ratings

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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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Photo of erica
4.13/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

well I'll tell you this- I've been sitting/walking around the house cold with a blanket wrapped around me for a few hours, and finally now i am getting quite warmed up. Thanks, Wizard! Bubbles the kitten at Middle Ages said I'd definitely like this one, and to please rub her tummy some more... So I did and I took home a bottle of this. Looks a bit like the colour of weak tea- orange/reddish brownish. Small, off-white head of tiny bubbles. there's a crescent moon of no head in there. kind of cool. It smells a bit funky- sourish, grassy but in a dirty kind of way... not the best in my opinion. Tastes much better though, yeah. Not dirty, but clean like the snow outside while yer sitting in front of the fireplace with the blankets thrown in a pile next to you cos yer all warmed up and cozy. It almost tastes a bit grapey actually. Dry finish, very dry. Very good. Mouthfeel is just the perfect amount of carbonation, very nice. Drinkability--- good, but it would get to me after a while, as in, I would pass out from the heat. But in a good way. I recommend the Wizard if yer cold and need some warming up.

erica, Nov 28, 2004
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 cbl2
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

cbl2, Jun 06, 2004
Photo of ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12ozer, purchased at Oliver's Beverage, Albany, NY, as part of a group of Middle Ages singles.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, frothy 1" light tan head formed, which laced well. Brew is an amber hue and has a pleasant malty aroma, almost smells like a bag of pellets from my parent's grain bin. Taste is surprisingly up-front with hops that were not apparent in the nose, and rounds out with the grains that I expected. Not often you get surprised like that. reasonably well balanced with malt and hops, but the malt wins the battle here by the time of the swallow. Mouthfeel is a little rough, but overall a nice brew.

ppoitras, May 08, 2004
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 frank4sail
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

frank4sail, Apr 22, 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 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 WesWes
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber color with a 1/4" off-white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet malty scent with the fruitiness of Ringwood yeast. The taste is good. It is a smooth drinking malty brew with light hopping and a fruity yeast finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good seasonal. It has great malt character; a fine sessions ale.

WesWes, Feb 21, 2004
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 CBFanWish
4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazey amber colour with a thick head that slowlt dissipates to a fine white lace. The scent was of citrus hops and nutmeg. Very nice. The taste was very fruity, it had a lemon taste to it. It was Very much of the season. Nutmeg and coreander was what I got. It also had a nice bitter bite to it from what I think was cascade hops. A very nice ale.

CBFanWish, Jan 22, 2004
Photo of Gavage
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Gavage, Jan 08, 2004
Photo of nomad
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wonderfully umber, it makes my glass clear with copper edges. Complemented nicely by a big pillowy head, strings of stain, and lots of slow lace. Smells of licorice, juniper, toasty scents of an earthy bread, fruity Ringwood esters, and burnt raisins.

Tastes rooty with a big hop snap, as toasty flavors shine underneath. Quite tangy, this beer has some flavors of raisins soaked in brandy but a long and very harsh roasty finish. The hops are on some crazy tangy sort - exact the same as a young bottle of Middle Ages' Druid Fluid.

Does not help to have a moderate mouthfeel with a sudsy texture. Seems like it needs some time to settle down, but will it do so well and should you have to?

nomad, Jan 02, 2004
Photo of shirfan
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A tea-ish, translucent copper color with an average off-white head.

Aroma of spiced apple, confectionary sugar, and sweet baked goods.

Taste starts sweet, chewy, with a hint of spice and anise. Quickly gives way to an earthy hop bitterness, and finishes dry and yeasty, but not overly done. An almost orange chocolate note lurks in the background.

I've found that Middle Ages' choice of yeast has strained other brews, but in this one it's spot on, and enhances rather than detracts.

shirfan, Dec 14, 2003
Photo of beernbbq
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice caramel malt base with a mildly hoppy and herbal aroma. I believe their must be some kind of herb or spice in this one. Has a nice drinkability but unfortuantely, mine was little too cold and I did not have a chance to let it warm up to see what happens. Another solid beer from Middle Ages and I will look for this again.

beernbbq, Dec 04, 2003
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours out to about one bony, crooked finger of head, tan and creamy and receding fast. A cidery reddish color with bubbles of sorcery working their way to the surface from the dungeons below. As the head recedes, it leaves a polka dot pattern on the Belgian glass.

Aroma - spicy and fruity at first. Kind of so-so actually. But then it settles down and this very interesting, almost chocolate aroma comes through, like tootsie rolls or something. Hmmmm, this wizard is crafty...

Taste - a rather tasty old ale. Some stout-like presence if I'm not mistaken. The chocolate notes, some smokiness (probably leftover from the last FireBall spell...), really add some interesting aspects to this beer's character. The malts are fine, but are overshadowed. Average carbonation followed by not so subtle reminder of the 6.3% abv (enhanced by some fruity sweetness), I pick up a hop element attempting to balance I suppose, but comes off more with a sour, almost acrid taste. About the only drawback here, too bad as that final taste puts a damper on the experience. Still, it's good.

Mouthfeel - has some body, but really is on the thinner side. Decent play in the mouth, but the lingering acridity is a negative to me.

Drinkability - 6.3% abv is a tad above normal but this is a very drinkable potion.

brewdlyhooked13, Dec 02, 2003
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 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 Gusler
3.93/5  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.

Gusler, Oct 26, 2003
Photo of HappyHourHero
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light tan/dirty white foamy head. It's fading fast, I can see it shrink, wouln't last a minute. The liquid is glowing, redish mahogany in color. There's a bit of lace hanging around after the first few sips. It smells a bit sweet and malty, with a hint of butterscotch, and just a little alcohol. The taste at first is rather malty, which fades off to a mild bitterness. Not sure how it compares to other strong ales, but this is pretty drinkable. It is flavorful without any overpowering flavors, nice balance.

HappyHourHero, Oct 23, 2003
Photo of UnionMade
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep umbery amber, with a thich rich almond head riding atop. Clear, with some bubbling weaving it's way to the top. Good head retention, with some lacework.
Aroma is richly malty, with a pronounced ken goldings hopping. Very herbal and a touch grassy. Lots of esteriness, with a touch of butterscotch. Alcohol is present, skulking under the maltiness.
Flavor is powerful and malty, with a somewhat slick mouthfeel. Similar to Brakspear's Vintage Henley. Some caramel and biscuity maltiness. Hops are very herbal, coming through in the middle and finishing the sip with a strongly herbal bitterness. Light alcohol coming through in the end, providing a warming sensation in the throat. Solid estery flavors, with a bit of buttery caramel, some pear, apple, and a hint of plum.
Very smooth and rich. Right on, brothers.

Very, very awesome. This was my first Middle Ages beer, and I've been enchanted with their labels and the whole medieval thing. I didn't know what to expect, but i was pleasantly surprised to find that it's extremely british in style, all the way down to the particular hopping. I thought it tasted a lot like Brakspear Vintage Henley. Strong flavor, agressive hoppiness, a bit of alcohol taste, and a smooth sweetness. Right on, brothers.

UnionMade, Aug 29, 2003
Photo of Bierman9
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting little Merlin-type wizard on the label of this 12oz bottle.

Color of the Wizard was a medium/dark copper, and it was fully transparent. Head was rocky and light tan in color. It remained in a creamy, pancake-batter type form for a bit, and laced up the glass quite nicely!
The aroma had a lot of toasty malt aspects to it, reminding me very much of an Altbier, perhaps LongTrail Double Bag as an example! I was expecting a combo of malty sweetness and hops. I guess this is more a Strong Ale than a Barley, eh?
The feel as it passed over the tongue left the tongue unscathed, though it was a hair on the thin side of medium for body.
Upon tasting this, I'm thinking Double Bag again. A toasty malt flavor combines with some toffee/caramel up front, but then a good whack of hops level the playing field rather quickly. The aftertaste is hops once more, and it is a pleasant, lasting buttery aftertaste, too.
Tasty, appealing bier. If available around my area I'd definitely quaff a few! Prosit!!

overall: 4.05
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4


Bierman9, Apr 03, 2003
Photo of Brent
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Brent, Mar 14, 2003
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 inebrius
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glowing amber under a roof of fluffy bubbles drifting gobs of lace and cheer. Spicy fireside nose of hefty malt dusted with hops and comfort. Earth foots creamy caramel malt for a magical balance that soothes and excites. A choice brew for cold-weather quaffing.

inebrius, Feb 19, 2003
Wizard's Winter Ale from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
80 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.