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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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bigdeuce

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a damn good brew. Scottish ale? I don't know about that. Tastes more like a winter ale or lager. Decent head and lacing, with some toffee undertones. Chocolatey malts shine through with a little hoppiness at the end, not much. There is some marachino cherry in there somewhere. Can drink many of these and I wish I had one more.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2006 05:33:40 | More by bigdeuce
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arguemaniac

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful, deep chestnut color. The heavy roast of the palate is complemented by a nice dryness, along with delicious notes of toasted toffee, some nuttiness and caramel malt. Roasted grain dominates the finish. One of the better “winter warmers” I’ve tried this season; it’s dry and fairly subdued (unlike so many of the sickly sweet and over-spiced seasonals out there these days) and features some very tasty roasted, grainy flavors. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2006 03:27:27 | More by arguemaniac
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malcontent

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a murky brown with a stable if unspectacular head.

Good array of aromas; raisons, butter, whole wheat bread and some mild alcohol. Nice.

Slightly sweet and then a bit tart. Indistinguishable flavors that border on bready, malty and fruity but never really settle on one. A lemon peel bitterness on the finish.

Way to thin whether it's aiming to be a Scottish Ale or a Winter Warmer. Nothing to write home about here and while it's not bad, when a brewery releases a beer near the end of the year I usually look for a lot more than this.

Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for the taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2006 04:31:09 | More by malcontent
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spiffylubes

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle, BB April '07. Poured a fairly clear, bright amber/red with little head which dissipated quickly to leave a slight amount of lacing. Strong malty smell, can't pick up much else. Taste is a slight sweetness, some smoky malt, with a slight spicy hoppiness in the back of my throat. Aftertaste is sweet. Good even amount of carbonation. Very very smooth mouthfeel, but somewhat average. However, I could drink a couple of these, the flavors balance out very nicely and its very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2006 02:02:02 | More by spiffylubes
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear amber with an off-white very low head which was persistent enough to trace on the glass.

The aroma was malty with caramel and toffee most prevalent. The caramel and toffee with a moderate level of diacetyl ruled the aroma.

The flavor was malty with mostly caramel and toffee once again and some diacetyl presence. Nothing complex existed about the flavor, simply a straightforward beer with enough bittering to balance the malt.

The finish was dry with a lasting tinny metallic hop flavor into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a fairly low level of carbonation. Nothing to seekout.

12 ounce bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2006 22:52:31 | More by GCBrewingCo
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Applesauce1

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up the 2006 Brooklyn Winter Ale at the Pit Stop in Nelsonville, OH. An April 2007 freshness date is on the side of the bottle.

Appearance: dark amber color with a nice 1+" off-white head off of my aggressive pour
Smell: coffee flavored ice cream from the malt; maybe even smell a hint of alcohol
Taste: yea, this is good stuff; i was expecting a very sweet flavor but its not that sweet; very balanced; hints of fruitiness with this beer (maybe a raisin flavor); a pretty complex winter warmer
Mouthfeel: medium bodied
Drinkability: well, im going through this one kind of fast, so ill give it a 4

This is a good beer, especially if you want a winter warmer thats not very spicy. I like the spicy beers also, but this is a nice change.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2006 04:37:32 | More by Applesauce1
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Billolick

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2006 04:20:18 | More by Billolick
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Winter 2006. Best by: April 2007.

AP: Amber brown color with crimson hues. Looks substantial with a slightly off-white head that dissipated quickly to a thin, scattered cap.

Nose: A nutty, bready and mildly caramalized malt flavor at first then finshes with a leafy and mildly spicey hop. This is a good tasting Winter brew.

MF: This medium bodied ale feels substantial and heavy on the palate.

Da: One of my favorite "winter" brews for the year of '06.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2006 17:53:10 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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Minkybut

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer was poured into a tumbler at 50 degrees. Beer was dark and had a mildly thick head that went away fast. Smell had all kind of different interesting notes. Some like Christmas tree, some other exotic spices I could not get a grip on. Interesting beer, but to complex for me. Will not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2006 18:25:08 | More by Minkybut
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plaid75

New York

3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a solid clean malt with a light floral hop.

The taste was upfront malty, yet not overly sweet. Very good clean malts. A touch of flowery hop complimented the grain profile.

The mouthfeel was of medium fullness with a slightly dry finish.

Overall an easy drinking Scottish Ale. Very nice malts.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2006 04:01:37 | More by plaid75
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mnj21655

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber/copper in color with a minimal khaki colored head and some lacing. Smell is of malts with a hint of floral hops. Also somewhat earthy. Taste is dominated by malts. Floral hops make there presence known at the finish along with a hint of spices. Medium body and low/moderate carbonation. Good drinkability, a very enjoyable winter beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2006 21:20:43 | More by mnj21655
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BeerFan

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is for the '06 version, which is a scottish ale. Available in 6 packs this year. It is different than last year's Winter Ale, which was a spiced winter ale in the old wassail tradtion. It is also different than the previous draft-only Brewmaster Reserve Scotch Ale.

Pours a clear and dark reddish-amber with a tan head. Tiny layer of foam remains through the whole glass. Decent lacing. Smell of sweet, caramel toasted malt. Taste is not sweet at all. The Maris Otter malts give a nice biscuity taste. Minimal taste of hops, but they are there to balance things out nicely. Medium-bodied for this 6% beer. Very easy to drink. Good example of a scottish ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2006 00:03:12 | More by BeerFan
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Stimack

New York

3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was able to have this brew on tap the other day. It was poured to a dark amber color with a smallish head but did have some retention and left a little lacing. The aromas seemed to have a somewhat odd fruit scent that was very noticeable needless to say I had a very hard time pin pointing it. Unfortunately this was the most noticeable scent to hit my nose and the folks with me also seemed to have a hard time getting by it. The taste was ok, not my favorite “seasonal” that I have had but overall it was a nice drink. Was a brew that I would not throw back quickly, more of a slow sipper. I was able to pick up some of the odd fruit (think it is fruit) taste that I noticed in the nose along with a solid malt taste. Over all I guess this brew was not what I was expecting, was it good, yeah but some of the flavors just seemed a little odd, could it have been the keg?

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2006 21:52:15 | More by Stimack
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geexploitation

Indiana

3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear and dark, with different shades of browns, mahoganies, and caramels visible from different angles. Minimal off-white head that fades to a collar pretty quickly. Smells of caramel malt and a touch of pungent fruits, but the nose is pretty slight, even for the style. On the palate, very smooth malts, slick even, play well with a small amount of balancing bittering hops. Slight English ale sourness on the finish. Very smooth in mouthfeel, with only minimal carbonation. Overall, a good Scotch ale, especially for the price.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2006 03:18:57 | More by geexploitation
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jmz62565

Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear mahogony with a smallish head that quickly disappears. The smell is alittle light with Christmas spices,cinnamon, nutmeg,brown sugar, along with sweet malt, and dark fruit. The taste is sweet malt, pine hops, and the above mentioned Christmas spices. The spices are more sublte in this compared to other Winters. The m/f is light with all flavors mixing well. A damn good winter, my only complaint is that this needs more of an alcohol kick.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2006 06:33:57 | More by jmz62565
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always beleived that the Scottish Ales were the best Winer beers. They are full of character, sweeter, heavier, maltier, more emphasis on dark fruits, spicier, earthier, and a little 'dirty'. This beer fits to the tee. Smells very malty with a light raison / date aroma, with an earthy, pine-ey scent. Tastes also very malty sweet with complexities of fruitcake and pine to spice it up a little. Finishes with a mild 'campfire' smokiness and earthiness along with the established pine-hop flavors. A really nice beer for those cold days ahead.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2006 20:22:10 | More by BEERchitect
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Bierguy5

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6.0 % ABV, Best before April 07. Dark amber clear liquid. Thin off white head disappears very quickly. Big malty, earthy aroma, right on target for a Scottish Ale. Deep caramel malty backbone, a bit of sweetness at the front end. Malt is balanced well by some earthy flavors, and a bit of nuttyness. Dry in the finish. Medium body, with appropriate carbonation. Very drinkable, especially at 6%. Pretty nice, worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2006 14:51:27 | More by Bierguy5
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andjusticeforale

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out of the bottle deeper and richer than I expected. There was a slickness to the beer that trumped any creaminess and made the head settle to close foam quickly.

Obvious from the very beginning is a big rich maltiness. One thing they accomplish is that the molasses and sweetness is subtle and never takes over the beers character. There is some nice flavoring hops, very subtle and not bitter, right in the middle to finish, and there is a real nice flavor push at the end that ends with just enough dryness to keep from being cloyingly caramel.

They say on the bottle that this isbig enough to pair with the roast meats and rich dishes of the holiday season. I agree, but it is drinkable enough to have a few without anything at all, except company.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2006 12:48:56 | More by andjusticeforale
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tastybeer

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear deep auburn glow with a poofy orange tinted tan head. Head fades fast to a ring of creamy retention. Nose brings forth a healthy dose of malts and is quite fragrant. Malts smell smooth and sweet, lightly toasted. Very nice spice flavors. Allspice, mild cinnamon, clove, pumpkin, cooked almonds and orange citrus for balance. The flavors follow the aromas. British indeed. Bitterness is moderate and just right. Nice bitter tingle in the finish. Mouthfeel is creamy and has a comfortable feel but body could be heavier. This would probably go very nicely with the right holiday meal or dessert. Drinkability is great.

Yummy winter beer. The spicing is just right and not overdone.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2006 03:57:24 | More by tastybeer
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3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle.

Crystal clear, light brown to copper color. Large, rocky, tan head on top.

Very malty, with some balance from the hops which were grassy. Earthy and spicy. A bit of alcohol popped in as well.

Malt was dominant and biscuity in character. Hops put in a good show at the finish. Again grassy in character. Phenolic, almost medicinal taste, but not problematic. Beer was almost like a scottish ale (didn't know it was one when reviewing....). Spice and pepper at finish.

Medium + in body. Carbonation seemed higher than needed, almost made beer too zingy. Somewhat drying.

A very good winter beer. I enjoyed it. Mouthfeel and probably overall would have scored higher if it was just a bit less carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2006 19:47:02 | More by
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scooter231

New York

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep chocolate color with red pigments running throughout, almost opaque. Smells roasted, toasted, chocolatey and coffee-y. Bitter but not very. Some sweet maltyness, and a bit of a fruity odor. Taste is sweet without being cloyingly so. A slightly burnt coffee flavor that balances well with the sweetness. A big punch of breadyness and biscuityness hits you near the end. Mouthfeel is chewy and smooth without being too thick. Overall a nice winter warmer, balanced and tasty and not too heavy.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2006 04:09:59 | More by scooter231
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MaltyGoodness

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

Pours a clear chestnut brown with a small eggshell head that fades. Little lacing on the glass.

Aroma is malt dominated with a nice nuttiness and a light nutmeg/cinnamon spiciness.

Caramel malt uprfront with a nice nutty flavor followed by a nutmeg/cinnamon spiciness that rides through the finish and even lingers a bit afterwards.

Medium body, light carbonation.

A decent winter brew, but just a bit too spiced for my taste. By the time I finished the bottle, I was looking for something else.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2006 04:38:49 | More by MaltyGoodness
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz brown bottle served in a nonic pint glass.
Best before 04.2007.

Clean oak with highlights of mahogany and auburn. Carbonation-filled, off-white head that doesn't last. Spotted and condensed lacing with little strength.

Sweet, caramelized brown sugar; toasted malt character with hints of clean biscuit and tea. Clean aromatics reminiscent of a lagered Marzen with just a faint hint of nutmeg and spice.

Sweet, toasted maltiness giving hints of mild toffee, unbittered tea, and a diacetyl-brushed breadiness. Hints of powdered spices: nutmeg, brown sugar, cinnamon; that taste natural and don't overwhelm the malt character's own sweet, creamy presence. An aftertaste of mild tea, light caramel, and nutmeg.

Medium in body; creamy with a faint powdery quality from the spices that provide a nice coating on the palate; good balance.

In a sea of over-spiced Winter Warmer, Brooklyn has produced a well balanced, domestic version of the style. Not a great beer, but stylistically on the money.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2006 22:47:54 | More by NEhophead
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Darkale

Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

What an odd beer this is. I purchased a six pack because I have fond memories of Brooklyn's Brown Ale, and I find myself coming back to this beer, though it's not entirely pleasant.

Spare head, after you've poured it, it degenerates to just a pale tan around the rim of the glass, and very little lacing. Body is a cheery cherry brown. Aroma is dubbel-like, faintly like raisins, slightly sweet and dusty. Malty in taste, not quite chewy, with a hint of cinnamon and hops. I would not want two back to back, but I find myself liking the faintly metallic aftertaste, the spice, the way that it slowly warms, and changes as it warms. I like a beer that challenges me, that won't be immediately appealing. This would be a great beer with turkey and other holiday flavors. A good introduction to the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2006 21:31:51 | More by Darkale
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BBM

New York

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap. Tis' the season! The beer pours a rich dark amber color with a small white head. Good retention and lacing. The nose isn't too potent, but there are notes of dark fruit, some spice, and syrup.

The taste was what I expected it to be; a standard winter beer. Dark fruits, slight spices, and sweet malts backed up by the bitter alcohol finish. This thing really does pack a punch on the backend. I also found swishing it around for a second or two is not a good idea. The flavors leave as fast as they come, and this one is best sipped right down the gullet. But even at 6% ABV, this beer is pretty sessionable. An enjoyable, if fairly standard, winter ale. Still not quite as good as my current fav, Sam Adams.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2006 16:59:44 | More by BBM
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