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Winter Warmer - Lancaster Brewing Company

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302 Ratings
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Ratings: 302
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 12
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lancaster Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  8.90% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our classic Olde Ale delivers a complex malt flavor and blend of British and American hops. True to its name, this beer finishes with a nice warming alcohol flavor.

(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 11-10-2003)
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Photo of BeerIsland
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been having a lot of fun with the Warmer this year, primarily as a base for mixing with other beers. This item goes well with the Hop Hog if you want to stay big or with the Amish if you need to tone it down a little. At home, I've used Celebration and Lake Placid IPA with decent effect. This could be the universal solvent!

BeerIsland, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of merlin48
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The last bottle in the local craft brew package received from woodychandler.
Appearance is a dark mahogany or chestnut, almost opaque, that exhibits some clear garnet hues when held to a strong light. One finger beige head eventually falls into a persistent collar of lace that deposits sheets and patches all over the pint glass.
Aroma is complex, with notes of cherry and apple peel, as well as dark fruity raisins and plums. Notes of smoked malts, bitter chocolate, floral and herbal hops, and freshly sliced ginger root add to the interesting bouquet.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with medium carbonation. Some astringent bitterness shows up here.
Taste opens with fruity red apple and cherry notes, but quickly turns to the bitter side, with harsh ginger root and freshly ground pepper. Dark fruits and toffee notes accompany the procession of flavors. No hint of the high abv. Finish is bitter on the spicy side.
Very interesting for style. Well constructed, and exuding of quality, but I prefer a maltier profile with sweeter spices for a winter ale. I'm also missing the alcohol warming that others have noted. I'm certain that I would enjoy this one better on a cold winter night, instead of a hot August evening.

merlin48, Aug 16, 2005
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this op tap at the Drafting Room in Spring House last night,a very nice deep amber pour with a almost creamy- like head that left some lacing.Aroma was of sweet malt with some fruity estures and warming alcohol,taste is carammely sweet with some malty bread tones along with some burned fruit and alcohol notes.A power packed beer full of different flavors and very warming,a real nice beer.

oberon, Jan 30, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Dark roasted malts offer up a nearly opaque mahogany brown ruby highlighted body beige khaki head forms smooth carbonation fine bubbles are evident.

Aroma has plum and raisins off the bat I'm met with dark fruit and smooth mellow warming alcohol with some perceived sweetness from the caramelized sugars.

Flavor nutty earthy roasted malts English in nature they say this is done in an old ale style, well guess what? It's working dark fruit plum vinous fruit and raisins, really stick to the palate slightly salty umami sense in the finish I'm pleasured to be drinking this fine beer from Lancaster Brewing.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied smooth finish no alcohol burn whatsoever this is poetry in motion big malts and balanced hop character a bit of earthiness maybe that's it even though there's English and American hops.

Overall, supreme drink for the winter go search it out if it's available in your area...most definitely the best offering I've ever had from Lancaster this is world class for me!

WVbeergeek, Today at 08:33 AM
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.84/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

glazeman, Monday at 12:18 AM
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3.8/5  rDev +1.9%

lawsonsj, Sunday at 01:50 AM
Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
3.14/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I got this on tap, poured into a standard pint glass:

Appearance: A dark, almost violet color (although the light in the establishment may have had something to do with this), with a weak off-white head and minimal lacing.

Aroma: Sultry citrus notes mixed with a kind of woody overall cast to it.

Taste: Berry flavors dominate with some malty background tones, plus some sweetness on the finish. Aftertaste is a bit on the pungent side, not the best.

Mouthfeel: Kind of watery, thin, with minimal carbonation and not much kick.

Overall: This is an acceptable beer. When I first tasted it, I had to pause, because I couldn't quite put my finger on whether I liked it or not. By the end, I decided it was pretty much a miss. It's not totally a lost cause, but I wouldn't race back for another one. I will say, however, that I stepped outside about half-way through the drink to have a quick smoke, and it was freezing out there. I came in a couple minutes later, and I don't know--maybe it was the cold--but the beer tasted better to me, at least for the first couple minutes after I sat down.

Doctor_Bogenbroom, Friday at 08:24 PM
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3.76/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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Winter Warmer from Lancaster Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.