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

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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: 141 |  Reviews: 100
Photo of JohnQVD
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of rmargeson
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Antikythera
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a: pretty light golden/amber with a solid proteiny head that takes a long time to go away.

s: hoppy and tangy.

t: a little tart, especially when it warms up. The fruitiness of the hops doesn't survive long.

m: a little too fizzy, but nice and solid for a winter ale.

o: ultimately a little too lightweight for my tastes, but I'd drink it again.

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Photo of Andragos
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of rlee1390
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear orange, two finger head, not much carbonation, with some lacing.

S-Malt, way to much malt, some caramel, bland, no spices.

T-Very malty. Tad caramel, wee bit of cinnamon, nothing else.

M-Light to medium bodied, not much carbonation, finishes flat.

O-A boring bland beer, makes me wonder why I pick up Middle Ages when I see it.

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Photo of brentblack1
4/5  rDev +14.3%

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 thebuck
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of SLeffler27
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of xgoodyx
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of JottaGibboo
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of ABokononist
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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1/5  rDev -71.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of deonreds
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of biegaman
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wizard's Winter Ale has the rich colour and burnished glow of polished oak - we're talking the really expensive stuff too, like rich person furniture. Its bright gloss notwithstanding, the complexion is actually hazy. Although well-bubbled, its head flamed out like a meteor that disintegrates upon entering Earth's atmosphere.

The aroma has the dewy, floral sparkle of freshly-harvested hops. The malts lay down to allow a tiny army of candied citrus shavings and wet leaves to march all over them en route to the nose, to which they bring utmost pleasure. It has a perfume of honeysuckle and violets - less a winter ale, it smells more like a springtime garden.

That lovely floral perfume carries over onto the palate, where notes of lavender and lemon zest intensify. Ruby grapefruit strikes very sharply and comes to dominate the flavor, for the most part trampling the malts in the process. Some nutty toast does persist, however, especially in the aftertaste which is long lasting.

Wizard's Winter Ale is another intriguing hybrid that levels English quality quaffing with American quantity hopping. I'm happy picking hop leaves out from between my teeth, even in the winter, so I like it. Others, however, especially in colder climates like Western New York, might desire a little more malt form their winter tipples. This is hardly substantial.

If I am to put on my Wizard's hat and peer into the future, I don't see myself buying this again. I enjoyed it, but there's just not that much magic to it. It is another beer that fits squarely into the ambit of Middle Ages' abilities, which is to provide nothing less and nothing more than agreeable, if slightly more hoppy English-inspired offerings.

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Photo of busterthecat
2.21/5  rDev -36.9%
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 DoctorB2B
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of Lawl3ss
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Chilled 12 oz. bottle into a pint mug. Couldn't find a date on the bottle.

Look- Bad case of chill haze. Colored like cream soda with a couple inches of loose-looking white head that stuck around for a decently long time. Didn't leave much lacing. Moderate to heavy carbonation clearly visible during and after the pour.

Smell- Mild lemony hop and lilac. A whiff of vanilla and allspice after the second pour. Agitation brings out a medium alcohol presence.

Taste- Tart lemon, followed by pine, soapy florals, butterscotch, and muted spices. Alcohol is quite present but plays surprisingly well against the other elements. Biting bitter grassy/alcohol aftertaste. As the beer warms, rich buttery flavors and caramel malt become more evident, bringing it up a notch.

Mouthfeel- Soapy smooth to start, medium to heavy body that dulls the lively visible carbonation. Finishes rough, with a lingering metallic/astringent feeling like strong distilled spirits but less fleeting. Warming, but only detectable after the previous feelings dissipate. Sits heavy in the stomach.

Overall- I want badly to like this beer and have since I discovered Middle Ages. Winter styles are some of my favorites, and this is an interesting take. It's definitely got their signature style, and has elements that bring to mind both Kilt Tilter and Swallow Wit, but it drinks something like what I imagine an imperial macro lager to be, which is decidedly painful for me to say. There's something worthwhile there, but it needs to be tweaked before it stacks up against the brewery's other excellent offerings. I definitely recommend drinking it at room temp or just below.

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Photo of leansean88
3.32/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pretty poor head. Bubbly and amber colored. Mostly clear. Sort of looks like cream soda if you ask me.

S - Faint hops and alcohol. It's good, but it sort of reminds me of a lager.

T/M - Alcohol is vividly detectable over the carbonation. Notes of malt with not a whole lot of hop character. Bitter, metallic finish.

O - For what I paid, I'm a bit disappointed. Still, it's better than adjunct stuff by far (not that that says much). Middle Ages has had some good selections, and some that are just okay. I feel like this ale falls into the latter. Still, not sad that I at least tried it. Unfortunately I've got another 5 to try after this round.

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a nice winter warmer. smells less spiced and sweet than most, but has a beautiful aroma like a strong red ale, with generous hop additions. tastes like a winter warmer, but again not spiced and sugary. english malts and what feels like dry hopping make this one very sessionable. have had this on tap from the brewery as well and is even better. a great local holiday brew, and a nice warm body buzz.

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Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Wizard's Winter Ale from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 141 ratings
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