Old Man Winter Warmer - Lake Superior Brewing Company
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2.4/5 rDev -38.5%
Pours a very dark chestnut brown color with amber edges when held to a light source and a very thin off-white head that immediately disappears, leaving not trace of lacing.
Earthy leathery malt aroma with hints of chocolate, dirt(earth), alcohol and dark fruits, namely prune and raisin.
Slightly watered down with some earthy malt flavor, subtle alcohol and earthy hops. Similar to an English style barleywine, but not a good one. Leathery malts, dark fruits, again mostly prune and raisin. Sweet alcohol with some soft carbonation up front making it pretty drinkable for the ABV. Dry finish with bitter hop notes. I wasn't a fan of this one at all.
10-15-2009 06:29:07 | More by corby112
2.6/5 rDev -33.3%
A - This one is a dark, clear red with a little head.
S - A nice caramel smell
T - There's a strong hop flavor here. Otherwise, it's missing a lot of the complexity I was hoping for. It's an over-hopped American beer with a high ABV.
M - There's some bitterness but mostly an alcohol burn.
D - I couldn't drink much of this because of the high ABV and bitterness.
12-29-2007 06:24:18 | More by ntillemans
2.7/5 rDev -30.8%
Another extra I had received recently. I had never actually heard to his one before, so I really was flying blind into it. Served at cellar temp and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 05/19/2009.
The pour was decent, nothing earth shattering here, with a ruddy copper color, light reddish tint to it, but again nothing really standing out much for me. Light crown of white was on top initially but that also faded quite quickly leaving the top essentially bare. Aroma was a bit hot, lots of caramel and bready malts, hints of what may have at one time been a piney hop bite had faded into a mellow, and messy malt monster. Again the flavor misses the mark for me, too hot and not enough balance for me to be honest. Almost a medicinal quality to the taste as it warms, light candied sugar tries to save it but really does not come across well. Light carbonation, almost old ale like, but again, not very interesting.
Overall not bad per se, but nothing to write home about either. I just think it tried to be too strong and that really drown out any hope it had for a mellow and balance feel. A bit of a mess.
05-20-2009 16:17:33 | More by mikesgroove
2.8/5 rDev -28.2%
12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a shitty highball glass in a hotel room in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average merely from the style. Acquired as part of a mixed sixer at the Four Firkins.
Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a half finger beige-khaki colour head. Nice cream and thickness. Underwhelming retention, but excusable given the ABV. Colour is a very dark dull nontransparent brown. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.
Sm: Toffee, amber malts, heavy biscuit malt, old ale-esque notes, dark fruit (plum), and raisin. Toffee and plum are dominant. A pleasant aroma of moderate strength. No alcohol is detectable.
T: Sticky plum and toffee, with sugary sweet biscuit malts throughout. Not as hoppy as I'd expect from an English barleywine; any hopping is minimal at best and blandly floral. Raisiney. Dark fruits. The stickiness is a bit of a turn-off. Sort of messy, but not as boozy as you might expect. Not real balanced or complex. I'm not particularly impressed. No yeast or alcohol comes through - quite an achievement at this high an ABV. Overly sweet.
Mf: Smooth, wet, and above all sticky. Not at all creamy. Good thickness, but too heavy on the palate for the lack of diverse flavour. Certainly full bodied. Carbonation is off; I can't tell in which direction. Somewhat chewy. Too sugary.
Dr: Drinkable for the high ABV. I wouldn't have it again, but it's not bad. Well priced. A decent barleywine, but not one worth seeking out.
11-26-2012 03:17:12 | More by kojevergas
3.05/5 rDev -21.8%
Received from JeffKrenner as part of my BC2 package. Thanks!
There was a loud hiss when I popped the cap. It poured with a gigantic dark beige head, some chunky lacing, good retention. The beer was dark brown, nearly opaque, a little hazy around the edges. Warm malt aroma with herbal hop notes, some caramel. Bitterness was solid, but not overly strong. Hefty malt backbone that didn't have cloying sweetness. Herbal hops throughout with a bit of peppery spice in the finish (plus a little warmth). Hints of chocolate were present once it warmed. The carbonation was way too high and very distracting - to the point that it was difficult to tell what flavours were present. It seemed like a decent beer, but the carbonation level was a serious problem. I really don't expect this type of texture from a "barley wine style ale".
02-02-2008 03:47:42 | More by DrJay
3.3/5 rDev -15.4%
Pretty dark brown-garnet color with a big tan head.
Aroma of bread, fruit, toffee; not much hop smell.
Flavor has an almost scorched sugar taste. Very strong caramel, malt, fruity tastes of blackberry. Also a bit of licorice. Hop bitterness adds a decent balance.
A lot of the dark malt, scorched nature in the aftertaste. The dark malts seem to dominate so much that this should be categorized more like an imperial porter than a barley wine.
Not that drinkable; a little too harsh for me.
10-30-2005 18:33:07 | More by joedon
3.38/5 rDev -13.3%
12 oz bottle, thanks to grub for sharing.
Pours a nicely clear dark red, some light brown and orange hues, thin off white head forms, forms a thin ring around the glass, some lace spots stick around, looks nice. Smell is strong, lots of alcohol jumps out, brown sugar, raisin, lots of fruit, strawberries, cherries, fusels, very sweet, sherry, pretty interesting. Taste is similar, very sweet and fruity, shery, caramel, raisins, brown sugar, alcohol, nutty, watery and slightly bland, a bit of a bitter and spicy astringency in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, goes down easy but is a little weird and not very exciting. Thanks Russ!
02-07-2009 22:22:04 | More by Viggo
3.48/5 rDev -10.8%
This beer pours dark ruby in color with a slight tan head. Aromas of brown sugar and maybe a little earthy hop note. This beer has a nice full texture but the flavor is pretty much one dimensional. Concentrated sweet malt flavor dominates with not much hop bitterness to balance for my taste. It does have a nice toasted malt finish but I'd like to see a bit of bitterness in there somewhere. If you like 'em sweeter this might be for you - its not really cloying but
doesn't have much complexity.
02-10-2003 18:20:22 | More by jeffboo
3.5/5 rDev -10.3%
10.3%. Good warm up for the main event tonight.
We used to drink a fair amount of Lake Superior, years ago when it was one of the few "micros" at the bottle shop just down the street from our old house; Kayak Kolsch was once one of the wife's favorite brews. This is one I haven't seen before this winter.
Smell is downright excellent, lots of dark sweet fruit flowing out of the pint glass. Taste doesn't quite follow suit. Both the sweetness & the fruits are present, but muted, with the alcohol rushing in a bit unpleasantly to disrupt their little tango. It's distracting. I couldn't drink more than one of these.
Interesting to see what a year or two would do to this beer. Right now it's got a fine nose on it, & I suspect if the booze were toned down a bit, this would be a winner. As is, it's pretty good, but not as good as the smell advertises.
01-11-2009 02:29:34 | More by maximum12
3.5/5 rDev -10.3%
A 12 ounce bottle poured into my nonic Imperial pint glass. Appears a clear chestnut / crimson color with about two fingers of quickly fading light ecru foam. Nose and flavor are of brown sugar, raisins, cherries, plums, a touch of cocoa and rich roasted grains. About medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Glad I was able to try something from this brewery, a first for me.
05-21-2009 23:34:50 | More by ClockworkOrange
3.53/5 rDev -9.5%
Twist off cap, kind of odd. Bottle says barley wine, BA says winter warmer. Confusing start here...
Pours a deep, really deep, reddish-brown color (nearly black) with a decent head. Smell is very malty, with nearly a bit of bourbon like hint. Taste is a bit harsh and the alcohol is very evident. As it warms, the taste seems to mellow or perhaps it's just the alcohol kicking in.
One bottle in a sitting on this one, can't see putting down too many more than that.
11-25-2008 05:02:09 | More by jpalarchio
3.53/5 rDev -9.5%
Lake Superior Old Man Winter Warmer is a beer I've been hearing about for years so I was eager to finally get a sample of it. A hard pour get a finger of creamy foam which collapses pretty quickly. Carbonation doesn't seem to really be part of the equation, though it would be hard to gauge anyway due to the deeply opaque black brew. Nose is bitter chocolate and notes of butterscotch, molasses, and alcohol. The flavor is smokey dark malt, baker's chocolate, molasses, and some sharp grassy/herbal hops off the back. Mouthfeel is smooth and semidry, but there's a bit of alcohol bite which actually accentuates as the brew warms. Very likely the biggest bottled beer made in Minnesota, approach this one with caution- ABV is not listed on the label, but it's probably high-ish. But do give 'er a try...
01-10-2010 01:19:16 | More by shadow1961
3.54/5 rDev -9.2%
Tasted 6 February 2013, reviewed from notes.
Pours deep and clear, an enigmatic color - an interesting blend of dark amber, brown, and red. Intriguing. Thin layer of yellowish head, gone quickly, leaving only a little lacing. Nice color, not much foaminess.
Smell is woody and loaded with dark fruit. Plums, brown sugar, a touch of smoke. Nice.
Taste is similar to the smell, but it drifts off into a messy realm where an odd bitterness (alcohol?) dominates, leaving those pleasant fruity and smoked wood flavors in the dust. Not bad, not great. I want more sweetness, more depth, more oomph.
Feel is fine. Medium-heavy body, slightly sticky, with a lasting finish. Carbonation is right on the low edge of what I'd consider acceptable.
Every piece of this beer is fine or better, but as whole, it's meh. Overly bitter in the flavor, and given the ABV, I want a lot more flavor and complexity than I'm getting. Woody, smoky, and the smell's promise of fruit wasn't backed up by the taste.
02-10-2013 04:43:19 | More by zeledonia
3.55/5 rDev -9%
Pours into a snifter a ruby hued brown color. The head is thin and tan in color. Reduces to a ring around the glass. A little lacing.
Not a real strong nose, but does present notes of apple, brown sugar and hops.
Quite metallic up front, dark fruit juice, solid earthy and spicy hop presence, malty and boozy on the back end. Seems like a little age would help this one open up and meld a bit. Definitely gets better as it warms up to room temp.
Feels a little thin, especially at this abv. Soft carbonation with a dry finish.
Not sure why it's listed as a winter warmer when it says on the bottle it is a barleywine. However, this drinks pretty well despite the high abv. It seems to need some age to really be a good beer. Worth a try, but probably better to cellar at this point.
11-19-2010 03:11:40 | More by jera1350
3.58/5 rDev -8.2%
Purchased just outside of Duluth; bottle serving in a glass. Pour with a heavy body, foamy head that dissipates to a layer of creamy foam. Very dark amber, coffe-ish, purple edges and clear.
Malt is profound. Faintly of alcohol. Coffee, toffee, dark caramel malts. Winter spices are evident.
Tastes boozy; caramel and bitter is not balancing very well. Could have been hopped a bit more with nobles. Some grassy in there.
Mouthfeel is actually pleasant; cleans up well and leaves an aftertaste that is not overwhelming at all. This is definitely a winter warmer. I could not drink a bunch of it in one sitting; probably two at the most. It is a rich beer that is a good craft warmer.
01-30-2011 01:29:20 | More by MinnesotaRIS
3.6/5 rDev -7.7%
12ozer bottle from Garymuchow as part of BIF10. Thanks for the opportunity.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/8" light tan head above the reddish mahogany brew, which is filled with suspended particles, even after a careful pour. What head there was recedes to a layer of small bubbles covering the surface, and lacing is okay, both somewhat as expected for the style. Dark fruits, sweet malts, and alcohol combine to form the aroma. Certainly smells warming. Taste is dominated by the sweetness of malts, which gives way to the dark fruits, and finally the alcohol. warming all that it touches, as promised. Could be balanced a bit more. Mouthfeel and drinkability are okay, but even for the style the assertiveness of the sweet character nears cloying, and that kind of limits the enjoyment for me. If sweet barleywines are your thing, this is one for you.
11-30-2004 01:46:00 | More by ppoitras
3.73/5 rDev -4.4%
A= Pours a dark brown burnt caramel color. The head rises to a small skin on top of the glass that falls to a ring and leaves a little lacing but not too much. A pretty basic barleywine color. The head is a bit surprising due to the age on it. Three years old and it still holds some carbonation with a screw cap.
S= The smell still contains a bit of alcohol right up front. First thing other than alcohol I noticed is a sort of toffee sugary aroma. Toasted malt and a touch of dark fruit. Mostly a sticky sweet toffee aroma however.
T= The taste is much smoother than the aroma leads it to be. The alcohol is well hidden and the malt comes off a little less sweet and a little more roasted. The flavors are a bit mild however for such a large beer. Leaves me wanting a little more.
M= Still holding a bit of carbonation which is nice and the mouth isn't super sticky.
O= A quality beverage for sure. The flavors are melding nicely but the flavor isn't as powerful as I expected it to be. Light on flavor. I'll have to buy some fresh to see if the flavor diminished with time or if this is just how it is.
12-10-2011 05:21:25 | More by jjanega08
3.75/5 rDev -3.8%
Deep translucent cherry/amber color, latte-like head of 1/8 of an inch. Sweet aroma, some smells of blueberries. heavy body, tamed carbonation, and a strong sense of plums spiced by cloves. A very abrupt bitter finish, partly suggestive of alcohol, but also of a good effort at hopping to achieve balance. Could have been a better transition there. Actually, I liked this beer and think its one of Lake Superior's better ones.
11-18-2002 06:51:09 | More by ADR
Old Man Winter Warmer from Lake Superior Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.