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Brooklyn Winter Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
good

967 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 967
Reviews: 463
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 19
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brooklyn completely changed the recipe in 2006. It’s now a Scottish-style ale. Brewmaster Garrett Oliver explained to us that: “There are no spices at all. Good British floor malts and hops along with our yeast strain account for all the flavors. It has a Scottish-style cooler fermentation, which pushes malt to the forefront rather than fruitiness.” It was brewed with Scottish Floor-malted Maris Otter, English crystal malts, Belgian Aromatic malt, American roasted malts, American oats and hopped with Willamette.

(Beer added by: Todd on 12-02-2006)
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Reviews by kinger:
Photo of kinger
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

06 Edition Winter Ale - 6.0% ABV. This is a pretty standard ale nice to drink, but lacking in the bells and whistles department. Generously sweet malty scent some light pepper is there. Nice color but the off white head soon left and couldn't be brought back. Medium fullness and easily drinkable, nice clean finish. Good tasting ale, sweet malts, slight and I do mean slight bitter hop presence. Nothing out of the ordinary, think I'll stick to their imperial stout.

kinger, Nov 23, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Buffalo Brewpub,poured a rich amber with a thin but well retained tan colred head,picked up some cherry and deep brown sugar notes in the nose with hints of cinnamon and clove.Quite drinkable for the abv% I have to say lighter dark fruit and brown sugar notes up front with that pear note that a few others have noted not overly sweet just about spot on.A highly quaffable winter ale has nice flavors and is easy going down,recommended.

oberon, Nov 17, 2006
Photo of Tiernan
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Tiernan, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of csmartin6
3/5  rDev -16.7%

csmartin6, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-dark brown with a thin white head

S-some nuttiness and burnt toasty notes

T-nutty flavor at first that segued into a dark fruits and caramel with a clean sweet finish

M-thin body with medium carbonation

O-pretty good brew. Nice as a nightcap for a cold winter's night. One of the better efforts from the brewery.

3HovsepiansBrews, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of generallee
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The bottle has a "Best Before" date of Apr. 2010 printed on it. The label has the abv listed at 6.1% and there is also a very brief description of the beer on the neck label.

Appearance: The body has good clarity and a deep reddish amber color. On top is a light off white which rises up about two fingers tall before slowly fading down to a thin cap. This thin covering hangs on well and leaves some slick lacing on the glass.

Smell: It has a fairly light nose with nice notes of bready, doughy and lightly toasted malt. Hop aroma also adds a light spicy note as well.

Taste/Palate: The flavor has a good sweet bready and ginger bread cookie like maltiness with light caramel notes. Hop flavor is modest and adds light leafy spicy bitterness to just give some balance to the finish. The palate has a solid medium feel with soft yet active carbonation.

Notes: This is a very solid example of the Scottish ale style and a great winter treat.

generallee, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

SmellsofMahagony, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of Doomcifer
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Doomcifer, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

BuckeyeSlim, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Dark amber, healthy looking lace.

SMELL: Buttery toffee, over ripe fruit, toasted dark bread, faint alcohol, herbal

TASTE: Buttery, smooth, dry toasted bread, nutty, husky, faint roasted malt, herbal hop, fallen fruit, warming esters, semi-dry finish

The yeast has certainly made its mark on this brew, bit of a butter bomb ... the core maltiness is secondary. If by chance I have this one again perhaps it would go better paired with a hearty stew or a sharp cheese to contrast.

Jason, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Hop Devil in NYC, this recent Bklyn offering poured pretty typical darkish amber, tan head, with decent retentive powers showing. Lacing is stringy and splotchy. Malty, slightly smoked nose. Straight forward Scottish style ale, smooth malts, slight smoke, background fruit and sugars. Nice creation, easy drinking wintry brew, well worth a try.

Billolick, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, amber, high carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and caramel

Taste: toasted malt, caramel, hops, and a little spice

Mouthfeel: smooth, sweet start bitter middle and a sweet end, crisp, light bodied, high carbonation

Drinkability: A highly drinkable malty beer. This one reminds me of their Octoberfest with different spices--at least in the maltiness. I could have several.

tigg924, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of dcevans
4/5  rDev +11.1%

dcevans, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with an off-white head. The beer is very clear.

The aroma is toffee with some dark fruit and a little bit of peat character. The beer smells fairly sweet and very malty.

The flavor is very heavy on the toffee with some caramel and grassy notes mixed in. I don't get any smoke or peat character in the flavor. Very clean tasting. Easy to drink. Not too complex or exciting, but there is really nothing wrong with the beer.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of JC333
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

JC333, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3/5  rDev -16.7%

alienlifeforcecube, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of bsp77
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured into Brooklyn Imperial Pint. Best by April 2012.

Appearance: Rich reddish-brown with nice light tan head and intermittent lacing.

Smell: At first there was almost no smell, either due to the colder temp or the head blocking it. Then it opened up to include caramel, toffee, bread, cherry, other dark fruit and spicy earthiness.

Taste: Barely sweet caramel, toffee and bready malts are the focus. Not as fruity as the aroma. Ends a little drier with spice and some earthy notes.

Feel: Fairly smooth body that is a little fuller than medium. Moderately low carbonation with a semi-dry finish.

Overall: Very well done Scottish Ale. This is the kind of beer that beer geeks tend to ignore. They shouldn't.

bsp77, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of Milkysunshine
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Milkysunshine, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of jondeelee
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On the nose, this doesn't appear to be anything special; that is, I can't pick up a distinct or significant bouquet (such as spice, sugar, etc.) that would lead me in any certain direction--it just smells the way I expect a standard ale to.

Luckily, in the mouth this proves to be a much different brew, and is full of unexpected and delightful flavors. The bottle's label notes that this is brewed from "heirloom Maris Otter malts," and the result is a malty concoction with definite fruit flavors, caramels, and just a touch of earthiness--like the incarnate scent of peat moss. Contrary to what might be perceived, this is not a "spiced beer," as no spices were added to the mixture. There are subtle hints of spices, but those come from the brewing process itself. There's also just a hint of yeast in the mix, and the palate is finished off with a well-balanced smattering of hops.

Overall, this is a wonderful winter brew, and despite its lack of added spices, would go down well on a cold December night, especially if that entails snuggling in front of the fireplace with a loved one.

jondeelee, Aug 13, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

fionn13, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber orange with some ruby red and lots of rising bubbles. Decent three finger off white head that fades into a thin patchy layer. Moderate amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Big aroma of lightly roasted caramel and toffee malts with some light hints of nutmeg and ginger spices. Also some butterscotch and a light hint of earthy hops in the background. Very malt forward.

Taste: Big rich taste of caramel and toffee malts that are lightly roasted. A little bit of spiced nutmeg and ginger. Light hints of brown sugar and butterscotch. Finishes with some earthy hops. Very strong with the malts throughout the taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy and very smooth.

Overall: A pretty good take on a Scottish ale. Nice use of malts.

MattyG85, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of Hairrrrrrrr
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Hairrrrrrrr, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12oz bottle with a BB of May 2011. Purchased from a specialist beer shop in York - thought I'd better drink it before winter is nothing but a memory (which, to be honest, it already is).

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A rich, hazy reddish-brown hue with medium carbonation. Forms a large tan head that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding. Aroma of sweet, dark malt with hints of caramel, nuts and esters.

Tastes predominantly of sweet caramel malt with a dry finish. Faint hints of nuts and dried fruit. No obvious bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and thick with some tingling from the carbonation. Leaves the palate dry. A mildly sweet, malty aftertaste.

Drinkable, but rather one-dimensional for the style. Lacks the fruitiness that characterises a good scottish ale. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy. Probably quite nice when drunk next to a roaring fire, but it won't blow you away.

jazzyjeff13, May 04, 2011
Photo of far333
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper colored with a thin and finely bubbled head that doesn't rise too high but sticks around a while and runs a sheet of lace around the insides of the glass.

Light aroma of cinnamon and malt. Smooth and even mouthfeel with moderate to low carbonation leads to flavors of caramel and toasted malt and understated cocoa, some currant and smoke and a bit of hop bitters riding beneath. Finishes a bit tannic and powdery.

far333, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into tulip; deep copper/amber with a thin clear white head that fades quickly into a thin ring of foam.
Smell is light toasted malt, with some leafy herbal bitterness.
Taste follows nose; well-fermented bready, crackery malt with some leafy bitterness crisping out the finish.
Mouthfeel is relatively thin and smooth.
Overall, a tasty scottish ale. I would prefer a bit more complexity but it's drinkable and tasty.

BurgeoningBrewhead, Dec 19, 2013
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Brooklyn Winter Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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