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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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134 Ratings

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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | 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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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reddish bronze with orange peel highlights. The head is light beige with a yellowish hue and is creamysoft, yet sticky enough to lay down a decent amount of lace in interconnected rings. It also has a pretty impressive lifespan, making aroma assessment difficult at first.

The nose is malt-dominant with butterscotch and buttery toffee front and center. Hops are tough to appreciate aroma-wise and the spices, if they're present, are weak at best. If forced to guess, I'd say that something 'sweet' was used, such as nutmeg or mace. I love aromas in the brown sugar/butterscotch/caramel family, so this is a nose that appeals to me.

Wizard's Winter tastes pretty much like it smells. Chocolate/carob notes are present on the palate to a greater extent than they were in the nose and the beer is more bitter and less sweet than anticipated. It's also more spicy... cinnamon perhaps? The body/mouthfeel starts out medium in heft, but loses its way a little by mid-mouthful and finishes somewhat thin and harsh (especially for the style).

Because WWA seems like one of those beers that will meld and smooth out with warming, I'll let it sit for a spell. <time passes> The flavor does improve as the temperature rises, but the body doesn't really respond as I had hoped it would. I wish the faint metallic flavor would fade, but it isn't bothersome.

Wizard's Winter Ale is a pretty good winter warmer. Even though the body/mouthfeel could be improved, there isn't much else with which to find fault. Thanks to HappyHourHero for the bottle.

Photo of clvand0
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to shippos for this one. Pours a standard amber color with a small head that dies off quickly and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma has a slight hop presence with a buttery caramel character, as kmpitz2 stated. The flavor is very much like the aroma and finishes with a bitter kick at the very end. Very nice. Smooth and enjoyable.

Photo of kmpitz2
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to shippos and clvand0 for bringing this beer to my glass. This beer departs the bottle a nice copper/mber color with an active carbonation and a finger of tan head that falls to coat the beer. The nose is buttery caramel to toffee. Interesting. The flavor is somewhat similar to a fullers esb, with the buttery/diacetyl tones followed by a slight hop bitter on the back of my tongue. I like it. The feel is moderate and creamy, some of it sticks on the tongue. Not a bad brew. I like the use of the butter character in it, as it works well with the feel and the hop. Not necessarily a beer I would try hard to find again, but its a nice take on a winter warmer.

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...

Photo of rajendra82
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The 12 oz. bottle arrived in the BIF X-Mas package from shippos. The body was clear and reddish amber in color and lacked much head, although carbonation was pretty good. Aroma sweet honey malt with the Ringwood yeast signature movie theatre popcorn. The taste was soft and fruity, but a bit watery. The Ringwood off flavors generally well in check in this beer. Carbonation was prickly on the tongue, and the aftertaste was salty. The alcohol was felt in the warmth in the stomach, and the beer drank stronger than the actual alcohol content.

Photo of Jason
3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
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 francisweizen
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark ruddy amber/red with burnt orange edges. Aroma is very British in character with a few tea-like aromas mixed in with some nicely subdued ringwood yeast esterst. This stuff is definately still fruity and tea-like on the nost with a nice subdued hop aroma in the back of the nose as well. Taste is interesting and strong up front with the ringwood esters. The middle is bready/biscuity with a certain funk that really makes this beer interesting. The finish is a bit rough, with the subdued hop flavors mixing in with a somethwhat "hot" alcohol flavor. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and this beer improves when it is allowed to warm up. Drinkability is good as well. Good, interesting, and another winner from MA.

Photo of erica
4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
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 cbl2
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +14%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.65/5  rDev +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.

Photo of frank4sail
3.23/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of CRJMellor
3.65/5  rDev +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.

Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +18.8%
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 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.

Photo of hollicetales
3.17/5  rDev -9.7%
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 CBFanWish
4.07/5  rDev +16%
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.

Photo of Gavage
3.17/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of nomad
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
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?

Photo of shirfan
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of beernbbq
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Photo of yankeeheel
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
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 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.

Wizard's Winter Ale from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
80 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.