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Brooklyn Winter Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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962 Ratings

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Ratings: 962
Reviews: 463
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 18
Gots: 38 | 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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1/5  rDev -72.2%

07-23-2012 13:00:36 | More by phishinNYC
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1.5/5  rDev -58.3%

12-04-2012 16:19:22 | More by poopsmitherson
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1.5/5  rDev -58.3%

01-13-2013 21:24:46 | More by MetFan
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North Carolina

1.5/5  rDev -58.3%

03-04-2012 19:00:36 | More by GTB
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2/5  rDev -44.4%

01-01-2014 20:47:22 | More by bdk1417
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Rhode Island

2/5  rDev -44.4%

08-24-2012 17:14:40 | More by Cnorrisl
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2/5  rDev -44.4%

01-20-2012 22:24:35 | More by MisterGrizz
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North Carolina

2/5  rDev -44.4%

03-29-2014 16:00:01 | More by carolinared
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2/5  rDev -44.4%

03-03-2013 19:26:48 | More by tmars13
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2/5  rDev -44.4%

07-08-2014 03:58:14 | More by mful2875
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2.1/5  rDev -41.7%

Appearance: Pours a rich copper. Almost no head retention.

Aroma: Aroma is sour malt/sour apple. No hops to speak of. Some alcohol fumes when inhaled deeply.

Flavor: Malt, but nothing distinctive. Slight sourness throughout, but pronounced on the finish. No hops in the least, sadly. Almost as though they were attempting to avoid hops, which is lamentable. The malt its too sour, almost like they're using a lambic yeast, or trying to make a saison.

Mouthfeel: Some carbonation on the palate, but doesn't cut the sweetness enough. Not cloying, due to the sourness. Still some syrup mouthfeel.

Overall: Not overly pleased with this beer. Hard to actually determine what they're trying to do with it. Is it a saison? Does it want to be a scotch ale when it grows up? Unfortunately, it does none of these styles well.

03-21-2011 21:36:16 | More by AleEvangelist
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2.1/5  rDev -41.7%

Deep brown-red, with a muted off-white head.

Somewhat malty and bready on the nose - one would like to find spices in a winter ale, but they're not significant if there at all.

The first thing I get on the tongue is a bit of alcoholic astringency. At first, I thought it was just the beer combining with something I'd eaten. But after this third beer on a third different occassion, I'm convinced it's the beer. And it overwhelms any underlying flavors that might be redeeming.

Good carbonation, carrying with it the burn of alcohol through to the back of the throat.

Unfortunately, this first beer I've had from Brooklyn will be put into service as one to cook with through the remainder of the winter.

12-26-2010 22:00:54 | More by mdcrouser
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2.25/5  rDev -37.5%

02-13-2013 02:46:09 | More by DomingoOrtiz
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2.25/5  rDev -37.5%

Brooklyn Winter Ale
2012/2013 recipe indicates this is a scotch ale

Looks very pale for the style but with good clarity. Laces the glass well and looks pretty decent, but rather pale. Smells like buttery toffee. In the taste, buttery and toffee like. Some grassy hops. Mild scotch style malts, but overall more akin to a uninspired English pale ale than anything. Light to medium bodied. Overactive yeast strain coats the mouth. Overall, a less than average beer with way too much diacetyl and butter to be palatable. Heavily rated scotch ale (over 600 reviews), the recipe must have been better in the past. This is a below average offering in every way. Avoid.

01-19-2013 23:26:02 | More by Stinkypuss
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New York

2.25/5  rDev -37.5%

01-29-2014 06:11:59 | More by John_Squires
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North Carolina

2.25/5  rDev -37.5%

03-24-2012 04:17:08 | More by discdueler
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New Jersey

2.3/5  rDev -36.1%

Living in the NYC metro for the past 5 years, I've always wanted to like Brooklyn Brewery's beers, but the reality is it's pretty tough. The lager is OK, but I was excited to try their Winter Ale.

Unfortunately, it comes up real short. The taste is stale and boring. Almost like a water-down version of a good winter beer.


12-13-2010 20:21:58 | More by devinoconnor
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2.38/5  rDev -33.9%

A: Pours a clear dark copper color. A large white head rises to over two fingers, and recedes to a ring in a second. Some light sticky lace is left behind.
S: Very light toasted caramel malt. Grain and yeast.
T: Cereal and grain is the dominate flavor here. Light caramel sweetness and yeast. This does not do much for me. Really bland.
M/D: A lighter body than I would like. Medium carbonation that is thin and watery. Not hard to drink, I just don't really want to come back for more.

This is really bland. I was looking forward to this because I love Scottish Ales. This is not a good example of the style. No peat, smoke, or any real toasted flavor. Besides Brooklyn Chocolate Stout, I have had nothing that I really enjoy from them. Not something I would recommend.

11-17-2009 23:10:02 | More by champ103
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New York

2.42/5  rDev -32.8%

A - This beer pours a clear dark ruby brown color. It has a 2 1/2- finger cream colored head, that left some decent lacing on the glass.

S - smells of sweet toasted malts up front. There are also notes of caramel and syrup.

T - The taste pretty much follows the nose. It is of toasted malts up front, and there is also some caramel sweetness and a touch of fruitiness. I am also getting a bit of a sourness. The flavors all seemed a bit muted as to what I was expecting.

M - Light body and medium to high carbonation. It goes down fairly easy, but is a bit watery.

D - The drinkability isn't so good here. The flavors were pretty muted and it was a bit watery. I just wasn't at all what I was expecting from a winter beer.

01-21-2011 13:33:17 | More by JizackFH
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New York

2.45/5  rDev -31.9%

Pours clear deep amber with a fluffy off-white head that settles to a thin cap and leaves minimal lacing.

Light biscuit and toffee aroma with a hint of smoke. Stale hops are also present. Overall pretty mild and clean.

Starts off with a nice initial dose of toffee, but then it starts to taste off. It gets sour and has a metallic twang. Watery and has lots of buttery diacetyl. Has a hint of smokiness that gets lost in the middle. Pretty bland and just tastes off.

Way thinner than expected and slick. Somewhere between light and medium in body. I lost interest halfway through, so that says something about the drinkability.

By far the worst offering from Brooklyn I have had. Seems like a there is a disparity in the reviews - perhaps there are some bad batches floating around. Wouldn't try again - there are better Scottish Ales out there, and way better offerings from Brooklyn.

12-12-2007 02:24:52 | More by Lupe
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2.45/5  rDev -31.9%

A- pours a clear copper light brown color, with a one finger head. Poor retention, no lace, and continuous bubble from the bottom make this look like a watered down cola.

S- Toasted malts, layers of sweetness, and a bit of movie theater butter.

F- Quite disappointing. Smack of thin sweetness up front, followed by a faint rather fake tasting spice, that I can only guess was supposed to be nutmeg. Riddled with Diacetyl.

M- thin, overcarbonated

D- decent at best

Overall, I'd have to say that this is Brooklyn's worst beer by FAR. Normally I enjoy the brews from the genius that is Garret Oliver. That being said, I just can't get behind this one. Perhaps this is just another beer that is used to "pay the bills" and not wow us beer geeks. Either way, I'll just skip this one next time, and stick with black chocolate stout, as well as wait for Monster to show up....

11-08-2007 02:59:59 | More by phisig137
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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

02-28-2013 19:36:32 | More by zimm421
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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

01-14-2013 04:21:14 | More by jhchex
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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

I poured my overly chilled beer into a pint glass to little head. It is copper in color. It smells burnt. That's about how it tastes, too. I just get burnt malt taste, even after it warmed up. I really don't care for this beer. It is my first one in this style so I'm guessing that's the reason for my not liking it. I hate to give a beer a bad review but I'm just not digging this beer.


01-02-2010 17:43:15 | More by buschbeer
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New York

2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

03-20-2013 23:07:54 | More by BGsWo22
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Brooklyn Winter Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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