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Winter Warmer - Picaroons Brewing Co.

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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 16.21%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Picaroons Brewing Co. visit their website
New Brunswick, Canada

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewery description: This strong ale, with its deep mahogany color and intense fruity nose is our interpretation of a classic English barley wine. Its enjoyment lies in the balance between the rich maltiness, hoppy aroma and alcoholic warmth.

(Beer added by: Goldorak on 02-26-2005)
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

fostachild, Aug 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

DreamDeath, May 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

yancot, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of PorterPro125
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is the second winter I have purchased Picaroons Winter Warmer and I am pleased to say my thoughts have not changed a bit!

Serving Type: 500 mL Bottle

A- Pours a beautiful dark red/brown colour with little to no head. There is a thin skiff of foam that persists throughout the session.

S- The smell of this brew is reminiscent of a festive winter kitchen. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and fruity notes are quite noticeable. Raisin notes seem to take the forefront in the nose.

T- The taste is heavenly to say the least. Fruity and spicy, balanced by a small dosage of hops that shows itself towards the end of the finish.

M- Although it is classified as a barleywine, it doesn't quite have the full body of a typical barleywine. Medium to light body.

O- Although this is no doubt a great beer, I've grown tired of it after a 6 pack. Despite this, I must say that it is a beautiful brew that provides a pleasant alcoholic warmth that goes hand in hand with a cold winter night! If you can handle the intensity and alcoholic strength, I recommend that you pick this brew up if it is available in your area.

PorterPro125, Dec 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

byronic, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
4.21/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Side by side with a bottle of Garrison Winter Warmer. Each poured into 4oz tasting glasses. Admittedly, the two are listed as different styles, but they come from a pretty similar base.

A – clear, dark ruby colour with slight light tan head and good lacing. Very pretty beer to sip in front of the fire.

S – dark fruits like raisins, some cinnamon, malt.

T – lots of sweetness, dark fruits again, light spiciness, little hop bitterness at the end, great balance.

M – medium bodied, pretty smooth given the higher abv. Good carbonation.

O – got this beer less than a week old and man is it good. Picaroons batches tend to be inconsistent as a whole, but their Winter Warmer this year has been spot on. Lot of great dark fruits, hints of spices, hops, malt. Great drinkability, especially at 7.3% abv. Excellent balance. This is some of the best stuff Picaroons has churned out in years. And to be honest, it’s about time. If Picaroons finds a way to be consistent, they could be among the top breweries in Canada, certainly of English-style beers.

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Dec 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

cam477, Dec 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

ZachT, Sep 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

tbeckett, Jun 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

bessborough, May 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Isaacbrentmason, Feb 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

polloenfuego, Jan 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

TimeLincoln, Jan 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

CurtisD, Nov 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

TylerD420, Jun 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

patroy, Jun 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

skellock, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle from the brewery, picked up for me by a friend passing through on the way to Nova Scotia.

Poured into a nonic glass. Dark ruby-brown in colour, with a billowing white head that settled nicely as a thick ring. Lots of lacing.

Nose is earthy and rich in caramel, brown sugar, and with a bit of vanilla, dark fruit and leafy hops.

Similar tasting notes as in the nose. Lingering earthy and leafy hops, with a nice caramel, chocolate and vanilla entry. Dry on the tongue. Carbonation is a touch high, but several minutes of warming and air exposure calms things down and opens up the possibilities of this brew.

Like many other of my BA colleagues have stated, this is far more akin to a Winter Warmer than a barleywine, which really shows you how challenging ale categorization is when even the brewery itself calls it an "interpretation" of a barleywine. But since the brew is called Winter Warmer, and since it tastes like one, I feel can rate it as one - and it's a pretty enjoyable one at that. Earthier than I expected, but certainly pleasant and complex enough to be worth a pick up!

JohnnyBarman, Jan 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Skizem, Dec 23, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

schnarr84, Dec 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

abust, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of liamt07
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from cjbmcdon a while back, 500ml into a pint glass. Thanks Chris.

Pours an almost opaque dark brown with some mahogany and violet highlights, thin tan head with some good retention. Nose has some pressed red grapes, slightly wet wood and earthy notes, brown sugar and some dark fruits with an almost rotten note to it - not pleasant really, odd and almost 'old.' Some caramelized notes as well. Flavour has more of the name, some old dirty caramelized dark fruits with a weird bitterness that comes through around the middle of the mouth and battles with the sweetness. A bit of sourness, chocolate and some alcohol in the end. Carbonation is high and out of place, almost fizzy at points - swirling this around for a while did it a service. Unimpressive and uninteresting overall, betters as it hits room temperature but the verdict remains the same. Not a barleywine, but an odd winter warm that I don't think I would revisit.

liamt07, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of LazyL
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 500 ml bottle pours a dark red/ brown that looks almost black when not held to the light. The mocha foam starts off thick and creamy. The nose is stout like with some nice roasted malt, espresso, dark fruits and a little boozy. Very nice and representative for this style. The taste is all roasted malt and boozy Christmas fruit. The mouthfeel is dry and has a little bitterness on the finish that really balances out the sweetness. Overall this is a good beer and very easy to drink. Please make sure you dont drink it too cold as it really opens up as it warms. Perfect brew for a Winter evening, I feel warmer allready.

LazyL, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of spree92
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, as mentioned in other reviews, this is a Winter Warmer and not an English Barlewine. Now a review. 500ml bottle with no date that I could see.

A- A deep brown/mahogany all the way around. The fluffy, big-bubbled creamy head made a nice impression on me and the glass. Heavy lacing left behind.

S- Lots of stuff goin' on here. Roasted malts, toffee, vanilla and a touch of coffee are present. There is enough room for the hoppy aroma to fight through at the end.

T- The great balance of malts and hops are awesome. Everything from the smell is picked up during consumption.

M- Such a lingering, changing affect. Just when I thought there was nothing left, the bitterness hits late. The toffee notes are the ones that stick around the longest.

D- 7.3%, really! This is such a great beer and so well balanced that I slowly creeps into a fav category. Also note that this is much better and complex as it nears room temperature.

spree92, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of robnews
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stella chalice.

Nice hoppy malt with fruity notes on the nose. Pleasant smell.

Thick 3 finger head with vigorous pour. Dark almost stouty head with dark cherry like color.

Fruity taste, bitter with warmness throughout. Long aftertaste, kind of creamy. Definitely unique. Slightly harsh but drinkable. Hints of caramel. Not bad actually. Better than average. Yes I can finish it.

robnews, Dec 17, 2010
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Winter Warmer from Picaroons Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.