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Bert Grant's Deep Powder Winter Ale - Yakima Brewing Co. / Bert Grant's Ales

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Bert Grant's Deep Powder Winter AleBert Grant's Deep Powder Winter Ale

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very good

46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Yakima Brewing Co. / Bert Grant's Ales
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  ABV ?

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 09-07-2001)
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Reviews by pheurton:
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3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2004 13:31:03 | More by pheurton
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Photo of abcramer


3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

06-03-2012 02:10:16 | More by abcramer
Photo of cdwil


3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

12-29-2011 21:15:41 | More by cdwil
Photo of rab53


4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-10-2011 04:10:15 | More by rab53
Photo of OStrungT


3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2005 02:53:41 | More by OStrungT
Photo of misterscooter


3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2005 05:18:20 | More by misterscooter
Photo of Dukeofearl


3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2005 02:27:33 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of maxpower


3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark clear reddish brown with a small light brown head that leaves some lacing in my glass, caramel fruity aromas. Caramel, toffee, chocolate and coffee flavors almost porter like. Medium bodied with a soft and creamy mouthfeel, light carbonation, finishes dry. Much better as it warms, I like it.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2005 23:44:39 | More by maxpower
Photo of Biffster


3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The sample pours deep mohogany, with deep burgandy notes. The head is tawny and fleeting, but with a persistent lace in the corners.

The aroma is malty and nutty, with some diacetyl and a bit of smokiness (Id expect nothing less from a Grant's beer). I get some buttery, dark fruit and caramel-like notes as it warms. It grows in complexity, with hints of strawberry, coffee, banana, bisquit, and toffee.

The taste is big and caramelly, with buttery malty bisquit and a hint of hop flavor. There is a hint of warming and a nice toffee like finishand a hint of cocoa with the malt in the finish.

The body is medium full with a medium full mouthfeel, low to medium carbonation and a touch of astringency.

Overall, I find this to be a complex and pleasent wonter warmer, if a bit lacking in bigness and body.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2005 02:59:20 | More by Biffster
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New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shopping at my local beer store last night, I found several Winter Warmers / Winter Ales that I've never seen before last night. This was the first of several reviews to come...

The ale poured a clear deep reddish brown, with a decent off-white head. The aroma was just amazing... even my wife was impressed by the smell (although she wasn't as happy with the taste)... scents of sweet caramel, toasted nuts, even a little coffee and cocoa aroma in there. The taste was not nearly as sweet as the aroma: rich but not too sweet malt, followed by a combination of dark roasted coffee, burnt sugar, a hint of unsweetened chocolate and a full presence of both bitter and spicy hops which carries through the finish. Potent dark bitter flavors, though not so bitter as to not be enjoyable. In my perfect winter ale, there would be a little more sweetness up front to balance the bitter, with a taste to match the aroma of this one. Still, an enjoyable seasonal that I'll definitely pick up again.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2005 15:15:57 | More by apintofknowledge
Photo of Suds


3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. There’s also a hint of honey, butterscotch, and a fleeting fruitiness. No alcohol presence or warming. Medium body and a slight sweetness. It’s easy to drink, and respectably good, but this one just didn’t grab my attention.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2005 19:44:06 | More by Suds
Photo of Thrasher


3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2005 02:23:52 | More by Thrasher
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3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2005 02:13:10 | More by GeoffRizzo
Photo of granger10


3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2005 02:47:27 | More by granger10
Photo of rowew


3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle with twist off cap. Short blurb about the beer and the brewery. No freshness info.

Appearance: Poured dark mahongany with a nice thick tan colored head. Head left nice lacing as it subsided.

Smell: Aroma of coffee and spices. Slight notes of hops.

Taste: Comes across like a porter - some taste of chocolate, very slight hop bitterness in the finish. Smooth creamy mouthfeel.

Overall Impression: Nice winter beer. Drinkable enough to enjoy a few after a hard day of skiing.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2005 23:32:15 | More by rowew
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4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2004 17:04:45 | More by GClarkage
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3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep ruby color, almost brown, with a finger of head that falls to coat the beer. The nose is a mix of chocolate, caramelized sugar and a hint of piney hops. Not bad. The flavor is a little chocolate, a little caramel, not a whole lot of hop. Not exactly what I expected, but its not bad. The feel is moderately thick, not really coating my mouth, but with a bit of body to it. The drinkability is fairly good too. The flavor could be a little more hoppy and a little more bold. Overall, not a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2004 20:47:34 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of SheepNutz


3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a nonick pint glass. It pours a deep cola color with two fingers of light tan head. There is a little bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell is malty with some cocoa powder, vanilla, and toffee in there. Fairly sweet overall. The taste has lots of roasted malt and espresso bitterness up front, before turning slightly sweet with a hint of chocolate. The mouthfeel is just a little light and watery. The drinkability is fairly nice though. A decent winter brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2004 01:51:57 | More by SheepNutz
Photo of drewbage


3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Split sample from a 12 oz brown bottle.

Arrives into the half pint glass with a tall brown head with a dark brown body and bright ruby highlights.

Aroma is nutty and lightly spiced with hints of oxidation hiding behind a light flowery honey note.

Flavor is a first spicy with cloves, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg flooding the palate, driven by a large CO2 outgassing. Spices lead to an earthy dry finish on what is other wise a slightly roasted brown malt landscape.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2004 03:40:15 | More by drewbage
Photo of sulldaddy


3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2004 16:35:44 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of woemad


2.93/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle purchased at the Rocket Market in Spokane.

Poured a dark reddish amber color. If not held up to light, it appears dark brown. Medium off-white head that dropped faster than the Gonzaga Bulldogs.Virtually no lace.

Smell is malty, but in a rather nondescript way. I get a vaguely caramel odor...and that's about it.

Glad to find there's a little more going on in the taste than in the smell. Still, it's rather bland. There's a caramel taste, similar to a brown ale, but weaker. There is also a bitter coffee flavor, but, again it's rather weak. What the hell this was supposed to be shooting for is beyond me. Hops are present in just about the most reduced form they could be, without actually being absent altogether. I seriously have to question whether this is a finished beer.

Mouthfeel is fine for half a beer.

This is drinkable when the only other option is something goddwful. Otherwise skip it. How this is a winter beer is beyond me.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2004 07:29:02 | More by woemad
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep burgandy color with a dense, Guinness-like head and wispy traces of lace.
Aroma is mellow, musty malt with a slight smokiness and a hint of pine. You have to go snuffing to find anything to smell.
Flavor and body is light and watery up front but chocolate notes kick in along with some smokey vanilla flavors. I get none of the advirtised honey, but a solid fruity sweetness sits on the tongue for a moment before it dissapears.
This beer develops some meat between the lips and back of the mouth and flows down with a nice piney hop presence. Dry, chalky hop bittering and aftertaste are interesting but dont make me go "yum".
This beer (as are most) is better on tap with more chewy flavor and body. Bottled version seems over attenuated and lacks and "warming " qualities I found on tap. Not bad.... but not great.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2004 02:57:53 | More by Shiredave
Photo of clvand0


3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark orange color with a nice head and leaves very little lacing on the glass. The aroma wasn't very strong, but there was a little malt to it. The flavor was a caramel malt with a little hoppiness and possibly a little chocolate. This had a moderate body and it was a decent drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2004 18:40:07 | More by clvand0
Photo of RoyalT


3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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 beer’s weak point. For all the flavors this one was very thin and watery, with absolutely no sense of alcohol whatsoever. I like my winter ale’s a little bigger.

Drinkability – This was nice but, again, not my idea of a winter seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2004 04:17:21 | More by RoyalT
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2004 02:02:59 | More by WesWes
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Bert Grant's Deep Powder Winter Ale from Yakima Brewing Co. / Bert Grant's Ales
85 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.