Winter Warmer Ale - No-Li Brewhouse

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85
very good

49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | 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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Photo of oberon
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of Beaver13
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of chinchill
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

Photo of ElGordo
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
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

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.11/5  rDev -17.3%
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

Photo of stephy1771
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of DKRowden
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of blakelive784
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Photo of bubseymour
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of jtd335
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of baklo
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of hopdog
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of KlayWey
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Paincane
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of RHVC59
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of LouZ
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Zach122
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of bernat1971
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
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-

Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of johnnyboy76
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of flagmantho
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Winter Warmer Ale from No-Li Brewhouse
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