Wachusett Winter Ale - Wachusett Brewing Company
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Reviews by FirstMan:
3.75/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
I had this on tap at the Wonder Bar in Worcester - better known as "Wondah Bah" to locals. Great pizza, by the way.
My beer took a long time getting to me, but when it did, I have to say it was worth the wait.
A darker, clear copper-red coloring. Not as dark as I was expecting, though. The head was all white bubbles and while it stuck around for a little while, it didn't have the fluffy, pitted character that I look for in maltier beers like a Winter. There was some sticky lacing on the sides, though, which brought it back into favor. The clearness is a little much, though.
The nose is quite good. Mulling spices and over-ripe fruit, with a clean, yet complex mix of roasted grains and slight alcohol edge.
The taste is as good as the smell. Sweet, yet clean on the palate. Spicy, warm, fruity maltiness. Immediately I started to feel all warm and happy, like Santa was comin down the friggin chimney or something. A good winter will do that.
Mouthfeel was just average. Not a smooth and full as I expect in a beer like this. I like a big, creamy mouthfeel on a Scotch/Winter style.
As for drinkability, it's quite good. I could have had a few of these, but the higher alcohol would have put me down quick. That's really the only drawback.
Serving type: on-tap
11-20-2005 00:05:38 | More by FirstMan
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3.18/5 rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: Amber-red in color with great clarity. Head retention is decent. Lacing comes in the form of a thin sheet that blankets much of the glass.
S: Sweet on the nose with scents of treacle and thin runny caramel. Bready. Pervasive raspberry fruitiness. Pinch of brown cocoa.
T: Grain and husk lead off. Bready and crusty. Thin runny caramel, though the beer is not as sweet as expected. Pinch of brown cocoa. Raspberry and cherry fruitiness is subtle, but comes out a bit more as the beer warms. Balancing hop bitterness adds little to no flavor. Very slight spike of alcohol is almost missed. Grain and husk again on the finish.
M: Medium bodied. Somewhat chewy and a little viscous. Blast of aggressive force carbonation cuts through like a knife.
O: On the smallest end of the spectrum for the style. Its smaller size makes it a little more drinkable I suppose, but the beer is very bland and uninspiring as a whole. The packaging is festive and wintery and the style should lend itself well enough to the season, but alas, in this case the liquid inside the bottle is not very evocative of the winter months. Not worth much attention.
Serving type: bottle
11-09-2013 18:23:55 | More by ryan1788a5
Wachusett Winter Ale from Wachusett Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.