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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

133 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | 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 vitesse:
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vitesse

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3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

served in brown 12 oz. bottle.
pours a deep, ruby red color. very reddish held up to light. small head, could use better retention, not much brussels lace on the glass. smell is of fruits - currant, slight clove aroma and biscuity maltiness. taste is rather subdued. it's not going to shock your taste bud, but its got an almost belgian-esque dry/acidic taste. smooth maltiness and subdued hops. i was surprised to see this listed as a scotch ale. it seemed more along the lines of a belgian-style brown ale but without yeast in the bottle. not yeasty taste, but fruity/spicy and just a tinge of acidity.
i would probably recommend other winter ales first, but this one is a pretty good seasonal beer from a local brewer.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2004 00:16:39 | More by vitesse
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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.

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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.

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Wachusett Winter Ale from Wachusett Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.