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Winter Warmer - Lancaster Brewing Company

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286 Ratings
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Ratings: 286
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 12
Gots: 9 | 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 djrn2
3/5  rDev -19.4%

djrn2, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy russet brown color with a rocky beige head that quickly drops to a ringlet and fails to leave much lacing

Smell: Dark cherry aromatics, with undertones of chocolate, leather and alcohol

Taste: Starts with a nice caramel malt flavor that comes with a bit of dark cherry and fruitcake tones; becomes quite fruity (in a sweet rather than bitter way) and somewhat chocolatey after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very complex, with nice fruity and chocolate tones that are quite different; enjoyable and unique

Thanks, tubdog13, for the chance to revisit

brentk56, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark cherry with generous orange highlights when backlit with morning sunshine. The slim crown of golden beige foam isn't bad, but it's on the crackly and unsticky side. It's gone within minutes and leaves little lace. I've seen better.

The aroma features steely caramel (not quite metallic) and medium-dark fruit. Considering the appearance and the lack of aerosolization, there may be carbonation issues. There's potential here for the flavor to be anything from average to pretty good. Let's find out.

I'll go with pretty good to good. There are, however, definite issues regarding mouthfeel and carbonation (more below). Winter Warmer is old ale-like, although it's also reminiscent of a Belgian dark ale. That's odd, because I'm pretty sure Lancaster doesn't use Belgian yeast. Must be the dark fruitiness.

The flavor profile consists of dark toffee, figs and plums soaked in a small splash of dark rum, bruised bananas and a sprinkling of indeterminate spice. Perhaps the added spices (assuming they're actually present) are mimicing Belgian yeast. This is good beer that deserves a much better mouthfeel. Speaking of which...

This could be an older bottle and the body has begun to break down, but that's doubtful. Old ales of this ABV should age well for several years at least. The beer is on the thin side and lacks the chewy creaminess that would put it over the top.

Either this is a less than representative bottle of Winter Warmer or the brewers need to go back to the drawing board (mouthfeel only). I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and assume that it's the former. I'd love to give this one another go round one of these days.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out as a deep red color with a tan colored head on top. The lacing was minimal here. The smell of the beer has some spicy notes and a sweet malty aroma also. The taste of the beer has a caramel flavor followed up by somw of the warming spices. The mouthfeel is smooth, creamy feeling and had a medium body. Overall this beer isn't too bad, I'd try it again if I say it on a menu somewhere.

Knapp85, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
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 NeroFiddled
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This sturdy winter offering is solid in every way, starting with its exceptionally deep mahogany body. It's clear with a reddish cast, and reveals ruby highlights when held to the light; and its creamy light tan head slowly dwindles to a collar but leaves some nice, spotty lace. The nose delivers a caramelish malt with some fruit; and its creamy and smooth in the mouth with a firm body and very fine, restrained carbonation. The flavor delivers a rich, caramel malt center wrapped in berry-like fruit and tempered by a solid bitterness. It's just slightly vinous with it's alcohol lending something to its fruit; and there's a cusp of chocolate that combines with its bitterness to take on an almost roasty edge. Yet, it's clean and very well-balanced all around! Quite nice! A tasty treat that shouldn't be missed if you're in the area.

NeroFiddled, Nov 10, 2003
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

The beer off the pour looks great. But the flavor profile is way, way too malty sweet. No balance whatsoever. Some people might dig this interpretation of the style, but I can't say that I really do. It just doesn't work for me. And I personally don't think it fits to style. Too sweet with not enough accent to keep it interesting. I suppose you could age it to see what happens.

RblWthACoz, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap a couple days ago at the brewery. Served cool in an imperial pint.
A - A deep walnut brown w/ a small light tan head that contains a super-fine bead. The lace the head leaves collects in a film on the glass.

S - Malty, boozy aroma w/ light nuttiness in the nose along w/ gentle hints of smoke. There is a kind of peaty, slightly scottish yeast note in the smell.

M - A full, chewy malty feel w/ a slightly boozy texture and full carbonation.

T - Dry nutty full dark malt w/ scotch ale type fullness. Nutty w/ a hint of peaty smoked flavor. Slightly sugary and brown malt taste w/ a gentle pine hop note.

D - Very good, full flavor and above average w/ plenty of malt to keep your sweet tooth satisfied. A nice winter ale from Lancaster.

Slatetank, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle has been sitting in the back of my fridge for a while, taunting me for a long time, and finally I decided to pull it out. This one thanks to Noslenwerd.

It pours with a nice 1 finger thick and fluffy head that fades slowly over a very dark molasses brown color.

The nose comes with some nice subtlety. It has that definite aged aroma to it. Some nice dark malts, a little caramel, syrup, touch of roast, some creaminess, a little dark fruit, and even a slight chocolate aroma. All that comes with that aged feel that fits right in with a good old ale.

Taste starts very creamy and rich, almost nitro like on the feel and creaminess, but not quite there. It has some dark malts again, a little roast and more chocolate, then some sweetness with a little caramel and touch of brown sugar. Also comes a touch of booze taste as well as warmth. Again a slight aged taste, but not quite as much as the nose brought. No winter spices that most winter beers have either, which I think is great!

The mouth is creamy and lush, medium to slightly thicker body with lower but decent carbonation.

It finishes still slightly sweet with a touch of dryness, with more of the creamy feel and taste, bringing more malts with a touch of chocolate and aged malts. I also start to get a hint of a bitterness too.

jlindros, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -19.4%

oline73, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of WesWes
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thin off-white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It is sweet, malty, and dry. The taste is good. It is rich and malty with a slight liquorice flavor to it. It goes down easy and finishes dry. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent winter brew. It has good flavor and mouthfeel. This is a good sessions brew.

WesWes, Apr 26, 2004
Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev +7.5%

mendvicdog, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of jwc215
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear light to medium brown with a thin head that immediately becomes a disappearing patch.

The smell is caramelish and nutty. Slightly fruity, with a touch of alcohol.

The taste is of lightly spiced dark fruits - figs and dates. It's malty and sweet with a touch of estery alcohol.

Medium-bodied, it has something rather astringent about it.

A sipper due to noticeable alcohol and slight astringency. Well- it's a winter warmer for sure, but aroma and flavor don't seem to reach their potential fullness.

jwc215, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

oriolesfan4, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of Gavage
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a clear reddish brown color. Super thick 3" fluffy tan head that lasts a long time. Nice lacing develops through the drink.

Smell: basic caramel and some floral hop bitterness.

Taste: this brew has a nice malty tone, with caramel, toffee, a hint of sweet chocolate, and just the right amount of bitterness to balance it out.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start. Finish is more smooth, and the aftertaste is relatively short on malt and caramel tones. Between medium and heavy in body.

Drinkability: I found this beer to be very fresh, tasty, and easy drinking. Worth seeking out.

Gavage, Dec 29, 2005
Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

InspectorBob, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer arrives with a thick, foamy tan head that, much like many of LNC BC's offerings, just dissipates much too quickly. It has a very malty nose with much evidence of an underlying alcohol content. As it warmed, it begins to give off a smell of carmel and/or candi sugar. The color is a deep reddish-brown bordering on mahogany. The mouthfeel is very thick, as well as being intensely sweet as well as noticably hot. The finish is where it really stands out. This is an extremely complex beer for LNC BC, displaying notes of sherry, dark chocolate, and cherries. Very tasty!

woodychandler, Dec 29, 2004
Photo of yourefragile
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a marked down bottle from last year. We won't question why last year's winter seasonals are just being marked down now at this unnamed store.

Dark, but clear mahogany cola color with light cherry tones. Quickly receding tan head with dots of lacing. Aroma is rich with sweet dark fruits, caramel, alcohol, and light floral notes. Body is thick and smooth with minimal carbonation (which is a nice complement to this style and the flavors of this beer). Flavor is very malty and fruity. Caramel, brown sugar sweetness with dark fruits like plum, raisin and figs plus some mild chocolate notes. This beer has aged well and is a very nice winter seasonal, I'll be picking up more these this winter.

yourefragile, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

orangesol, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of weeare138
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a dark mahogany brown with a clumpy beige head that slowly fades. Scattered lacing is left all around the glass.
Smell is of of delicious raisin bread doused with brown sugar, molasses, caramel, nuts, and some anise.
Taste is of the same delicious aromas.
Mouthfeel is smooth, rich, sugary, sweet, slightly tannic. Mild amounts of hops and spice stand out in this bready brew. Also, slightly warming and addictive.

weeare138, Feb 19, 2006
Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +7.5%

wrightst, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

duceswild, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pint glass served that the Harrisburg location.

A: The ale is dark, a bold brown-red color that is fairly dark and only reveals the lighter colors up close. A small head insulated the ale and that quickly disappeared.

S: The nose was strong, full of dark fruits (raisins, dates) and caramel/toffee malts. The strength of the beer is difficult to ignore.

T: A sip reveals a strong warming taste. The alcohol strength does its job, adding hints of heat throughout the sip. Dark alefruits create a full-bodied flavor that doesn't carry a great deal of weight. The maltiness adds a bready element to the fruits, drying them out.

M: This is my kind of winter warmer! It warms without the overblown cinnamon, nutmeg and clove that many brewers fancy this time of year.

D: The alcohol is noticeable throughout, so this is no poundin' beer. It did nicely accompany my crabcake dinner though.

akorsak, Feb 05, 2008
Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

ejimhof, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lancaster Winter Warmer

Appearance: Pours dark brown with amber hues, appears unfiltered. Topped with a light tan bubbly head.

Smell: Doughy, malty, bready nose with spice undertones. Chocolate comes through as it warms.

Taste: A rich and flavorful brew. Dark fruits (raisin, plum, date) are easily identified. There is a strong complimentary roasted malt presence. Alcohol arrives next but is cut by the roasted malt flavor. Faint spices emerge in the finish but are well in the background and only contribute a small dryness and pinch of pepper, allspice and nutmeg. Certainly fits the style of an Old Ale or Winter Warmer.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, carbonation at medium/low but prickly on the feel.

Overall: A solid winter offering from Lancaster. Well rounded flavors, spice is used appropriately, and suited to warm the insides during the coldest part of the year.

Stinkypuss, Dec 21, 2011
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Winter Warmer from Lancaster Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.