Winter Warmer (formerly Ringneck) - The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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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
3.63/5 rDev -1.4%
Bought this bottle at the brewery. Pours a clear, dark ruby brown with a good-size too dark for off-white, too light for khaki head. The aroma is heavily spiced with cinnamon, maybe nutmeg and some clove. Luckily, this is backed up by enough malt to not quite be overpowering. The spice is equally strong in the flavor, but again the malt (brown sugar and spice cake, honey) helps keep the spices in check, almost. Could benefit from some aging to mellow the spices, but still great for style.
01-02-2005 23:09:21 | More by aracauna
3.95/5 rDev +7.3%
I had this on-tap at the Brew Kettle in Strongsville, and I was genuinely impressed. I'm not the biggest fan of this style, but I thought this example was true-to-style yet very approachable and drinkable.
The beer poured a dark amber which was clear and sparkling and had a loose but plentiful head atop it. Aroma was of holiday spice...nutmeg, all-spice, and maybe a touch of cinammon. Flavor was also spicy, but also offered a hefty dose of maltiness that was neither overly sweet nor cereal-y. Mouthfeel was a bit thick and appropriate. I thought this beer to be quite good.
11-24-2007 17:08:47 | More by BeerBelcher
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
3.8/5 rDev +3.3%
12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a hazy copper with red hues, head is slightly off white and doesn't really stick around, still nice looking. The aromas are nice, but somewhat faint. I pick up cinnamon and lemon zest. More cinnamon in the flavors, along with ginger and some nutmeg. Also some cocoa powder lingering. There's a nice fruity aspect to it, but the flavors still remain spicy/bitter in a subtle way. There's a nice sweetness from the honey. Mouthfeel is syrupy, but on the thinner side; nicely carbonated. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Easy to drink, but not something I can drink a ton of in one sitting. It's somewhat one note, I'd recommend letting this one warm up, the aromas and flavors will really start to develop. Good stuff.
This beer will most likely be compared to Great Lakes Christmas Ale and Thirsty Dog 12 Dogs, which is fair. This beer is the same concept. It's good, and I love TBK, but this doesn't quite live up to those, IMHO. Either way, there's nothing offensive going on here at all and this still makes a great beer to enjoy during the holidays. If you like holiday beers brewed with cinnamon, you should try this. Not bad at all.
11-22-2011 01:44:09 | More by BB1313
3.63/5 rDev -1.4%
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Mahogany color, one-finger head
S: Malty, spicy, some brown sugar and fig notes
T: Fruit cocktail, brown sugar, malt, spice
M: Fairly full, but the finish is fairly oppressive due to the sweetness/alcohol
O: If the amount of sugar and alcohol were each dialed back just one notch this would be far improved IMO. Its got nice elements especially the nose but it's a bit off balanced
11-24-2013 23:44:39 | More by ONUMello
3.6/5 rDev -2.2%
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
3.65/5 rDev -0.8%
A - A very pretty deep amber body with a nice tan head on top.
S - Sweet caramel and tangy dark fruits, touch of vanilla, some light seasonal spices. Borderline artificial, but quite good
T - Smooth and malty. Where is all that complexity from the nose? Very limited fruit and spice profile, mostly just medium roasted malts. It's good, but not as good as the nose. Hint of diacetyl
M - relatively smooth, medium body with a hint of coating
O - I got this beer because I love White Rajah, and wanted to check out more offerings from this brewery. I like it, but am a bit disappointed by this. It's hard to live up to such a great beer, so I shouldn't be too upset. It's a fine beer, but a bit lacking.
11-17-2011 00:14:26 | More by ColdPoncho
4.31/5 rDev +17.1%
12 oz bottle. No freshness info from TBK, which is sad, but if you follow them on facebook, you will get solid updates on when things get released, which is awesome. Poured into snifter - the result looks just like the label photo.
Pours very clear, with no head. This is OK though, and as I'm not going to break down the spice regimen, I can say overall there is a highly suggested "Dr. Pepper" taste. As that particular beverage makes no state of their 23 ingredients, I feel I must treat this brew the same. Very refreshing, thick, wintry mouthfeel, and easy to drink.
I conclude with this: There is another, better-known, more-abundant, more-hyped Christmas beer that comes out in the greater Cleveland area each year. I do not get that beer anymore, but I will *always* purchase TBK Winter Warmer and spread the gospel to those who wish to taste for themselves. This is my favorite.
02-27-2013 19:35:42 | More by sixerofelixir
3.55/5 rDev -3.5%
Poured from a bomber bottle into a snifter.
A - Beer is a medium amber with red tints and perfectly clear. The head is exceptionally smooth and fluffy and piles inches high when first poured. It fades to a thin layer and lots of lacing.
S - Aroma is of dry grains and holiday spices. Cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger? I can't identify all of them, but it smells like pumpkin pie and reminds me of spiced Christmas ales I've had.
T - There is moderate hop bitterness in the backgroun along with some grainy malt, but the spices dominate. I can't taste any yeast or alcohol notes.
M - Moderate body some creaminess from the carbonation. There is just a tiny bit of astringency at the end of the sip that I believe is coming from the spices.
D - This is a nice Christmas beer, but I feel the spices are just a bit heavy-handed. I don't taste any complexity from the malt or other elements because the spices are so up-front.
01-23-2011 06:00:05 | More by Radome
Winter Warmer (formerly Ringneck) from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
83 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.