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

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81
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141 Ratings
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Wizard's Winter AleWizard's Winter Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bierman9 on 11-15-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
141
Reviews:
100
Avg:
3.52
pDev:
13.64%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
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1/5  rDev -71.6%

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2/5  rDev -43.2%

Photo of busterthecat
2.21/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A 12 oz bottle served into a SA Perfect Pint glass at 45 degrees. No bottle date.

A- pours a dull tarnished copper hue from bottle and sits a transparent amber in glass. A good cream white head forms and lingers around as a good film capping.

S- Lightly spiced bready malts, pears, apple. Medium strength aroma. Some buttery note detected.

T- Similar to beer that I fermented too warm giving it an cidery/ off flavor from acetaldehyde. Sharp cidery notes that end dirty. Drinkable, but not good.

M- Sharp on palate, not in a good way. Finishes dry.

O- Perhaps a bad bottle or maybe from last year (no bottle date), but if this is what was intended, it is not good. Got through half the glass before opting to drain pour.

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Photo of Viggo
2.5/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Clear orange/copper, fizzy off white head forms, settles down to a thin layer very fast, few spots of lace. Smell is sweet, some toffee, butter, fruits, yeast and bread. Taste is almost all diacetyl, seems to be a problem with Middle Ages. Little bit of sweet malt, strange medicinal citric flavour, bread, wheat, very dry astringent finish, very unpleasant. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, low carb, heat going down, coats the mouth in not a good way. At least the colour is nice.

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Photo of deonreds
2.5/5  rDev -29%

Photo of armock
2.68/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From notes bought the winter mix pack during Christmas and one of these bottles exploded while the case was sitting on my kitchen counter.

A - Poured an amber color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet malt and dark fruits

T - Dark fruit and alcohol with a bad tasting finish

M - This beer has a thin body with high carbonation to it

D - I won't be picking up any more of this when I go back up to NY it just doesn't taste good and I never heard anything back from the brewery after I sent them an email about my bottle bomb

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Photo of dangriff
2.7/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a fairly clear beer that hit me as quite bitter. Some Carmel tones but much complex malt flavors

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Photo of brentk56
2.72/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A very pretty pour, with a clear amber color and a frothy head with good stickage and lace

Smell: Nooo....butterscotch diacetyl with some tea-like earthy hops

Taste: Butterscotch from the get-go, with some developing earthy hops arriving at mid palate; after the swallow, it is more of the same, unfortunately

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; a bit chalky

Drinkability: I know this brewery likes the Ringwood yeast but here is exhibit number 1 as to what it produces; just not my cup of tea

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Photo of nnthom266
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of -MK-
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Naes
2.81/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This one is dark amber in color with a two finger light tan head. No lacing.
The aroma has a mild blend of hops, malt and spice.
Its flavor starts out with caramel malt and has a slight hop presence. The spices (cinnamon and allspice) are more apparent in the flavor, especially near the finish.
Mouth feel is medium in body and highly carbonated.

Not a bad brew, but the spice and overall sweetness are a little much.

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Photo of jackorain
2.86/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Nice coppery color with a nice 3/4 inch head that fell to a fairly thick coat that left a nice splotchy lace

S-Butterscotch, fruity sweet stone fruit, caramel malt. Hops are non-exisntant in the nose

T-Big butterscotch and toffee notes, stone fruit jam, earthy hops, faint sour bitterness on the finish. some yeastiness on the finish with a lasting sour twang

M-Light to medium body. Very tight fizzy carbonation. A bit chalky on the finish.

D-I'd move on after this one

Overall-this is not what I think of as a winter warmer. It is not that warming. Alcohol is a little low for me to 'warm'. There is no spicy edge. I am not talking actuall added spices but I except some spicy hop notes like from Target or goldings.

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Photo of brew3crew
2.93/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

had during a middle ages tasting.
A-almost like a burnt orange with white head and lacing
S-more sweet than bitter. Little bit of booze
T-some fruit and malt, not so great tasting.
M-medium body and goes down smooth
D-fairly drinkabke, if I wanted to have it again

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Photo of sharp315
2.97/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of kuhndog
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of animal69
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of malfunxion
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of DoctorB2B
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Zetcha7x
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of SLeffler27
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Jason
3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
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 sulldaddy
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am sampling this bottle at room temp in a pint glass. The beer pours a clear mahogany with some garnet tints and several streams of bubbles rise to the surface creating a fluffy off white head that foams up 3 cm even with a gentle pour. The aroma is a little subdued but I detect some caramel and light fruitiness, red grape and also some lite grassy hops. The head is fading very slowly to a sturdy surface layer. The first sip reveals an average body and fine yet fizzy carb that tingles on my tongue as I drink.
The flavor is also fairly mild. I get a bit of brown sugar up front and some caramel and red grape fruit that rolls to a lite piney hop finish that doesnt linger very long. Overall the beer is much milder and supressed than I would have expected. Thought there would be a bigger nose or flavor in here but it is pretty much not very exciting. I wouldnt buy it again, but wouldnt turn down a free one either.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours amber brown with a good amount of head that hangs around. Smells bitter and fruity. Like a poorly made lager... Overall, not very tasty. The herbs and spices are covered by a undesirable taste that i can't describe well. Overall an undesirable brew

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Wizard's Winter Ale from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
3.52 out of 5 based on 141 ratings.
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