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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

138 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | 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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Reviews by mcowgill:
Photo of mcowgill
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - poured into a pint glass. Nice Amber color with big head that sticks around and leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S - A subtle sweet and spice aroma comes through.

T - A smoky bitterness with hint of spice.

M - Nice carbonated mouthfeel

D - This is a fairly drinkable holiday beer. Not too spicy which is a plus with me.

mcowgill, Nov 12, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Iam not really sure if I consider this a Scottish ale maybe so but honestly I would put it the amber/red category.Poured a deep copper/amber with a tight formed 1/2 finger slight off white head trace amounts of lace was left as it settled pretty quickly.Roasty malt and caramel/biscuit aromas show thru mainly with notes of fruit and butter as well.A malt bomb for sure starts out with some brown sugar and caramel turning fruity with a touch of drying earthiness into the finish.Nice full almost creamy mouthfeel really makes this beer enjoyable to drink,a solid winter cold weather beer quite malty and warming,well done.

oberon, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In a standard pint glass the beer was an amber color with a thick off-white head. Some lacing. Faint aroma of caramel. The caramel came through more in the taste. Moderate malt. Tiny amount of bitterness late. The beer was very sweet, probably too much so. I don't think I would want to drink a lot of these.

lordofthewiens, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of mbrandon2w
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

mbrandon2w, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Took a break from my late-year SN Celebration drinking to grab this local seasonal brew.

Pours a dark copper with a reasonable head. Smells like a Scotch Ale should...bit of faint smoke and peat in the nose.

Drinks nicely, the same subtle smoke/peat which is cleaned up in the end by a nice hop presence. Pretty drinkable and doesn't seem boozy tho 6+ % abv.

A nice alternative winter ale to the ones that are ultra-spicy.

SunDevilBeer, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of Doomcifer
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Doomcifer, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of Jason
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Jason, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of Billolick
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Freshness dating noting and duly appreciated. 12 ouncer sampled. Dark honey, maple pour, clear, with some bubbles rising up. Moderate carbonation, head and lacing. Fairly sweet, malt smooth and up front. Thisa one actually tastes alot like a full bodied Octoberfest brew to me. Not really much of any spicing or "mulled" as expected for a " winter ale" Pretty tame , middle of the road attempt. Good one to bring over for the holidays to please granny.

Billolick, Dec 11, 2004
Photo of fdrich29
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bison County, Moody Street Waltham.

Ordered some take out here Saturday night and had time for one beer, and this one caught my interest. Poured (into a Wachusett glass no less) a deep amber with minimal head. Smelled nicely of sweet spices.

Sweet and malty taste up front, touch of hops at the end. Smooth texture to this tasty beer. I could definitely see myself sitting back with a bunch of these on a cold, winter night.

fdrich29, Feb 16, 2005
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3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, yellowish brown in color, high carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and spices

Taste: toasted malt, spices, cinammon, honey, and clove

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and carbonation, sweet throughout

Drinkability: This strikes me as a not as overwhelming Harpoon Winter with more delicate spicing. I do like the honey taste. This is a lot better than I remember it being. I could have several.

tigg924, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of juicebox
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

juicebox, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wachusett- Winter Ale

A- Deep red with a solid creamy head. Good lacing down the glass.
S- Strong dried fruits; raisin and cherry. Sweet caramel malt comes through.
T- Sweet fruity caramel malt. Raisin, cherry, and fig, with a spicey nutmeg vanilla touch.
M- Very creamy, sweet, and the flavors intensify in the end. Alc. sneaks up on you!

Overall- A real surprise here! Very tasty, alc. is sneaky!

NJpadreFan, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of BennyL1
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into SA Perfect Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice amber color with a good fingers worth of white foamy head. A little bit of lacing along the glass as well.

S - Caramel, roasted nuts, and malts is pretty much sums it up. Not a whole lot going on here but its decent.

T - Mostly the malts up front with a bit of caramel. I really like the slightly bitter finish, balanced out pretty well.

M - Lighter body with a decent amount of carbonation.

D - Pretty high drinkability. I'll probably be keeping a few of these on hand throughout the winter. Another solid brew from Wachusett.

BennyL1, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

SIgnificant slow dissipitating head, which distributes alcohol and malt. Looked like a brown, and taste is cross-style. Cocoa colour, with chocolate malt, some decent tastiness and medium mouthfeel. Appropriate carbonation. Carmel, cinammon, nutmeg, a tad smokiness.

Sammy, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of UncleFrank
2.25/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Well I gotta say the name though me off. I was doing all dark and spiced beers tonight and was not expecting a Scottish Ale, which according to type thats what this should be. Winter is usually spiced or high ABV, but what the heck, Im flexible.
A ruby/brown liquid with a medium head sits in the glass giving aromas of fruity esters. The taste is thin and pasty. No heavy malts or smoke aspects at all. Even if this is a 60 shilling I should get something. The finish has notes of dry spice, like ginger but no gentle holiday taste.
Its not like me to beat up on a beer, but Im not liking this at all. I will seek out another bottle or a draft version with hopefully better results. Sorry.

UncleFrank, Nov 27, 2003
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

grahuba, Mar 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

ChrisL24481, Dec 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

rjm0715, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of bum732
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Malty sweet, raisins and red grapes, some toffee and subtle smoke.

L: Clear orangish amber, light tan head with 1/4 retention, nice lacing.

T: Malty caramel sweetness with some hoppy fruitiness, or perhaps munich malt. Medium-low earthy bitterness leads to some soft grain notes and a very clean finish. Touch of bisquit.

M: Smooth malty body, medium low carbonation. Alcohol slightly present.

An ok scotch ale, pretty one-noted. Sweet and buttery.

bum732, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at the brewery. Such a great deal, all their beers ranging from $5-9 to fill. Deep red in color, beautifully formed head that gives off mild clove and butterscotch aromas. Fantastic taste, would have rated it higher, but I feel the body lack follow through, essnetially no aftertaste. Anyhow, this beer is packed with malty goodness, comes accross as being mildly sweat, but ends up kind of dry.

Not entirely sure about its alochol content, but they're going down easily. Funny how good craft beer does that.

FLAbeergutinMASS, Nov 23, 2005
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4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm judging this one as an example of a stronger, winter type brew. The appearance is quite nice, coppery with a bit of lacing. I noted some winter type spices and a caramel(?) note. Flavor was a bit sweet, but with a slightly tart finish that was pleasant.Moouthfeel felt full and rounded. This was my first brew after a week with a cold/flu, and I was pleasantly surprised. Above average IMHO and worth a try in the winter months.

edchicma, Dec 21, 2003
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3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Light brown with a white head

S- Nice full malty scent

T- Same nice malty taste, a bit smokey roasted flavor in there too

M- Medium bodied, good carbonation, nice warming feeling too

D- That great warming and a full malty flavor make it a great winter ale!!

aepb1, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of themagickallife
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

themagickallife, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear, bright, cranberry red with a quickly dissipating creamy dark beige head. Visible carbonation was soft almost non-detect.

S: sweet berries, grapes, and fresh raisins. The aroma was very soft and gentle with only slight hints of caramel.

T: sweet, fresh berries (cranberries), grapes, and fresh raisins. There was a nice sweet and spicy nature as well, sugary sweet fruit (plums) and caramel apples on the finish and fade. A very sweet drinking winter beer with a fruity juice like flavor and alcohol spiciness (cinnamon).

M: light, very oily, warming up and leaving dark fresh raisins and spicy plum notes on the tongue.

D: A fruity, and sweet winter drink, perhaps a tad to sweet to be a session, but different enough to warrant a try.

beerthulhu, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of pbrian
4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ahh, my first Winter Ale of the season and a fine one at that. Beautiful deep, dark clear mahogony with tan lasting head. The aroma throws off some fresh, fruity hop aromas but everything else about this ale is in the malt. Wonderfully smooth and malty.

pbrian, Nov 06, 2002
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Wachusett Winter Ale from Wachusett Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.