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Brooklyn Winter Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
good

959 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 959
Reviews: 463
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 17
Gots: 35 | 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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5/5  rDev +38.9%

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5/5  rDev +38.9%

02-01-2012 20:22:06 | More by Nofear048
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5/5  rDev +38.9%

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5/5  rDev +38.9%

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160Shillings

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aroma: The aroma is full of strong malt; caramel, roasted and rich floor malt, also includes faint esters and surprisingly very faint alcohol as well.
Appearance: Pours with a tan head that collapses into a fine bubbled ring. The color is very dark copper.
Flavor: The flavor begins with sweet malt, caramel and roasted notes. The body is surprisingly full for a beer that the label says has only 6.1% abv, it almost seems sticky sweet. However that is a deception since the palate soon becomes dry and shows full attenuation. The bitterness is appropriated, but does not linger. The finish is unexpectedly dry, short and abrupt. It’s not the finish one would expect from an ale that begins so very rich and sweet. It leaves you easily ready for the next swallow and even the next beer. The esters suggest dark fruits, for those that think they are wine connoisseurs, for beer zealots it tastes like a great Scottish ale.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium-low carbonation, without lingering.
Overall Impression: This Scottish ale is everything it should be and nothing it shouldn’t be, a true benchmark for Scottish ale.
Comments: Thank you Garrett Oliver! Brooklyn’s Winter Ale is a wonderful example of Scottish ale. The web says this beer is 6.0% abv, however my bottle says 6.1% abv. The nominal strength is half a percent lower than guidelines for a Wee Heavy, but 1% abv more than an 80/- Scottish Export. All things said, Winter Ale taste like a Wee Heavy. Most importantly it avoids the two most common failings of American craft-brewed beer. First, it’s not too hoppy. Most American craft-brewers, especially those on the west coast, use far too many hops, even in beer styles in which it would be inappropriate. Second, Oliver doesn’t use whisky malt in this beer. Almost every other example of American craft-brewery’s Scottish ale uses this peat smoked whisky malt. This is simply inappropriate for a true Scottish ale. It is Scottish ale, not Scotch whisky. I can’t think of a better example of an American craft-brewed Scottish ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 02:11:22 | More by 160Shillings
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5/5  rDev +38.9%

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Rhode Island

4.63/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance – Nice reddish dark color. Thin head after it was poured butfaded out and just left a ring, did leave some lace on the glass.

smeill - Smell of malts, and caramel.

taste – Sweet malty taste, with a ting of hops taste in it. I can taste some caramel too.

mouthfeel – Medium body.

drinkability - Nice sipper beer, not your normal winter brew. A keeper

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2007 21:00:30 | More by auxiliary
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Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent take on a Scottish Ale.
A: Reddish with an off white head, decent retention and pretty lacing throughout
S: Malty goodness, some hops and spice
T: Stellar mellow brew, crisp and warming when cool...
M: Smooth city, with a large malt presence
O: Excellent ale which is very much sneakily smooth :D

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 02:47:53 | More by PatriotsRule
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4.5/5  rDev +25%

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New York

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TagoMago

New York

4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Held up to the light, the beer has a rich, dark, copper-red color. The beer pours with a creamy white head, which lingers to coat the glass with a fine lacing as the beer is sipped.

Smell: Toasted malts with some carmel sweetness. There are some yeasty notes present as well.

Taste: Roasted malts combined with carmel and toffee overtones that provide the beer with a subdued sweetness. There is also a very slightly metallic taste noticed in the finish, which adds rather than detracts from the beer's overall character.

Mouthfeel: The moutheel of the beer is one of incredible smoothnees, making for outstanding drinkability that combines with a nice creamy finish.

Overall: This is very different than most winter brews, though outstanding nevertheless. This beer is very mild in every aspect, yet tasty and very satisfying. Its exceptional smoothness makes this a very easy drinking beer that can easily be enjoyed on a cold winter's night by any beer drinker who prefers maltier beers. I highly recommend this beer.

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New York

4.47/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now a Scottish-style ale.

Poured into a pint glass, very dark with a very carbonated head. Smell is very malty (bottle claims it's Maris Otter malts), taste is very balanced, mix of chocolate and caramel tastes, alcohol well hidden by the malt, a slight semblance of hops in the middle of it all but this is way more malty. Smooth finish, light on the tongue.

One of the best versions of the style I've ever had, many craft breweries try this style and fail but this one succeeds with flying colors. Malty beers aren't really my style but this is an incredible success. Way to go.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 19:36:47 | More by TheDeuce
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Brooklyn Winter Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 959 ratings.