Young's Winter Warmer - Wells & Young's Ltd
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3.6/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
This marks my first "winter warmer." Although I reviewed the style description on this site, I'm still somewhat in the dark as to what to expect. At 5% ABV, I'm not sure how "warming" this experience will be, but given my enjoyment of Young's Double Chocolate Stout and Special London Ale, I have somewhat high expectations.
I poured this brew into my gold-rimmed Chimay goblet. The liquid was a rich mahogany (damn you Will Ferrell), for the most part transparent, with next to no head save a swirling lace in the center and a bubbly halo.
I took a whiff. I don't know how a beer can smell flat, but this one did. Along with this was a strong malty presence with hints of clove and raisin.
The first taste revealed that there was actually a substantial degree of carbonation, which gave a bit of a boost to a mediocre flavor of malt and, surprisingly, alcohol. The maltiness permeated my tongue and gave me the glorious sensation of cotton mouth.
I continued to consume this brew with an open mind, but it failed to improve. While relatively easy to drink, this was a thin-bodied beverage with minimal complexity, and those flavors that were present were forgettable at best.
This isn't a bad beer, but with so many options out there, I fail to see any value in trying it again.
Serving type: bottle
11-25-2006 11:53:53 | More by instrumentality
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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
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