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Brooklyn Winter Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,087 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,087
Reviews: 481
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 20
Gots: 100 | 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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the time of this review, this is the #42 top Scottish Ale, served in a New Belgium globe glass.

Beer is dark amber with a mild haze, thin lazy tan head of small bubbles, low carbonation no lacing, looks fine.

Aroma is malty, sweet, a little bready, smells exactly like a scotch ale.

Beer is medium in body, not as sweet as the aroma would imply, it is a little bitter, dry on the finish, oddly peaty on the midpalate, decent, I like it, probably not a repeat though.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep dark brown with ruby highlights and not much of a head.

Smell is very malty; rich, sweet caramel aromas.

Like the nose, caramel and toasted malts up front while finishing sweet and clean. Smooth, velvet-like mouthfeel.

Drinkability is OK but I would need to mix a couple dry lagers or one hoppy pale ale in the mix to drink these all night.

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Brooklyn Winter Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Best before April 07 clearly notched on the side label
6.0% ABV
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a chestnut brown with ruby highlights on the bottom of the glass. Little spots of sticky lace cling on the side of the glassware.

Malty nose with whiffs of dairy and allspice.

Syrupy-sweet flavor with hints of cinnamon, dairy, butterscotch and juicy malts. There is certainly a thick malt backbone. A rather hearty beer is some aspects, but I feel like the butterscotch kick is a tad much. I'm not sure if this flavor was intended or not, but it detracts from the beer.

Overall a solid winter brew from Brooklyn, but was expecting more.

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Brooklyn Winter Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 1,087 ratings.