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Winter Warmer - Lancaster Brewing Company

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86
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160 Reviews
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Reviews: 160
Hads: 346
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 7.63%
Wants: 15
Gots: 53 | 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:
Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 11-10-2003

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.
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Reviews: 160 | Hads: 346
Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into a pint glass. It has a dark magohney color body with a little bit of tan head. The smell is malty and roasted nut. The taste is roasty and malty up front, with kinda of a burnt taste on the back of the tongue. The mouth feel is nice and overall is a good winter style beer. (297 characters)

Photo of mptorpey
2.77/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark brown with rich white head

S: Very Malty at fist with a roasted nut hues in the background. Some carmeal and oats to finish.

T: Smooth med-light beer with low carbonation. Mostly a roasted malt and cerial taste.

M: Somewhat ligh for a winter warmer style beer with a hight ABV, but a nice full long finish with malt and light nut.

O: A very steady beer that is easly drinkable but wuold expect a more robust beer for the style. (439 characters)

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this Old Ale was a nearly opaque, dark mahogany color with one finger of khaki-colored head. The retention was good and the lacing as a delicate, sliding curtain. The aroma was rich and malty with notes of raisin bread, vanilla, caramel, light booze and dark fruits. The flavors were not quite as well balanced as the aroma, however. I tasted the sweet, dark malt first and the prunes/dates followed by a note of wood and some roasted malt on the finish. The nearly 9% ALC was well-hidden. The finish lingered on my palate but wasn’t quite bitter/hoppy enough to counteract the malts. The mouthfeel was semi-creamy, the body medium and the carbonation delicate. (679 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (640 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (1,220 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (396 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (883 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (420 characters)

Photo of aorloski
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (931 characters)

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (452 characters)

Photo of BeerFiend2002
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (721 characters)

Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (1,025 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (374 characters)

Photo of TheMultiYeast
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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 (295 characters)

Photo of Schmidts
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (442 characters)

Photo of zrab11
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (428 characters)

Photo of happy4hoppybeer
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (717 characters)

Photo of thebrood1987
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (625 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (488 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A-really dark brown with a nice thin tan head

S-a lot of barley and sweet malts with some salted caramel. medium strength. smells quite strong.

T-there's just a big blast of smooth barley with some peppery spices in there, but not quite winter spices...almost like peppercorn. there's also a fairly decent roasted taste to it. the dark roasted grains are just so evident. the roasted flavor really lasts awhile. its a pretty well put together beer. quality is high with this one.

M-medium carbonation with a slightly creamy finish

D-it actually goes down real easily and quickly for the ABV. actually this is one of the better old ales I've had. it really does taste like a barley wine that is much easier to drink. go out and get this one, do it for the wolves! (768 characters)

Photo of Ty1erC
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

*12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.*

a: dark mahogany in appearance. almost black. head quickly disappears, no lacing.

s: malt, caramel, raisins. a very pleasant smell.

t: alcohol, sweet malt, plums, slightly bitter finish.

m: full-bodied, moderately carbonated.

d: not very sessionable (given the higher abv), but smooth for the style. reminds me a lot of arcadia's "big dick's olde ale", which is definitely a good thing. (434 characters)

Photo of magine
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

***Revised from a previous 2008 batch review which was scored a B- previously***

Poured this brew into an oversized Duvel glass.

Pours a dark brown (nearly black) with a hint of red color, tan head that fades quickly; head settles to a lace ring around the glass edges. Lace rims the glass, some patchy lacing. Looks pretty good.

The beer smells of caramel, roasted malts and licorice maybe. Has a sweet roasted smell. Good tasty smell.

Tastes sweet initially then the roasted flavors begin to take over. Clean and light mouthfeel. Roasted malts, nuttiness, coffee, caramel, licorice as well. Nice warming effect from the brew, wow very drinkable stuff here.

This is a very good winter warmer. Nice to enjoy a few of these bad boys during a cold winter night. Very good brew, one of Lancaster Brewings better efforts. Way better then I remembered it being. (861 characters)

Photo of ZeroSignal
2.77/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle

A - Dark brown pour, about half an inch beige head with decent retention, lacing is minimal and wispy

S - Malty nose; sweet and fruity with an almost metallic edge to it.

T&M - Medium full bodied brew; malty, caramel flavor with what feels like high acidity. Warmth from the alcohol in the front of the mouth and clean in the finish. On the negative side, feels a bit watery, and at times has an almost soapy taste and feel.

D - The flavor combos just don't do it for me. The overall flavors and feel are off to me. I'm glad I only have a single bottle. (571 characters)

Photo of cjoc83
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with some ruby hues showing through at the edges of the glass.

the nose is plum, candied dark fruits, some bready malitiness, and a bit of all-spice.

the predominant flavor is of dark candied fruits and allspice, with some bready malt and a slight warming alcohol feel on the finish. Nice and clean finish. The contrasting flavors balance nicely and the 9% ABV is not terribly noticeable.

The Winter Warmer is medium-bodied and eminently drinkable. I have not had much experience with 'old ales', but as far as winter warmers go this is well-crafted and definitely worth a try. (599 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Clear deep mahogany brown color. One finger of frothy tan head that falls quickly and leaves no lacing.

3.5 S: Sweet toffee and sugary. Caramel, candied fruits (especially sugar plums), some raisin and tobacco, and rounded off with a toasty nuttiness. Good, but a bit too weak.

4.0 T: Good amount of flavor in this one. Loads of sweet toffee, some caramel, and lots of dark fruits. Sugar plums, raisin, dates, prunes, tobacco, figs. A touch of roasty toastiness, but just a touch. A bit sweeter than I'd prefer, but full flavored and not too bad.

4.0 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good moderate spritzy carbonation. Good creaminess and pretty smooth.

4.5 D: Overall a pretty good beer. Some of the other categories were on the borderline next up, so I gave this a 4.5. Very flavorful, sweet and fruity, and perfect for a snowy day. (873 characters)

Winter Warmer from Lancaster Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.