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Wachusett Winter Ale - Wachusett Brewing Company

Wachusett Winter AleWachusett Winter Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

132 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%


Brewed by:
Wachusett Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 12-12-2001)
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown long neck bottle with a freshness date notched on the side of the label.

LOOK: Good head retention, tawny clarity is fine as well.

SMELL: Malty, caramel, fresh bread, faint smoke, mild fruitiness, ripe apples.

TASTE: Smooth, medium body, mild hopping, granola, hint of hop spice, faded smoke, faintly warming alcohol, herbal & grainy finish.

A solid brew all the way, these are the winter seasonals I look for ... no one wants to drink a beer that tastes like organic toothpaste. I will be keeping this one in stock until the snow melts.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 20:20:20 | More by Jason
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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

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4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beer pours a golden-amber color with an off white, 1/4 inch head that has a varient of small and big bubbles on top.

S: I get some earthy aromas of fresh cut grass, sweet caramel malt, clove and a bit of smoked peat that is typical from a scotch ale.

T: Flavor is similar to the smell, I get more of the caramel malts and smoke. There is less of an earthy presence in the flavor than in the smell, but I do get some spices through the body of the beer. Finishes with a bready, nutty type of flavor, but not dry like what a yeast component would give.

M: Very sweet and bold in the mouth, lots of flavor and very drinkable.

O: Was pleasantly surprised by the flavor and texture of this beer, not that I would expect anything less from Wachusett. Very good Winter Ale!

Serving type: bottle

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a nonic:

A: light amber colored body with some visible carbonation seen rising in my nonic. A nice fluffy two finger white foamy head appears and lasts for about a minute before slowly dieing.

S: some light aromas of caramel with some light spices

T: slightly sweet ranging closer to some light bitterness from the Christmas spices.

M: medium centering on a moderate amount of carbonation on the tongue. This is fairly drinkable. It leaves a bland aftertaste.

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Serving type: bottle

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Wachusett Winter Ale from Wachusett Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.