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Winter Warmer Ale - No-Li Brewhouse

Winter Warmer AleWinter Warmer Ale

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34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 8.8%


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Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: woemad on 01-24-2006)
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Paincane

Georgia

3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 20:45:35 | More by Paincane
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JohnParadee

Delaware

3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2013 20:53:46 | More by JohnParadee
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

Into a pint glass:

A: semi hazy yet somewhat dark red colored body with a finger's worth of white foamy head that dies to a cap covering the top of the body, adequate yet somewhat foamy lacing clings to the top of the glass, spider webs after a good minute

S: some citrusy hops up front with a decent backing by the nuts, toffee and a sort of bready malt; still after a bit of warming a really super nice spiciness comes through

T: spicy yet somewhat bitter and also sweet breadiness making just an all around great flavor, slight bitter hoppy aftertaste and dry finish

M: semi-light but bearing a resemblance to a close medium body, semi-sessionable, carbonation has a harshness not like most winter warmers, but I like it for the most part; seems almost reminiscent of an AIPA

O: holey moley, where did this come from - No-Li, hey great job - way to knock this one out of the park, best one by No-Li perhaps. I'm ready for the holidays now!

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 00:55:56 | More by BeerKangaroo
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 01:12:31 | More by bluejacket74
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oberon

North Carolina

3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 22:37:03 | More by oberon
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flagmantho

Washington

3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 00:14:39 | More by flagmantho
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beergoot

Colorado

3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 03:31:27 | More by beergoot
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 06:13:41 | More by Beaver13
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 22:44:45 | More by ThisWangsChung
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 20:06:59 | More by StonedTrippin
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kojevergas

Texas

3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
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-

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 21:39:45 | More by kojevergas
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blakelive784

Colorado

3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 21:36:32 | More by blakelive784
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philbertk

Washington

3.75/5  rDev 0%
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)

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 21:21:30 | More by philbertk
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ElGordo

Oregon

3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 07:18:58 | More by ElGordo
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Bfarr

Washington

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2010 13:53:41 | More by Bfarr
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beertunes

Washington

3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2010 01:40:40 | More by beertunes
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2009 01:07:34 | More by hopdog
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alva

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 23:51:35 | More by alva
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markgugs

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 20:50:48 | More by markgugs
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RJLarse

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2006 05:39:09 | More by RJLarse
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woemad

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2006 08:35:18 | More by woemad
Winter Warmer Ale from No-Li Brewhouse
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