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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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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 imbuckeye


4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

11-19-2012 02:03:22 | More by imbuckeye
Photo of metter98

New York

3.73/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

11-18-2012 20:56:38 | More by metter98
Photo of durwood64


4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

04-07-2012 23:38:51 | More by durwood64
Photo of schoolboy


3.88/5  rDev +5.4%

We didn't have much of a winter, but here we have a good local warmer. It has much of what I seek in this style. Spice, but not too much. A malty taste, but well balanced with a little hoppy taste.

The aroma is a faint, yeasty/malty smell. Over all it is a satisfying warmer that I would buy again. I can wait for the season, though.

I had this on tap at Melt last night (11/27/2013) and it was better than I remembered. A little sweet but nicely balanced and as I said before, not too much spice. Very drinkable, and did not seem as strong as it is.

03-31-2012 22:45:02 | More by schoolboy
Photo of ninner00


4/5  rDev +8.7%

03-22-2012 16:28:37 | More by ninner00
Photo of cynical1027


4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

02-21-2012 02:53:21 | More by cynical1027
Photo of Vierenner


3.05/5  rDev -17.1%

Fairly tame. I'm really not tasting spices at all. It's just a mellow beer with very slight hop bite. Very mild hints of cinnamon perhaps ... but that's all I get from this one. Interestingly it is "warming". Maybe the spices (which I can't taste) are having an effect. Hmm ... a mystery.

02-20-2012 02:05:18 | More by Vierenner
Photo of ConorThomas


5/5  rDev +35.9%

02-20-2012 01:48:39 | More by ConorThomas
Photo of UNCCTDawg

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -18.5%

02-10-2012 01:07:17 | More by UNCCTDawg
Photo of rogueleonardi


4/5  rDev +8.7%

01-26-2012 19:21:44 | More by rogueleonardi
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +6%

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Copper tan/brown, 1/2 inch creamy head and thick lacing.

Smell - Dark fruits like rasin, plum, dates, malts, spices, caramel, some cinnamon, a little honey and mild hops.

Taste - Starts of with dark fruits and a solid malt backbone. Lots of spices espically lemon peel and cinnamon. I also get some all spice and nutmeg. Alcohol is masked well, its balanced nicely, not to sweet or bitter.

MOuthfeel - Medium thickness, smooth and enjoyable. Tounge gets the fruits, some malts and alot of spices. Tougne gets remaining hops, malts and added sugars. Aftertaste is smooth, sweet and spicey.

Overall - This reminds me alot of samuel smiths winter warmer with the feel and flavor. This is not my favorite style of beer but this is drinkable. Every bit as good as sammy smith and great lakes xmas ale. Smooth, tastly, and priced right, worth a drink.

01-25-2012 02:15:58 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of PthPndr


3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-21-2012 00:52:28 | More by PthPndr
Photo of CaptainHate


4/5  rDev +8.7%

01-11-2012 02:50:08 | More by CaptainHate
Photo of DrBier


3/5  rDev -18.5%

01-06-2012 00:36:40 | More by DrBier
Photo of Ryan011235


3.3/5  rDev -10.3%

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.

01-04-2012 04:43:59 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of projectflam86


3.6/5  rDev -2.2%

12oz bottle.

A- Pours a copper red color with a thin white foam head that leaves some lace.

S- Tons of caramel malt and toffee in the nose along with Christmas spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, ginger).

T- A touch boozy initially with a huge wave of spice and sweetness in the finish. Similar to the nose with some light citrus fruits, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger.

M- Medium bodied with low carbonation. A bit syrupy but not quite cloying.

O- A decent winter warmer but maybe a touch over spiced and a bit heavy on the alcohol.

01-03-2012 21:40:49 | More by projectflam86
Photo of hosehead83


3.45/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

01-01-2012 20:22:11 | More by hosehead83
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

12-26-2011 19:37:08 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of gratefulbeerhead


3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-17-2011 20:38:07 | More by gratefulbeerhead
Photo of TasteTester


4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-17-2011 00:26:10 | More by TasteTester
Photo of lumpy1126


4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-16-2011 11:59:04 | More by lumpy1126
Photo of Bierguy5


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

12-15-2011 23:16:35 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of DavoleBomb


3.45/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

12-14-2011 00:21:42 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of DoctorDog


4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-10-2011 02:28:05 | More by DoctorDog
Photo of nrbw23


3.88/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

12-05-2011 20:43:29 | More by nrbw23
Winter Warmer (formerly Ringneck) from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
83 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.