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Winter Warmer - Upland Brewing Company

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125 Ratings
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 18
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Eric for the bottle. Cheers!

Pours a clean and clear glowing ruby color. Two finger eggshell colored head is set atop. The head diminishes ever so slowly. Solid sheet of lacing left clinging to the walls of the glass.

Bright and warm bready malt greets the nose. The warmth of the malt combine with sweet raisin and brown sugar aroma makes for an appropriate winter beer. Caramel and soft molasses provide pleasant secondary scents. Subtle hop presence in the nose. Hints of citrus and earthy characteristics.

Sweet caramel flavor lays heavy on the tongue out of the glass. Bits of citrus and floral hops flavor lies just behind. Warm breadiness develops on the midpalate, providing a pleasant contrast to the flavors appearing on the front of the palate. Bits of brown sugar and raisin are left lingering on the back of the tongue.

Full bodied beer, carbonation is on the low end of moderate. Slightly slick feel on the tongue, a bit of a chewy texture. The finish is long, as any good barleywine should be.

Is Upland Winter Warmer one of the best Barleywines you can find? No, definitely not. It is very enjoyable however. Excellent "everyday" Barleywine if there is such a thing. Great flavor, very drinkable, with an ABV that will keep you up right a bit longer. Worth checking out.

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4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Finch's

Pours a reddish brown with a small tan head that fades away immediately. Decent sticky lacing down the glass.

Smells of caramel and dark fruits. Earthy hop and brown sugar presence as well.

Just a small hop presence with some subtly sweet brown sugar presence hitting the front of the tongue. Lots of caramel throughout with some dark fruits mixed in as well.

Medium-thick mouthfeel without being cloying and medium-low carbonation.

One of my favorite barleywines and I look forward to it every year. Good and warming without being cloying sweet like many of the style. Very pleasant to sip during dinner.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 Vintage shared with a trader, will need to look up name
A: Pour is a medium dark amber with a strong head and very heavy lacing.

S: Aroma of fruity brown sugar, caramalized malts, 120L malt mostly with just a hint of hop presence at this point.

T: Taste is leathery, with cherry hints , brown sugar and caramelized sugars. There seems to be a slight oxidation that makes it slightly metallic in taste although it is still pretty good. Very well balanced with some bitterness still hanging on. The oxidation brings the flavor down a little bit and makes the finish slightly watery but pretty good otherwise.

M: Medium mouthfeel. I think this one may have started going downhill as it is beginning to become slightly light in body but at 8.5% this is still doing very well for that low abv of a BW.

O: Pretty Good, I wish I had a 2009 to compare to.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 bottle
Pours a mahogony color with a decent head and very nice sticky lacing. Smells of dark fruit, figs, currants, raisins, and cherry's. No trace of alcohol on the nose. Lots of raisin and fig on the front end of the flavor. This is followed up by cherry's. The finish is odd. I can't place it, but it tastes like a rice cake. Very odd, but pretty good none the less. Mouthfeel is a bit too light for me. I'd like more body to it as well as a bit more heat from the alcohol. If I let it sit on my tongue for a bit I can catch mild carbonation and just a bit of alcohol. The alcohol is still barely noticeable. Overall, this is quite tasty. I'd really like to try the barrel aged version of it.

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4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle I'd aged almost 3 years...2008 vintage! Pours with a nice thick head, and some heavy-duty spoke lacing.

Aroma is almost fruity, strong, like dried dark fruit.

Flavor is dried cherry, tobacco, leather, pear, dates...strong and complex. Very little hint as to the rather high alcohol content.

A well tasty barleywine, certainly made more palatable with some age. Enjoyable!

And had a final bottle, tasted again in late 2013 -- so a 5 year-old bottle this time:

Echoes similar flavors as above (candied fruits, berries, and a bit of earthiness), but with an even more sour-sweet character. Not bad at all, and still pretty heavy-duty.

Winter Warmer from Upland Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.