Harpoon Winter Warmer - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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2.1/5 rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
Notes from 2001: Way too much spice this year, takes away from the malt and subtle hops. I wish they would bring this beer back to what it used to be.
Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck with an ink jet printed bottled on date above the label.
Appearance: Slighty chill hazed copper coloured brew with thin yet creamy lace which leaves a few rings around the glass.
Smell: More cinnamon than nutmeg, fresh pie apples and a faint aroma of esters in the sweet nose also.
Taste: Medium bodied with a sweet chewy malt and spice mix up front, cinnamon and nutmeg are about even. Some fruitiness in the middle with a sharp tingling hop bitterness that is just enough to balance all of the sweetness. Mild alcoholic esters are more evident towards the end ... drying grain in the finish.
Notes: Very drinkable, sweetness is not cloying and spices are not over done. A well crafted and balanced beer. A good pick if you can't handle the "big" winter brews.
Serving type: bottle
12-15-2001 18:21:40 | More by Jason
1.9/5 rDev -39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1
Had this for the first time this year @ the Harpoon X-mas Party. It was dreadful. They actually changed the recipe this year because they were getting complaints about spice dregs at the bottom of kegs that made the beer cloudy. So, this year they went with "liquid spice". I've talked to other brewers, all of who refuse to use this stuff as it's too potent.
Just imagine drinking a cinnamon hotball, but without the hot. It's so over-spiced that you can't enjoy the other characters of the beer.
Serving type: on-tap
12-02-2001 11:19:24 | More by Todd
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Harpoon Winter Warmer from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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