Winter Warmer - Upland Brewing Company
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3.48/5 rDev -8.4%
Type: ~14 oz on tap
From: Upland in Bloomington IN
Appearance: reddish brown and almost clear. small off white head that left a lacing.
Smell:sweet sweet malts. and hops
Taste: sweet malts and somewhat piney hops. I don't like the balance or the hops in this one
Mouthfeel: thicker and good but leaves that bad hop taste lingering.
Overall: not a big fan of this one. the hop and malt flavors don't do very well together
03-07-2013 01:03:22 | More by SportsandJorts
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
3.58/5 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
3.2/5 rDev -15.8%
Reviewed from notes.
Pours out a standard amber color with a short-lived two finger head, mediocre lacing on the sides of the glass. Lighter side of medium body heft and carbonation levels.
Smells only vaguely of a light brown sugar and toffee sweetness. Extremely muted and blunt nose. Tastes of a semi-roasted malt / molasses / brown sugar and biscuit malt blend with a combination of herbal and pine hopping on the back end and a light dark fruit nuance in the middle.
Although the flavor is fairly good (even if the dark fruits were too thin), there is some serious work that needs to be done on the nose before this one can truly shine IMHO.
09-21-2012 07:40:49 | More by WastingFreetime
2.93/5 rDev -22.9%
A: Pours a copper brown; not really the "very dark color" described on the bottle, but a healthy color nonetheless. Very thin white head atop leaves minimal lacing.
S: It certainly smells like a Barleywine; malty, but hoppier than usual. Promising.
T: Malty at first with some fruity cherry notes, kind of watery in the middle, but finishes "boozy," which is strange for only being 8.5%. With this style the alcohol should be better hidden by maltiness. Finishes bitter. The taste really follows the smell here.
M: Very low body for a Barleywine, likely due to a lower-than-usual grain bill.
O: I just would not recommend this when there are better alternatives out there. The mouthfeel isn't right for a Barleywine, nor is the hoppy finish. That said, if you haven't had one before and are used to lower gravity beer and want to try a Barleywine, this might be a good pick simply because it's not as heavy as other Barleywines and has a lighter mouthfeel. But beware the aftertaste.
08-21-2012 01:01:54 | More by lico
4/5 rDev +5.3%
Pours a ruby brown, relatively clear but dark enough that you can't see through it. A bit thinner than I expected. The head is a finger thick and a brilliant white on top of the much darker liquid. As the head dies, a creamy layer of white remains perched on top.
There's a really nice balance in the nose between the malty backbone and the floral and citric hops.
Normally I find complexity in the feel, but this beer has it in the taste. It starts off like a nut brown ale, very malty, with some caramel. That maltiness is balanced by the piney, citrusy hops before giving way to the alcohol deep in the swallow.
Very complex. It's sweet initially, but then the barleywine-ness kicks in and you're hit with a bitterness and alcohol pop. However, it's as smooth a barleywine as I've ever had and the bittering hops and high alcohol are slightly muted.
Upland beers are hit or miss for me, but this was a solid hit. I enjoy all types of beer but barleywines aren't my first choice because I can't always feel my tongue the next morning. However, this was unusually tame and very drinkable.
04-01-2012 02:50:35 | More by RickS95
3.73/5 rDev -1.8%
Here is a barleywine that provides a significant difference in taste and finish between bottle and tap. I have had it each way, and have enjoyed it each way, but on tap it is superior in overall taste.
The aroma is very sweet and fruity, the color of the body a syrupy amber, and a nice palate that you would expect from a good barleywine. That’s exactly what Upland has created with Winter Warmer - a solid barleywine that is unbelievably good on value price. I bought a 22 oz. bottle of this at a local liquor store for only $5.49. The pint on tap I had was much higher in price, but the quality was significantly raised as well.
It is not among the high-tiered barleywines (like Hebrew Jewbelation) but they are a nice and commendable option in the genre.
03-09-2012 00:20:16 | More by neckbracesub
4.15/5 rDev +9.2%
A- Pours a deep copper brown with about a 2-finger head. Mostly frothy with good retention and lacing. Only somewhat translucent.
S- Lots going on here. Sweet hints intermingle with a medium hops profile. Less citrusy and more dull hops scents. Malt backbone is apparent with caramel hints most prominent.
T- Way more malty than anticipated from the smell. Dulled hops kick in about midway through to supply a little bit of a bitter bite. Definite caramel and sweeter malts up front followed by bready flavors towards the middle and end of the drink. Finishes clean with only slight bitter hops aftertaste.
M- Slightly chewy and thicker. Supports the flavor profile very well. Little carbonation. Could be a little smoother and abrupt on delivering the flavor profile.
Overall, a great way to break into the barleywine genre. Enjoyable and easy to drink.
03-02-2012 00:59:33 | More by boilermakerbrew
Winter Warmer from Upland Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.