Michigan Brewing Winter Warmer - Michigan Brewing Company
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Ratings: 5 | Reviews: 5
4.2/5 rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A major thanks goes out to a great BA, eyebrews, for sending me this bottle as an extra. Thanks Jack.
I always enjoy under the radar breweries and this is the first time I have ever had anything from MBC. I have no idea how this bottle was obtained, but boy am I excited.
A: Its a pretty dark amber, almost brown with tinges of amber coming through. The head was almost on inch thick, creamyh white and left outstanding rings of lace behind.
S: A nice blend of citrus hops and caramel sweetness hits my nose followed by some molasses and brown sugar. Definitely hoppier than I expect from a winter warmer but I really enjoy it.
T: It lacks the holiday spice that I am used to with winter warmers but has some nice notes of brown sugar, toffee and molasses followed by a slight hoppy citrus bitterness. There is also some nice rye spice in the beer that provides a bit of pepperiness and some breadiness.
M: It is a little rough around the edges but the body is pretty full. A bit more creaminess would have been nice. No alcohol. Its just not super smooth.
D: Pretty good. A bomber went down pretty easy, but two would be over kill. This is also a beer I would have no problem drinking on a regular basis.
Serving type: bottle
12-02-2009 00:26:05 | More by mikey711
3.45/5 rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A thank you goes out to hoppymeal for sending me this brew last year, thanks Derek! Michigan Brewing's Winter Warmer fills my willi glass with a crystal clear garnet liquid that glows mahogany when directly backlit. The head grew quickly and easily to the point half the glass was beer and the other half was a dense meringue-like khaki head that took forever to settle to a thick cap. Patchy, sticky lacing is left all over the glass and it's the kind that will take some scorching hot water to remove. I'm really surprised at the massive head on this beer.
The nose on this beer is interesting and very hard to put my finger on. The maltiness is of the caramel sweet variety while there's some hints of ripe pear and overripe apple. The sweet fruitiness throws me off a little but if I keep my nose in the glass it fades into some faint dusty cocoa, brown sugar and a touch of molasses. A mild clean alcohol bite and remnants of pine hoppiness remain after the year in the cellar. This beer smells good but the most prominent aroma, the fruitiness, is the most out of place.
The flavor comes together nicely, better than what the nose suggested. The caramel maltiness gets things going and while the sweet pear and green apple are in here as well they stay in the back and compliment the flavor instead of take over. Mid-palate brings nuttiness, light brown sugar, mild cocoa and the remnants of the piney hops add a touch of bitterness. The flavors just seem to be a little muddled and don't come together like they should.
The massive head gave away the massive carbonation and after this beer sits for 20 minutes the higher than needed carbonation is still here. The beginning is good but the finish becomes a little too frothy for my liking. The body has a moderate feel and the hoppy bitterness tends to grow as I drink.
One of these in a sitting is good but that would be enough for me. The higher carbonation seems to be throwing the drinkability off. This beer does get better as it sits but not enough to bump the drinkability.
This is a solid beer. Not spiced winters warmer like most others but more of a malty higher alcohol brew (like I prefer). I wouldn't mind giving this brew another try. Thanks for the bottle Derek!
Serving type: bottle
12-07-2008 20:19:01 | More by joe1510
3.9/5 rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From a growler: This beer is a murky amber color with a medium thin light beige head. Slick spotty lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet malt and spices. Medium-bodied with a nice contrast of sweet malt and molasses with spices and hops. The undertone of alcohol is present all along as well. The finish has a clove taste and leaves a lingering hoppy bite. Pretty good.
Serving type: growler
09-12-2007 21:09:56 | More by Dogbrick
2.4/5 rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
attractive muddy brown with a slight head. looks warm and spicy. smells of hops primarily, with hints of cinnamon. taste is completely unbalanced, out of control, and tailored to meet the expectations of the more-hops-means-better-beer crowd. tastes like pine-flavored hops, and that's about it. slight notes of cinnamon and nutmeg can be teased out, but they're not readily apparent. body is meager; very little support from malts or yeast. i'm not quite sure what this beer has to do with winter, or warming, or beer.
Serving type: on-tap
02-17-2007 19:14:51 | More by schusterbauer
4/5 rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap at Cole's yesterday,poured a hazed orange tinted medium brown with tight well formed slight off white head.Mulling spices abound in the nose,orange peel,clove,cinnamon,and nutmeg with hint of caramel malt as well,like the nose mulling spice flavors really show themselves cinnamon,and nutmeg with hints of candied orange.The alcohol stays in check quite well keeping it quite drinkable,if you like Xmas and or winter type spiced ales you will really like this brew its pretty solid.
Serving type: on-tap
01-21-2007 14:42:09 | More by oberon
Michigan Brewing Winter Warmer from Michigan Brewing Company
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