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Winter Warmer - Upland Brewing Company

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Reviews: 66
Hads: 127
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 17
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
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Upland Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: zerk on 04-15-2003

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Reviews: 66 | Hads: 127
Photo of robwestcott
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage first tapped at the brewpub today.

poured cold from the tap a deep ruby brown to a 12oz snifter with a full finger foamy tan head with nice retention.

fairly subtle sweet aroma of dark fruits and syrupy sugars.

much sweeter with less of an initial bite than expected. tastes of dark fruits, plums and dates with a sweet after leading to a fairly mild bitter bite to the sides of the tongue. an interesting balance for a newly tapped barleywine.

thick, creamy, sweet, mild bitter, low carbonation.

drinkable - two max. (535 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (736 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
2.03/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Chilled bomber into a glass. Courtesy of womencantsail. Thanks, Andrew.

A: Pours a clear copper body with a small light beige head.

S: Not very aromatic. Some yeast, nuts. It reminds me of a brown ale.

T: Light caramel, a touch of toffee, some varieties of citrus (pineapple, orange), nuts. There's also a slightly sour grain flavor that I don't understand. It reminds me a little of a milk stout. It doesn't taste much like a barleywine, either English or American.

M: Thin-bodied. Not much flavor or complexity, and it lacks any warming presence. The name is a misnomer. I don't mind smooth beers on the whole, and I certainly don't mind something that's well-attenuated, but when it lacks an associated flavor punch, I am underwhelmed.

D: This isn't an adventurous beer, and I respect that. Just the same, it's not fair to say this beer is excellent in its style. I couldn't very well give this an 'A' and suggest it's in the same range as Gratitude or J.W. Lees. This falls far short. (998 characters)

Photo of mynie
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (614 characters)

Photo of HosP
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a darker copper color. Pretty hazy to it. Nice off white head to it with decent lacing.

S - Smells very sweet and malty. Mostly caramel aromas with some hints of floral.

T - Much like the nose. Caramel malts at the beginning. Nice floral hops towards the end of the drink. Get some alcohol taste from the higher ABV. Still the sweetness makes it easy to consume.

M - Medium to full body. Smooth mouthfeel.

D - Good drink. Compared to the other barleywine I had, it was my least favorite, but still good. Probably is a better drink in the winter, hence winter warmer. Maybe next time! (627 characters)

Photo of Lukafer
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 into a pint glass.

Good strong pour into a pint glass produces around 2 fingers of off-white head, a little carbonation and it looks a clear red. I smell malts, caramel malts and some yeast. Tastes are malts, some dark fruits, yeast with a good slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium, with just a little carb. Drinkability is good with this one. Even though it's only been 6 months since this was released, I think it has mellowed out a lot and doesn't have a lot of boozy, overpowering flavors. Quite nice and I'd like to try some again. (561 characters)

Photo of mgbickel
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extra from Brundo4...thanks Ben!!

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass. Formed a single finger, pearl colored head that receded quickly leaving behind a small amount of lace. The body is a clear, chestnut/amber color with orange hues.

The nose has lots of malts up front with caramel and sugary fruits. The backbone is bready and biscuit-like (I've always wanted to use that term!).

The flavors are not as sweet as the nose would suggest. Some sweet malts up front that give way quickly to a grainy middle and run into a more biting, bitter finish. There are subtle, underlying fruit flavors present throughout the drink.

Medium mouth feel, a little on the oily side with mild carbonation.

This is a pretty decent drinking beer! I would not guess it to be a winter "seasonal" offering, but I sure would take it if it is offered!! (831 characters)

Photo of tykees88
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Upland

A: Came out with a copper color but it also had nice clarity.

S: It smelled like Malts, and caramel.

T: More of a malty taste, some floral notes and of course the caramel.

M: As it warms up I like it more. A bigger beer but not a bad feel

D: Alright not going to drink more than a couple if offered again, but still a beer worth trying for sure (366 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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. (607 characters)

Photo of Brent
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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. (384 characters)

Photo of paco1029384756
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby color with a short off white head.

Scent of juicy, resiny hops, caramel, sugar, sweet brandy, and faint alcohol. Strong and balanced, the hint of alcohol gives it a nice depth.

Taste of roasty caramel, sweet hops, dry alcohol, and raspberries. Finishes with leafy hops and alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, tight and biting. (348 characters)

Photo of JoePat
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

bottled december 09
Poured from a bottle in to my new trusty FFF tulip style pint glass
This beer pours a dark copper color with an off white to tan head that dissipated within minute leaving almost no lacing.
The smell is grapy with a little toffy from the malt very similar to an english strong ale
The beer taste just like it smells with a little spice that I can't quite put my finger on possible from the hops but that would be the only thing you get from the hops. This beer is sweet and fruity tasting.
It has an average mouth feel and a smooth drinkability especially considering it 9% abv.
I think this beer was a little weak in the hop and carmel flavor even for an english barleywine. Bottle condition it and sell it as an english strong ale and I think it could get a little more respect. (800 characters)

Photo of manahansf
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep copper color with a thick and creamy tan head. The nose is bold grainy malt aromas with a hint of alcohol. The flavor is also sweet and grainy with no hop presence and is slightly tart. The body is slow and viscous with moderately low carbonation but still fizzes and dances on the tongue. The beer finishes with sweetness and the warming alcohol comes out. The fade is long and lingers with the warming feeling as it drifts to the end. (455 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.52/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (651 characters)

Photo of jbone78
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is freezing outside, so this is the one for me today.

A- poured slightly hazy with amber color. nearly no head, but what was there was gone in seconds. no big deal.
S- of toasted toffee and caramel. slight hop character and alcohol is hidden well.
T- not bad, not super syrupy for an English style. light hop tones with semi-sweet malt character. I like.
M- mild carbonation, which is expected and smooth.
D- if this beer were sold in my area, i would buy it more. Very nice Winter Warmer.

-Bye (505 characters)

Photo of adamhdv
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at Upland Brewery (12/11/09) and served in an appropriate tulip glass.

A: Dark brown, with rich amber highlights. Roughly a finger or so of head with minimal lacing.

S: Toasted caramel malts with a complementing pine hop.

T: Sweet roasted caramel. There was spice...but wasn't overpowering. The pine also comes out in the taste and fits the alcohol finish nicely.

M: Medium bodied, coats the mouth with taste. Carbonation was average.

D: I had two within 20 minutes. A good brew, specially in the winter. Very well made medium bodied barleywine. Wouldn't mind filling a growler with this. (604 characters)

Photo of chaunur
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was the featured beer at the Wed. pint nite at the local pub. As this is the first barleywine I've tried I have nothing to compare it to, so with that said here we go.

It was on-tap and nicely poured into a pint glass, clear reddish copper in color with a light tan 1/2" head, average retention. I noticed a slightly hoppy aroma with some sweetness present.

I was impressed with the taste of this beer, mildly sweet but well balanced by the hops giving the beer a very clean taste, maltly and slighty fruity but not overpowering. I usually like to have a second just to confirm my impressions of the beer but I'd already had a Scotch Ale before having the Upland and with the high alcohol content I didn't think it was prudent since I had a long drive home.

Overall I really liked this beer and I got to try other Barleywines now. (839 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (425 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (2,401 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (332 characters)

Photo of charlesw
2.39/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Brown/red/amber, on the clear side, nice head that lasts. Maybe give it a touch more opacity.
Smells oxidized - bitter grassy hops, wet cardboard.
Tastes like an extract homebrew imperial American amber ale - one that I wouldn't be very happy sharing. Lingering bitterness. Kinda sweet, funky, sour, wet cardboard, ditch mud. Not in the English style in the slightest. Not in the American style, either, frankly. The body is hugely lacking for either of those, to start with.

Edit: if they just called it a winter warmer and dropped barleywine from the name, why, it would probably just be average and not bad. (611 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
3.07/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice little extra received from akokandy in a recent trade. Thanks!

Pours a deep ruby red with very little head on top. No lacing. Weak. Smells of booze, cherries, yeast, and candy. Not too bad.

Mouthfeel was decent. Fair amount of carbonation in there. Flavor was very yeasty and Belgian. Different. Tons of pineapple, strawberry, and shall I say it again, yeast. This was interesting. Very cloying with tons of sweetness on the finish. Not my cup of tea necessarily, but ok. Glad I got to try it. Thanks, Adam, for the opportunity. (535 characters)

Photo of tjkurz
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pulled this from back of my fridge, so drinking it out of season. Bottle dated november 2008 nice dark ruby/brown in carbonation explodes from bottom to form a nice head - lacing okay. Not much to smell - dry. Tastes dry and fruity/cherry with the warmth felt down the back of your throat. Average body - although not that familar with style, carbonation more visible than felt. Good beer - my first from Upland will try more for sure now. (439 characters)

Photo of tmoneyba
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Keg Liquor.

Poured clear reddish brown color with a large frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Complex aroma of sweet friuty and alcohol. Full body with thick texture and flat carbonation. Complex flavor of rich sweet earthy fruit flavor with medium dark fruit finish of moderate to long duration.

Solid complex after dinner brew. (373 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,269 characters)

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Winter Warmer from Upland Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.