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Winter Warmer Ale - No-Li Brewhouse

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Reviews: 25
Hads: 55
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 6.91%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: woemad on 01-24-2006

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Reviews: 25 | Hads: 55
Photo of jdshep
2.82/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Poured a nice amber head. Small and lacy. Great amber/red hue. It was really difficult for me to get the light caramel smell I finally got. With the taste and palate this could almost be a year round beer. In my opinion, it wasn't what I have come to expect about the winter seasonals. Not saying it was a bad beer, just not what I was expecting. To me, I got an acidic taste up from with the bitterness coming in on the backend. It was on the lower end of the medium body. (509 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, apparently part of No-Li's Expo Series.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber hue, with two skinny fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and mildly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some chunky iceberg profile lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of semi-sweet bready caramel malt, soft dark orchard fruit, a low-key orange and white grapefruit citrus bitterness, faint earthy spices, and a tame, lurking estery alcohol warmth. The taste is somewhat sugary toffee, softly grainy caramel malt, concentrated drupe fruit, a bit of seasonal spice - maybe some cinnamon, perhaps some nutmeg - fading weedy, piney, and citrusy hops, and ascending cold, steely booze.

The carbonation is adequate for the job at hand, what with its lifting frothiness, the body a sturdy middleweight, and more or less smooth, the malt taking on all comers, and even engendering a mote of creaminess as it warms. It finishes well off-dry, toffee this, caramel that, dark fruitiness over there, you get the picture, because the hops and alcohol kinda don't.

I suppose I shouldn't be so hard on this one, as one of the tenets of the style is a husky maltiness. Maybe it's my expectation of a PAC-NW brewer to hop the hell out of everything, but I know that to just be a (well-earned) stereotype. So, in the end, a tasty, engaging, and uber alles, warming (if edging on hot) winter brew. (1,403 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

RB

22 picked up today at the COOP but seen it around town at most of the usual haunts.. Pours a very deep red.. pretty clear.. light khaki head.. Smells like dark toast and malt extract stewed in water.. A bit of grassy/earthy hoppiness helps... Flavor is really weird to me, tastes like malt extract water .. Tons of toasty maltiness/melanoidin malt(?) without enough hop bitterness or (especially) hop flavor to balance.. Not a fan..

I could have been much worse on this one.. but perhaps my taster is broken tonight.. But I don't think so.

3.75/3.25/3/3.25/3 (564 characters)

Photo of chinchill
4.09/5  rDev +13%

22 oz bottle served in a snifter.
Cloudy brown-amber body with a weak head.
Aroma: toffee; dark bread; bisquits; plums; mixed spices.
Flavor: complex and dynamic, with a sweet start and a moderate load of hops kicking in mid-taste, adding mild bitterness and nice herbal and floral notes.
O: distinct, interesting and recommended. (335 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber red with decent head and nice lacing. Aromas of caramel, cinnamon, and spice. Tastes of medium roasted malts of caramel and light brown sugar up front with bittering hops and cinnamon and nutmeg dominating the aftertaste. A hopped up ESB, not fantastic but not undrinkable although could use more alcoholic umph! to make it a true "warmer", although it is a creeper. Not the best of the winter warmers, but far from the worst. Cheers (452 characters)

Photo of Paincane
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Ruby amber hued body with a thick creamy tan head leaving behind good lace. Decent head retention.
S: Toffee, caramel malt aromas. A hint of spice and cinnamon becomes apparent as it warms.
T: Malt forward flavors start sweet with caramel, toffee and brown sugar notes. The finish is dry, lightly hoppy, spicy & bitter.
M: Chewy body that is smooth with a clean dry bitter back end.
O: Balanced spicy malt-centric warmer that is perfect for even colder spring days. (473 characters)

Photo of JohnParadee
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A nice beer to quaff. Minimal head, more than ample carbonation, not a great deal of lacing. Smells like you would expect an ale to smell. A little woodsy, even. Strong hop presence, firm bite at first taste. Good afterburn. I liked this ale well enough, but there was nothing terribly interesting or exciting about it. Just a good, solid ale with a pleasing taste. (365 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, it's a new arrival at my local beer store so I assume it's pretty fresh. It's the new red screen printed label so I think it's a 2013 bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear reddish/copper color with an inch off-white head that sticks around a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like citrusy hops, nuts, toffee, and some bready malt. It tastes like citrusy and spicy hops, toffee, nuts, bready malt, and some light fruit and vanilla. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and syrupy, and has a good amount of carbonation. It's certainly not a traditional winter warmer, but I think it's a good beer. It was certainly a nice surprise compared to the usual heavily spiced winter warmers out there. This is the first No-Li beer I've had, so I'll have to try more of their brews now. $7.99 a bomber. (858 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours into an impy nonic a clear brilliant ruby with a half finger slightly off white lacey head atop.Aromas of brown sugar,vanilla,and light nuttiness,not much hop presence.Flavors ar of that brown sugar and nut along with caramel toffee,a good smack of spiciness from the hops in the finish.My first winter seasonal of the year and yet again Iam left pretty impressed with No-Li. (381 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. I know we're past winter, but in the chilly early spring of Seattle, I could use a little warming.

Appearance: red-orange hue with a mostly haze-free body but several big floaties in the mix. A moderate effervescence leads to two thick fingers of pillowy tan foam, due possibly to an overzealous pour on my part. Still, a rather-attractive beer.

Smell: sticky-sweet and almost fruity aroma. There's a little bit of hop character here, but I think this brew could be best described as pear juice. Not necessarily a bad thing for the style, but really it is a bit over-sweet for me.

Taste: sweet and syrupy; somewhat appropriate but even for the style this is really sweet. Flavor is good, but ... holy diabetes, Batman!

Mouthfeel: moderate body with a decent carbonation. Honestly, from the syrupy flavor, I would have expected a little more body. It's alright.

Overall: I harped on the sweetness plenty above, but I should say that it's not wholly out of style. It is, however, largely out of my range of appreciation. Try this beer if you want a treacly dessert. (1,111 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured out with a crystal clear, copper-red body crowned with a thick, creamy head; lots of sticky lacing on the glass. The aroma presented a bold, bread-like malt character with hints of holiday spices. Warm, rich, and bitter feel; plenty of residual malt sugars; a somewhat biting character to the mouthfeel. Flavors hint at graham crackers, biscuit, plenty of hop bitterness, and a fair, underlying alcohol note.

There is an abundance of flavors to pickup on and, for the most part, come together well although the hop bitterness and alcohol presence overtake the malt goodness to a small degree. still, a good, journeyman winter ale effort. (654 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours hazy dark reddish amber with a smallish creamy off-white head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is figgy bready malts with some piney hops.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts, molasses, toffee and dark fruits with a decent piney hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a nice winter warmer. Good balance of sweet caramel, molasses and fruits with the piney hops. (451 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A: Pours a dark chestnut color with high levels of haziness. The head is a somewhat fluffy one finger light caramel color. Good texturing, retention, and lacing in general.

S: The well-hopped nature comes out immediately - there seem to be a lot of Centennial hops in this one, as the grapefruit peel and piny qualities make themselves known somewhat strongly. After a slight period of warming up, caramel, marzipan, toffee, and delicate winter spicing pop up. An enjoyable aroma that harkens back to Arrogant Bastard.

T: It's hoppy, but pleasantly so. Definitely a pine-forward hop profile, but the hops also seem to bring forth a slight nuttiness forward, as well. It will take a couple sips, but some very subtle spicing (ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, maybe even some vanilla) enters the back end nicely. The general balance of flavors is the trump card here - it could have been overhopped, but it skirts the line between winter warmer and IPA nicely. Once it warms up, it becomes sweeter and less hoppy.

M: It's a bit tingly and sharp, likely due to both the malt backbone and the carbonation. The flavors linger strongly on the finish and aftertaste, leaving both a lot of bittersweet syrupiness and slight hop oils. Feel wise, it does a good job of fulfilling the premise of a typical winter warmer.

O: I know I compared this to Arrogant Bastard in the aroma synopsis - but with the nuttiness, the piny hops, and the subtle spice esters, this bears a passing resemblance to Stone's ubiquitous strong ale, albeit with a bit more balance and craftsmanship. I wouldn't necessarily seek it out, but I'm nonetheless enjoying this one very well. (1,692 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

perhaps my favorite winter warmer of the year so far. and ive had some darn good ones. this beer pours clear red to amber in color, with two inches of fluffy khaki head that lasts. the nose features a lot of red malt, but also a small yet versatile spice profile, a int of vanilla, and a curious yeast strain. the vanilla and red malt interact beasutifully in the flavor, with the spice being almost not there at all. the alcohol is also well disguised, and its sort of sweet, without being sweet, like the flavor of brown sugar without the feel. very well dont, flowing, complex beer. super drinkable too, with a medium body and that peculiar lightness that ive now come to associate with all no-li beers. not sure how to explain it really, because the carbonation is nothing remarkable, it just seems to work. probably my favorite beer to date from these guys. (862 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

7.5% ABV confirmed. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired by my friend Brendan in Fort Collins and served into a La Chouffe stem-tulip in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Cost was $6.99.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of nice cream, decent thickness, and good retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a semitransparent semitranslucent deep rich amber. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Looks good for the style. This is shaping up to be pretty good. Retains at least five minutes.

Sm: Rich toasted amber malts, biscuit malt, traces of biscuit yeast, rich caramelization, and a fair amount of subtle floral hops considering it's a winter warmer. I like that it's toasty and caramel-heavy without coming off too sweet. I can't wait to try it. An inviting aroma of moderate strength. No alcohol is detectable.

T: Toasted amber malts and some biscuit malt alongside well executed caramel undertones . Some residual underlying sweetness emerges mainly on the climax accompanied by slight hop bitterness. All around it's toasty and caramel-heavy - right on par for the style - but the sweetness and hop bitterness strain style conventions to its detriment. Still, I like the experimentation and the balance seems to hold up for the most part. Well layered, with some emergent complexity. Little yeast comes through, nor does any alcohol.

A bit too much hop bitterness is its main flaw. That doesn't belong in a winter warmer.

Mf: Surprisingly creamy, actually - an attribute I rather fancy. Smooth and wet. Slick but complementary of the flavours. Nicely thick, supporting its flavour profile. Carbonation is a bit high but it's forgivable.

Dr: Quite drinkable for its high ABV, which is itself nowhere to be found. I quite like it. It's a good offering for the style. I'd have it again. A good winter warmer from No-Li.

B- (2,033 characters)

Photo of blakelive784
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pt 6 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a tulip, reviewed live:

A - Pours a nearly transparent, dark copper/amber color with two fingers of light tan, sticky head. Retention is pretty good, especially considering the high ABV. Inviting.

S - Sweet toasted malts, caramel, piney hops notes and some indistinct spice. Smells very well balanced, even with the heavy malt presence.

T - Heavy caramel and toasted malts open. Spicy through the restrained hoppy finish, though it has enough bitterness to offset the full malt body. Bready yeast finally come through. Bitterness lingers. No alcohol comes through.

M - Thick and heavy. Smooth and wet.

D - Very well balanced and highly drinkable for the high ABV. Good quality. I'll try other beers from the brewery based on this one. (786 characters)

Photo of philbertk
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. Bottle purchased @ Fremont, Seattle PCC for $6.00 + tax. Eighth inch lacy off white thin wispy head. Hint of tight sediment. Clear rich bronze red color. Enticing appearance. Toasted floral hop dark fruit raisin hint front. Medium textured slightly cloying sweet lightly roasted caramel fruit spicy malty body. Mildly hot subtle hop spice fruit end. Crisp and clean at start but finishes a touch fruity from sediment. Tasty, unique, well made Winter Warmer. Nice spicy notes. (3.75 / 5.0) (495 characters)

Photo of ElGordo
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a deep, fairly opaque orange-copper color, topped by a very small, creamy white head. Aroma is big on herbal and fruity notes from the hops, backed up by a large amount of pale and caramel malts.
Palate is malt-forward, with caramel and pale malts providing a mildly sweet yet dry base. The assertive yeast lends a somewhat spicy note that blends well with the lightly fruity esters from the hops. Mouthfeel is full and a little creamy, with a warming finish. This is not the most subtly crafted winter ale, but it's nice enough, and the body is quite nice. (613 characters)

Photo of Bfarr
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As a winter warmer, this beer has an unusual light sienna color. It definitely delivers in the ABV warmer category but it's herbal tea aroma gives away it's red ale chatacteristics. Don't get me wrong, I love a red ale; it's just not what I think of when I think of a winter warmer. Initial hop bitterness levels out quickly to a sweet, creamy finish. It goes down very easily and will certainly warm you on a cold day. Or maybe it was because I was sitting near the fire... (474 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a very attractive clear coppery amber color with a thick, creamy, light khaki-colored head that had very good retention and lacing.

The aroma was mostly malty sweet with a touch of spice. The flavor was similar with a noticeable metallic taste on the finish. Not very much in the way of spice showed up on the tongue.

The body was OK, if a little on the thin side. Drinkability was good, but not special. Overall, a decent enough example of the style. Not outstanding, but also not terrible. (531 characters)

Photo of hopdog
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle acquired in trade with riversideAK (thanks!).

Poured a medium amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of earthiness, floral hops, lighter pine, and some citrus rinds. Tastes of fruitiness, caramel, lighter earthiness, and caramel. Some hoppy, spiciness in the finish as well. (307 characters)

Photo of alva
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle bought for $5.49 at Mercer QFC in Lower Queen Anne, Seattle on Jan 15, 2009.

I've never seen a beer from Spokane in Seattle before. I wasn't expecting much, but this beer pleasantly surprised me.

The pour was really murky and there is a significant flock of yeast left in what remains in the bottle. Yeast in the bottle isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it seems excessive in this case.

Luckily, the aroma of this beer is quite good. A butterscotch maltiness was immediately noticeable and complemented perfectly with floral and spicy hop notes.

The malty flavor and body do not disappoint. It's quite bitter and there's a hearty and delicious maltiness. The very present ethanol provides just the right degree of "warmer".

Overall, this is a good beer. I will probably buy it again and will be on the lookout for other products from Northern Lights. (869 characters)

Photo of markgugs
4.27/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass, thanks to my friend David from Spokane (consumed 2/9/08)

A: Pours a cloudy brown with amber edges, with a minor 1/2-finger tall bubbly white head. Some minor lacing appears, but doesn't stick around too long.

S: Aromas are predominantly roasted malts with some minor spicing to complement it, I do wish a more pronounced hop boutique would make itself known.

T/M: Why? Because this beer is seriously hoppy! Right off the bat, the hops bite your tongue, it's a bruiser! And it's well-crafted too, as a sweetly roasted body balances things out, before the hop bitterness batters the palate again. Some notes of orange & nutmeg spicing are present too, but nowhere near overpowering. Great silky mouthfeel spreads these great flavors throughout as well.

D: This beer was superb, provided your tongue can handle the bruising hops, I highly recommend it. (899 characters)

Photo of RJLarse
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one was on tap at the Elk Public House in Spokane, WA. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a DARK red/copper color. A rocky white head forms and is very resilient. Plenty of sticky white lacing on the glass.

The smell is foresty, pine trees, and strong.

The taste is tangy and bitter. Evergreen and charcoal flavors dominate. A very bitter brew all the way around.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean.

This is a very drinkable beer. It's a little heavy, but seasonably so. Nice winter ale. I'd have it again, and I'll look for it in a bomber. (552 characters)

Photo of woemad
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big-ass 22oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane.

Poured a cloudy brown color that took on a reddish hue when held up to light. Two-inch light tan head that stuck aroound for a while, then receded to a foam collar. Horizontal and vertical streaks of lace left on the sides of the glass.

The smell is rather interesting. There's a sweet caramel maltiness accompanied by a spicy, peppery, piney hoppiness. Many a moon have passed since a NL beer has smell this interesting and this...good.

Mmm. This tastes good! The sweet maltiness is more complex in the taste than in the nose. In addition to caramel, I'm getting a bit of that sweet candy sugar taste that one normally finds in Belgian ales, but it's very restrained. The second half of the taste is given over to the hops, which close the proceedings with a satisfying dryness that contrasts nicely with the beginning sweetness.

This is a medium bodied ale. One can feel the malty/hoppy contrast in the mouthfeel.

This is a tasty beer. I have a love/hate (mostly hate) relationship with Northern Lights. Many of their beers seem uninspired, the brewpub seems to go out of their way to hire dreadful servers, and the food prices are inflated. But if this beer is a sign of how things are there these days, I may have to buy a few of their other beers and see if I can re-connect with them.

There's also a dry hopped version available on-tap at their brewpub. (1,437 characters)

Winter Warmer Ale from No-Li Brewhouse
83 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.