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Stoudts Winter Ale (2009-2010) - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Stoudts Winter Ale (2009-2010)Stoudts Winter Ale (2009-2010)

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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 10.74%
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Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bbeane on 11-12-2009)
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Reviews by bbeane:
Photo of bbeane
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

A- Poured into a 16oz nucleated tumbler... nice clear red color with a finger thick rocky white head with great retention. Leaves spider-web lacing

S- Bit weak, but definately has a hoppy aroma

T- Starts out with with a combined malty sweetness and hoppy bite with the hoppiness eventually winning outright a taking over in the finish

M- Has a watery feel though its more medium bodied with light to medium carbonation

D- So far SO GOOD. Taste wise... definately drinkable. Abv wise... guess I'll find out

CHEERS!!

bbeane, Nov 12, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%

Poured into a standard pint a deep amber with some russet hue,a tight formed one finger white head atop that held well.Mainly caramel malt in the nose,a light bit of toast as well,the hops are light with a passing leafy note.Flavors are quite sweet with caramel/biscuit malt being the main component that I picked up,there is a slight drying leafy hop presence in the finish but the sweetness wins out.Not bad but a little one sided in the caramel malt department in my mind.

oberon, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%

(Served in a tulip glass) best before 5/4/10
A- This beer has a deep red body that is clear with a gentle carbonation and a bubbly head of light tan that last for a good bit.
S- The aroma of biscuit malt has a soft sweet malt note to it. T- This beer has some faint fresh hops followed by a strong malt flavor with some biscuit malt and light dry toasted malt flavor that is dry. Soft pungent bitterness in the finish with some soft grapefruit rind notes that come through as the beer warms.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat.
D- This beer has a biscuit malt flavor that grows and a hops flavor that decreases, but not much other depth.

rhoadsrage, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%

12 oz into a pint glass. Would it kill them to change up the label a bit each year (like how about a date), if they are going to brew a different style each season?

Pours a clear amber, with several billowous fingers of poofy off-white head. Retains with mostly a thin foamy look, but this does throw some strong looking sticky lacing up on the sides of the glass. The aroma is mostly grassy and floral up front, with some stickier notes of citrus and caramel giving this a sweet tang in the nose. Some toasted malt activity adds a richness and extra thickness to the sweeter character.

The taste is malty sweet at the start, with plenty of bread and caramel notes, before giving way to citric hops and a rather raw feeling spicy bitterness. Malts try to smooth out the finish some but the hops really linger rather strongly here. This actually picks up a lot of balance as it warmed, as the unrefined bitterness of the hops were almost too much in the start. Luckily the malts really emerged strongly, helping take the harsher edges off of this. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and much like the balance, actually gains some strength and balance as this hits room temp. Carbonation is relatively smooth in the mouth but does possess a snappiness to it towards the back of swallow.

Talk about a tale of two Amber Ales for this year's rendition of Stoudts Winter Ale. The hop character here was exceedingly brutal upon first sip (at about 45 degrees) but managed to full itself together, admittedly pretty decently, as this warmed up. I'd definitely recommend checking a bottle out if you come across it but let it sit a bit before imbibing.

Kegatron, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Still had not tried this one after getting a sixer back about a few months ago. Sitting in the fridge all this time I felt it was safe to bust it out. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 06/27/2010.



The pour was a nice dark brown, with a good bit of ruby reddish, and garnet tints on the sides of the glass. Nice head of off white sits on top for what seems like a few moments and then finally settles down leaving a decent amount of lacing down the insides of the glass.

Aroma of caramel and light bready malts dominates the aroma here. Sweet from the very start. Warming brings out touches of candied sugar, nice light grassy notes, and hints of light hops that are muted off into the background. Smooth, mellow flavor here, again nothing really too dramatic in any way. Smooth caramel, sweet candied sugar notes, hints of light herbal notes and a really earthy, sweet flavor. Even the finish is smooth, long lasting and definitely very sweet.

Classic winter ale here, roasted notes, spices, heavy on the sweet caramel tones. Very nicely done I have to admit.

mikesgroove, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of cdizinno
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%

A: Clear, deep amber/copper. Decent off-white head and moderate lacing.

S: Mild spices, hops and malt.

T&M: Rough feel up front. Mildly sweet. Some hops that fade slightly bitter. Chewy maltiness to round things out.

Nothing special about this beer. It's good but nothing I'd go out of my way to purchase again.

cdizinno, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of bob3701
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%

First this little note. My bottle is labled Stoudts Winter Ale and I know it is the 2009-2010 year but what I am drinking does not seem to be an American Amber or red ale. Poured into a shaker pint this brew was very dark, almost black and starts out with a really thick head that slowly goes into a film. Laced really well with a spicy malty aroma. Sweet caramel taste and finishes with a citrusy taste. Enjoyable to drink.

bob3701, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

First, I think its very odd that an amber would be labeled as a Winter Ale...but to each their own. I can't imagine drinking something hoppy like an amber with snow all over the place in the freezing cold...alas. Its May now. This sucks, because having the Troegs brewery 10 minutes from my house results in me getting 2 of the best amber ales in the country whenever the hell I want...I hate reviewing others due to that little bias. To the beer!

A- pours a nice shade of amber with a very thin white head. The head stays around for awhile and leaves some very nice lacing.

S- hoppy goodness, but rather mild in comparison to other ambers. Don't get me wrong, the grapefruity hops smell great...but they're a lot more muted than I'd like.

T- actually, its rather bitter. The pine hops come through the most, followed up with the fruity/flowery ones. The taste however, isn't terribly strong...I'm finding that to be an issue with this one.

M- light bodied. There really isn't a lot of character to the feel...the beer is just kinda there.

D- I'd say its rather drinkable. The hops aren't overwhelming, its not thick-bodied...its a nice early spring sipper. But seriously, calling this a winter ale is ridiculous.

bigfnjoe, May 18, 2010
Photo of Clydesdale
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%

A: Pours a glowing, slightly hazy orange-amber color. The tall, orange-tinted head has a dense, frothy texture and good retention. As the head fades, a sticky web of lacing clings to the glass.

S: The aroma is primarily of lightly toasted caramel/toffee malt sweetness. There's a fruity, mildly citric hoppiness, along with some moderate floral tones.

T: Moderately toasty malt presence, with significant caramel/toffee sweetness. Surprisingly biscuity as well, with a pleasant flavor. Hop presence is robust for an amber ale, if that's what this actually is, with a measured bitterness. Hop flavors are floral and mildly citric.

M: A substantially heavier than usual body for this type of ale. Carbonation is medium, lending a bit of crispness. A fairly dry, hoppy finish.

D: This is a pleasant, aggressively flavored red ale. A sweet, biscuity malt component is more than balanced out by a full hop presence. Although the hoppiness is more straightforwardly bitter than flavorful, this is still a welcome winter seasonal.

Clydesdale, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of scottbrew4u
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%

A: This beer poured a clear copper color with a tan head that quickly settles.

S: Roasted malt, dark cherries, currants and raisins. Some fresh bread aromas and a hint of spice. Hops are mellow with a hit of herbal spice.

T: Nutty, toffee, roasted grains, currants, orange peel, and clove. Hops are citrus and herbal. Finish is bitter.

M: Medium body with crisp carbonation.

D: A good winter ale with some complexity. Not dull or boring. Finish is more on the bitter side then I like so I would not go for more than two in a row.

scottbrew4u, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of JunkYardJake
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%

On tap at The Banshee in Scranton.
Small layer of head capping the dark amber brew. Good retention and a little lacing. Smells bready with a little bit of roasted grains. Tastes malty and smooth with notes of bread and roasted nuts. Very small hop profile. Solid mouthfeel. Medium body. Drinkable ale that pairs well with a meal.

JunkYardJake, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of Scullpa
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Not bad but you can definitely find a better beer than this one especially when you're talking about a winter ale. I would definitely consider spending a few more bucks on a better winter beer. Possibly getting an Ommegang for like 50/case than spending the 40/case than I did for this one.

Scullpa, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate brownish color with a white head with some pretty good staying power. The nose brings some light hopping as well as a bit of spice. Some caramel malt. The taste is caramel malt and bread overlaid with some light hop and spice notes. Feel is medium with good carbonation. Quite drinkable and a nice seasonal.

Thorpe429, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of Andreji
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%

Had it at Otto enoteca on 8th and 5th ave, downtown. A late winter choice i reckon won't be there for much longer.

Pour is golden with a compact and creamy head, very white by all means. carbonation inside, definetly translucent.

Smell is hoppy for the most part. rather subtle if you ask me. not a fabulous one. some spices maybe but that's probably trying too hard. it's decent, though.

Taste is good. a tad watery at first but a nice gush of grainy malt feel, not too sweet. followup is a discrete bitter feel, rather like a saison perhaps or a dubbel. spicy background, like somewhat rosemary or thyme. nice alcohol feel, very discrete. still too watery but not bad in all. good choice for lunch fwiw

Andreji, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of CuriousMonk
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

From winter brew tasting notes (2010): Pours red orange, slow carbonation. Good head, nice crown. Nose picks up earthy, musty amber malts. The flavor is sweet, English-style malts, very sugary. A tinge of cherry. Turns earthy and musty at the end. Not a ton of character. The palate is light-bodied; creamy finish. Definitely a step down from the old Stoudts Winter Ale.

CuriousMonk, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of thain709
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

A - A clear, copper body with a small white head...the head showed little retention which led to only a few strings of lace

S - The aromas were a little weak for me...there were some notes of biscuit malts and some nuts...a faint hop presence was there as well

T - The flavors came together a little better once I took a sip...the bready notes were upfront but a nice caramel flavor was paired with them...nice and toasty...there was a little bit of nuttiness in the middle...it was brief because a fresh hop bite came up and finished the beer

M - Medium bodied...smooth...the flavors were paired nicely and left a good impression on the palate

D - This one didn't start off too good for me but after the first sip I liked it...a nice beer that had some toasted characteristics and ended with a subtle hop presence

thain709, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of joepais
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%

Thanks Dim for another great Penn brew.
Bottle poured into a pint glass produced a two finger head that stuck around for a while. the body was a wonderful clear red in color

There is a great hop nose on this brew with a touch of sweetness from the malts. The flavor profile is hop forward with the bitter citrus upfront with a dry finish. It feels about medium in my mouth with good carbonation.

The brew is a easy to drink and much better than last years. Thanks again Dan. Stouts can make this one again in my book

joepais, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with quite the head; retains well and leaves plenty of stickage

Smell: Bready, with underlying hints of piney hops

Taste: Bready, up front, but the sweetness of the malt and the resinous flavor of the piney hops soon join the fray; after the swallow, the sweetness is a bit unbalanced, with a strong caramel flavoring

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Would that it were not so sweet, this would be quite the amber; as it is it is still pretty good

brentk56, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of Arbitrator
3.45/5  rDev -5%

Received as an extra from steelersxl. Thanks Joe!

Chilled 12oz bottle into a glass.

A: Pours a translucent amber body with reddish highlights against a lamp. The vigorous pour produces just under a finger of head, which is disappointing for a 6% brew. Retention is ok, with the final product being a scattered film and thick collar on the brew. Some wispy lacing during a sip, but nothing that sticks.

S: More fruity than expected (for a red), starting with apples and orchard fruits. Finishes with a touch of caramel and grass.

T: Malty up front: caramel, bread. It gets fruitier, at first composed of apple and pear, but progressively developing apricot. The hops manifest as grass and floral flavors, with a touch of pine. Quite interesting. I was expecting more spice in a winter ale, but it's not bad as is...

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Quite flavorful, but it's a bit prickly somehow. Oily and sticky in the finish, which isn't a selling point for me.

D: This is a pretty agreeable brew. Not something I'd seek out in trade, but it delivers some solid flavor and I enjoyed it.

Arbitrator, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of hopsolutely
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%

Not nearly as complex or hoppy a winter seasonal as I'd expected from a brewery with such an awesome Pale Ale.

The colour is pleasant and taste is balanced, but lacking the spices or strength often associated with this genre. A decently drinkable beer, but nothing I'd travel great distances to find. Will try again next year!

hopsolutely, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of schoolboy
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%

Some Stoudt's products are fairly stout - robust, even heavy, so I was reluctant to try this. But some other Stoudt's products are pretty darn good too, so I wanted to try this.

It seems that the operative word for my beers this weekend is "unique." This one is maybe a little less unique than some, but it is distinctive.

It's drier than a red amber, almost more like a scotch ale, but without the heaviness I don't like about scotch ales.

I would expect a winter ale to be more robust, but I'm not complaining. This is a well balanced and very drinkable brew.

schoolboy, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of riversider76
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%

Pours a thick looking amber with a thin tan head. Good retention and very nice laceing. Aroma is bready, with hints of caramel malts. Body is thick and carbonated. Taste is sweet and bready up front. Spicey hoppy finish. If you like this style, you will be glad you trued this one.

riversider76, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of BeefyMee
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%

A: Clear, deep copper hue. Decent head and good lacing.

S: Amazing at first with rich butteriness, a touch of citrusy hops, and even a bit of pecan. It's then plagued by puzzling metallic presence. Don't know what to make of that.

T: The unwanted metallic entity is also lurking about here, especially in the aftertaste. Otherwise, there are some pleasant sprucey hops that provide a little pucker upfront and a sufficient chewy maltiness to round things out.

This seems to be at least a good beer with a significant handicap. Nothing too offensive but there's certainly some room for improvement.

BeefyMee, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of Slatetank
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

I had this on tap at Cobblestone's in York - served chilled in a standard pint.

A - dark copper w/ white ring for head, the bead is tiny and the clarity of the ale is good

S - A nice malty nose w/ caramel and bready notes w/ subtle citrus odors in the hop dept

M - A very subtle balance between roasty and spiced notes w/ moderately high carbonation and dry, semi-bitter finish - very clean feel

T - A roasted and slightly bready flavor w/ mild bitterness which is slightly spiced and mild citrus flavor w/ a hint of pine from the american hops. There is mild nuttiness in the back end w/ very clean taste and a flavorful red overall

D - the effect is of a west coast pale w/ some qualities of a tasty amber which makes you tempted for seconds

Slatetank, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of jkrich
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%

12 oz. bottle with freshness date stamped on bottle. This was a very attractive pour: clear, deep red with a sustained, fluffy off-white head.
The aroma is solidly malty and pungently fruity like a wine.
The emphasis here is malt: the flavor begins with a solid malty flavor with hints of toffee, dark chocolate and butterscotch. While this combination would seem to bring a cloying mess to the palate, the taste remains surprisingly sharp and refreshing. There is only the slightest evidence of hop flavor.
The carbonation is restrained with a medium body and a rather thick mouthfeel.
This is another good seasonable offering from Stoudts. The ABV is not very high for a winter ale and this is drinkable despite a strong malty backbone.

jkrich, Jan 02, 2011
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Stoudts Winter Ale (2009-2010) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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