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Augustus Winter Seasonal - Crooked Fence Brewing

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Ratings: 11
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 8.06%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 11-01-2012

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Ratings: 11 | Reviews: 4
Photo of bkenis
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zorro
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Light proof black beer with a medium sized brown colored head. This looks like a good RIS more than a winter warmer.

Smells of chocolate and coffee. Don't smell any spice but it does have a milk smell. Slight smoky aroma.

Starts out savory and tasting like Starbucks coffee. Mildly sweet. Slight sourness seems to have milk sugar in it. Fair amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall an OK stout.

Photo of JoelClark
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of MikeDAdams
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Skyyalpha
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Recless7
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of fivetime
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of artoolemomo
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a very good amount of head which has pretty good retention as well. The head is medium to dark beige while the body is an opaque, dark chocolate black. A considerable amount of lacing has been left so far.

Nose- Not a lot of presence or anything out of the ordinary but still has a bit of character to it. Some cocoa, caramel, maybe even a little bit of bubblegum. Some roasted notes that give off a light sour coffee smell from the glass. Some hints of chocolate but more cocoa than anything else.

Taste- Starts off with huge roasted notes that have cocoa and some chocolate around the edges. Big notes of coffee but not much else at the moment. There is a slight sour/sweetness from the coffee. Didn't really expect this from a Winter Warmer but this pretty much tastes like an average to above average robust porter/stout (I know, what's the difference). Slight bits of citrus (orange) and tiny bits of pine and resin which blend in well with the woody finish. Not terribly complex but seems fairly balanced and integrated. No real comparison the big, bad stouts that I love but a fairly solid stout. Or thicker porter. Whatever.

Mouthfeel- Medium to heavy bodied with a very slight grittiness to it. Slightly dry finish.

Drinkability- Definitely easygoing but a little boring. Okay price of 5-6 bucks for a bomber. Not interesting enough for me to return to this over similarly priced beers in the style.

Overall- Above average to good. I would give it a try but I could save the trouble by pointing out that it's not really a “Winter Warmer” (the style is vague) but a basic stout with some inclinations toward coffee. I imagine it's a pretty good staple for someone in Idaho.

Photo of mrandypandy
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Scotchboy
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber (and they don't hold back, this thing was filled right to the brim) split into snifters...

A: Very dark body with a tan head that retains decently and leaves behind traces of spiderweb lace as it recedes.

S: Dark roasty malt base with hints of an earthy hop presence. More porter/robust brown than typical Winter Warmer.

T: Malty again with plenty of grains, hints of chocolate and char, even coffee-like roasted notes, sweetness interwoven with roasted notes and a zesty hop undertone.

MF: Medium dry body with a slightly bitter finish and moderate carbonation.

O: Not sure if Winter Warmer is more accurate than Porter, but I'll let someone else debate that. This seems close to Crooked Fence's 3 Picket Porter, without the addition of many holiday-type spices or anything of the like. Drinkable and safe, but unimpressive.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 picked up tonight at the COOP for about $5.... poured into my slim tulip... 1" light brown head atop a fairly dark brown brew... not much light escaping... nice lacing.

Nose has big brown ale qualities... crisp toast.. cocoa.. maybe even some coffee notes.. toffee without the sweetness.

Flavor pretty much mirrors the nose with a good bitterness that balances out the malts.. Hops are there, but I am having a hard time identifying their essence.. I would guess a bit of American citrus hops.. Again this tastes very "brown".. dark toast.. a bit of burnt malt.. more chocolate than straight cocoa... verging on porter territory..

Body is a solid medium with a light/medium carbonation that adds to the drinkability for me.

Damn.. I normally don't drink many dark ales, but Crooked Fence is making inroads for me... I like this.. Well done Winter Warmer in a city that is awash for months in the style.


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Augustus Winter Seasonal from Crooked Fence Brewing
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