Bert Grant's Deep Powder Winter Ale - Yakima Brewing Co. / Bert Grant's Ales
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Reviews by pheurton:
3.23/5 rDev -14.1%
very dark mahogony bodering on brown. small, off-white head sort of creamy head that quickly vanishes, leaving very little lace. big malty sweet aromas of caramel and over-ripened fruit. medium bodied with a low level of carbonation...probably a little too low. big sweet malt flavors, carmel and something else that i can't quite put my finger on, but it is a little too overboard. hops are very faint and hard to detect. finish is acidic and slightly spicy. not a top shelf winter beer, that's for sure.
04-06-2004 13:31:03 | More by pheurton
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3.63/5 rDev -3.5%
Appearance Brownish-orange in color with a smallish head that went down rather quickly but left some nice lacing.
Smell The toasted malt base held some good, sugary and spiced honey. This one was a nosefull.
Taste This almost has a bit of a bourbon or scotch flavor. The spicing is much bigger than I expected. The honey is strong and not wimpy, and the malt base is significant. I liked the overall flavor profile of this winter ale.
Mouthfeel I felt that this was the beers weak point. For all the flavors this one was very thin and watery, with absolutely no sense of alcohol whatsoever. I like my winter ales a little bigger.
Drinkability This was nice but, again, not my idea of a winter seasonal.
01-13-2004 04:17:21 | More by RoyalT
3.9/5 rDev +3.7%
After being impressed by Grant's Lazy Days summer ale, I was curious and hopeful to try the winter. It poured a deep amber, with fine soft head and nitroesque lacing. The aroma was mild, but the beer is full of character without becoming ingratiating. There's a ton of brown sugar, with some smoke and caramel, nuts, a coffee roastiness, and a graham cracker-y English malt quality. The hops are similarly English, mostly herbal and subdued, but neatly pinching the tongue as the beer rolls across it. The mouthfeel is ridiculously smooth, and the finish is wet, with a slightly charred aftertaste to compensate for the sweetness. This is a very good beer, and while it's probably too sweet for session drinking, a single pint of this will make your winter that much warmer.
01-23-2005 02:23:52 | More by Thrasher
3/5 rDev -20.2%
This beer pours a golden brown with a light brown head. It looks fluffy, and fades kind of fast. It leaves minimal laces. I smells malty with hints of caramel. It has a nice toasted malt aroma to it. I can not detect any hops. This beer tastes sweet. It tastes slightly chocolate like. The toasted malts are slightly aggressive. Maybe a little too aggressive. Not much hop flavor present. This beer is carbonated well. It might not make a good session beer because the flavor is too aggressive. I dont think this beer is worth it. Do not go out of your way to get it.
07-01-2005 02:53:41 | More by OStrungT
3.48/5 rDev -7.4%
Quite an attractive glass of brown-bronze fluid. NIce wet, fluffy, pale-yellow head with excessive lacing ability.
Nose is mild, but contains roasted malt, and slight graininess. There is a sweet, soapy as well, perhaps from the honey though it really doesn't smell like it.
Taste is loaded up front with the roasted malts. Java, and baker's chocolate fading to a residual walnut impression. Sweetness pops up at this point, and everything else fades away. Vague assemblence of vanilla and honey. The sweet regime is short lived, and this rides out unimpressive, with washed-out lingering roasty notes.
Starts decent, but thins significantly in the mouth. Uninspired. Not much of a winter seasonal, heft-wise.
It is rather drinkable, in a mindless sort of way.
12-13-2002 22:54:15 | More by cokes
4.65/5 rDev +23.7%
6% ABV. OG 15.5 P. FG 3.5 P. 30 IBU's. Pale, wheat, caramel, roasted barley malts and Mt. Hood hops as well as honey. Clear, deep mahogany in color with a creamy light tan head that dissipates shortly but keeps a decent collar and thin surface covering. There's some thin lacing as well. The aroma is lightly spicy with a combination of roasted malts and sweet honey. Slightly odd, but very unique. The body is medium with a very fine and moderate carbonation that makes it lightly creamy in the mouth. The flavor is quite bold, starting with lightly cocoa-ish and coffee notes that sweetens as it warms in the mouth, and finishing with a bright sweet note of toffee that dries out into a rich coffee flavor reminding me of a chocolate covered coffee bean. Following that there's a very long lasting, dull-roasted note that's similar to spent esspresso grounds; livened by a mild, swirling spiciness. The spicing is very subtle throughout the glass and combines extremely well with the soft roastiness and mild chocolate character. A very interesting and unique beer. I'm not sure I've ever had anything like it. It's definitely worth trying based on that, and it's a pretty decent tasting beer as well. I love the way the creamy mouthfeel accentuates the richly sweet coffee note that appears and disappears, but I wonder what kind of long term drinkability it has. I'm not sure I'd want a case of this. Still, it may be the kind of beer that grows on you. But after only one bottle I can still say I'd personally take it over a pumpkin beer anyday.
10-17-2002 19:24:27 | More by NeroFiddled
3.8/5 rDev +1.1%
Dark brown, bloody-red hue, translucent, a pinkys worth of cream-colored head, develops weakly, soapy retention, some lace. Very pleasing nose multiple aromas of malt... with a range from toasty to sweet to bitter chocolate. Seemingly complex yet empty too odd. The palate is slightly husky, semi-sweet chocolate, mild hops bitterness, spicy at spots, the honey influence is almost absent. A pretty tasty beer, somewhat complex but, again, empty too. Medium body, mild carbonation very good drinkability. It doesnt hold-up well against other winter seasonals, but overall it has its moments.
03-25-2003 12:25:19 | More by bditty187
3.6/5 rDev -4.3%
2004 Release. Dull copper hue, with some ruby red highlights; a ½ inch tan head that maintains its form nicely, sheets of tan lacing as well. The nose has toasted malts, honey and caramel. Sweet honey and malt detection up front, with hints of chocolate, cocoa and anise. Roasted barley and oats, biscuit like flavoring shape out the body. A come and go tease of winter spices, just a bit watered down, perhaps taking away the not-yet developed spices. Decent, yet lacks the flavoring to be classified as a true winter warmer.
01-22-2005 02:13:10 | More by GeoffRizzo
3.55/5 rDev -5.6%
The last of my 2004-05 winter brew collection- this one made it allthe way to April!
Pours a medium brown with a reddish tint, fairly cleat, with a nice off-white head that drops to a decent beer cover as the session passes.
Aroma of malty biscuits, toffee, and somewhat sweet. Flavor fooows through, pleasant, honey used in the brew is evident- a mild hop finish.
Decent, even though I am not a big fan of the style in general.
04-15-2005 02:27:33 | More by Dukeofearl
4/5 rDev +6.4%
A tasty winter offering. Poured a porter black, with some sweet chocolate in the aroma. Muted chocolate malt and a bit of spicyness up front. Quite mellow at the finish, and did not end malty as I expected. Rather, the finish was a bit sharp, and as the beer warmed took on a slight fruity note, pear I think. Nice variety of flavors going on in this beer.
11-26-2003 20:19:52 | More by Brent
3.93/5 rDev +4.5%
The beer as it pours from the bottle a pellucid mahogany color with a formidable head that is light tan in color and creamy in texture as it slowly dissipates the lace forms a thick sheet to conceal the glass from view. Big malt nose that is sweet, crisp as a winters morning and a hint of caramel, with the start nicely malted and slightly sweet, top is light to moderate in its feel upon the palate. Finish is brisk in its acidity, the hops flavorful but not overpowering, slightly bitter aftertaste that is also somewhat dry, a drinkable brew, but not the best of the winter warmers thats for sure.
11-30-2003 20:20:23 | More by Gusler
3.85/5 rDev +2.4%
Deep golden brown colour, with a small, fluffy head that fades to leave some lacing. At first taste this was initially balanced, but about a quarter of the way into the bottle, the honey started to come through and dominate. The predominant background flavour was of mead. This is sweet, and cloying. Still, it certainly does have an appropriate "warming" quality for a winter ale.
12-12-2002 08:38:19 | More by the42ndtourist
4.05/5 rDev +7.7%
Bought in the 12 oz brown stubbie. "malt beverage flavoured with honey"
Ok its certainlly a nice ,ooking ale..dark ruby in colour with a small creme coloured head..that doesnt last long..but nice lacing.
Very heavily malted aroma..but very fresh in this sample..nice
A very good malt flavour and some honey at the end..as it slips down my throat I get a ghost of some hops and a minor alcoholic warming.
Very smooth on the palate
A drinkable malty beer..if you are a hop-head..this may dissapoint.
12-17-2003 02:08:05 | More by Reidrover
3.73/5 rDev -0.8%
Coppery red pour. Amber in the middle when held to light. Small, compact tan head holds together well. No lacing.
Aroma is of red delicious apples, biscuit, and straight bittering hops. More fruitiness ensues. It is quite pungent in comparison to the actual flavor.
Taste is much sweeter than the smell and lighter. Notes of toffee then chocolate come out at first. There's a peanut base in there and I notice the honey mentioned on the bottle. Hops seem to be really clean and smooth. They also might be slightly spicy but not really bitter and they don't come forth until the finish. This must be a slightly lower abv beer and there's not much in the way of spices either which makes it a little suspect as a winter warmer type beer.
The body is medium but not really robust which I'm expecting with the chocolate flavor. This is really smooth and easy drinking however which I like a lot.
Easy to drink with a good depth of flavors but still not the beer I was looking for. Good but as with the Imp. Stout, the style thing gets me a little.
01-18-2005 02:47:27 | More by granger10
3.88/5 rDev +3.2%
I am sampling a chilled beer in a flute glass. The brew pours a rich clear mahogany color with some ruby tints mixed in.
Nice fluffy beige head is prevelant early and builds to about 2 cm and then fades gradually.
Aroma is rich chocolate, brown sugar, and some light grassy hop scents.
First sip is slightly thicker than average body with medium carbonation. Flavor is chocolate with some toffee and brief hit of piney hop flavor, all is overwhelmed by the chocolatey finish.
A nice and smooth beer with no hint of alcohol anywhere. I would buy this again.
06-26-2004 16:35:44 | More by sulldaddy
4.1/5 rDev +9%
If I didn't know any better, I would have labelled this as an amber ale. Pours a somewhat brownish amber. Head was a slightly off-white and left a little lace in the glass. Floral hops were most evident in the nose with a slight citric tang. Flavor was that of sweet malts, some nuttiness and a hint of fruitiness. Could have had several of these without much problem at all.
02-12-2003 22:02:11 | More by jreitman
4.35/5 rDev +15.7%
Starts to form a head right away, but fades just as rapidly. End with a thin covering full of tiny holes as bubbles break through. Attractive translucent dark amber color.
Aroma is a combination of roasted malts and distant underlying presence of chocolate.
Sweet roasted grain flavor hits first. Moderate carbonation is right there in front also. A flash of bitterness and chocolate, then some of the chocolate taste appears, softening the bitterness. Some charcoal notes gain strength on the finish. For last year's vintage, this has held up quite well.
Mouthfeel is hearty and solid. Succeeds at being an ale while throwing in some stout charcoal character, too.
I could easily make this a session beer. It rides the fence perfectly, giving a lightish ale body plus a bit of extra taste.
09-08-2003 16:52:29 | More by brewdlyhooked13
3.8/5 rDev +1.1%
This one pours a beautiful dark red with some brown mixed in, almost a ruby color. A nice thick head sat on top and worked its way down at an easy pace.
The smells of raspberry, slightly burnt marshmallow and fresh bread came out and didn't seem unusual for a winter brew.
This beer has a nice wheat flavor to it without much of the scent coming through in the taste. I wanted to give taste a higher score but I felt that what taste was there was a lacking because it seemed thin and watery with little body. The aftertaste was hoppy and dry.
It wouldn't be hard to put a couple of these away if you don't mind what is missing.
06-29-2005 05:18:20 | More by misterscooter
3.43/5 rDev -8.8%
Poured a deep brown some ruby highlights in the light...little tan head...
Aroma was faint...sweet roasted malt...
Taste...Strange...I can't tell if I like it or not...I would call it a honey cough drop ending in coffee bean taste...very unique
Mouthfeel was smooth and coating...
Drinkability...taste might be too different so I might not drink alot...but on the otherhand I keep wanting more because I want to make sure I tasted it right...
I will pick this up once in a while just to change things up a bit...
07-08-2003 19:54:20 | More by stegmakk
3.6/5 rDev -4.3%
This brew is a relatively clear ruby color with slight shades of brown the head is small and uninteresting. The smell is a nice mix of caramel, toffee, toasted malt, and an inviting roastedness. Theres also a hint of honey, butterscotch, and a fleeting fruitiness. No alcohol presence or warming. Medium body and a slight sweetness. Its easy to drink, and respectably good, but this one just didnt grab my attention.
01-23-2005 19:44:06 | More by Suds
3.95/5 rDev +5.1%
The beer pours a dark burgandy color with a thin off-white head. The scent is good. It has a deep penetrating rosted malt scent. The taste is much the same. Roasted malts with a touch of black barley. It is a touch dry with a watery finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good seasonal brew that drinks well. Finally a brew from Grant's worth buying.
01-10-2004 02:02:59 | More by WesWes
4.45/5 rDev +18.4%
12/17/04- Given to me as part of a 10 pk of winter ales purchased from Trader Joes in San Mateo, CA
Presentation- 12 oz bottle poured into my Duvel glass. No expiration date listed.
Appearance- Small 1/2 inch head that slowly evaporated. A drak red/amber pour, very light lacing.
Smell- I totally smelled massive amounts of coffee grounds. Maybe some spices and some toffee and chocolate also.
Taste- This was full on like drinking an iced coffee. After reading the other reviews I can't believe this wasn't the overwhelming response. Maybe I got a different batch. Tons by tons of coffee. Even my buddy and my girlfriend tried it and said the same thing. My buddy said it was like just sticking your mouth in a can of folgers crystals. There is some light chocolate involved and some toffee also. It says it is brewed with honey, but I couldn't really make any of that out.
Mouthfeel- Nice average to low carbonation level and very creamy. Kinda like a milk stout creaminess. Very easy went down my gullet.
Drinkability- I need to find this again. This would be a damn good beer to have while sitting at a ski resort while taking a break from the slopes. A good beer for liquid courage before heading down the black diamonds. Excellent brew with a very different taste.
12-18-2004 17:04:45 | More by GClarkage
Bert Grant's Deep Powder Winter Ale from Yakima Brewing Co. / Bert Grant's Ales
85 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.