Brooklyn Winter Ale - Brooklyn Brewery
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Reviews by cypressbob:
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
3.35/5 rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
355ml bottles served in a large bowled wine glass.
Pours with a rich deep burgundy tinged rusty copper body, shimmering with a rich bubbly light tan head floating on top like a fluffy cotton duvet.
The nose - instant whack of buttery diacetyl, instantly puts me on a back foot as I've had my fair share of bland, insipid English ales that follow this trend. A heap of digestive biscuits and oat-cakes, it's malt city and there is a surprising lack of any of the typical rich, sugary ester-filled molasses usually found in a strong ballsy Scottish ale.
Quite thin mouthfeel backed up with slightly sour, buttery biscuit, Rich Tea, wafer and a little bit of general vegetal on the finish. Thin and ultimately lack-luster.
A shame really - As winter ales go this is no winner. I do prefer the non-spiced variety as this is but it needs a kick up the arse. A ballsier hop bill, touch more alcohol and little bit more aggression overall would have seriously improved this slightly weak and ill-mannered little ale. Reminiscent of a very traditional, old style English ale - not particularly memorable.
Serving type: bottle
02-25-2011 20:22:04 | More by cypressbob
More User Reviews:
3.1/5 rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
First striking thing is Brooklyn's insistence on printing date codes in dark ink on amber bottles with dark contents. Zero visibility under fluorescent lights in the store, and that's with plentiful lighting at a supermarket, let alone in the darkness of some beer cave. I could barely discern the digits when I got home, but ended up not bothering with it out of frustration. Suffice it to say, it was about to be a total shelf turn on a Waldbaum's shelf--the only one that was moderately drinkable.
Liquid is discernably brown, semi-translucent, with very little light head and no lacing. Hard to see the carbonation. Didn't taste a whole lot of it either.
Nose is clean. Too clean. A whiff of straw is about all I noticed--a feint fungal, yeasty smell that's more at home with barleywines and porters.
The taste was very much the same. Nothing striking. A bit of sweetness, slight metallic aftertaste. Tasted more like a mix of a thin porter with Oktoberfest than a winter ale. Barely any hint of spicing or hops. Just not a good beer.
Medium to heavy body, but not really strong alcohol. If they aimed this to be mediocre at everything, they certainly succeeded.
I initially thought this was just an old bottle, poorly stored. But, judging from other reviews, the reaction doesn't appear to be atypical. Still the best choice of the lot at a Queens Waldbaum's but I'd have to be really desperate to buy it again.
Although Brooklyn has had some hits, most of their product is mired in mediocrity. Frankly, I've never been able to understand the following. I could have picked up some rare bottles at what approached $30 for a 750cc, but, with their history in mind, it just didn't sound like a good idea. A few more beers like this one, and I'll be done with them for good.
Serving type: bottle
05-28-2014 04:00:19 | More by VictorWisc
3.13/5 rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Review from notes
Brown, but with deep ruby/garnet hues when held up to the light. Cream colored head that retains decently. Deep caramel, hint of raisins. Touch of cocoa. Bitterness in the finish, but really no hop flavors at all. Mineral flavor. Smooth and prickly.
Serving type: on-tap
04-29-2014 04:06:30 | More by DmanGTR
Brooklyn Winter Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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