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Wachusett Winter Ale - Wachusett Brewing Company

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Wachusett Winter AleWachusett Winter Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

135 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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:
This savory Scotch Ale has smoked and special malts. Our oldest, strongest, & most complex seasonal ale.

Availability: Nov – Jan

(Beer added by: Todd on 12-12-2001)
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mbrandon2w

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4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into tulip
Clear reddish-amber/brown.
Aroma after first pour was surprisingly of cherries. The sweet malt, chocolate and bready/earthy aromas were there, but right alongside were whiffs of cherry, which surprised me. After the first few sniffs it became much less apparent.
Flavor is solid malt, with some caramel, light chocolate and toasted bread flavors, with hints of fruit.
Mouthfeel is solid, but perhaps a bit too carbonated for the style. Smooth and easy to drink.

This is one of my favorite local seasonals. I bet it if it beefed up a bit more, increasing the complexity and the abv, people would be falling all overthemselves to get it. Overall a very solid local offering, and one I look forward to every year.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2008 23:15:28 | More by mbrandon2w
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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.

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Wachusett Winter Ale from Wachusett Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.