Winter Warmer - Upland Brewing Company
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3.68/5 rDev -3.2%
Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a creamy off-white head that leaves some shards of lace
Smell: Caramel coated apples, maple syrup and cotton candy
Taste: Opens with a candied apple flavor that adds other over-ripe fruit by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweetness is tempered by earthy bitterness as one would expect from an English barleywine
Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied with moderate to high carbonation; warmth in the gullet after the swallow
Drinkability: I tasted a 2006 with a year and a half of age just before the 2007. The '06 was a disaster but the '07 was drinking quite nicely. Even though this is a high ABV beer, it didn't age very well in my experience
Thanks, jhammerly, for the opportunity
02-22-2008 02:42:29 | More by brentk56
3.58/5 rDev -5.8%
As with the few other Upland beers that I've had recently, this beer comes across with a lot of mineral content and a sharp, acidic note that becomes a bit astringent in the mouthfeel. Otherwise this beer is quite solid.
The malt profile is solid with varying tastes of toffee, molassas, and a hint of savory, toasty melanoidins. The attenuation is nicely done, leaving a malty taste and feel but not a lot of unresolved sugars. Quite creamy, full, and rich to the feel.
The hops are soft in flavor but the beer takes a bitterness that is a bit odd for English style Barleywines. No real hop aroma. The hop variety also takes a citrusy twist that is more suited for American Barleywines.
Esters of cherries, plumbs, grapes, dates, and other dark, dehydrated fruits make their way into the beer. Throw in an orange rind taste and feel and you have it. Think fruitcake. No real phenolic character to mention- ok, maybe a light plastic note as the beer warms.
The acidic / astringent note helps to clean the beer up and give a crisp snappy finish, but maybe too low of pH. Aside from that, the maltiness is quite smooth and rich with a sweetness that is pleasant and not offensive. A nice little beer but it doesn't compete favoravly against classic English varieties.
02-21-2009 02:59:30 | More by BEERchitect
3.9/5 rDev +2.6%
A very hazy and cloudy ruby tinted light brown liquid emerged from the bottle. Some light carbonation could be seen streaming up from the bottom of the glass and a touch of yeast was seen floating as well. A light head, maybe a quarter inch rose up at first pour, though the second and third pour produced much more. Decent side glass lacing.
The aroma was nice, albeit a touch light. Very sweet smelling with the candy sort of aroma that you tend to find with an aged barley wine. Some light hints at the hops, but mostly faded into the sugary malt profile that dominated this one. The flavor was just great though, a very solid malt base had mellowed everything very nicely. Not a touch of alcohol in this one at all, in fact I found myself drinking this one wayyy too fast for my own good as time went on. Rich and again very sweet, it was like a kid in the candy store. So smooth with a nice medium, well carbonated body that only lended itself to being even more sippable.
06-27-2011 01:56:48 | More by mikesgroove
3.6/5 rDev -5.3%
Thanks to Mark for sending me this one.
A: The pour is a darkish amber color with a thin, off-white layer of foam.
S: Pretty basic in terms of the aromas. Brown sugar, caramel, bread, and perhaps some dark fruit notes. There's also some noticeable alcohol to the beer. A bit of a yeasty thing going on as well.
T: Caramel, toffee, and perhaps some brown sugar provide the usual sweet flavors. Some dark fruits like raisins and plums, bread, and a bit of citrus. Not really very focused or what you expect from a barleywine.
M: The body is probably a bit on the thin side, like the -bal aged version, with a moderate carbonation.
D: A pretty pedestrian beer. No real big or bold flavors, which you normally expect from a barleywine.
11-30-2010 05:32:36 | More by womencantsail
3.43/5 rDev -9.7%
Appearance: Pours a mahogany body with a fizzy, though lasting off-white head.
Smell: Mild malty aroma of toasted caramel with a dash or two of cinnamon spice.
Taste: Bittersweet taste throughout with more toasted caramel flavors along with crumpled, dry biscuits, light spices, and notes of tea. Light sprucey hops on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Soft carbonation.
Drinkability: Though certainly fine as a winter warming offering, I must admit that my thoughts did not immediately turn to "barleywine" when I sampled this.
08-20-2007 21:56:31 | More by ChainGangGuy
4/5 rDev +5.3%
A - Poured out a clear, copper/burgundy color with a one-finger, long-lasting, khaki colored head of foam. It had some big bubbles and left some nice lace.
S - It smelled very malty and sweet. It had good caramel aroma and some floral notes.
T - This had a nice malty flavor with a good sweet caramel taste. There were fruity notes and mild boozy, alcohol flavors.
M - It was crisp and smooth with a somewhat sticky mouthfeel. A medium to full bodied beer with a warm alcohol presence.
D - This is a really good barleywine. I was really pretty easy drinking despite the high ABV. It wasn't overly sweet.
03-04-2010 22:41:01 | More by zeff80
3.88/5 rDev +2.1%
Thanks for the tick Paul.
Beer is brown and hazy with a thin tan head that halos and pulls to the wall of the glass. The retention is low so even in this excited state sticking to the edge, it still doesn't leave any lacing, low carbonation.
Aroma is sweet, malty, mildly sweet apples and pear with hints of raisins and a little sherry.
Beer is medium to big in body and very sweet, the finish saves it because it does not thin out in the back, overall this turns out to be a decent beer even if I don't usually like this style. It may say winter warmer but don't be fooled, this is a straight up barleywine.
01-12-2012 02:11:14 | More by drabmuh
4.03/5 rDev +6.1%
I've had 2 really bad infected drain pour beers today, and one that was OK but really hard to drink. So hopefully this one is great and can make up for it. This is last year's batch, 2011, thanks to erric (reddit).
Pours a nice fluffy looking 1 finger head that has plenty of retention, and eventually fades with a nice thick lacing as well, it's a semi clear mahogany slight maroon reddish colored beer.
Nose has nice old ale aged subtle malts, those caramel brown malts that have an aged aroma to them, plenty of caramel and toffee, little nutty as well, nice candy like aroma but not really syrupy, light booze and soft malt, and maybe just a hint of oxidation.
Taste starts with nice aged malts again, old ale soft subtle almost chewy and creamy like malts. Then sweetness, not super sweet but the candy flavors, plenty of caramel and toffee, little nutty again, maybe a hint of a syrup flavor, a toffee nutty candy bar like flavor. Light bitterness with a hint of earthy hops but not much. Finish gets a bit more bitter with more earthy slightly spicy hops that I bet were a lot stronger when fresh. Lingering slight sweetness and sticky feel, and plenty more toffee, caramel, nutty flavors, and soft aged malts.
Mouth is fuller bodied, nice fluffy carb, just a hint of booze, and soft creamy feel as well.
Overall a nice beer, good aged soft malts, chewy and creamy without the syrupy flavors, great malt flavors nutty caramel and toffee, etc, and bitterness that sneaks up and I'm sure was a lot stronger when fresh, but a nice balance now with a year on it. I wonder how it will continue to age, wish I had another bottle.
01-11-2013 03:45:51 | More by jlindros
3.95/5 rDev +3.9%
12 ounce bottle, that came as part of a 12 bottle sampler box. Bottled on dating (here Dec. 08) notched onto the label. Pours dark mahogony, dark tan moderate head that leaves fine lacing and a rich malty nose. Malty, malty, malty. Smooth and sultry and dangerously easy drinking. Perhaps on the light side for a BWine. Nice sipper.
08-12-2009 01:12:14 | More by Billolick
3.95/5 rDev +3.9%
Thanks goes out to stonequarrywest for this brew.
Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy light tan head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with very slight hop note, lots of caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, some hoppyness, slight spice, and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a good example of a English Barleywine, a sipper. Thanks Gabe.
10-02-2009 00:25:18 | More by Wasatch
4.3/5 rDev +13.2%
12 oz bottle poured into a Corsendonk Christmas Ale stemmed glass. Bottled Nov. '08. No other info.
A - A moderate pour brings fourth a creamy, low one-finger head. Light khaki color with medium retention. A low, thin layer stays with a ring as well as tiny spots of lacing. Noticeable legs on the glass show it's strength. The body is an inactive, clear ruby-highlighted mahogany/copper amber color. Very beautiful and deep in appearance.
S - Toasty malts provide a good hearty backbone to this already complex beer. Caramel hints in the sweetness with a mild toasty cocoa. At the forefront are dried fruits aplenty from both the alcohol level and yeast I imagine. Chocolate covered cherry with light mango and light banana with yeast. The alcohol is strong in this one with fruity aspects, some spiciness, and light fusels. Not overly solvent-like, as it's pretty overpowered by everything else, but it's there. Hops finish off the intensely layered delight with a timid pine and citrus blend that balances everything very well. Huge success on aroma!
T - Strong maltiness kicks this beer off in the right direction. Robust and bread-like, the toasty malts exhibit a caramel sweetness who's marriage to the other flavors presents a near perfect balance for the style. The alcohol is a bit overpowering but the spiciness common to alcohol could definitely be from the hop presence too. Very herbal and moderately floral, the hops also have a light pine/citrus kick to the finish. The balance of this barleywine is pretty well done to style as it finishes bitter. The fruity esters are the same as the nose leads on minus the banana and much more low-key in the flavor. Alcohol presence seems a bit too high however.
M - Full-bodied and robust, its thick and creamy in the mouth with a very smooth, velvety finish. Low level carbonation still gives it a light tingle as the hop bitterness and alcohol warmth rise up.
D - The balance is pretty good on this barleywine for the style. Malty yet hoppy. The noticeable alcohol (even for it's, thus far, extended age) is the killer. Smack in the midst of the malty-change-hoppy flavor, it's higher presence is a bit unwanted. Overall though it's a great example of a barleywine and would make for a great winter warmer as the name suggests. I think I'll have to go back and see if there are any left and hang on to them for the upcoming cooler weather.
08-24-2009 21:36:43 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.58/5 rDev -5.8%
22 ounce bottle bottled in November 2011. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a ruby red/copper color with about an inch light tan head that sticks around for a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. It smells like dark fruit, caramel malt, toffee, and some oranges. It tastes like caramel malt, dark fruit (raisins, cherries), oranges, berries, and toffee, along with some pine and herbal hops. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and slick with moderate carbonation. I thought it was a decent enough brew. And for just $5.49 a bomber, I'd buy this again in the future. It's certainly worth trying, especially at that price.
09-28-2012 22:48:36 | More by bluejacket74
3.65/5 rDev -3.9%
Odd beer, this. It's only pretty good, and the reason it's only pretty good is different than you might think. It's not too tame and it's not unbalanced. It's nicely adventurous, and really well balanced. It's just that the adventure, while a little scary, really isn't fulfilling, and those pieces, while balanced, aren't really interesting.
But, still, it's pretty good. It's not what I'd call a warmer, and it much more resembles an American Barley Wine than an English BW. It's almost like they tried to force an ABW into tasting like an EBW by subjecting it to the mellowing effects of delicious, boozy wood.
11-03-2010 04:34:40 | More by mynie
3.48/5 rDev -8.4%
I little lightweight for a barleywine, even for the English style and weighing in at 9% abv. Caramel color, some nutty malt in the aroma. Up front a bit sweet, then mellowing to a caramel malt with moderately sharp hops afterbite, some pepper from the abv. Nothing wrong with this beer, but if you are going to denote something as a winter warmer, it should be a bit more distinctive.
03-03-2010 13:51:19 | More by Brent
District of Columbia
3.58/5 rDev -5.8%
Picked this one up back in the Midwest ("The Winetree" in Evansville, IN, to be exact) during the holidays for about $5-6!
Poured into a tulip.
A: Poured a dark, murky reddish brown (more towards the brown side though), with a skimpy mildly off-white head that retained itself.
S: It had very much a "mallow-creme" brand of candy sweetness.... and lots of it! It had sort of a strange caramel-butterscotch combo thing going on as well.
T: Not as strange or complex as the nose, but still a bit odd. The caramel was definitely running a pretty tight ship. This a bit bland, especially considering all the greats out there in this style. The marketing speak on the label mentioned something about hops, but I'm still searching. Tons of malt though. Additionally, I started to get sort of a soggy wood quality the more I sipped.
M: Uber sweet, but the sweetness didn't distract for long. The carbonation bill just right and the lacing was present but not overwhelming.
O: This is a "Winter Warmer," categorized as a "Barleywine," which won Silver Award in 2008 in the "Old Ale" category. Say what? This is worth a try, especially considering the low price.
01-31-2012 03:05:19 | More by Chaney
4.55/5 rDev +19.7%
This beer is poured at room temp into a tumbler glass. The beer exhibits a deep chestnut hue with mild garnet highlights around the edges of the glass. Thin wispy eggshell white head on the surface only, but leaves some tight lattice after each sip. Aroma is toffee and red grapes and plums. I dont find hops anywhere on the nose, and not really any booze notes.
First sip reveals gentle carbonation, average to thick body.
Flavor is toffee and a bit of brown sugar with some warm booze on the finish. Again hops arent to be found in this beer. A nice flavorful brew that is well crafted and a malty's dream! Quite a nice example of an English B-wine.
01-23-2010 02:26:17 | More by sulldaddy
Winter Warmer from Upland Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.