Young's Winter Warmer - Wells & Young's Ltd
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Reviews by Phatz:
3.6/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The presentation is very nice in an interesting looking full pint bottle. A hard pour got me a 2 finger head, beige in color that did not last long. Pours a dark auburn color that that only a little light gets through. I was disappointed with the lack of aroma. (may have done better at room temp; by the end of my pint glass I did have a bit more to notice in the nose) Upfront all I got out of the smell was a very slight hint of toffee and very barely cinnamon or nutmeg. The taste confused me in the very fact that it was very simple and not all that interesting to me; which does make it go down quickly when there is not much to think about. But in a Winter Warmer I would have wanted a bit more spices in the flavor. It is certainly not a bad flavor just rather ordinary or common (but quite chugable). It is gentle on the palate. There is however a hint, very very barely (as in the smell) of nutmeg or brown sugar but it is immediately neutralized by a faint malty bready bitterness. It balances out into a very neutral beer. The only real noticeable attribute to the taste comes in the aftertaste where there is a taste of plain bread followed the dryness it leaves in your mouth. As a fan of dry wine that was actually my favorite part of this otherwise sortof boring beer. I did go searching for some more flavors. After holding it in my mouth for a while I did come up with an even more faint hint of a sweet nut flavor like maybe a pecan pie; but barely. Overall, this is a beer I would suggest for when you want to drink and you don't want to think about your beer. At your company Christmas party when you want a slightly better than average beer but the focus is not on the beer but on all the food and the socializing; and the beer is just going down nice and easy as the unnoticed guest doing its job to make everybody just a little bit "Warmer" :)
Hope this is helpful.
Serving type: bottle
12-01-2005 08:53:28 | More by Phatz
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United Kingdom (England)
3.23/5 rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Served on cask at the Rose and Thistle, Frimley Green into a UK pint glass
For background purposes I'm not a fan of Young's (or Wells for that matter) and had not had this beer for some 8 or 9 years!
However, I went in with an open mind!
The colour was a dark rich, brown, darker than mid brown and a decent half finger of white head that remained pretty much throughout the first 2/3rds of the drinking experience
In terms of smell, fruits of the dark and dried variety stand out, along with spices and a little malt aroma
Tastewise, definately dominated by the fruits and malts, quite a complex taste of different malts going on, also caramel/toffee/sugars, and a toasted flavour blending in with the spices present (maybe a pinch of nutmeg/cinnamon?)
A fairly full bodied beer for 5% with a certain amount of chewiness, I took my time over this one! A Bitter/soured aftertaste.
Overall - I doubt I'll be re-visting this beer in the near future, but if it was the only cask ale present I wouldn't be too shy !
Serving type: cask
01-08-2012 11:55:57 | More by Ruds
Young's Winter Warmer from Wells & Young's Ltd
80 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.