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Elevator Winter Warmer Ale - Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus

Elevator Winter Warmer AleElevator Winter Warmer Ale

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BA SCORE
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33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.14%


Brewed by:
Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: LiquidCucumber on 12-09-2010)
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Ratings: 33 | Reviews: 15 | Show All Ratings:
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tastymug

Washington

3/5  rDev -18.9%

01-14-2013 01:10:09 | More by tastymug
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wollefdoogylloj

Virginia

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drove up to Ohio over the weekend. Wife bought me a six of this to make up for taking me to a Hobby Lobby on the way. We headed back home with the last case the store had.
Reminds me of Sam Adam's White Christmas so I pulled my last one out of the fridge and popped the top of each.
The pour of each results in different heads: SAWC slightly orange in color with a light head that dissipates quickly, EWWA darker amber in color with a head that starts out strong and retains a foam for a long time.
SAWC has a light allspice aroma with a smoother mouth feel than EWWA but that may be attributed to the higher ABV. EWWA has a more pronounced allspice smell and taste which is just fine with me.
After allowing each to warm a bit I again performed my little comparison; SAWC lost a little of it's mouth feel but retained the mellow allspice smell and taste. EWWA got more pronounced in both smell and taste.
While I hated breaking out my last Sammy it was well worth the effort, besides, there's always next Christmas. I now have a new winter favorite to look forward to!

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 01:08:16 | More by wollefdoogylloj
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hosehead83

Ohio

3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy amber in color, with a moderate head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt, spices
Taste-Toasted malt, nutmeg,cinnamon. Pretty smooth and easy drinking despite the rather high ABV. A nice, solid winter warmer.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 22:24:56 | More by hosehead83
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BlueWinged35

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

02-04-2014 18:49:33 | More by BlueWinged35
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moodyxc9

Ohio

4/5  rDev +8.1%

01-26-2014 20:44:48 | More by moodyxc9
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mattsucks

Ohio

4/5  rDev +8.1%

01-25-2014 03:30:56 | More by mattsucks
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boriquita

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

01-02-2014 17:22:37 | More by boriquita
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Sturmthis

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

12-25-2013 16:06:44 | More by Sturmthis
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Brenden

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a thick reddish-brown brew, completely opaque. The cream-colored head is small and reasonably well retained, though a little too spritzy to keep anything when what's left of it does fall off. A little spotting clings to the glass.
There's a massive load of ginger on the nose from beginning to end. There also seems to be nutmeg and maybe other spices, to the point that it's combining to be more like allspice than anything, though ginger absolutely dominates. There's maybe a cinnamon/sugar combo with some breadiness, malts setting enough of a base to build off of but otherwise revealing a standard brown ale.
Ginger dominates the flavor as well. There seem to be some carob and chicory elements as well, possibly from the breadiness of the malt. A bit of chalky baker's cocoa comes out at the end. Give it time to warm or it seems like Elevator's idea of the style is to add some beer to a huge vat of spices. More comes out as it sits. There's a bit of leafy/chalky hops bitterness to it, even. There's no hint of the high ABV.
There's a good body to this beer and the spices give it a little zip without being too harsh on the tongue. Interestingly, the only part of this beer the alcohol is noticeable is in the mouthfeel, if that's understandable. It has a firm crispness, but it dies off just slightly at the end.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 18:31:22 | More by Brenden
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THECPJ

Delaware

2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

12-16-2013 02:54:57 | More by THECPJ
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elkinbrown

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

11-25-2013 13:14:43 | More by elkinbrown
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

07-29-2013 12:27:14 | More by Cynic-ale
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nineworldseries

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

06-03-2013 00:47:36 | More by nineworldseries
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zimm421

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

02-28-2013 19:37:04 | More by zimm421
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DavidGross

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

01-08-2013 03:42:25 | More by DavidGross
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ttengea

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

12-16-2012 17:28:00 | More by ttengea
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JoeLacy

Ohio

4/5  rDev +8.1%

11-25-2012 06:46:43 | More by JoeLacy
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Doughbodyboy

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

07-23-2012 14:57:45 | More by Doughbodyboy
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

05-30-2012 20:18:00 | More by sholland119
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RockOnKatie

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

04-28-2012 01:40:14 | More by RockOnKatie
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wingman14

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky light brown with an off white head that fades fast. The smell is nutmeg upfront with nice malty notes in there as well. The taste follows with a strong dose of nutmeg, not sweet, malty with good depth. A medium mouthfeel with a good balance of flavor, good carbonation. Overall a nice winter warmer, avoid if you are not a fan of nutmeg.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 23:35:45 | More by wingman14
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Ryan011235

Ohio

2.28/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass on 1/23/12

Mostly clear, rustic brown. It's a nice color, I reckon. 1/4th inch head drops to a soapy layer.

The aroma is a bit thin. Smells like baked cinnamon bread, grains, tart apple (which later seems more in line with apple butter) and dustings of unsweetened cocoa powder and ginger. Raisins. Yeast. I swear I caught a hint of vinegar. Yikes.

Yikes, indeed. The flavor profile is dry (right on) as well as dusty and dirty (not so right on). Bread crumbles. Cinnamon. Ginger. Hint of cocoa. Deep grainy notions. There was an initial tartness that made me shudder, but such a flavor has subside in favor of generic "off flavors." Seems to be happening a lot with Elevator lately. Some oxidation and plastic.

The feel is a loose medium with a dry, granular feel. Carbonation is on the lower side and seems to subtly focus on the aforementioned grittiness. Come to think of it, there are some faint fruit undertones that linger.

I was expecting the worst and I got merely sub-par. I finished the bottle 'cause it's tolerable. I would caution Elevator that just because Neil House is in town it doesn't mean they should step down their game. C'mon, guys.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 02:02:06 | More by Ryan011235
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hyprlt

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into mason jar.

A: no head, dark amber, copperlike color. clarity is very high.

S: not much, but there is a slight hint of spice possibly cinnamon

T: brown ale sweetness, and cinnamon spice. it could a whole blend of spices, but there are definitely of a holiday variety.

M: thick as an ale would be. good carbonation, not bubbly but not flat.

O: i like it. I would drink one or two and be satisfied. a lot of elevator beers are good, but get old. this is a very a good beer. everyone that likes holiday/christmas ales should have one.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 20:42:56 | More by hyprlt
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jaidenjb

Ohio

5/5  rDev +35.1%

12-15-2011 03:00:05 | More by jaidenjb
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BeerBuckeye

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a beautiful clear amber with puffy, off white, 1.5 finger head. Very good retention

S - Strangely, the first scent I smelled was that of kids' bubble bath, smell of sweet grapes, caramel, a touch of cinnamon, and candied sugar.

T - It packs a wallop of spice and fruit. It's almost got a bit of a grape juice taste which fades into that candied sugar and finishes with a touch of spice. It's definitely the most interesting winter warmer I've ever had. Balance is definitely towards the sweetness.

M - Very smooth in the mouth, low carbonation. Where's the 8.4% alcohol?

Overall - It was interesting to say the least. It's like drinking candy to be honest. Honestly, I should be saying it's way too sweet, but I can't say I don't enjoy this. In my opinion--good brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 01:47:59 | More by BeerBuckeye
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Elevator Winter Warmer Ale from Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus
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