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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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 Boto
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle: This one pours a somewhat hazy dark amber color. Mine had some off white head that subsided rather quickly. The first thing that hits the nose is a bit of spices. They are followed by a whiff of some caramel and fruits. The taste is quite good and well blended. Individual flavors aren’t fighting to come out. Somewhat of a dry aftertaste. Very drinkable.

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Photo of babydoc
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured at 50 degrees to a pint glass, yielding a monstrous three finger head that was stiff, faded slowly, and left bands of sticky lace until the end. Clear copper.

Nose was sweet, a bit spicy as it warmed (spiced peaches?)

Mouthfeel was creamy, moderate, carbonation light. Tasted malty and sweet, a hint of toffee / a bit of diacetyl in the middle, and a touch of tart hops on the end. I found a metallic edge on the finish as it warmed. Despite that edge, I found this drinkable and would try it again. Thanks, shippos, for the sample.

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Photo of Hefe
4.07/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Middle Ages Wizard's Winter Ale pours a hazy amber/brown with an inch or so of tan head. The aroma is mostly malt and spice, with a bit of a peach-blossom thing in the background. The taste has a prononced fruitiness along with the rich malty backbone, mostly peach/plum, no real bitterness, rich but not sweet or cloying. Delicious!

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Photo of riversider76
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber. Tan head and lots of lacing. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonated. Smell is malty and spicy. Wish it was a bit stronger. Taste is of malt,and spice with a little hop kick.Nice smooth finish. The more i drank it,the better i liked it. Worth a try!!

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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 Lnedrive14
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
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 mrasskicktastic
4.24/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Mahogany, with a small head, visible carbonation and very little lacing.

S - Faint, but very good. Apple cider, white white and slight mulling spices.

T - Sweet caramel malt, slight apple, white grapes, cinnamon and allspice. A very slight bitter finish. Delicious.

M - Very smooth, slight carbonation felt on the throat nothing too bad though.

D - Very nice. This is a great winter ale. I could go for several more of these, shame they aren't readily available in my area.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.36/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a lovely, clear, rich amber with an off-white head that fades. Noticable lacing on the glass.

Smells of malt and spices, a rather mild aroma.

Tastes of malt and spices upfront with a clean and mild malty aftertaste. A rather mild flavor.

Body is just average.

Pretty easy to drink, but nothing special.

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Photo of waughbrew
3.44/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber waves of grain-juice with a picturesque head that is very creamy, lasts a while, and laces a bit. Nice. Smells like rummy cinnamon butter. The apparent spicing and warmth makes me think of "holiday" celebrations with loved ones. Flavor is thick but with a spicy bitter bite that keeps the caramel candyishness from being cloying. When chilled, it has a bitter metallic finish that is not so pleasing, but upon warming it is very nice. Feel is heavy but again has the bitterness to pull it off nicely. This beer is exactly what I expected it to be, no more, no less. It didn't leave much of an impression, but it was enjoyable while it lasted.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Anti-bottled into a glass with an inviting frothy khaki sticking head cap supported by a few lifting bubble beads.

Slight malt and almond nose initially interpreted through the fluffy cap. Oak evolves slowly.

First swigs: Creamy malt and vanilla soft flavors. Not really picking up the Ringwood yeast. Woody balsa touch. Not a heavy Winter. Best ABV guess is 7% ABV.

Feel is a bit astringent with a midle of the road body.

Last swigs: Smooth as silk mild Winter with some pleasant table sugar meets walnut nutty. Glad to try it but wouldn't seek it out again. So many local Winter warmers, so little liver. Something about Middle Ages cool labels really do the trick for my wallet. ABV revealed: 6.3%.

Beer is good. Happy early Winter beering.

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Photo of wailingwench
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
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 necoadam
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a dark amber/brick color with a good size head. Left some lacing around the glass after I was done. Smell consisted of malts mostly, with some toffee and earthy aromas. Some spices are in there, but I would of liked to see more of them in here. Taste was good. Malty and caramel hit the palate first and lasts throughout. Some hops and fruits show up in the middle along with a light hint of spice. Mouthfeel was medium and was quite creamy and smooth. I paired this with some black peppercorn pork roast and went very well together. The peppercorn gave the extra spice that this beer needs. Quite good.

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Photo of Chadbrew
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice slightly less than ruby red with a big old head on it. Above average carbonation keeps the light tan head around for a while.
Smells like butterscotch. Hard to get past the butterscotch.
Tastes a little thin on the malt side to me, decent hops in here though. Highly diacetyl which wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing if it was balanced out better. I know this is only supposed to be 6.30% abv but the alcohol flavor really stand out.
Mouthfeel - kinda thin body, good bitterness on my tongue, tickle of alcohol.

A little disappointed. I can't really get Middle Ages Brewing around where I am, so I picked up a bottle while on a road trip this weekend. I expected more.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clean dark amber beer. Has a big fluffy off white head that leaves a little lace.There is a big burst of butterscotch that overlays the malty background of the aroma. The flavor starts out with the butterscotch and malty sweetness and finishes with a slight sharp hoppiness and a dry finish.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reddish bronze with orange peel highlights. The head is light beige with a yellowish hue and is creamysoft, yet sticky enough to lay down a decent amount of lace in interconnected rings. It also has a pretty impressive lifespan, making aroma assessment difficult at first.

The nose is malt-dominant with butterscotch and buttery toffee front and center. Hops are tough to appreciate aroma-wise and the spices, if they're present, are weak at best. If forced to guess, I'd say that something 'sweet' was used, such as nutmeg or mace. I love aromas in the brown sugar/butterscotch/caramel family, so this is a nose that appeals to me.

Wizard's Winter tastes pretty much like it smells. Chocolate/carob notes are present on the palate to a greater extent than they were in the nose and the beer is more bitter and less sweet than anticipated. It's also more spicy... cinnamon perhaps? The body/mouthfeel starts out medium in heft, but loses its way a little by mid-mouthful and finishes somewhat thin and harsh (especially for the style).

Because WWA seems like one of those beers that will meld and smooth out with warming, I'll let it sit for a spell. <time passes> The flavor does improve as the temperature rises, but the body doesn't really respond as I had hoped it would. I wish the faint metallic flavor would fade, but it isn't bothersome.

Wizard's Winter Ale is a pretty good winter warmer. Even though the body/mouthfeel could be improved, there isn't much else with which to find fault. Thanks to HappyHourHero for the bottle.

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Photo of clvand0
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to shippos for this one. Pours a standard amber color with a small head that dies off quickly and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma has a slight hop presence with a buttery caramel character, as kmpitz2 stated. The flavor is very much like the aroma and finishes with a bitter kick at the very end. Very nice. Smooth and enjoyable.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to shippos and clvand0 for bringing this beer to my glass. This beer departs the bottle a nice copper/mber color with an active carbonation and a finger of tan head that falls to coat the beer. The nose is buttery caramel to toffee. Interesting. The flavor is somewhat similar to a fullers esb, with the buttery/diacetyl tones followed by a slight hop bitter on the back of my tongue. I like it. The feel is moderate and creamy, some of it sticks on the tongue. Not a bad brew. I like the use of the butter character in it, as it works well with the feel and the hop. Not necessarily a beer I would try hard to find again, but its a nice take on a winter warmer.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
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 rajendra82
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The 12 oz. bottle arrived in the BIF X-Mas package from shippos. The body was clear and reddish amber in color and lacked much head, although carbonation was pretty good. Aroma sweet honey malt with the Ringwood yeast signature movie theatre popcorn. The taste was soft and fruity, but a bit watery. The Ringwood off flavors generally well in check in this beer. Carbonation was prickly on the tongue, and the aftertaste was salty. The alcohol was felt in the warmth in the stomach, and the beer drank stronger than the actual alcohol content.

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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 francisweizen
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark ruddy amber/red with burnt orange edges. Aroma is very British in character with a few tea-like aromas mixed in with some nicely subdued ringwood yeast esterst. This stuff is definately still fruity and tea-like on the nost with a nice subdued hop aroma in the back of the nose as well. Taste is interesting and strong up front with the ringwood esters. The middle is bready/biscuity with a certain funk that really makes this beer interesting. The finish is a bit rough, with the subdued hop flavors mixing in with a somethwhat "hot" alcohol flavor. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and this beer improves when it is allowed to warm up. Drinkability is good as well. Good, interesting, and another winner from MA.

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Photo of erica
4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

well I'll tell you this- I've been sitting/walking around the house cold with a blanket wrapped around me for a few hours, and finally now i am getting quite warmed up. Thanks, Wizard! Bubbles the kitten at Middle Ages said I'd definitely like this one, and to please rub her tummy some more... So I did and I took home a bottle of this. Looks a bit like the colour of weak tea- orange/reddish brownish. Small, off-white head of tiny bubbles. there's a crescent moon of no head in there. kind of cool. It smells a bit funky- sourish, grassy but in a dirty kind of way... not the best in my opinion. Tastes much better though, yeah. Not dirty, but clean like the snow outside while yer sitting in front of the fireplace with the blankets thrown in a pile next to you cos yer all warmed up and cozy. It almost tastes a bit grapey actually. Dry finish, very dry. Very good. Mouthfeel is just the perfect amount of carbonation, very nice. Drinkability--- good, but it would get to me after a while, as in, I would pass out from the heat. But in a good way. I recommend the Wizard if yer cold and need some warming up.

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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
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 cbl2
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


A nice medium brown body with a thin white head perched atop.


A sweet star fruit quality is the predominant odor, with a definite herbaceous quality in the background.


Definite hop presence on this one, but there is an alcohol tinged malt presence in the background that hold it together. Hops are nicely herbal, and not extremely bitter as they can be, though finish is a little harsh.

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