Wintertime Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.
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4.03/5 rDev +13.8%
This winter warmer has waited until now to grace myself with tis presence. I'm glad I waited. It seems just right. My guess is that most of this that got drank was a bit rough around the edges, but this one tastes just right. It's just like home brew - the last one tastes the best.
This one pours dark, like so many of these, but uninteresting. The aroma is nice - a precursor of the nice well balanced taste. It lingers as it should. This is a very well behaved brew
Good bye, winter!
03-10-2013 20:32:00 | More by schoolboy
3.99/5 rDev +12.7%
Been curious about this since I saw it for the first time a few months ago, pulled the trigger on a single. It was a big day for me.
A - Medium garnet body, quite clear, a big tan head with good staying power.
S - Heavy on caramel and dark fruits. This is English Barleywine territory. Malt forward, maybe fruitcake? A little one-dimensional, but nice job.
T - Surprisingly bitter, but its got a nice deeply roasted malt character as well. An interesting malt dimension and hop pairing. It's pretty complex. This is nice. A little weird, but nice.
M - drying, full-bodied.
O - this beer is kind of strange, it seems to span several styles (winter warmer, english barleywine, amber ale) and its flavor profile is not really traditional as far as I can tell, but i think it's interesting and good.
02-14-2013 04:03:01 | More by ColdPoncho
3.6/5 rDev +1.7%
Do not see this listed on the North Coast web page anymore.
Pours a dark orange with a good bit of red there too. 1/2 finger of tan head. Very faint retention and thin lace strands.
Nose is spice and dark fruit. Fruitcake comes to mind, but without the sweetness. Nutmeg and allspice, with figs, prunes, and a touch of raisin. Understated, though.
Flavor is thinner than expected. The same fruit and spice is there as in the nose. Fig/raisin combo with more allspice than nutmeg. A hint of cinnamon. Very mild finish. Nice, but not memorable.
Feel is a bit on the thin side as well. Some thickness from the fruit, but not as much as expected.
Overall, nice enough for the style but not one I'd get again.
01-22-2013 02:04:38 | More by beer2day
3.38/5 rDev -4.5%
Pours a clean orange-ish to amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, spices, a mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, and all spice. In the taste, big spices, but primarily nutmeg. A spice like bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry nutmeg, clove, and ginger in the aftertaste. Quite nice, but a bit too much spice for me.
12-31-2012 18:15:25 | More by OWSLEY069
3.53/5 rDev -0.3%
Pours a slightly hazy amber with a solid one inch light tan head that lingers.
Citrus, toasted breadcrust, and molasses sweetness form the aroma.
The flavor follows suit, adding a bit of a perception of cranberry at the finish. Malt sweetness and toasted bread form the backbone, with lemon underlying the profile. The finish is slightly dry. There seems to be some spice in the aftertaste, along with a touch of chocolate.
Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and a bit of astringency.
Overall, not your typical winter warmer. Very drinkable beer. The citrus seems a little overpowering, though.
12-20-2012 20:43:57 | More by barczar
3.53/5 rDev -0.3%
Evading the notion that winter ales have got to be heavy, rich, malty; and then being beaten over the head with every spice in the cabinet- North Coast prefers a saner taste of softness and is smoothly palatable.
Copperish brown in color and with rosy purplish highlights, the beer reminds me of lavender as it pours from the tap. Nearly brilliantly clear, the beer streams those tiny creamy bubbles to the top where a magnificent whipped head forms. It's off white foam casts on the glass with light lacing and firm retention. It's a fine looking ale!
Fruity aromas pull from the rim with the distinct scent of grape candy. Softer notes of powdered sugar lean against mild cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg spices for a balanced scent of moderate intensity. It's inviting scent seems to carry low offense and makes diving right in very easy.
It's effortless taste carries over the grape hard candy character and borrows complementary notes of cherries, blackberries, and mild licorice. Although its culmination carries a taste of black jelly beans, the beer is much less polarizing than those often avoided morsels. Light cinnamon and fennel seem to be the balancing agents that seem to supplant hop bitterness for a smoother and spicier session.
Though medium bodied, the beer has a lighter attitude from the taste and texture of cotton candy- where the taste of sweetness exists but it evaporates well before the finish. Creamy carbonation seems to carry with it any malty weight and allows a mild peppery warmth to satisfy the palate, stomach, and mind.
The complexities of the beer may be few, but it's focus on sugarplum and grape gives it a standout quality that's both charming and welcomed, especially when pinned up against stronger and more hearty winter warmers this time of year.
12-13-2012 17:29:26 | More by BEERchitect
3.9/5 rDev +10.2%
Poured from"stubby" 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear copper in color, with a nice-looking cap of tan foam.
Aroma-toasted malt note
Taste-Toasted malt,caramel, subtle cinnamon. Smooth and nicely balanced. Quaffable and tasty. A pleasant, easy drinking offering from North Coast.
12-10-2012 18:33:06 | More by hosehead83
3.35/5 rDev -5.4%
Pretty generic-looking bottle for a vague style – really, what is a winter ale? Maybe I’m just not up on the style.
A: Creamy, microbubbled head of beige over a burnt orange body; looks very fizzy, with bubbles constantly rising to support the thin retention. Small webs of lacing.
S: Aromas of malts dominate: moderately thick notes of toffee, almond, fruitcake, and wheat bread crust. Smells a bit metallic, too, like well water or English porter; it’s Old-Worldly, you might say, especially as it rounds out with an earthy peat aroma. No hops to be found.
T: Now this is a bready beer: primary tastes develop into yam, doughy roll, salted pretzel, and smooth, nutty oatmeal. It’s all a little sweet, too – I feel like I’m eating pumpkin bread, or a big slice of marble rye with butter, at least. It’s all pretty thick, but without any powerful flavors – where’s the warming of the winter warmer? Still, some hop flavors do persist in the form of some acidic herbal flavors mixed throughout, though just barely noticeable under the blanket effect of the malts. Finishes clean and a little tannic.
M: With a frothy, semi-thin texture, this one goes down pretty unenthusiastically. Feels less like a session ale and more like it’s missing something.
O: A little better than middle-of-the-road, but not by much. It does make me want to explore the winter warmer style a little more, though; it seems like it could pretty satisfying when done well.
12-09-2012 20:25:14 | More by BarryMFBurton
3.48/5 rDev -1.7%
A- Pours a dark reddish amber with 1 finger off white head.
S- Roasty malt, toffee, nuts, and almost a hint of mint
T- Cinnamon up front, metallicy in a way. Toffee and dark malt.
M- A little dry, full, high carb.
Overall- Decent beer. Not outstanding, not offensive
11-30-2012 03:07:57 | More by BeerBuckeye
3.58/5 rDev +1.1%
I guess this is being brewed again. New bottle with no sediment.
A - A nice clear dark ruby brown. Head is just a 1/4 inch but pulls back to an attractive lace ring with great lacing. Tons of bubbles throughout this brew.
S - Candied sugars and fruity yeasts with some caramel malt. I guess I get some sweet vanilla and oak if I concentrate.
T - Getting some smoky peat and chocolate which is nice. Hops are kind of acidic giving a drying character next to the peat. Almost taste like an oak barrel with caramel malts. Not bad.
M - Pretty on par for a winter warmer. Medium and chewy.
Overall it kind of reminds me of "New Holland Charkoota Rye" but with not so much drying peat and rye. Not really sessionable and too drying for my taste. Not worth a revisit.
11-22-2012 20:13:56 | More by DrDemento456
3.13/5 rDev -11.6%
Slightly murky ruby, caramel color. A little white head formed on pour, but it quickly disappeared and only left a ring around the glass with barely anything else. No head retention and a murky body...ehh...
Raw, candy sugar and slightly darker caramel aroma runs the show. I initially thought this was loaded with alcohol, but that subdued after a while although it is still there during certain wiffs. Kind of reminds me a bit of a cheap whiskey. Has a bit of tobacco and vanilla in this too.
Luckily the body doesn't show the same alcohol character that I thought I detected initially. This one is quite malty with hints of biscuit and a lot of caramel malts. After the swallow nutty and some chocolate malts come out. Has a bit of nutmeg hint to the flavor and a touch of peat as well.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with relatively low carbonation levels. Coats the mouth okay, but the flavor doesn't linger for too long.
Drinkability is just so so really. Not much that really draws me to this one. The nose especially turns me off. I find that it lacks an overall cohesiveness. There is a lot going on in this, but its just all over the place.
03-23-2007 03:30:02 | More by blitz134
Wintertime Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.