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Winter Warmer - Picaroons Brewing Co.

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Winter WarmerWinter Warmer

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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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Reviews by yancot:
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

02-05-2014 03:57:53 | More by yancot
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Newfoundland (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3%

12-01-2013 04:02:14 | More by cam477
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Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%

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!

01-07-2012 21:09:14 | More by JohnnyBarman
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

06-11-2012 13:42:57 | More by skellock
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New Brunswick (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

12-17-2010 00:13:06 | More by robnews
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New Brunswick (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-14-2011 12:16:24 | More by abust
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New Brunswick (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.9%

05-20-2013 22:24:42 | More by bessborough
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Quebec (Canada)

2/5  rDev -45.1%

Appearance: Dark red, like a sherry with a crown of lace.

Smell: Weirdo...Picture this, those Popeye candy cigarettes you probably got at halloween back when you were a kid, take those and dissolve them in cinnamon flavored nail polish, that's the smell in a nutshell. Cheap powdered sugar, cinnamon spicyness that seems fake, and some volatile solvent.

Taste: Just about as off as the smell, some acidic sourness that I didn't enjoy, and that's pretty rare for me. Aftertaste is long, and there again just didn't do it for me. Infected? I hope so. I'm glad I split this with a dozen other guys because if had to drink it alone this Beer would have met an untimely death down the toilet.

02-26-2005 02:51:59 | More by Goldorak
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New Brunswick (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.9%

01-10-2013 14:57:39 | More by TimeLincoln
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New Brunswick (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.9%

02-03-2013 19:54:09 | More by Isaacbrentmason
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New Brunswick (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3%

11-14-2012 19:32:23 | More by CurtisD
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New Brunswick (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

05-18-2014 05:57:44 | More by DreamDeath
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -17.6%

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.

10-13-2011 00:25:06 | More by liamt07
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

06-27-2012 00:55:04 | More by TylerD420
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

12-10-2013 19:46:44 | More by byronic
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New Brunswick (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%

A: Poured with a large, off-white head that dissipated to 1/2-finger or so. Body is a deep, dark, clear shade of ruby red... it really looks black until you hold it to the light.

S: Strong malt sweetness in the aroma; some roasted and burnt notes as well, with hints of caramel.

T: Slightly fruity, with a high amount of roasted flavor at first, then finishes quite sweet with just a touch of bitterness. Very slight hint of alcohol warmth. Average duration.

M: Medium bodied, quite creamy, with average carbonation.

D: So, it's an English barleywine, and not a winter warmer? Either way, an enjoyable winter brew.

03-06-2010 14:01:54 | More by berley31
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Ontario (Canada)

1.88/5  rDev -48.4%

Bottled on: 08/02/10
From: Premier Wine & Spirits

A: Dark brown body with a thin ring of tanned head and no lacing.

S: Hard to distinguish what I note here. Malty base, some sour notes and something funky.

T: Strong malt base with some very displeasing taste to follow. Can't point my finger on it, but it's very displeasing.

M: Medium-thick bodied and medium carbonation. Leaves a very unpleasing aftertaste. Alcohol is also quite present.

D: Barleywine or winter warmer, this beer is quite aweful. I would not recommend this to anyone and it's extremely hard to finish - if I even can.

07-06-2010 03:05:44 | More by Long813
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

03-23-2011 01:23:30 | More by LazyL
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

01-26-2013 14:03:07 | More by polloenfuego
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3.28/5  rDev -9.9%

Color is a very dark amber. Not much of a head. The aroma is faint: some caramel and pumpernickel bread. The taste is fine, but nothing special. It's malty and bready. Somewhat bitter. The taste doesn't do that much for me. There's just not that much going on. I was expecting something bigger or more complex. It's certainly not bad, but it's not that interesting, either. Mouthfeel is fine. Sturdy and well carbonated. Drinkability is ok. This seems somewhere in between a bitter, hoppy, peppy beer and a heavier, complex winter ale

12-12-2009 07:02:18 | More by DoreenAndDave
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New Brunswick (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -3%

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.

12-22-2013 05:12:36 | More by PorterPro125
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Prince Edward Island (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%

It's a very dark, yet clear, beer. It seems dark brown, but is more of a deep red-brown. The head is pretty nice, and a little of it lasts pretty much for the duration of the drink. What does vanish leaves its traces on the glass.

It smells pretty good... a bit sweet and roasty, but to be honest... the fruity / sweet part of it almost has a hint of pee.

The taste is good. Pretty much what I expected from Picaroons. Supposedly, it's a "barleywine", but it tastes pretty much the same as a few dark beers I've had before. It's def. got a roasted character, tastes of dark / bitter chocolate, and does have some kind of a tartness / acidity like a fruity wheat ale.

It's a bit creamy, smooth, and carbonated pretty much just right. Maybe a bit overly so if you you let it run around over your tongue... it or the tartness leaves a bit of a tingling effect on the sides.

Quite drinkable!

03-13-2010 23:50:49 | More by PEIBeerGuy
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

This is the last of the Picaroon's given to me by my friend Keith. Thanks a million.

Appearance: Pours a very deep red, but almost black when poorly lit, with a nice offwhite/tan head. Nice retention, looks great.

Aroma: Big roasted malt, smokey, bready, notes of chocolate and apricots. Not as fruity as label suggests, but still present. Some modest hops.

Taste: Roasted Malt, dried fruit, cocoa. Nice bitterness in the finish. Very good tasting brew.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy, but not uncomfortably. Good level of carbonation. Overall, smooth and drinkable. A Pleasure.

Final Statement: I'm not sure how true an english barely wine this is, and it does not have the taste of a winter warmer. Essentially it has the characteristics of a baltic porter. Whatever you want to call it, it's wonderfully enjoyable beer, and I highly recommend.

EDIT: After reading the previous reviews, the first reviewer must have had a bad batch, which I have had from this brewery. I hope he tries the brew again, because it truly is a winner.

01-10-2007 00:44:03 | More by MMansfield
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Alberta (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -12.6%

500ml bottle poured into pint glass may3 2010

A a light brown with some red when held to the light, a fast falling thumbs width of tan head left a few patches of lace

S not too much some sour apple and a little vinegar

T again a little tart with almost a sour wine taste and some overripe dark fruit

M a little thin for the style but decent carbonation saves it from having a watery feel

D nothing special but nothing offensive either for 7.5% its was easy enough to drink

I think this my be my first beer from this brewer and I need to thank Moniker for that chance

05-04-2010 03:12:31 | More by wordemupg
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

06-18-2012 21:36:57 | More by patroy
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Winter Warmer from Picaroons Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.