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Winter Warmer - Lancaster Brewing Company

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281 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 281
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 12
Gots: 8 | 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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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2012 05:10:53 | More by Knapp85
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jpd7374

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

01-01-2012 14:03:02 | More by jpd7374
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Bdel34

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.2%

12-24-2011 22:26:35 | More by Bdel34
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 05:58:07 | More by Stinkypuss
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BMart

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

12-20-2011 18:06:21 | More by BMart
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Chugs13

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

12-18-2011 22:51:52 | More by Chugs13
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 13:46:27 | More by micromaniac129
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aorloski

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 00:25:55 | More by aorloski
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ROGUE16

Delaware

4/5  rDev +7.2%

12-07-2011 19:29:25 | More by ROGUE16
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AutumnBeerLove

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.2%

12-07-2011 05:47:50 | More by AutumnBeerLove
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SolipsismalCat

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 03:29:17 | More by SolipsismalCat
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BeerFiend2002

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 16:21:09 | More by BeerFiend2002
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mscott1975

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.2%

12-01-2011 02:35:59 | More by mscott1975
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PaBeerLover

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.2%

11-30-2011 14:19:27 | More by PaBeerLover
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Sachsenfreude

Germany

4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 03:00:13 | More by Sachsenfreude
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mcb4538

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7.2%

11-27-2011 22:25:25 | More by mcb4538
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57md

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 04:57:15 | More by 57md
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TheMultiYeast

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown almost black with some tan head

Smells of sweet toasted malts, alcohol, sweet spices and musty hops

Taste is malt centric with more hints of nutmeg, molasses, dark fruits, a touch of hop bitterness, and some alcohol

Nice body to this beer.

Overall a good try from LBC

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 16:33:19 | More by TheMultiYeast
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oline73

Maryland

3/5  rDev -19.6%

11-16-2011 03:12:15 | More by oline73
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -46.4%

11-14-2011 16:05:04 | More by Jspriest
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Schmidts

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle dark amber brown with a small tan head that leaves quickly. Smells of chocolate cherries and coffee.
Taste is sweet candy fruits, roasted malts,sweet breads, spices and a very nice alcohol hit and a small citrus hop bitterness and a very nice crisp ending. I really enjoyed this one and I give it an overall rating of 4.0. Give this delightful winter ale a try I sure enjoyed it. Thanks to Epps Beverage for this sample.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 21:42:29 | More by Schmidts
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zrab11

Indiana

3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a amberish color with a small thin head

S- Has a bozzy spicey aroma to it. also catch some carmel and malts

T- Has alot of spice up front followed by the booze and then finish's crisp

M-Light bodied with ok carbonation

D-Overall this realyl didn't do it for me. Old ale isn't my fav. style but i def. have beers i like from this style. This just wasn't complex enough for me and didn't have a very good after taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 15:31:29 | More by zrab11
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happy4hoppybeer

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a midnight/pitch-black with nice creamy,light tan head, dissipating in a few minutes, leaving medium lacing that sticks to the glass well after first sip. Lacing fizzles before drink is finished though.

Dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate aromas, no sign of hops.

Roasted malt and chocolate sweetness hit the tongue, with light/medium carbonation.The sweetness comes through the most,not quite dominating but the main palate overall. An above-medium body, but not heavy. Alcohol can be detected slightly, not overpowering but I've had higher ABV beers that hid the alcohol better.

Very good. The first "Old Ale" I've had, so I can't compare with others in the style. But a solid nice brew to kick back with.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 01:59:06 | More by happy4hoppybeer
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thebrood1987

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Head dissolves to nothing but I assume that is because of the high alcohol content coming in at just about 9 percent. It smells really roasty with some chocolate malts and some plum/dark fruit like smells with a slight earthy/fruity hop smell. Taste is very rich and sweet with the bite in the beginning and the dark fruits and chocolate tastes come together.The sweetness is in the middle ending with a dry slight earthy and very slight citrus hop taste mixing with the dry yeast a slight alcohol taste. The only thing that brings this beer down is the alcohol isn't that well masked but it gets better as it warms a little.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 02:10:28 | More by thebrood1987
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From winter brew tasting notes (2010): Pours a clear bright ruby body with a small fizzy off-white head that fell to a thin film. Thick sweet malt nose with dark fruits and some burnt caramel. Light licorice note. The flavor is sweet dark caramel with a bit of cherry fruitiness and a little graininess and a husky note on the finish. A little sticky and clingy on the palate up front with fizzy prickly carbonation. A little coarse on the finish. Not bad, but it could be a bit smoother.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 19:14:36 | More by CuriousMonk
Winter Warmer from Lancaster Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.