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Winterbraun - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Ratings: 383
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 8
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2003)
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Photo of Bighuge
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep crimson/brown/ruby. Not a lot of light getting through. Nice little tight creamy beige head. A nice collar forms as it recedes and laces quite fully. Nice roasty, chocolatey smell doused with some West Coast hop flavors. Now this brown has some character to it. The roasted bitterness melds well with the hop bitterness. It's definitely bitter. Almost like a porter that way. There's some great hop flavors that add depth to it as well. Seemingly a little citric and piney, but they come off a little differntly in this beer surrounded by the brown/porter characteristics. Mouthfeel is creamy to an extent. The body is a little better than medium Quite an enjoyable brown ale at that.

Bighuge, Dec 14, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Nice dark brown, almost ruby in color with a good head that frothed up respectably.

Smell – Big chocolate and coffee aromas fill the nose at first whiff. There’s a roasted malt base to this one as well as some balancing hops.

Taste – The bitter coffee and intense chocolate flavors come out immediately on the first sip. The finish is sweet chocolate with a touch of hop dryness.

Mouthfeel – This medium-bodied ale will juice your gums for sure.

Drinkability – I didn’t think this was anything spectacular, but it went down well and was a good buy.

Comments – The ABV is up to 6.5% now since the beer was added and the tasting notes have changed a lot. Maybe this ale has morphed over the years?

RoyalT, Dec 09, 2003
Photo of TripelJ
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now Quaffing: Lost Coast Winterbraun (2003 ~ 6.5%)

Pours an opaque dark chocolate brown with some ruby notes. Not much of a head despite an agressive pour--what little head is more fizzy than fluffy. Smell is sweet with a faint roasted aroma. Taste is mostly sweet with some nice roasted notes--milk chocolate and coffee. The mouthfeel is thinner than I would like in a winter brew, however there is a very nice crisp bite to every sip from the carbonation which disguises what hops may be present. Overall not my favorite winter warmer, but an interesting beer with its assertive crispness. I was expecting more from Lost Coast on this one, its not too different from their year round brown--Downtown Brown.

TripelJ, Dec 08, 2003
Photo of dpend
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Bottle with some cool artwork of a snowboarder and what looks like a reindeer skull on the tip of his snowboard.

Poured a deep dark thick brown with a mild beige head. Aroma is of chocolate,coffee,nutmeg,malt and hops.er. Upon drinking, I taste a spiced porter that gives a bit of a roasted stout kick upon finish. Spices are more predominant in the aroma than the taste. This beer is highly drinkable, but I didn't find myself savoring it as much as other winter beers I've had. Another solid turnout from Lost Coast Brewery.

dpend, Nov 27, 2003
Photo of rkhaze
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a dark chocolate brown with garnet highlights. Big creamy beige head. Left good lace. Aromas of semi-sweet roasted malt, chocolate, cherries and spice.
Roasted malt flavor with coffee, chocolate and a caramel sweetness. Finishes dry with a spicy hop aftertaste.
Light bodied with decent carbonation and good drinkability.

rkhaze, Nov 24, 2003
Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost black with ruby red edges and a full brown head, decent carbonation, and tattered rings and sheets of lace. Sweetish malt aroma with hints of licorice and a bit hoppy (esp. when fresh). A touch of roastiness on the nose. Malty sweet flavor with a nice balanced hop finish and roastiness. Medium bodied with a dry finish.

Enjoyed fresh and aged .. would seek out to try again...

Label states: "Rich and robust Brown Ale created from Roasted Chocolate and Caramel malts"

Bottled: 10/2000
Tasted: 08/29/03

(22 oz. bottle)

RBorsato, Sep 02, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black color. Medium head. Aroma is chocolate and malts. Deeply roasted chocolate malts. Chocolate and coffee predominate. A medium bodied porter. Chocolate throughout, there are also some spices going on here. Nutmeg and allspice? Nice tasting beer. Very drinkable. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is malty sweet with a very slight bitterness. The coffee flavor lingers on.

beerguy101, Aug 31, 2003
Photo of jreitman
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark black in color with a decent head. Chocolate and spices come across in the nose. Flavor had some chocolate notes, but was also unmistably spiced. My guesses on spices used would be nutmeg and pine. Spices were high enough in volume, that it lowered the drinkability quite a bit.

jreitman, Feb 16, 2003
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Winterbraun from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
84 out of 100 based on 383 ratings.