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Winter Warmer (formerly Ringneck) - The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works

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Winter Warmer (formerly Ringneck)Winter Warmer (formerly Ringneck)

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88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly called "Ringneck Winter Warmer".

(Beer added by: granger10 on 01-15-2004)
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Photo of nmann08
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

nmann08, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head.
S: Light aromas of ginger and dark fruits are present in the nose; these get a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has flavors of dark fruits and spices along with some hints of sweetness. Ginger really seems to stand out among the spices and lingers through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has some complexities in the taste, making this an interesting beer to sip on a cold winter night. The beer is very drinkable for the style as no alcohol is present in the taste.

metter98, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A ton of ale-ish flavor gives a decidedly sweet, fruity, and spicy tone to the Brew Kettle's Winter Warmer. Its results are both sipping because of its strength of taste and flavor but is also drinkable because of its dry toasty character and supple zesty refreshment.

Bronze in color, the beer also shares hues of garnet, ruby, and brown depending on the depth of the beer. But an initial creamy and unstable head falls fairly quickly and forbades much in the way of lacing. It's a fine looking beer that prefers comparisons to cognac or port over that of ale.

Fruit and spice mingle in the nose with a back-and-forth exchange of ginger-cherry, cinnamon-pear, and citrus-allspice. A sweeter backdrop of caramel, toffee, and honey all keep the beer working within the framework of ale taste but gives savory character to all that fruit and spice.

Flavors fare similarly except is driven by malty sweetness: Caramel, toffee, and molasses lead the way but allow for the decoration of ginger and cinnamon that leaps above the malty base underneath. But a counterpart of fruity cherries, raisins, dates, nuts, figs, and grapes begin to give the beer a taste of holiday fruitcake, except in its most pleasant light.

Medium balanced, but seemingly strong because of its lingering sweetness, the beer actually achieves much of its balance from the peppery warmth of alcohol and fleeting toasty malts.

The Brew Kettle's Winter Warmer is a highly gratifying beer that is both savory to taste and rich for the stomach. There's something about the spices, malts and supple earth character that causes me to yearn for blue cheeses and sharp cheddars.

I applaude all of the aromas and flavors that come singing from the bottle. But I need a more rounded malty combo of cream and dryness that retains it's tooth deeper into the session. As is, the beer simply sugar coats the mouth and distracts from the better ale-like characteristics that go overlooked.

BEERchitect, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber body with a thin ring of white, lazy bubbles.

Smell: Honey and simple syrup coating a layer of spices and ginger.

Taste: Honey and spiced sweet syrup with a punchy ginger spiciness that lingers and lingers and then I drink some water.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent Winter Warmer. But this is the LAST one I'm having for the season, ya hear me?!

ChainGangGuy, Mar 18, 2008
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had the most drinkable beer from them...White Rajah, now this may be the most challenging beer to drink from them. Pours a brilliant ruby color with a light white wispy head forms fine scattered lacing. Aroma has honey additions jumping out with minimal background spice hints of cinnmaon/ginger/no citrus peel in the nose as the label states. Okay maybe a touch of citrus peel going on. All of the flavor seems to explode with your first sip, booze is detectable with bitter unrelenting spices from the cabinet cinnamon, ginger, and citrus peel for sure with the honey really kicking up the level of sweetness. The flavors mesh more so as it warms a bit, this just hasn't been my favorite style and it seems that every microbrewer in Ohio thinks they need to make one to compete with Great Lakes Christmas ale. Can become a bit cloying with the spices finishes a bit dry from the spice resins left behind, medium bodied moderate carbonation. Overall this just isn't my beer, one that I can enjoy on a limited basis so I'm glad it's made once a year, increase production on the White Rajah and make the craft beer fans of Ohio much happier than this offering does.

WVbeergeek, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2013 bottling. Pours moderately hazy ruby red color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with solid retention, that reduces to a lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of raisin, plum, fig, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, orange peel, herbal, floral, and toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, spice, and fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of raisin, plum, fig, caramel, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, orange peel, herbal, floral, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, caramel, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, cinnamon, nutmeg, herbal, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of fruity yeast, malt, and spice flavors; with a good malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly slick and smooth mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice winter warmer style. Good balance and complexity of malt, spice, and fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

superspak, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Brew Kettle : Winter Warmer

LOOK: Clear amber colored brew that pours with a short livid head.

SMELL: Spicecake aroma of sweet malt, spicy cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Cinnamon roll like smell.

TASTE: Mellow fruit notes, cinnamon spice, pepper and brown sugar. Hint of dark fruits and dusty cocoa. Soft bitterness to cover the sweet caramel like maltyness. A bit of ginger and juicy citrus. Cinnamon, sugar and toasted malt are the big notes, and everything works well together. For its boasting strength (8% abv) the alcohol is well disguised in the taste.

FEEL: Full bodied, smooth and medium level of carbonation. Clean finish with a touch of cinnamon and cocoa riding out the flavors.

OVERALL: A rather impressive winter offering from the Brew Kettle. Mellow, yet complex and all the flavors are well integrated. Easy drinking, and a perfect way to stay warm during the cold winter months.

Stinkypuss, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of DrBier
3/5  rDev -18.5%

DrBier, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean orange-ish to brown color with a light tan head. In the aroma, spices, but bigger notes of ginger. In the taste, spicy, mainly all spice and ginger. A spice like bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry spice and ginger in the aftertaste. Big spices, especially ginger, good, but just about average.

OWSLEY069, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of Brenden
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a solid, deep and clear red-orange. It's not dark enough to be brown, but it is close to it. The tan head grows to a finger in height, sticks around for a minute and fades down to foam. Moderate spotty lacing remains on the glass.
The aroma is a mix of dark fruits and spicing with a slight tinge of booziness. There's a good amount of sweetness detectable in it with citrus notes. Caramel mingles with spicing both sweet and otherwise. It's a pretty good rendition of a good spiced holiday loaf/cake.
The taste follows suit, caramel and toffee sweetness along with breads from a nice malt backbone along with cinnamon and ginger, maybe some allspice as well. Lots of dark fruits pull the tongue in a few different but similar directions with some nuttiness underlying.
The body is medium and has a light bit of crispness but could use just a little more to keep it lively. Likewise the smoothness, as there's just enough to keep it rolling but not quite as much as it should. Alcohol thins it out just a touch of the end. On the plus side, it keeps from cloying or astringency.

Brenden, Feb 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

pathman, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of ffejherb
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brew Kettle, Strongsville, OH on 12/1/08.

A - Crystal clear medium copper body with light ruby hues and a slim off-white head that receded and left nice lacing.

S - Subtle spicy and fruity notes featuring cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and clove. Malt is primarily caramel, toffee and cookie-esque.

T - Spicy and malty, almost like a ginger snap cookie, with some caramel and honey sweetness. Subtle hints of cinnamon also emerge. Slight earthy bitterness in the backend, but very faint.

M - Medium body with a syrupy texture and mild carbonation. Spicy on the palate with very little hop bitterness in the finish.

D - Textbook example of the winter warmer style with requisite spices and cookie sweetness.

ffejherb, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Lightly hazed dark orange amber color. One finger of creamy beige head. Retention is average and just a touch of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Cinnamon is strongest of the spices, followed by nutmeg and ginger with orange and lemon peel behind. Like caramel, moderate toastiness, and a pleasant neutral malt sweetness. Smell is good, but the spice could be a bit stronger.

3.5 T: Much like the nose, but the lemon peel is much easier to find giving a vibe of meringue pie. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange peel are all moderately intense. Malts are toasty, somewhat sweet, and with a mild caramel character.

3.0 M: Lighter medium body. This could use a touch more carbonation. Otherwise, average here and not particularly creamy.

3.5 D: I liked this beer. Solid enough example of a wintry treat.

DavoleBomb, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Morey
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Morey, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of barczar
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Almost 2 years old, found in cellar.

Pours a murky medium brown with a large tan head that lingers.

Ginger, cinnamon, and citrus are evident off the bat, with a strong sweet honey presence. Caramel and cola notes emerge.

Flavor reveals a heavy ginger presence, as well, with an almost cloyingly sweet malt backbone that transitions to notes of chocolate and toast at the lightly dry finish. Citrus and perfumey hops add a nice accent.

Body is on the full side, with prickly carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

Not a fan of spiced beers, and this one has had a couple years to mellow. Not sure I could stand it fresh. At this point, the malt saves it.

barczar, Jul 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Stinger80OH, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of nrbw23
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a crystal clear ruby color with a very thin white head. Head is also gone in a flash and leaves very little lacing if any at all.

S- Pretty typical for the style just a little tame. Quite a bit of spice, hint of darker fruits and caramel malts.

T- Follows the nose really well. Spices all over, malty, and sweet.

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

O- Pretty impressive and what I expected.

nrbw23, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of buschbeer
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

buschbeer, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of Bierguy5
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, 8% abv. Clear reddish-amber color, with ruby edges. Off-white head fades pretty quickly, without leaving any spots of lace.

Robust malty aroma. Cinnamon, honey and ginger shine through in the nose.

Nice, hearty malt character with just a bit of sweetness. Cinnamon and ginger are noticed, and some orange zest spices things up a bit.

Medium body, with a a good amount of carbonation. All the flavors go well together. Slight warmth from alcohol. Nice beer.

Bierguy5, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of Lukass
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Lukass, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of Ryan011235
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter on 1/3/12

Deep brown hue with a crimson sheen. One finger head is sudsy and stacked with bubbles. The head drops at at a moderate rate. Only the bubbles remain after several minutes. Drippy lace is found on a meager potion of the glass.

The aroma calls to mind fresh baked, and subsequently burnt, cinnamon raisin bread. The malts are deep and sweet and have a penchant for dark fruit overtones. Ginger was strong when I opened the bottle; it seems to have tapered off, however. The orange and lemon peel are faint at best and essentially manifest as a subtle spice. The aroma is heavy and syrupy when warm.

The taste is kind of strange with this one. A brief toasted bread ghost note shuffles off, the attention becoming focused on juicy dark fruit notes and spices and such. Said spices kick much harder than the aroma suggests - cinnamon, ginger and the above-mentioned absent citrus peels have been found. It's more lemon than orange. The whole effect creates a very dry beer despite some sweeter tones as it warms.

Medium body. While I guessed this would be a heftier beer, I like the overall feel. Carbonation is vigorous and energetic. The finish is comparably dry and boasts lingering spice. I once caught a stray lingering of coffee bean.

This is an easy drinking 8% abv; works well for the style. I've enjoyed the bottle. However, there are others I'd turn to first. Still, give it a shot.

Ryan011235, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of adamette
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live Review. Poured from the 12 oz. single that was given to me by the fine folks at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio simply for being a good customer (believe me, the pleasure is mine!) into a clean, clear pint glass. Price tag still stuck on the cap indicates $1.85. No observed “best by” date. I was told by the staff at Save-On that this is a recent release.

From the label: “Tis the Seasonal! A spiced Holiday ale brewed with cinnamon, ginger, orange & lemon peel and a sleigh load of honey.”

A Very light brown creamy head over a translucent brown/mahogany body. 3.5

S Malt goodness abounds. I certainly smell the honey but it is not overwhelming, more of a subtle sweetness. I rather like the smell which reminds me of many malt bombs that I have had in the past. Repeated sniffs reveal the cinnamon and ginger notes mentioned in the description but I do not as of yet pick up the citrus peels. 4.0

T Ah yes, a nice, sweet tribute to Christmas (despite the mention of a “Holiday ale” on the side of the label the front bottom of the label features the following: “Spiced Christmas Ale” quite prominently). The cinnamon and the ginger play supporting roles to the smooth subtle sweetness of the honey and it all works nicely. 4.0

M Big, syrupy smooth beer that lingers on my tongue for a while like you might expect honey or even syrup to do. Appropriate to the style and mentioned on the label. I appreciate the information provided before sampling any beer. 4.0

D/O Not particularly drinkable to me. Overall this is a solidly prepared Christmas Ale. 4.0

adamette, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of granger10
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was the second beer I had from Ringneck. It poured copperish in color with a light, rather weak head. The smell was similar to cinnamon bread but a little weak. The flavor, however, was quite strong in cinnamon as the spice overwhelmed my palate. There was also a citric quality to it which provided some tartness. A faint honey sweetness came into play towards the end. Low on hops and a bit too strong in alcohol flavor. This was also a bit thin. This was a decent brew which I would probably try again, but I wouldn't go out of my way to find it.

granger10, Jan 15, 2004
Photo of JimmyFlatRock
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

JimmyFlatRock, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of hosehead83
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear, dark tea color with a moderate head of tan foam.
Aroma-Faint mulled spices
Taste-cinnamon, orange peel, honey, sweet toasted malt. Everything leans toward the sweet side of things. A little dash of hops or other spices could have helped in the balance department. A decent holiday sipper.

hosehead83, Jan 01, 2012
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Winter Warmer (formerly Ringneck) from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
83 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.