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Brooklyn Winter Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

1,080 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 1,080
Reviews: 480
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 20
Gots: 90 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 12-02-2006

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.
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Photo of Markbienvenu
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Boone757
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of krubs
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ordybill
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutHunter
3.07/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Brooklyn Brewery's Winter Ale last week for $1.59 at The Lager Mill. I was looking for some winter seasonals to try and since I haven't had this one I thought I would give it a shot, so lets see how it goes. Best by April 5th 2015. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looked ok, it's pretty typical for this brewery, but I don't think it's too eye catching. It poured a fairly clear amber color that took on more of a red color when held to the light with two fingers worth of creamy light tan head that died down to a really thin ring that stayed till the and it left pretty much no lacing behind. This was a pretty nice looking beer, but I wish it had some lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart some nice caramel malt, sweet malt and caramel like aromas. Up next comes the yeast which imparts a big fruity English Ale yeast flavor that seems to stick out the most in this beer. This beer had an ok aroma, but I wish it was more balanced, the fruity yeast seemed a little too dominating.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts still being the first to show up and they impart the same caramel and sweet malt aspects with a slight bit of grainy malts coming through. Up next comes the yeast which imparts the same strong fruity English Ale yeast flavors that still is the aspect that sticks out the most. On the finish there's a pretty much no bitterness with a caramel malt and fruit yeast aftertaste. The taste was ok, but it was as unbalanced as the aroma.

M- Smooth, not too crisp, medium bodied with a higher amount of low carbonation. This beer had a decent mouthfeel, but i wish it has some more carbonation.

Overall I thought this was an ok beer and I thought it was an average example of the style, it really didn't seem to Scotch Ale like, it reminded more of an average English ale, especially with that fruity English ale yeast flavor sticking out the most. This beer had ok drinkability, it was smooth, not too crisp, not too filling, but the taste didn't do the best job at holding my attention and one would be enough for me, the flavors doesn't want to me make drink another one. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance it was a pretty nice looking beer. What I like the least about this beer was the balance, I wish the caramel malts showed up more and the fruity yeast showed up less. I wouldn't buy this beer again, but I wouldn't turn it down, it just isn't something that I'm that into. I can't say I would recommend this beer, it doesn't have any aspect that makes it stand out. All in all I wasn't impressed with this beer and in the end I wanted better balance from it. It's on the lower end for this brewery and it's in the middle for the style. I appreciate the effort, but this one just isn't for me, better luck next time.

Photo of MaxPowers
3.29/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Justindemino
2.26/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Couldn't differentiate from any other middle of the road winter ales.

Photo of utopiajane
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours copper with ruby hues and a light head of foam that fell pretty fast and left a thin ring. Very clear. Nose is malty and fruity and with no big hop scents. A little tempting sweetness from alcohol on that nose . Like sticky brown bread. Caramel, earth and dark fruits. Taste is malty and sweet. Dry and with a bit of spice on the finish. No alcohol on the palate. Mouthfee lis easy going medium. This drinks so well. The breadiness , the carbonation and the dryness are a delight alongside the fruitiness and the rich malt and caramel. it's like a nice sweet bread.

Photo of TheHawBeerClub
3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Fargrow
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eman17
4.06/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of st9647v3
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RyanByorick
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JohnofUpton
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of benloho
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kettle1
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, dark brown color with a half of a finger of off-white head that completely dissolved away into nothing, no head what-so-ever.

Aroma: Very malty and bready, like freshly baked dark bread, followed by some brown sugar-like sweetness and some subtle hops.

Taste: Tons of toasted malt, like freshly baked dark bread, followed by some brown sugar-like sweetness, and some pronounced, but not overpowering, hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 6.0%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a pretty good beer, but nothing exciting. The beer has a nice balance between malt and hops and sweetness, but it’s pretty forgettable once finished. As a Brooklyn Brewery fan, I’m glad I tried it, but I probably won’t get it again, as there are much better Brooklyn beers out there as much better winter beers out there as well. That being said, I’d certainly not turn this beer down if offered and would certainly enjoy it.

Photo of ilthik
2.6/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I was excited to try a Scottish ale from Brooklyn Brewery, but this left me disappointed. This is a light, bland ale without the bite I expect from this style of beer.

Photo of shellmate
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 3.75

Refreshing and clean going down.

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of brewqueno
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of hotpauko
3.24/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BcOneSeven
3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Winter Ale brewed by Brooklyn Brewery. This brew has an ABV 6.10% The brew pours out a nice dark amber color with a small off white head. Brooklyn Winter Ale has a rich smell. It is full of flavors and sweetness. You pick up on some grains and malts in the smell of this brew. The taste is bold with flavor. Also in the taste , you pick up on malts and grains and some hops at the end. The mouthfeel is rich, bold , and smooth. This brew has a strong,bold aftertaste. There is a lot going on in this brew, there is nothing overpowering in this brew. Brooklyn Brewery did a nice job with this brew. I would get buy this brew again. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4 out of 5.

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Brooklyn Winter Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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