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Winter Warmer - Lancaster Brewing Company

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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 watermelonman
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured to a very dark purple and red color. The head was medium but faded pretty quickly, and there's no lace.

The smell lets through a slight hint of fruit under a good deal of alcohol. The taste is similar, bringing dark fruits up front and adding a good festive hop kick. The mouthfeel is pretty sharp. Still, it's not too hard to drink.

watermelonman, Mar 12, 2005
Photo of Dithyramb
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Wells just the other day to help keep me warm during our late winter storms. Quiet winter scene--with an applicable snowflake--on the label with no expiration or born on dating
Pours a deep wood brown with not too much head or carbonation
Sweet and fruity malt aromas
Molasses and caramel malts are the main flavors. Has very faint bitterness and alcohol profile. Unlike a lot of the warmers out there, this one is subtle and nice, without the knock-you-down spice flavors that destroy your tongue for the evening. Therefore, this is not your standard Xmas beer, but one that will adequately keep you warm at night.
Has a medium mouthfeel with lingering sweet malt tastes. Overall, I had this brew a few months back on tap at Thirsty’s in York and liked it better that way. However, the low spice profile and nice candy sweetness would have me finishing the sixer.

Dithyramb, Feb 28, 2005
Photo of santoslhalper
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearence: Pours a near-perfect, clear burgunday with a thin beige head.

Smell: The smell is not too over-the-top spicy like most Winter Warmer's I've had. And I'm glad.

Taste and Mouthfeel: As with the smell, I'm glad this isn't very spicy. While I'm not a big fan of this style, this is an enjoyable tasting beer. The spices stay in the background and blend well with the malts. The alcohol volume gives it just enough kick to make it a killer sipping beer. The mouthfeel is a little thin.

Drinkbality and Overall: Definitly a great beer to drink while snowed in. Strong, powerful, and still incredibly pleasent. The alcohol gives it just the right amount of kick to keep you drinking, without being overboard. If Lancaster can continue to produce beers of this quality, they will be on the path to greatness.

santoslhalper, Feb 04, 2005
Photo of KoG
4.53/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with a ruby background and a light, frothy head. Leaves light lacing and keeps head around the edge.

Smells of coffee and fruit. Intriguing smell but very inviting nonetheless.

Taste is very well rounded. Hop flavors blend with coffee and roasted barley followed by a sweeter malt. Finishes a bit fruity with a hop flare. No presence of alcohol and a very interesting Winter Warmer interpretation.

Goes down smooth and can be very drinkable, although the ABV may catch up at 8.9%.

KoG, Jan 20, 2005
Photo of Fish113d
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pouring from a growler to a pint glass, it left a nice 2 cm milky, creamy head at the surface with nice latticework on the sides of my glass. The cascading to the top was beautiful to watch as well! It was a mahogany-red color (almost maroon) and looked very clean.

Upon smelling it, I got the sense of some sweet plums and caramel malts. Even some chocolate malts came to the surface as well, which made things seem very interesting. I also found some SLIGHT hoppy aromas as well.

Taking the first sip, I could taste the caramel and the plummy taste right away. Also, the chocolate malts come through in the middle of my palette. A nice, sweet, alcohol swallow finishes this beer off with a slight plum aftertaste, which was pretty decent.

Mouthfeel- The carbonation hits the tip of my tongue right away, but the smooth malts help coat my tongue with yummy goodness. The alcohol leaves a slight warming feeling in my belly along with a slight slight burn on the way down the back of my throat.

I loved this beer enough to buy a growler of it at Lancaster, and I recommend having a pint or two to anyone loving seasonals!

Fish113d, Jan 05, 2005
Photo of hungryghost
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at a holiday tasting.
Poured a dark ruby color, not big enough a glass to properly test the head.
Aroma is complex with winter spices, orange, and sweet pine kinda.
I get a taste of malt that did not really hit me in the scent. This Winter warmer is smooth and still full bodied, with possibly a tiny hop finish. It finishes dryer than expected.
The entire experience is a good one, but I must move on after two samples. There are others to try this day.
What can I say, these guys never fail to impress me...

hungryghost, Dec 31, 2004
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 GCBrewingCo
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured crystal clear deep amber brown. The head was off-white, frothy and lasted low to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty with a deep caramel presence. A prominent biscuit aroma was present with some fruity esters and slight molasses presence.

The flavor was malty and bready with molasses flavors. The beer was quite fruity and the end result of the deep dark caramel and fruitiness was a nicely complex beer. As the beer warms an interesting chocolate flavor emerges which only bring additional complexity. The bittering was well achieved to balance the maltiness.

The finish was just barely dry with an interesting fruity malty chocolate impression that continues to dry out over time. The body was medium full to full and well accomplished. There was a definite alcohol warming that occurred after the beer was consumed.

12 ounce bottle. I don't really know anything about this beer, but if the aroma could be more in tune with the flavor this beer would be a force indeed! The website says it is an Old Ale. At a $1.59 a bottle, this one was a steal...

GCBrewingCo, Dec 17, 2004
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 pezoids
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a deep amber in color that borderlines ruby. Nice, clear and bright with just a film of a head. The aroma brings forth fermented oranges, some pine, sweet malt with a touch of licorice. The flavor is light and has a fruity hop bite to it, along with a lingering bitterness. Some buttery notes in the texture and an apparent alcohol presence. An interesting beer and a nice winter sipper.

pezoids, Jan 18, 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
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Winter Warmer from Lancaster Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.