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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%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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:
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3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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


Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 03:57:35 | More by bbeane
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

04-23-2014 19:37:54 | More by Durandal_777

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

05-09-2013 17:53:03 | More by Bill235
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

11-30-2011 20:19:32 | More by djrn2
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

11-23-2011 05:14:16 | More by deapokid
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

11-20-2011 00:09:50 | More by SatinRado
Photo of jessycho


2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Poured kind of flat, didn't see a whole lot of action going on, has the hue of a cranberry-apple juice color.

S - A bit of a cinnamon? malt. Some sort of spice. Otherwise very malty.

T - Typical winter ale. Malty / hoppy. Neither is too overwhelming.

M - Has a surprising carbonation. Otherwise not a whole lot else going on. Doesn't have much of a lingering taste on the tongue, more on the back of the pallate.

O - Not a fan. I think this is my first Stoudt and unfortunately not too impressed. I still have hope for the Tripel, Double and Kolsch.

**NOTE** I'm drinking this late April... and I'm not entirely sure when these came into my work as they were there before me... wondering if age has ruined this beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 03:41:50 | More by jessycho
Photo of Knapp85


2.73/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I've had better but it was ok. It's drinkable and thats fine for most people I suppose. I've only had one really great beer from this brewery and it was a red ale but not this one. This one had some spice to it but not enough in my opinion. The color was the best part of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 00:36:24 | More by Knapp85
Photo of garuda


3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Mostly clear, brilliant amber with a one inch thick white head that has great retention and good lacing down the glass.

S - Candied caramel malts, a little fresh bread, a bit of pine hops. Nice, but a bit faint overall.

T - A little underwhelming. A touch of dark fruit, then caramel malts, and a touch of pine hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium body, ample carbonation, smooth and creamy across the palate, finishes mostly clean.

D - Not quite as boldly flavored as I had hoped. Nicely balanced, but nothing really makes this stand out from the crowd.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2011 00:51:45 | More by garuda
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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 19:43:03 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a very translucent burgundy color, with a substantial amount of carbonation, and a 2-3 finger dirty white head that just didn't want to go away. Retention, retention, retention!

S: Really nice floral notes, with tons of yeast and maybe some white pepper notes. There was almost a mothball-style oldness going on here that wasn't entirely unpleasant.

T: Very full, flowery taste, with a good bit of hop bitterness on the back end. There was also a bit of dark graininess imbedded in the sweetness that added to the complexity. Caramel maltiness galore!

M: Fairly creamy for an amber, and the fact that the head retention was off the charts and the carbonation followed suit certainly helped in this regard. This has a pretty high ABV for an amber, but I couldn't detect it.

D: I honestly don't understand why this one doesn't get better reviews. I would put this in the top 5 ambers I've tasted in the last year.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 21:35:39 | More by Chaney
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3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 01:18:20 | More by jkrich
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Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 02:43:26 | More by hopsolutely
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 22:41:36 | More by Scullpa
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New York

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 01:13:36 | More by riversider76
Photo of Tilley4


4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice deep amber appearance with a thick creamy and persistent head... This looks great... Very warm appearance..

Not much on the aromas.. Some caramel maltiness with a kiss of hops... Toasted bread...

Sweet bready malts with a huge punch of hops on the finish.. Surprised the hell out of me! I mean a wave of piney hops crashed over me on the finish and lingered until the next sip. Starts sweet and malty and finishes strong and bitter and hoppy...

Super super drinkable.. Only had one but could easily easily session this... I thought it was terrific... Not the typical Winter Warmer seasonal but a damn good one. I will pick more of this one up for sure...

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 02:31:19 | More by Tilley4
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3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2010 11:37:20 | More by Thorpe429
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 01:30:02 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of argock


3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased as 6-pack at Market Street Wineshop for $7.99.

A: Amber-orange hue with healthy 1-2 finger wheat colored head with good retention and a thin snake or two of lace at the top of the pour.

S: Very bitter pine and citrus hops smacks the nose first with some soft, sweet caramel malt coming in next. The hops and malt are both pretty plain-jane and one-dimensional. It leaves a sickly sweet, chemical aroma with warming.

T: Sweet malt makes a huge comeback which leaves a light breadiness with honey and butter flavors as well. Hops stride in with a ton of bitterness with fruitiness coming through with warming to yield pineapple and orange flavors. THe flavor is lightly roasted in the finish and is really well-rounded and comes together much more nicely than the aroma.

M: Somewhat sticky feel with medium carbonation. Body is solid medium and one of this beer's strengths.

D: A better-than-average hoppy amber ale -- a little strange for a winter ale, but I'm not complaining. Gives any of the hoppy red/amber brews a good run.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 03:30:31 | More by argock
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3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 23:24:38 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of Andreji


3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2010 04:11:36 | More by Andreji
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 20:18:41 | More by oberon
Photo of thain709


3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 14:16:24 | More by thain709
Photo of scottbrew4u


3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 03:34:36 | More by scottbrew4u
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Stoudts Winter Ale (2009-2010) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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