Old Man Winter Warmer - Lake Superior Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev +2.6%
A very good beer. For 10% abv the alcohol has taken a back seat which was a nice surprise. Very nice dark brown with good foam throughout. The aroma was bursting with fruit. So much so that it was difficult for me to pick out individual fruit. All this mixed with plenty of malts and molasses. Perfect for what its name implies - a "winter warmer." Makes me wish for the cold weather to stay.
01-28-2008 01:41:28 | More by Maerzen
4.1/5 rDev +5.1%
A- Deep, dark brown; almost black in color with ruby hues when held to the light. The head is one finger of tan head after a semi conservative pour. You cannot see through it because it is so dark.
S- Darkness. Over ripe fruits, such as plums, raisins, and grapes. There are some citrusy notes and florals there too. The malts are very sweet and burnt-like caramel. The alcohol burns the nose a little on the end of the whiff. VERY complex smell.
T- Served just under room temperature, the fruits are BUSTING out at the seams. Where do I begin....Dark red cherries, raisins, dark fruits, plums, same as smells. The malts are super sweet and syrupy with some caramel and chocolate like tastes. There is a lemon like zing there too. The alcohol taste is hidden pretty well, but it warms the chest like crazy on the way down. I honestly had to take my shirt off while I write this. WOW! This is a very complex beer.
M- Carbonation is about mid-way up the scale. Mouthfeel is thick to medium and leaves a sticky lacing or film on the tongue and hangs around there for a long time, even without taking another drink.
D- Style in mind here, it is very drinkable. Hmm...let's just say it is very sippable, that would be more accurate. It would be perfect for sitting by the fire on a cold night.
Overall- Unreal. No joke, I was NOT expecting all of these complexities from the nose, to the tongue, to the feel, to the aftertaste/burn. Absoultely amazing for what it is. It warmed me right up and was totally enjoyable. I loved it. GREAT JOB to the guys who made this.
12-29-2007 16:54:59 | More by MMAJYK
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
3.93/5 rDev +0.8%
Pours a dark brown with some red highlights. A small head forms but quickly departs to leave a ring. Leaves some nice lacing as the glass is drained.
I get sweet malt, dark fruit, and alcohol in the aroma. A bit of hay is also detected. A very inviting smell for winter consumption.
This is definately a beer that needs to be sampled at a higher temp. Maybe just cooler than room temp. or else you get a big blast of alcohol and all the flavors are lost. Once it warms the dark fruit and sweet malt comes through. The alcohol is still there for a hearty warming affect. Feels full-bodied and lively as it is consumed. I am not into big alcohol beers so it will limit my drinking of this beer except maybe once every couple of weeks. This barleywine is very good and unexpected. Now it just needs to be moved to its proper location on BA.
12-13-2007 00:08:06 | More by morimech
3.9/5 rDev 0%
Appearance: Dark ruby-brown, densely packed but small head.
Smell: Very sweet smelling, sugary, a little grassy note.
Taste: Brown sugar, caramel, molasses combine for a sweet beer that isn't overpowering or too rich, but just right. I didn't get any alcohol notes though it is a strong beer.
Mouthfeel: Very syrupy but good.
Drinkability: Hidden alcohol but tasty can be a dangerous combination.
Saw this at a trip to Blue Max and decided to give it a shot. I was pleasantly surprised. A barleywine on the sweet side but still very tasty. Recommended!
11-18-2007 00:52:41 | More by Mdog
4.28/5 rDev +9.7%
A - Deep brownish black color, a bright red dot visible when held up close to light. Light brown head is fluffy and pillowy, fades to an eighth inch. Lots of lacing right around the head, little dots further up.
S - Strong smell of sweet dark fruits, alcohol, roasty grainy cereal malt, faint chocolate and coffee.
T - Taste starts out with a bittery, oily and sweet fruity flavor, then some bready toasted malts with a cinnamony spice. Rich bitter coffee and toasty chocolate malts give a long lasting finishing flavor. Alcohol doesn't really hide but it's not bad.
M - Thick and chewy with light carbonation.
D - I always look forward to this stuff coming out each year. A great sipping beer, this will be putting me to bed tonight!
After having a few, I've found that it's definitely best served just under room temp.
11-02-2007 00:35:43 | More by umustdrink
4/5 rDev +2.6%
Into a pint glass, pours a dark brown to black, some faint ruby hues around the edges, hardly any head, or lacing for that matter. The aroma is warm and inviting, fruits and yeasty a bit, sweet, deep, pretty darn good. Its much the same in taste, lots of yummy malts, tons of different fruits, warming alcohol (is this really 10 ABV?), a smooth, delicious brew.
03-16-2007 01:30:33 | More by objectivemonkey
4.25/5 rDev +9%
Poured from one of only two kegs in the Twin Cities this year, and this is the first year I've even heard of it being available here...I may be wrong, though, ...
Utterly opaque chestnut brown, a toasty warm hue, with a slim cap of foam holding tight on top.
Aroma hits all the notes I dig in a barleywine (which this is. Despite the punning name, it's not a "winter warmer"...even says "barleywine" on the label.) Burnished cherry, cognac, leather, deep plums and ripe raisins. Sweet to be sure, but complex, even cavernous.
Taste: a gritty, grippy malty affair, lots of play on the tongue, lots of treats for the palate to toss about. Here comes the fruit, some cherry, berry, grape, and then the dark side trickles over, it gets wicked and more deeply delicious. Very wine-like in parts, somewhat close to a port, and then like a beefy burgundy.
Full-bodied, with a long, sweet, rich fruity finish. Alcohol isn't as huge as you'd think, but it creeps in and does the trick. This is an excellent "winter warming" barleywine...I can certainly appreciate it in the depth of winter, and welcome the comfort it brings.
03-10-2007 09:27:25 | More by feloniousmonk
4/5 rDev +2.6%
Old Man Winter Warmer. 2006. Black, green, gold and blue pressure sensitive label with white and gold lettering.
The Old Man pours a clear, deep-mahogany body with ruby, crimson, and deep orange highlights. The frothy tan head steadily drops to just a thin, big bubbled surface covering. An initial ring of thin, wide lace is left behind, but only a few spots and splashes beyond that.
Piney hops and yeasty fruitiness float atop a deeply caramelized maltiness in the nose. It's not bold, but clearly present; and welcoming.
The flavor delivers what the nose suggests, but with more maltiness at first drop. The hops appear almost immediately though, jumping in right up front. They're gently spruce-like, and well-infused within the rich malt base, appearing from start to finish. Along the way the malt delivers notes of deeply caramelized, almost scorched sugar that suggests roastiness, There are some softer notes of brown sugar, toffee, and nuts as well; and the soft yeasty fruitiness lends notes of apples, berries, and dark-skinned fruits. The fruitiness rounds the whole thing out and combines with the underlying alcohol to give it a subtle vinous character similar to rich, fortified wine. It's supported by a rock-solid bitterness, and piney hops return in the finish, bringing it, without question, back into the realm of beer!
Served at cellar temperature, this interesting and enjoyable strong ale really opens up it's malty, pine-strewn blanket of flavor. Well-balanced and delicately complex. Quite enjoyable!
01-20-2007 17:45:16 | More by NeroFiddled
4.25/5 rDev +9%
Bottle of the 05/06 vintage (I presume). Pours cloudy and turbid, not much of a head at all - more of a faint lace. Aroma of a dark fruity malt (figs? prunes?) along with some coffee and cocoa, faint rumminess.
Somewhere between a barleywine and an old ale - dark fruits again, with some serious depth of malt - almost EKU-28 like in its syrupy maltiness. Faint distant citrusy hops, but they're an echo in the valley. A port like quality is in here - toffee, raisiny - before finishing with a smooth cocoa-and-raisin slide down. Big n' chewy - great beer for a cold evening. Could have two, then fall down and go boom.
Thanks to BA JeffKrenner for the bottle!
This pint hoisted in memory of David C. T. Shang, who passed on December 15th.
12-18-2006 03:52:23 | More by sponberg
4.43/5 rDev +13.6%
2-3 year old sample from a private collection. The beer pours a dark ruby brown color with a thick, creamy head. Nice lacing. Aroma is complex... sweet malt, dark fruit (raisin, plum), perhaps some brown sugar and a mellow hop presence. The taste is heavy and malty, balanced with hops, more dark fruit, slight roastiness, fruit... oh, so good. Lots of good stuff in this package. Definitely complex and very enjoyable. Despite the alcohol content, this beer is extremely smooth and far too drinkable. I suspect that I could get into a lot of trouble with this one. A definite gem! I may just have to purchase a six-pack and cellar it for a few years.
12-08-2006 04:46:03 | More by bucko
3.9/5 rDev 0%
Originally reviewed on November 20, 2005. 12 Oz Bottle. This beer pours a wonderful opalescent ruddy brown, with orange and irovy fringes. Almost no head. From a distance, Im getting strong wafts of banana. Closer up, the aroma morphs into a raisin and brandy concoction, with sherry, strong vinous notes, and more banana. Unfortunately, the aroma is a little reserved. Flavor is a strong cream, cherries and brandy, with an almost pithy dry fruit soapy bitterness, that lingers from the hops which almost come out of nowhere at the backend of the profile. Mostly a profusion of fruit, that is sustained, balanced by dry and grassy hop notes in the background. The malt character and profile seems to seep into the shadows. An interesting panacea of ills, with a strong fruit presence, that remains somewhat muddled. The palate is smooth, creamy and yet bright; the hop dryness not making an appearance until the smack and finish. I do appreciate the way that hops play a role in this beer. Alcohol doesnt hurt nor help this beer. Missing a little depth and complexity.
11-28-2006 20:37:43 | More by CharlesDarwin
4.25/5 rDev +9%
A: Pours a cola looking concoction, yet much murkier. Head is very minimal, even at the initial contact with the glass. A small ring and light wisps of oatmeal colored head waver across the top of the brew.
S: Quite a bit of dried cocoa, cafe au lait, marshmallow cream, raisin and a touch of banana.
T: Begins with vinous prunes, vanilla and butterscotch. This beer probably had some pronounced bitterness at one point, but now it faintly chirps in the background. Brandy highs blend nicely with creamy milk chocolate and roasted toffee. Finishes with lingering chalky chocolate and dry barley.
M: Full bodied and fairly creamy
D: I liked this beer quite a bit. I think some age did this beer some good, as it's atleast a year old.
10-10-2006 03:32:33 | More by Westsidethreat
3.83/5 rDev -1.8%
Cloudy cola, translucent edges, and no head with a minimal ring. Alcohol-drenched cherry bon bon dominates the nose. Taste starts with a spicy alcohol hit, black pepper and malts. A slightly thin mouthfeel undermines the dark fruit flavors. The bitterness is drenched in a root beer rock candy flavor. The drinkability is good, but suffers from the high alcohol content and the lack of a smoother blend of flavors.
02-11-2006 01:45:21 | More by pentathlete
4.7/5 rDev +20.5%
This brew pours an opaque dark brown color with dark red hues around the edges. There is no head, and very sparce lacing. The aroma is huge. It screams of a barley wine or an old ale, rather than a winter warmer. Hops and malt fight for control of the aroma, and the winner is the person drinking the brew. The taste is rather balanced for a barleywine. The sip is a bit sweeter than it is bitter, while the aftertaste expresses some solid bitterness, and warming alcohol. The mouthfeel is full bodied with fairly low carbonation, and relative smoothness. I believe the smoothness of this brews mouthfeel with increase with some aging. Overall, this is a mighty fine barely wine.
01-15-2006 18:54:24 | More by KarlHungus
4.3/5 rDev +10.3%
Served in the 12 oz. bottle into the trusty 'ol DFH snifter. The color is a dark amber brown, with quickly dissipating head. The smell is a spicy alcohol mixed with a bit of a crystal maltiness. The taste features a good bit of chocolate and crystal maltiness with a tangy hoppiness and a surprisingly low alcohol...in fact, I was quite surprised to see that this was over 10% alcohol...mellowed quite nicely. Mouthfeel was about where it should be. As for drinkability, this is surprising and definitely could sneak up on you!
Thanks to the Monk for this brew. After a bit of cellaring, it's reached such a nice bouquet of flavors, with a nice maltiness mixed so nicely with a citrus hop, binded together by the warming and non-interfering alcohol. A nice beer, and one I wish was in the area!!!
12-28-2005 02:38:49 | More by beergeek279
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
4.03/5 rDev +3.3%
Dark amber in colour with a full and lasting head. Lots of yeast floaties, even though I was quite carefull in pouring this one. Sweet malty aromas with a bit of resiny hop. Fruity flavors (figs, raisins, baked apples) combined with some woody/tannin notes. Perhaps a bit of brown sugar in there too. Sweet but not cloying. It also has a very rich mouthfeel. It creates a slight warming sensation, but not much of an apparent alcohol punch. I was stunned to find out this had an AVB over 10%
08-08-2005 14:49:49 | More by fisherman34
4.43/5 rDev +13.6%
The hits from BIF 20 & Feloniousmonk keep rollin!
I am sampling a room temp bottle in a snifter.
The beer pours a deep ruby red with some chestnut hints. A soft spongy beige head foams up 1 cm and slowly recedes. The aroma is a mix of brown sugar, toffee, grassy/herbal hops, some hot alcohol, and a bit of roasted malt or maybe even smokiness??
Wow the nose is intriguing at least and appealing for sure.
First sip reveals a thick syrupy body, that allows for the fine mild carbonation to slowly glide across my palate. Flavor starts fairly sweet with some ripe dark fruit, plums and raisins mixing. There is also some red grape and a good hit of brown sugar again. This mixture is quite appealing and on the finish I get some chocolate and again either roasted malt or smoke. Very faint quickly passing hits of the smoke but I get it almost every sip. The alcohol is hidden much better than I thought it would be from the nose. It doesnt get warm until it hits my belly.
This is a nice winter beer, and hell I enjoyed it on this humid July evening. I would definitely buy this if I ever saw it!
07-07-2005 01:23:23 | More by sulldaddy
4/5 rDev +2.6%
Pours out to a solid brown in the glass with a moderate-sized head. The aroma is that of light fruit, citurs and prunes coming to the forefront. The taste is well-rounded, showing off a good dose of malt with the presence of raisins. A winter warmer for sure and a nice drink while a rare late-April snowstorm hits Michigan. Thank you to fantome for bringing me this one.
04-25-2005 00:51:56 | More by proc
4.43/5 rDev +13.6%
"A Barley Wine Style Ale" on bottle
This thick brew is a deep murky brown, almost not far from black. The tan head developes after a slow cascade show. Constantly bubbling. Some fishfood chunks floating around. Thick syrupy scent. Big taste, sweet and sryupy, caramel and chocolate tones.some hop bitterness, hint of alcohol as it warms. Definately a barelywine and definately dank.
02-24-2005 00:29:47 | More by Tballz420
4.4/5 rDev +12.8%
Served at 60 degrees.
Seems like a nice choice for a Minnesota-esque cold, snowy winter night here in Utah. Pours a rather dark brown. Looks almost stout-like. Capped by a nice-sized, creamy, tan head, with lots of nice glass-lapping lace. Big aroma of sweet dark fruits, molasses, rum, toffee, and sappy, piney hops. Sizable alcohol fumes are warming me already! Rich, sweet malt flavors up front. Starts with a toffee/bread sweetness and moves to a fruitier, more vinous sweet-tanginess. Bitter, sappy hops drip down en masse near the finish. They cut through the malty sweetness deftly. Alcohol burn settles in, but doesn't make me cough or anything. In fact I rather like it's warm glowing glow. Very good winter barley wine. Better than I remember/was expecting. Of course, I haven't had one of these in a couple years and it seems like the guys up in Duluth are getting better! Big, thick, syrupy mouthfeel. I'm glad to have this to help me stay warm.
02-08-2005 04:56:01 | More by alexgash
4.13/5 rDev +5.9%
Secret Santa 2004 #5
Extremely dark brown-to-black, some redness when held to direct light. Stable tan one-finger table top head.
Aroma as an early warning system: the moment I popped the top, a punch in the nose of alcoholic candy hit me, at arm's length. It's inviting and frightening at the same time.
A nice malty start, but not so cloyingly sweet as the aroma might have indicated. As the malt rolls down the center of the tongue, hops arise from the sides, providing a bit of balance without ever encountering the malt head on. The hops linger a tad after the malt, but are dispersed by a rising warm front of alcohol from the back of the throat. Not a burn, just a "warmer". Slow, satisfying fade all around.
Mothfeel is appropriately full for a barleywine/winter warmer (it is labeled as both). As to drinkability, while i wouldn't have two in a night, it's a shame I have only the one bottle.
Had not heard of the brewery previously, but this made a fine first impression. I could see how this could help with Minnesota winters.
01-31-2005 03:46:27 | More by RonfromJersey
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
3.85/5 rDev -1.3%
Pours a deep amber color that is quite clear but quite dark, almost approaching a deep night color. The head is creamy and a light brown color. The aroma is quite strong, with notes of alcohol, sherry, and a thick chewy maltiness. The taste is lightly sweet, and oh-so-smooth up front. It quickly moves to notes of sherry that is typical of an aged beer. This beer is pretty tasty, though there is a bit of harshness in the finish that seems to be contributed from some higher alcohols.
11-18-2004 22:04:33 | More by Gueuzedude
Old Man Winter Warmer from Lake Superior Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.