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Winter Warmer - Upland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 124
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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Photo of biggred1
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep russet brown with plenty of suspended chunks of yeast visable and a creamy mocha head. Caramel, fig, raisin and toasted grain with a touch of rum in the aroma. Rich and malty with butterscotch and black strap molasses up front with a mineraly water and herbal hop in the warm alcoholic finish. Medium bodied and a little over-carbonated for my liking. A solid beer but I like the Bourbon barrel version a lot better.

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks urbancaver

from notes

A - lovely cloudy red body, a small ring and film of white head.

S - good malty sweetness with some hops bringing a nice balance.

T - tastes distinctly of strawberries, some general malt character, bitter hops.

M - medium-full body, bit dry

O (D) - dryness slows you down, but it's decent tasting.

Photo of Urbancaver
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful reddish amber. Vry pretty. A bit of light yellow head that hangs around. Smells malty with a touch of hops. Very smooth and crisp. Lots of light fruity flavours on the tongue. Very nice mouthfeel. Overall a tasty english barleywine.

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

Pours copper with thin white head. The aroma is sort of prunes, plums, cherries and malts mixing with some booziness. The taste is peach, pears, apricots and some sourness. It stays that way into the finish. Interesting brew and more sour than I was expecting.

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

Had on tap at the Brewpub.

A- Pours a ruby brown color. One finger tan head shows medium retention. This has nice lacing in long weblike streaks on the sides of the snifter.

S- Lots of caramel malts bring up the base beer and light sweetness throughout the entire aroma. Darker fruits are also in the aroma but only play a lighter backbone to this aroma. Light brown sugar notes as well.

T- Light almost bitter hop bite to this beer. Caramel malts come through next with darker fruits (plum and fig) coming into the middle with a sugary sweetness. Toward the backend of the beer there is a light bitter bite from what I would say are hops with a alcohol warmth in the very tailend.

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little light for the style. Darker fruits and light sweetness left on the palate and long into the aftertaste with kisses of warming alcohol. Medium drying on the palate from the alcohol. Flavors are very malt driven and follow that course. No off flavors in the beer at all which is nice.

D- This beer was good but there was something missing that made it not great. The ABV was pretty apparent the entire beer making it only a drinker for a snifter or two. Nice try Upland but there is something missing with this one.

Photo of mpcrump
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Moderate to dark amber color. Very thin off white head that disapated quickly.

S: Malts, caramel, biscuits, and dark fruits.

T: Malts up front. Starts sweet and ends up slightly bitter at the end.

M: Mouthfeel is in the middle. Not too heavy but definitely not light. Very little carbonation.

D: Not bad. Sneaky alcohol. Doesn't taste as heavy as it looks.

Photo of mrandypandy
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased from the brewery in April and cellared since then.

A - Pours a clear ruby red with slightly off-white head. Head stays and leaves great lacing.
S - Subdued malty caramel sweetness
T - Mmm. Just like the aroma, thick malty flavors with a caramel sweetness to it. Some dark fruits (figs, prunes) as well.
M - Medium to full body. Slightly sweet. Mild carbonation.
D - Really good. Maybe I dig English Barleywines more than American Barleywines, but the subdued hop profile and well integrated malt body make this both tasty and drinkable.

Overall- Well done. I forgot I had three bottles stashed away from our trek up from Atlanta to Munster for DLD, and I'm glad I decided to pull one out for the holidays. I'm not sure about all the other bad reviews out there, but I found Winter Warmer to be a well-made, harmonious Barleywine.

Photo of readbaron
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark orange brown color with a bit of white head and sticky lacing.

Smells sweet and full of dark fruit, with a malts.

Tastes smooth and sweet - a lot like a BA wee heavy, founders dirty bastard comes to mind.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin.

Definitely drinkable.

Photo of robwestcott
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of Arbitrator
2.03/5  rDev -46.6%
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.

Photo of mynie
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of HosP
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
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!

Photo of Lukafer
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of mgbickel
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
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!!

Photo of tykees88
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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

Photo of zeff80
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of Brent
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of JoePat
3.23/5  rDev -15%
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.

Photo of manahansf
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.52/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Photo of jbone78
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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.


Photo of adamhdv
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of chaunur
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Winter Warmer from Upland Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.