Wizard's Winter Ale | Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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Wizard's Winter AleWizard's Winter Ale
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Wizard's Winter AleWizard's Winter Ale

Brewed by:
Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
New York, United States

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Bierman9 on 11-15-2001

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Ratings: 146 |  Reviews: 100
Reviews by wailingwench:
Photo of wailingwench
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Eye Candy: Brilliant dark amber with shades of garnett red. Transparent. Huge frothy off white head that created a stark contrast to the dark brilliance of the brew. Multiple steady rising lines of carbonation.

The Nose Knows: Roasted malts abound. Caramel and honey background.

Tongueland: Huge rich roasted malt character, molasses and caramel background. Astringent grain, alcohol, slight metallic. Clearing bittering hops.

Bender factor: This one improves drastically with age. Cellared for over 3 months. Avoid in November. Amped up Grail Ale

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Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P ours a light brown with a definant orange hue with almost no head but that was expected,aroma very orangy and also some chocolate thrown in there as well. Nice big malty beer with a caramel taste emerging right away with deep fruitiness that pierces right thru every other flavor the alcohol becomes more prevelant as it warms.A real nice winter brew pretty warming and flavorful.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice copper red pour with a nice two finger khaki head on top. Some sweet, doughy caramel mixed with raisins and spices. Interesting aroma here....sweet dark fruits.

Firt sip has a fresh baked bready malt background with caramel swirls. Hints of rasins and dark fruits....butterscotch candies. There's a nice hint of spiciness running through the background as well. An interesting and tasty winter warmer. As I continue to drink I get a bit of a cherry flavor as well.

Mouthfeel has a velvety quality to it while being a bit syrupy as well. I would not mind having a few of these on a cold night...nice flavor complexity and easy drinking. Thanks to dmeadows for the chance to sample this one.

Edit: After reading some of the other reviews, it looks like this is my first brew to feature Ringwood yeast...

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Photo of xgoodyx
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Jason
3.05/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Patchy white lace, hazed tawny hue.

Smell: Butter Scotch candy and peach preserves. Slightly estery in the back.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Very smooth and creamy with a solid malt palate, hop bitterness is followed by a mildly astringent grain. Thin layer of diacetyl and fruitiness in the middle. Chalky yeast. Finishes sweet with more buttery undertones.

Drinkability & Notes: If this brew cleaned up its act it would be damn good … sadly it did not win me over at all.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy amber with a small cream colored head. Decent lacing. Smells a litle like apple and bread.

The taste is slighltly fruity/malty with a little caramel in there too. Moderately strong hop kick at the end. Mouthfeel is pretty solid between the carbonation and the alcohol. Not a bad little winter ale at all.

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Photo of nnthom266
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Ruby caramel amber brown thine cream head specks of lacing. Aroma: English style malts winter warmer like caramel and butterscotch touch of earthy hops, with a slight spicy character. Taste: English varieties of malts give off a nice mix of toasty butterscotch sweetness and finishes with a mild bitterness, overall tame but well crafted English style winter warmer. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied slightly sticky perfect carbonation. Drinkability: Pays homage to other English brewers with a very nice rendition of a traditional old ale, tasty wouldn't pass sampling this one again in the future.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours an orangish amber with a 2 finger puffy off white head. Some visible carbonation, head is fairly quick to dissipate. Doesnt leave much lacing.

S: A sweet carmel like malt dominates this for me, also some lighter malts. A dark fruitiness to it but again seems sweet.

T: Carmel malts like the smell, not as sweet as I expected seems to be balanced out by a nice bittering hop. Not offensive but seems a little lacing.

M: Feels a little thin for a strong ale, low carbonation. A little slick. Alcohol is pretty well hidden though.

Overall nothing to write home about. fits well in the winter but could use some more oomph.

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Photo of DagFishHead
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber body. Tightly-bubbled, 2-finger, off-white head has good retention and fantastic lace.
Smell: Big malt with some earthiness and alcohol. Nice, clean English-style nose.
Taste: Big malt, but surprisingly crisp. Slightly yeasty. That classic stale ale taste followed by a semi-dry hop finish
Mouthfeel: Low carbonation feel. Big, full, malty chew.
Drinkability: A nice Strong Ale.. this style usually has me bailing out after a pint... but in this case, pour me another! Middle Ages continues to impress the hell out of me.

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Photo of Andragos
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of ABokononist
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Tikiri
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Metalmonk
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Love the Middle Ages label approach...unfortunately a lot of them are rendered so generically they cross the line from cool fantasy art to medieval cheese. Like Wailing Wench, and certainly this one. But who cares really...it's what in the bottle that counts.

There was sticky residue on the neck of the first bottle opened, the cap popping with zero hiss and a wimpy soap-water "head". Clearly the cap wasn't on tightly. Tasted crappy. I poured it. Second try gave a "that's more like it" creamy head atop a ruby/rust color with a golden shimmer. Not enough lace to mention (oops, I just mentioned it).

Spices in the nose recall cinnamon, nutmeg and, um...not much else. Maybe dark chocolate and caramel if I try real hard.

First flavor impression is a nice toasty one. And shazam!, I swear there's a mild hint of Scotch whisky peeking through. But mostly you'll get your usual Winter Warmer flavors, which means sweet, dessert-y spices. A little bit of wood too. Everything is blended well here, and it's not abhorrently spiced like some in the style (I won't name names, feeling benevolent today).

Decent and even enjoyable, this is hardly mindblowing, and I suppose I can think of other beers I'd rather warm with this winter, but overall it's on the side of quality. Just not the most memorable brew by Middle Ages.

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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

fruity ringwood Yeast and multiple hops and good dose of malt. Peaty. More sweet than bitter, but dry finish and acidic citrus there. Nutmeg and cinammon Decent warmer and drinkable in bottle form..
Unique for this brewry coppery color, less aggressive hops so maybe shelf life less.

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Photo of tdm168
3.39/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RocPorterFanatic
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a rich Copper color with a full creamy head and lots of lacing.

S - Sweet and full of spices

T - Malty with a bit of hops, not overly bitter, not too mild. Just about in the middle

M - Lots of carbonation. not alot of lingering taste

D - My 1st winter ale of the year and it did not disappoint. Could easily sit and enjoy several. Definitely a session beer for late fall, early winter

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Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy Ringwood Batman! I took a big whiff of this right after the pour and was met with a burst of sweet, sugary fruit aromas. The taste is surprisingly subdued and on the same level as a pale mild maybe. The diacetyl is mild, adding a touch of buttery mouthfeel with most of the flavor focused on pale malts and ringwood. There's a bit of a nutty undertone, but its faint. I also want to mention this beer got some sweet lacing.

This one is actually 6.8% abv and the brewery calls it an "English strong ale."

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Photo of Hobbz
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful color of clear, deep, burgundy-amber. Somewhat sweet aroma, but barely imperceptible to me; some piney hits in the smell as well. Assertive malts within the malt-hop balance, but certainly not a malty beer in itself; hops serve merely as bittering and balance. More toward a fine English strong ale, and yummy.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tape at Cambridge Common:

Pours a rich chestnut with no head. Smells of caramel sweetness and floral hops. Taste is much sweeter than I expected - almost like butterscotch. A bit too syrupy I think. Strong malt backbone balances this out enough to make its drinkability fairly high. Not a particularly memorable beer - a nice drink at any time. My only wish was that it had more warmth that I like in a nice sub-zero wintery day beer. I felt that I could have just as easily been sipping this brew during a July heat wave.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, the appearance was a light amber color with a finger’s worth of white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Stringy lace. The aroma had some caramel/toffee malt combining with some leather to earthiness. Pleasant ginger and then some woodiness. The flavor keeps the sweet malty tones forward and allows the ginger to come out as it warms. Faint malty to woody aftertaste. Sly wet malty finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sipping quality about it. ABV feels good. Carbonation felt fine. Nice smoothness flowing over my tongue. Overall, nice English strong ale that I would have again and a good style to have in Winter.

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Photo of TheBCrew
3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass with 2 fingers of off-white head that dissipates quickly leaving some lacing. Light, clear caramel color and an aroma of citrus and butterscotch. Tastes of grapefruit, caramel, and a clean citrus finih. Medium-bodied highly drinkable beer.

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Photo of hollicetales
3.17/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured a nice deep medium brown with nice medium head....notes of the normal christmas spice, nutmegy spicey aroma...with nose hints of fruitiness...had a decent bite....spices not too overpowering and leaving room for hoppiness with a nice aftertaste of fruit...i'd say an average christmas beer

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of caramelized malt with light spices notes is pleasant. Taste is also a nice mix of caramelized malt with some light spices and light toffee notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not the most complex beer out there but not bad for style that is not brewed often enough.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep copper color with a relatively small off-white head that kicks of thin sheet of lace to the glassware.
Aromas of toasted bread and burnt caramel and the classic fruit esters of the Ringwoord yeasties.
Flavors of resiny hops, burnt brown sugar some darker fruits.
Mouthfeel is moderate sweetness that is very effervescent and alive on the palate. Finishes a little bit too sticky on the palate.
Drinkability is high although relatively weak finish detracts somewhat.

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Wizard's Winter Ale from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 146 ratings