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Winter Warmer - Lancaster Brewing Company

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Ratings: 334
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 16
Gots: 45 | 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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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a 1 1/2 finger head with good retention. Nice clear dark ruby color.

Smell is of cinammon and nutmeg. Smell like a cinammon roll almost.

Taste some nice caramel malts with some cinammon and nutmeg. Like a fresh cinammon roll spiced beer. Very nicely balanced. Slight chocolatey maltiness as the beer finishes.

Decent mouthfeel, but it'd like a little bit more fullness from the malts or a little more crispness.

This is a fine beer that I would try again and make a session out of. Thanks to whoever provided this as an extra for me.

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.

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

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this one.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice little creamy tannish head, some nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is mostly malts, slight hop, slight spice's, toffee, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, with lots and lots of toffee/caramel. The alcohol is hidden very well in this brew. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew. Thanks Joe.

Photo of tgbljb
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served as a very deep red-brown colored beer with moderate off-white creamy head. Left extraordinary lacing. Great head retention.
Smell has strong notes of caramel, coffee, and toffee.
Taste is trult enjoyable. The strong maltiness, with dark fruit and caramle sensations 1s very refreshing.
Left a strong fruity taste in the mouth with no alcohol noted.
Way too easy to drink. An excellent beer.

Photo of Deuane
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-deep dark brown with a thin tan head.

S-Caramel malts with a touch of fruit and nuts. Then a touch of alcohol burn.

T-Spicy dark fruits. Very malty with a touch of alcohol in the end. All of this is somewhat muted and not overwhelming.

M-Initially full but then slips away with the alcohol lingering on. A nice mouthful for an 8%+ brew.

D-Overall a good offering...would like a bit more upfront flavors in the smell and tatse to make this one a true classic....but a solid brew nonetheless.

Photo of johanvond
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Winter warmer is a Dark amber with a quickly dissipating head. You get slightly carmel malt sent mix in with the winey bite of the high alchol. It has an earth nutty malt flavor with no hop pressance and notes of currients and celery. Overall its all right but i found not to much to write home about.

Photo of Minkybut
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was a nice mahoganny color with a tan head and fine tiny bubbles. The beer smelled really spicy and had a hint of toffee taste and Christmas spices. The beer was a little sweet and had a right tuff alcohol after burn. I think you should try it but I will most likely not buy again.

Photo of sjohansen
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was able to pick up a bottle of this at Capone's in Norristown, PA. Compared it to several other "Holiday Offerings."

It had a quickly dissipating head, and pours a medium to dark amber color.

Of the several Holiday offerings I tried, this Olde Ale Style by far had the strongest smell. Even before I poured it, it seemed to reach out of the bottle and shake me a little bit.

This was also the strongest one I tried at 8.9%, but this one was extremely well balanced, so much so that this was the most drinkable spiced offering I had this year. You would think you were drinking a 4 or 5% abv brew.

The LBC WW is very complex, it has a great thick malt profile with slight hints of chocolate or caramel. It's a great representation of an Olde Style Ale, is not over spiced, and I would definitely recommend it.

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.

Photo of pavandal
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried this beer during the first snow of the year. It seemed fitting!

Beer poured a super deep, almost purple amber color. No head on top.

Sweet smells of raisins and caramel dominate, with a soft chocolatey hint as well. I also smelled vanilla in there. I really liked how this brew smelled.

I can taste those caramel and raisin flavors! Those two dominate, as well as a kinda tea-ish flavor that I can't really put my finger on. Nothing really hoppy about this one, but that's not what this is about. A tasty brew.

This is a hearty, big brew. Great for what it is, a winter warmer!

Photo of bigeyedfish
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with no freshness date poured into a pint glass. The bottle is humorous- brewed by Lancaster Brewing Company, Wilkes-Barre, PA. Gets a laugh from the locals.

Pours a pretty dark burnt redish/brown body with one half to three-quarters a finger of head which stays for a split second and vanishes. Minimal lacing.

At first it almost smells like a Flemish Sour that has lost all of its carbonation. Then you get into it, and it emits aromas of sour cherries and faint strawberries and raspberries, with a nice portion of malt sweetness throughout.

First the good with this beer- for being almost 9% alcohol, there is not any alcohol to be tasted. Now the bad- the nose on this beer is probably the most attractive element. As for the bad parts of this beer. Well, it puts the old in old ale. It tastes like cold McDonald's French Fries mixed with malt. There is some sweetness present, which helps a little bit, although there is no real definition to it; it's more just generic malt sweetness, almost like I'm drinking simple syrup, aka, 1 part sugar dissolved in 1 part boiling water. Not really the most appealing beer. There isn't much flavor transition, there isn't much warming alcohol, there isn't much of anything. Some malted sweetness on the finish, but that's it. Really a tad bit frustrating.

Pretty thick mouthfeel, as to be expected from a Old Ale. Really smooth, almost velvety finish; this, along with the nose ranks top for best qualities of the beer. There's some carbonation, but nothing to complain about. Pretty dense at times, almost borderline pleasant.

This is actually quite a drinkable beer, if you can get past the taste. It isn't super warming, it isn't super spicy, and it isn't super delicious. But once you get past the fact that it doesn't taste amazing, it's a pretty decent beer. Which kind of encapsulates the LBC; I had their sampler once and all I can remember is, wow, none of these beers are standout, but I think I could drink some of them all night and be ok with it. In short, it's a winter beer done like most other LBC beers. Which, to be honest, I'm ok with. I'll take it over a lot of beers, but I'll take most any decent beer over it. A high alcohol, 82/83 point beer. 86 seems a little high. Nice to see an Old Ale being used as a Winter Seasonal though.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I find this category to be a lot of fun. You never know what'll get thrown in to spice up the brew. This was a definitely tasty brew

A - Rich dark amber with a whisp of a white head.
S - Caramel, brown sugar,nutmeg and cinamon
T - similar to the nose
M - medium bodied, mild carbonation, smooth
D - very quaffable! Was finished before I realized.

Thanks to DIM for this via trade

Photo of DIM
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a: Deep clear dark ruby in color. Pours with a big fluffy off-white head. Decent lacing and very lively carbonation.

s: Subdued but complex. Reminds me a bit of red wine. Some cherries and raisins perhaps. The alcohol is noticeable but does not suggest 8.9%.

t: Upfront this is a very good beer. Subtle brandy soaked cherries followed closely by a pleasant little hop tingle. Then this beer just kind of disappears. Starts as 4.5 and then fades away.

m: The carbonation is fine but does not compensate for how thin this beer is.

d: Nit-picking aside, this is a tasty brew that disguises its 8.9% very well,

Photo of iceviper22
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Lancaster Brewery and bottled. It pours a nice deep brown to dark reddish color with a one to two finger head that fades quickly. It has an aroma of biscuits with some hints of caramel or toffee.

The taste is similar to the smell in that it has a very biscuity, maltyness, with some notes of caramel and toffee to sweeten it up just a bit. Little carbonation helps give it a nice winter warming mouthfeel.

Overall it is a prettty decent brew along with the rest of Lanaster's lineup. I would drink a few of these.

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

Pours a porter-like deep brown colour that has hints of lighter brown throughout and a big at first but quick to fade head that leaves marginal spottiness on the glass.

Aroma is a blend of a slight earthiness, some sweet caramel, a bit of chocolate, molasses, and some alcohol.

The flavour is similar, with molasses and perhaps a bit of brown sugar taking the lead here, sweet caramel still present and earthiness falling to the back. There are some bread flavours here as well, along with the alcohol that is still present throughout the course of each sip. It is warming and inviting, and certainly not distracting or overpowering in any way. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a definite oily slickness to it.

A nice, somewhat different Winter Warmer from Lancaster. This makes for a nice dessert beer or would work well as a sipper by the fire. Good stuff.

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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lancaster- Winter Warmer

A- Deep amber with a quick fizzing head.
S- Caramel and molasses. Brown sugar, honey and hazelnuts.
T- Sweet toffee/ caramel/ molasses malt. A touch of honey and brown sugar and a bit of bread crust.
M- Sweet and chewy. The flavor intensifies near the end. Lower carbonation with a touch of cloying.

Overall- Let this warm up a bit and the flavor comes out. Very nice. An easy session beer for the winter!

Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to FroggyFrog for the trade. Pours a dark ruby-mahogany hue with tawny brown highlights and good clarity. Beige head is dense and creamy, billowing up to a full fist in hieght, then gracefully sinking to a thick cap. Holds well and leaves patchy lacing. Caramel, mollasses and vanilla are the big elements of the nose, some piney hop aromas lurk in the background. Crystal and dextrin sweetness upfront, followed by vanilla bean and faint peppery yeast notes. Semi-drying aftertaste, mild grassy pine resin hop flavor and mellow bitterness that is decently balanced. The mouthfeel is super creamy- a light carbonation combined with a body full of dextrinous texture allows a vevlvet smoothness. Finishes with a touch of cardamon/cola taste, some light blackstrap flavor and lingering vanilla. Alcohol is masked and allows an ease of drinkability that could easily lead to hangovers.

Photo of jmc44
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copper color. Light, off white head quickly recedes and leaves virtually no lacing.

Aroma primarily of roasted malts, with hints of caramel and a touch of alcohol spice. Pleasant, but somewhat light.

Flavor is packed with roasted malts, much more complex than the aroma. Hints of caramel, raisin, and a slight nutty character. Hops have little presence in the malt-heavy beer.

The flavor is strong while not overpowering, a truly full-flavored beer. I found it to be quite easy drinking. It's medium-bodied and smooth, with a roasted finish. Quite a warmer.

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

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A---It poured mahogany with red hues and a large rocky off white head.

S---Burnt sugar and molasses.

T---Bread like base malt, brown sugar and late roast.

M---Medium bodied and over carbonated.

D---Malty yet well attenuated making it very digestible.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep coppery color. Nice off white head. Malty aroma though somewhat subdued. Nice, big malty flavor. Good bitterness to balance the malt. Some lingering malt sweetness. Good body-very smooth. A very drinkable and enjoyable beer. The complete package is very well done. I need to get a six pack instead of a single bottle.

Photo of Foxman
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a rather hazy,, earthy brown, with red highlights along the edges. A very thin layer of light tan head disappears promptly, leaving virtually no lacing to speak of.

The aroma is thin, but it does deliver smidgeons of roasted malt, brown sugar, caramel, and raisins. Alcohol is the most notable component in the nose.

Upon tasting, there's a pleasantly surprising increase in delivery, with dark malt sweetness carrying toffee, coffee, raisins, and dried sloe fruit. A muted but credible spcy floral hop presence leads into a much less restrained alcohol-ality. The malt bitters with a bit of char, and then dries considerably, delving into a fairly lingering, decently crisp finish. The flavor was a nice upgrade from the aroma.

Medium bodied, the malt came off almost chewy, and the hops lent a measure of tingle to the palate's experience.

After smelling it, I wasn't expecting a lot, and as I'm not the biggest "winter warmer" fan, my expectations were standard issue, but the flavor was fuller and more sensibly diverse than I was hoping. The ABV does it's job in helping it to live up to it's name, warming all the way down. Still, the palate's pleasure makes this something worthwhile. Goes to show, you can't always judge a book by its cover, or its aroma.

Photo of kmpitz2
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. A treat left over from the Dark Lord party we had in Illinois. This one pours a very deep and murky brown color with a light coating of head that falls to an almost full coat over top. There is a light bubble working up from the bottom of hte beer, and a moderate haze sits in the brew. Taking a smell, I find a big maltyness. Lots of raisiney and fig notes, with a caramel sweetness and a light puff of alcohol. I think it smells nice. Taking a sip, I find strong flavors of raisin and chocolate, with a hint of roast and caramel. There is a moderate puff of alcohol in there as well. Its not bad at all. Feel is a solid moderate, with a mild slickness to it. There is very little, if any, carbonation in there. Overall, I find this to be a pretty nice brew. There is a little more alcohol in both the nose and flavor than I like. I like the flavors, with a nice vinous fruit and chocolate. I would have it again.

Photo of oelergud
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown body almost opaque with a delicious looking tan tiny to small bubbled head that starts out big but dissipates to a thin float fairly quickly. Some lace.
Thick scent of chocolate and spiced caramel. Faint almonds.
Very good taste of chocolate, toffee and coffee. Very well balanced against the sweet are spiced but still mild hops. Aftertaste is burnt malts and stronger spiked yet rounded hops.
Full and chewy body. Plenty of coating and very slick.
Drinkability is great. This beer disappeared faster than I had intended it to.


Photo of garymuchow
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of SS '05. Many thanks fella's.

For the style the aroma is kinda' mild. Malt noted, that's slightly sweet and slightly fruity. Caramel at times and smoke-like at times.
Rather dark amber (brown) with a nice garnet highlights. Tannish head with decent staying power. Some viscosity on the glass. Good looking, epecially with leaving head bubbles on the glass.
Greater depth to the flavors than the aroma. Bold but not intense. Qutie drying. Fair amount of bitterness precedes drynes. Alcohol character is very low. A thin quality to the flavor.
I like the carbonation. It's fairly present, but unbelievably fine. Feel isn't as thick and chewy as I'd like, but okay. Moderately smooth and not that warm. Seems to thin up as sits.
Lacking robustness in all areas, except appearance. Not bad in anyway, just comes up short and incomplete.

Winter Warmer from Lancaster Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.