Winter Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Foxman:
3.88/5 rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
It pours a fairly clear chestnut brown with a darker center spike. Barely a nail's worth of light tan head swells and sinks almost instantly. Thin lines of lacing trace the inside of the glass.
The aroma was certainly malty enough, with touches of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar, but there was little else save a surprisingly potent, spirit-like lash of alcohol.
Upon tasting, the malt opens up more here, again with caramel and toffee, but also with milk chocolate and a brush of dark fruit. A distant oaken note joins a bit of cocoa and a very muted crispness. The alcohol is more manageable here, but still warmer than anticipated. A residual sweetness goes mellowly vanilla before a reasonably dry finish wraps things up. It's pretty basic, but enjoyable enough.
Medium bodied, it has a slight creaminess that allows the palate to partake of a little caress.
Well, the aroma almost put me off, because I thought, who, where's this ABV taking me? But the flavor mitigated that concern, though it still carries a bit more oomph than one might expect. That said, the overall profile lends to a nice drinking, warming brew that fits well on a cold night. Maybe not a first choice, but I wouldn't say no to another six either.
Serving type: bottle
12-23-2008 17:31:56 | More by Foxman
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3.68/5 rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, 2013 bottling. Pours lightly hazy deep ruby brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, plum, prune, fig, caramel, toast, molasses, biscuit, brown bread, herbal, light chocolate, and toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malt and fruity yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of raisin, plum, prune, apple, caramel, toast, biscuit, brown bread, molasses, light nuttiness, light chocolate, herbal, and toasted earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, prune, apple, caramel, molasses, toast, biscuit, brown bread, herbal, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; with great robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice english brown ale. Good balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.
Serving type: bottle
02-17-2014 01:53:38 | More by superspak
Winter Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 629 ratings.