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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 Hopstimatic
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Hopstimatic, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby hue through light. Light tan head of a finger's width. Dense cap receding slowly.

Dark fruits, wheat toast, caramel, and a citrus hop aromatic.

Grainy breadth, roasty malt combo with bitterness, nice alcoholic note, some green from the hops. A lot of candied fruits, prune juice, hazelnuts, some rye spice, perhaps. Boozy. Not bad.

The alcohol beats up the flavors a bit. The carb/feel is great, otherwise. Chewy, rich. You might even be able to sit this one a year. Can't have more than one, so drinkability suffers.

This is pretty heavy-duty for a winter warmer. Good flavor and acts the part of its namesake. Worth a whirl.

thecheapies, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of Fermenticusrex
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Fermenticusrex, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of Mudawg
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Mudawg, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of weaselchew
4.5/5  rDev +21%

weaselchew, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lancaster winter warmer has a translucent brownish-red body with a small tan head. The retention is OK, but there isn't really any lacing to speak of.

The aroma is a mix of nutty and sweet malt for the most part, with a dash of hops.

I'm never sure if a winter warmer that is new to me will have spices added or not, and as far as I can tell this one does not. The malt profile is the dominant flavor, with a nutty flavor, some toffee and caramel and a dry cocoa powder. The malt walks the line between sweet and dry, and is pushed toward dry by the moderate hop presence, which adds a dash of fruit and some earthy, spicy flavors, as well as some bitterness. The yeast seems to add some dark fruits as well. The finish has some warmth to it from the alcohol, but I think that is to be expected for something with the word warmer in its name.

The mouthfeel shows the bitterness a little more than the flavor perhaps. The body is a tad light, but the carbonation is solid.

Not a bad beer, it tastes like an old ale that is being called a winter warmer (which is fine by me).

Edit: After looking at the profile of this beer I see that it is, in fact, an old ale. It also does a reasonably good job of hiding the ABV.

Hojaminbag, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of Stoffel
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Stoffel, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of HumphreyLee
3/5  rDev -19.4%

HumphreyLee, Jan 05, 2012
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 jpd7374
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

jpd7374, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of Bdel34
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Bdel34, Dec 24, 2011
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
Photo of BMart
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

BMart, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of Chugs13
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Chugs13, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of micromaniac129
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours adeep amber color. Had a average size head off white and quick to fade. Some lacing. Carbonation was light.
A heavy sweet smelling ale lots of malts and molasses.
Taste is malty to say the least. malts are heavy and sweet lots of molasses and dark fruits. Mouthfeel is on the heavier side, but is also quite smooth and sticky with a soft alcohol finish. Overall pretty desent. Sweetness and alcohol rule this beer.

micromaniac129, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of aorloski
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a beautiful dark amber out of the bottle, while settled in the glass it is a DEEP dark brown/ruby that is near brown. A finger off white/ruby/mocha head that quickly goes away. Decent alcohol legs on this.

Smell - Wow, one word, molasses. Booze and raison in there as well. Smells like fig newtons encased by molasses. One of the figgy-est beers I've ever smelled to be honest.

Taste - Right up front, there is the molasses, wrapped all around in some nice fig notes. A tad boozy but smooth at the same time.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth, very very smooth. Velvety, sticks to your tongue, chewy.

Overall - I went to school out in lancaster and used to drink this on tap years back with not much of a refined palate. I have to admit, i am not a big LBC fan...at all.Revisiting this one years later and i have to say i am pretty impressed. Very tasty drinkable beer that is great on this cold rainy december night.

aorloski, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +7.5%

ROGUE16, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of AutumnBeerLove
4/5  rDev +7.5%

AutumnBeerLove, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass. Reviewed alongside Great Divide Hibernation Ale.

A: Clear dark brown with two-finger, tan, creamy head that lasted a while. Nice lacing.

S: Molasses and malt. Mild.

T: Moderate sweetness and moderate bitterness. Dark fruits and molasses again. Rich roasted flavor. Well-rounded.

M: Full to medium bodied with soft carbonation. Chewy, smooth, and warm. No alcohol or dryness.

O: I call this one a tie. Both were solid old ales.

SolipsismalCat, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of BeerFiend2002
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into draft glass

A- Mahogany color body with a one finger tan-colored head that wasted no time dissipating.

S- Raisin, molasses, dates, sweet malt on the nose. Smells pretty nice.

T- Heavy raisin taste up front with some of the dates and molasses in there as well. A pungent bready malt overtakes the sweetness up front and gives way to a touch of bitterness on the finish. The nose was better than the pallate.

M- Medium to heavy body. Smooth mouth-coating feel to it. Good for the cold months.

O- Not a standout beer, but I will admit that I am not a fancier of winter ales and winter warmers. It didn't blow me away, but it didn't suck. LBC makes some respectable beers and this was overall a solid effort.

BeerFiend2002, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of mscott1975
4/5  rDev +7.5%

mscott1975, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of PaBeerLover
4/5  rDev +7.5%

PaBeerLover, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance; clear but very dark, purple-brown. Nearly opaque with a tan, sandy head that quickly dissipates leaving only a thin film. Nice rings of lace remain.

smell; some raisins and molasses come to mind. Hints of hop bitters when a stronger wiff is taken. Some creamy odors pop out from time to time. Mostly strong syrupy malts dominate.

taste; a sharp bitterness backbone from start to finish, growing more hoppy towards the finish, yet the malts keep resiny flavors from hops at bay. Some very nice sweet-slightly sour malts run along the backbone, coating it with warm molasses and toasted malts, that hide and compliment what alcohol is perceived. Good hop/malt balance, hops are most appreciated with a belch or two.

mouthfeel; on the lighter end of heavy bodied. Thick and smooth with a velvety smooth finish with warm comforting numbness.

overall; for such a high abv, little alcohol is perceived, making this a drink to be repected. I'm nearly clueless on the style but I would recommend this one, very tasty.

Sachsenfreude, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of mcb4538
4/5  rDev +7.5%

mcb4538, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of 57md
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown in appearance with less than a finger of head that had no retention. There is both sweet and sour in the nose. The upfront flavor is malt with a touch of alcohol booziness (not anything unpleasant at all). The finish is bitter also with a lingering alcohol presence. Not bad for a late night sipper when you have overdone it a bit with the Thanksgiving leftovers.

57md, Nov 26, 2011
Winter Warmer from Lancaster Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.