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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bierman9 on 11-15-2001

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

Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up during my last trip to WNY. The bottle looks goofy as hell, but you can't judge a book by it's cover, right?

Pours into a pint glass a slightly hazy copper hue with a thick and dense mane of white foam resting atop the rising cascade of effervescence.
The smell is sweet and malty. There are what seem to be the notes of British hop varieties (fuggles, perhaps), and the characteristic sweetness you'd associate with a nice english pale ale. There is also a small hint of something metallic-- a bit off, but nothing terrible.
The taste, while malty and sweet as the nose would suggest, is rather dry compared to what I'd expected from such. There is a bit of harsh assertive carbonic acid behind the gently sweet malt backbone. I'm a bit disappointed in the relatively light body of this beer, as to what I've come to expect from winter beer varieties. It is rather light weight and prickly in texture, though all in all a very decent brew.

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Photo of drseamus
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

On cask at mahars.

Pours with a nice reddish body. Thin wispy head as expected from a cask beer. The aroma has good strong maltiness without much bitterness. This is somewhat different than the taste which has a distinct bitterness. The body is quite thin, even for a cask beer. It ready detracts from the beer. Not their best showing.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Wizard's Winter Ale is a very clear, sparkling copper ale with a thin off white foam that quickly fades to a blotchy, bubbly film and leaves nice lacing. It has a sweet, malty, toasty aroma. It's pretty light bodied, a little flat and a little watery. The finish is a little scratchy. It doesn't taste as sweet as it smells. A pretty strong, green bitterness dominates the taste. It's quite well balanced and no particular flavor really sticks out. The toastiness is prominent and it's perhaps a bit nutty. It's not too bad.

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Photo of n2185
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip from a bottle.

A: Pours a rich red mahogany with two fingers of creamy white head. Leaves a nice lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Smells similar to a Belgian dubbel--some bready/yeasty smells in there along with a Belgian spicy sweetness. A bit of banana/candy sugar aroma as well.

T: Tastes similar to the aroma. Some banana sweetness up front with a Belgian yeasty finish with just a bit of bitterness from the hops as well. As it warms, there's a bit of a sour flavor on the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with some creaminess at first but with heavy carbonation helping to provide a bite at the end.

D: Goes down pretty sweet and smooth. Overall it's a pretty decent beer, though in some ways it seems more like a Belgian style dubbel

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Photo of brew3crew
2.93/5  rDev -16.3%
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 Urbancaver
3.08/5  rDev -12%
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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Photo of CaptYellow
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Translucent burnt orange. Fairly large head dissipates to a thin head which sticks around for awhile.

T: First taste is bitter at the edges of my tongue followed by the malt. Slight hint of maple. Alcohol is apparent. Clean finish. The balance is fine.

M: Medium body and creamy.

D: Fair. I didn't mind finishing this or wished it was over, but I don't think I'd get another.

S: I think it's worth the price (less than $1.50 a bottle) and I might buy it again in a mixed six pack. I don't think I'd search it out or recommend it, but I'd share it.

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Photo of armock
2.68/5  rDev -23.4%
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 PEBKAC
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two unmarked, surely a bit past-date bottles into my 25oz glass mug.

Pretty, gurgling pour. Foggy, dull orange/amber body. Big, lumpy, off-white clumps of foam fill nearly half the glass, leaving isolated bits of lace here & there as it falls.

Smell is crispy bran flakes upfront, followed by some butter toffee. Slight banana esters, a touch of peppery hops, & a doughy center keep my attention.

Crusty bread & pinching, leafy greens first come to mind. Mild, pleasing orange rind, dry toast, & a sprinkling of yeast. Not much ugly at all coming from the ringwood yeast.

Feel is nice. Moderately carbonated with a bit of body, but eventually turning thin & very dry.

Not sure why it's sold as a "winter ale", as it's not full bodied, a stout, spiced, aged in xxx, big on abv., etc. etc. Whatever, it's pretty decent alternative to all that stuff when the store is flooded with it. :)

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes on 10/25/09

A - hazy burnt orange, short lived off-white head. Diminished to a thin bubbly ring quickly, swirls of bubbles. 2.5

S - nice cereal like sweetness, touch of honey and caramel, faint fruitiness of grapes and a hint of cinnamon. But that required detective work. 3.0

T - Malts dominate flavor with lots of caramel and grainy sweetness. Hop bitterness is uncovered towards the end of the sip, bringing out a hint of spiciness reminiscent of a Belgian pale ale. 3.5

M - Smooth, decently carbonated. 3.5

D - Quite

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Photo of Stimack
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brew poured to a nice deep amber color with a fair sized creamy light tan, which has good retention and left some ok lacing. Aromas of roasted malt, hops that give some idea of earthiness, slightly burnt brown sugar and a slight orange and buttery scent. Pretty inviting aroma, though it does feel like it is missing a little something. The flavor is good; malt really comes through here highlighting caramel and roastiness. Some fruit flavors come out and I think that could be from the yeast. Beer drinks well but if this was to be a winter warmer where spices should stick out, they where not noticeable, at least to me. Would get this again.

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Photo of wiseguy142
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ok a Winter Warmer bought in a mix pack in April... stupid Wegmans. Not the first time this has happened to me there.

Pours a great tawny orange/brown with lots of visible carbonation and a frothy off white head that dies down fairly quickly.

Aroma is sweet, lemony/cinnamony. Some aggressive hop character in the aroma. Almost like an aggressive red ale.

Taste is malty but a little bland. Again, a lot like a red ale with a lot of dry British malt flavor and minimal spices. Noble hops or something very subtle. Slightly bittersweet aftertaste- bitter hops with the taste of pure white sugar. Hop aftertaste is a bit unnerving... sort of sour or rotten. Nice and malty but not exactly what I was expecting for a Winter Warmer.

Mouthfeel is nice a medium bodied with a slight slickness towards the end. The extreme, slightly unbalanced malt sort of got to me by the end of this in terms of drinkability. An enjoyable brew.. hopefully next time not at the end of Spring.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single, twelve-ounce bottle purchased from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
Appearance: Dark-brown, mahogany, ruby-red hue, minor head, minimal lacing, no carbonation present...
Smell: Rich malts, caramel, ginger(?)...
Taste: Malts, caramel, dark-brown sugars, honey, cloves, maple syrup flavor...
Medium-bodied mouthfeel...
Decent drinkability...

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Photo of brentk56
2.72/5  rDev -22.3%
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 HopDerek
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark amber with red highlights. Two + fingers of foamy khaki tan head has very nice creamy retention and leaves some nice lacing. Smells of caramel, lightly toasted malt, cinnamon, brown sugar, and floral hops. Tastes of brown sugar, molasses, and caramel with nutmeg and cinnamon. Some raisin and white grapes follow along with a bit of vanilla, then a mellow bitterness of citrus and fresh cut grass in the finish. Medium in body with good carbonation. Smooth and sweet with a touch of wintery spices and a pleasant lightly lingering bitter finish. Not the most hearty of Winter Warmers, but satisfying and easy to drink.

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Photo of dfolmste
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A dark amber color. In the light it harnesses some red and in normal room conditions it takes on a brown. Head is around half an inch with good retention. Lacing clings to the sides and carbonation looks heavy. I like how it takes on a different color in different situations.

Smell: Sweet smell of malt with roasted hop background. Brown sugar and cream matches well with the appearance. Some spices noted as well. Better than your average winter seasonal.

Taste: Good hop profile, more detectable than in the smell. Brown sugar aftertaste. Sweetness hits on multiple levels, more than the malt. Smooth with creamy finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth feel with moderate coating and body. More creamy/buttery than I would like. Good balance of sweetness and bitterness.

Drinkability: For a seasonal this beer is good. It is snowing out right now and this is a complement to the season. Maybe on Christmas I will have another one of these, but I would probably just stick with the winter for this one.

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Photo of tpd975
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Nutty brown with a small head. Tiny bubbles rise to the top with no lacing noted.

S: Faint aromas. Some dark fruit, apples, and mulled spices.

T: Lots of caramel malt up front. A bit of dark fruit in the middle. The allspice comes in at the finish.

M: Medium boided with ample carbonation.

D: Pretty enjoyable.

Overall: Not my favorite style but this one was pretty enjoyable. There was a perfect amount of spice to balance out all the caramel malt. I enjoyed it. One of my favorite winter ales.

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another I had on tap at the brewery. One of the beer's I liked the most, and with a bit of polish, this could be an amazing beer.

Appearance was a medium clear nut-brown, only a tad of head the whole time.

Smelled faintly like orange pekoe, some malt is present, maybe some nutmeg.

Was a bit dissapointed with the taste. Taste came out fairly bland and I was hoping/expecting more spice and less malt. Tasted a bit like raisins. Went down with only a tad of bitterness.

Mouthfeel was average, solid carbonation, medium weight, nothing special.

Drinkability is again average, not to bad though, with a bit of work this one could rock.

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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 irishkyle21
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wizards Winter has a good head on its shoulders and doesn't give in to the temptation of dropping into nothingness. Good lacing. Has a (mostly)clear copper color.

Smells of sweet caramel malt, fruits and yeasty.

The taste starts of malty then some fruits and yeast jump on the taste bandwagon.

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

Pours a clear darker amber brown. No head. Nose is quite malty and caramel toned in a very minimal sense. Seems to be a leafy hint on the back side. Whew. The flavor is...tangy shall we say. The first hit almost goes right back out. The second swig is not nearly so shocking on the tastebuds, but things still aren't working here. Feel is nice, but this just isn't doing it for me. Sorry sweetheart, but you've got to go.

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Photo of foxmul924
3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Bottle into Room-Temp Pint Glass)

Appearance: Quickly Dissipating Cream-Colored Head, Dark Amber Color with No Lace

Smell: Malty, Brown-Sugary with Subtle Hop Aroma

Taste: Very Malty and Sweet--Predominant Brown Sugar Flavor with Notes of Nutmeg and Cinnamon. Relatively Smooth with a Lingering Hop Bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-Bodied with Semi-Clean, 'Sugary' Finish. Little too much Carbonation, Though.

Drinkability: Could Enjoy 2-3 Bottles During the Cold, Winter Months.

Other: Average Winter Beer at Best, But Worth a Try.

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Photo of quasimoto
3.66/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Musty horse blanket aromas blended with fruity aromas of slight red berries. The malt comes up in the background and is slightly caramel-like. It finishes with notes of oak and some slight vanilla. The mouth feel starts off with a blend of bitterness, and strong carbonation. Finishes dry and sharp. Overall a very interesting beerand can be enjoyed if you really analyze it. Trust me you should. It is worth it.

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