Winter Warmer Ale - No-Li Brewhouse
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Reviews by bluejacket74:
4/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
11-23-2013 01:12:31 | More by bluejacket74
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3.89/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
11-16-2013 22:37:03 | More by oberon
3.53/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
01-16-2013 06:13:41 | More by Beaver13
3.1/5 rDev -16.2%
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.
04-13-2012 07:18:58 | More by ElGordo
3.35/5 rDev -9.5%
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
06-12-2014 22:35:02 | More by Brutaltruth
3.38/5 rDev -8.6%
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.
12-30-2012 21:36:32 | More by blakelive784
3.68/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
03-18-2009 01:07:34 | More by hopdog
3.51/5 rDev -5.1%
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.
03-25-2014 20:45:35 | More by Paincane
3.4/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
12-30-2012 21:39:45 | More by kojevergas
3.48/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
04-10-2013 00:14:39 | More by flagmantho
3.79/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
12-24-2013 20:53:46 | More by JohnParadee
3.58/5 rDev -3.2%
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...
02-28-2010 13:53:41 | More by Bfarr
4.3/5 rDev +16.2%
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.
02-10-2008 20:50:48 | More by markgugs
3.49/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
01-30-2013 03:31:27 | More by beergoot
3.75/5 rDev +1.4%
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)
12-13-2012 21:21:30 | More by philbertk
Winter Warmer Ale from No-Li Brewhouse
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