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Midwinter Warmer - Equinox Brewing Company

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Midwinter WarmerMidwinter Warmer

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BA SCORE
86
very good

12 Ratings
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Ratings: 12
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Equinox Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Beaver13 on 02-04-2011)
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Reviews by GilGarp:
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4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. Pint sized bottle served slightly chilled into a goblet.

Midwinter Warmer is a redish amber color with a slight haze. The head is thick and fizzy at first but settles gradually leaving a thin layer after a few minutes.

The aroma is sweet and malty with a dark dried fruit character. It has a nice apricot and plum thing going on that I like.

The flavor is nice and balanced with a good strong malt body to support a healthy dose of hops. It's plenty bitter like a good barleywine should be but it never overwhelms the flavor of the beer.

The only down side is the overly carbonated nature of the beer. It's medium bodied but the carbonation seems too high for the stlye. Otherwise, the alcohol is fairly mellow for such a strong beer. The year it spent in the cellar has probably helped in that regard.

Overall a very good American barleywine and definately worth picking up if you're in Fort Collins.

GilGarp, Dec 25, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle. Pours a murky light brown with a small frothy white head that quickly goes to a thin film.

The aroma is sweet caramel malts and molasses with some dark fruit and some vanilla and alcohol.

The flavor is sweet caramel and molasses and dark fruit with a lot of bitter charred alcohol in the finish. There's a lot of warming alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with almost no carbonation - a little watery.

Overall, a nice big barley wine. It was better on tap than in the bottle. I remember it having more carbonation and less of a charred bitterness. A bit too much noticeable alcohol for me too.

Beaver13, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Gonzoillini, Sep 14, 2014
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

ucsbmullet, Mar 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

lillitnn92, Nov 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

superdoopersauce, Jan 18, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle from Supermarket Liquors in Ft. Collins, CO for $10. Into an Epic Snifter. 2011 version. Pretty cool stubby/German pint hybrid bottle.

A: Pours a murky deep copper/mahogany color. An aggressive pour yields a quarter of an inch of white head that disappears pretty fast. No lacing left behind.

S: Straight up malt bomb here, caramel and toffee grainy malts and a touch of booze. No real hop profile in here, just a ton of sweet malts. Reminds me of a more subdued version of a J.W. Lee's. Not bad at all.

T: A lot like the nose leads on, tons of sweet malts a bit of oxidation, and enough bitterness to round things out and make a pretty even keeled beer. A decent amount of hop resins are in here, but they aren't massive and lingering like some barleywines can be. Slightly toasty, and it works nicely. Pretty tasty stuff. I question the seal on this bottle though as there are a few notes of oxidation.

M: Spot on here, fairly thick, carbonation is quite low but enough to break things up a bit. Nice warmth in the gullet, as well. Nice.

O: A decent barleywine, really an enjoyable winter time beer that warms a guy up without being overtly boozy. Pretty good offering for the first beer that I've had from Equinox.

pokesbeerdude, Mar 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

belgbeerdrinker, Mar 01, 2014
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4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour produced a nice penny copper-red color; great clarity. The head was only about one-finger, off-white in color, but creamy and long lasting. Good lacing on the glass.

Caramel and toffee malt notes with a light, bright, citrus hop smell.

A very smooth, velvety malt taste predominates the flavors. Caramel is up front, reinforcing the aroma. A smooth bitterness and noticeable alcohol warmth follow-up on the finish.

The mouthfeel is very, very smooth and creamy. Very fine carbonation definitely contributes to this.

This is a malt-heads kind of beer! Well-balanced flavors do an excellent job of taming the high ABV. I wish I would have picked up several other bottles while visiting the brewery's tasting room. Well, nothing like a good reason to head back up to Fort Collins to get this beer (and try Equinox's other offerings)...

beergoot, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of jtmartino
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2011 Vintage bottle poured into a snifter.

An attractive ruby-hued brown with one finger of ivory head.

Smells of caramel, medium malt and sweet fruit. A very sweet, sugary aroma. Damn, this beer has an intensely sweet smell.

Taste is surprisingly good. Very light in flavor, a delicate sweet body filled with sweet potato and light caramel apple. Almost no bitterness, presumably due to cellaring for the last two years.

Mouthfeel and carbonation are perfect. Hard to focus on mouthfeel with the insanely sweet aroma. Zero alcohol presence.

This is a mild, yet complex-flavored beer. You cannot taste the 10% ABV at all, and it's immensely drinkable for a barleywine.

jtmartino, Nov 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

RuckusDu, Dec 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

srgj88, Nov 10, 2014
Midwinter Warmer from Equinox Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.