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Winter Ale | Telegraph Brewing Company

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Winter AleWinter Ale
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3.77/5
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81 Ratings
Winter AleWinter Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Telegraph Brewing Company
California, United States
telegraphbrewing.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Winter

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Added by JayTheFinn on 12-24-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#21,401
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
81
pDev:
11.14%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
9
Trade:
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Ratings: 81 |  Reviews: 45
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Batch # 117.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, chile, slight cocoa, and a variety of Winter spices. Taste is much the same with earthy spice and chile flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some very earthy aromas and flavors.

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Photo of hpthebull
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of rbrefbeerman
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of TheMarkE
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of my favorite winter brews. Chocolate malt, allspice, and ancho pepper combine to create a complex and unique flavor.

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Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
2.9/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle to a Thistle
Labeled Batch 117

Appearance- pours a reddish brown with 3 fingers of light tan foam. coarse bubbles that linger a bit. No lacing and for a beer with a cork, I expected it to be a little more chapagne-y. Not that this is bad !

Aroma- cinnamon, clove, chili, all spice, a little carmel butterscotch in there.

Taste- clove, cinnamon, allspice a hint of butterscotch. Virtually no heat or presence from the chilies. maybe it is being eclipsed by the hops? Hops Chilis vegetal all smears. No distinct hop character.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, the label says it was based on mexican hot chocolate, which I understood to be almost like a hot chocolate pudding, than a beverage. Maybe it needs some cacao nibs, chocolate malt, lactose, oats even? I do appreciate the carbonation level in this though, and the alcohol warmth is hidden well.

Overall- This one is spicey, I could see it pairing well with game meats, pumpkin pie or other desserts.
It is a valiant effort for a holiday ale and it is festive as a re-gifted fruitcake! But If I wanted chilies, i would go to a Stone Smoked Chipotle Porter. If I wanted Cocoa, I would go to a Young's Chocolate Stout, If I wanted Spice I would go to your favorite Pumpkin ale (Pumking/punkin?). This one maybe tries to do too much... I know It's hard to please everyone in SB. The Townies, the college kids, girls in Ugg Boots, surfers, Hippies, Oprah and her cronies, but Just be true to telegraph it'l come ! Dig the wit beer

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Photo of khall
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at The Jug Shop. 2011 Vintage.

Pours a deep plum, inch of head, nice lacing.

The smell has gingerbread, plum, spices galore and a nice caramel background.

The taste starts with dark fruit and nutmeg. This is closely followed by a heap of Christmas spices, cinnamon and clove being the most pronounced. Caramel and pine make an appearance as well. A little heavily carbonated for my taste.

Ages very very well. Not as much of a fan fresh though.

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Photo of TeamUgly
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of jmarsh123
1.95/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours deep brown with a big creamy tan head. Good retention. Poor lacing.

Cinnamon bomb on the nose along with a heavy dose of nutmeg. I can tell this may be challenging.

Absolute spice bomb. Tons of nutmeg reminding me of my least favorite pumpkin ales along with a heavy dose of cinnamon. Chocolate attempts to come through, but really it's hard to pick anything out over the abundance of spices.

Medium to light bodied a bit high on carbonation.

Blech. This beer is horrible. Nutmeg and cinnamon dominate everything and it's nearly undrinkable. My drain is going to be drunk tonight.

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Photo of raulazzer
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of TrojanWheels
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Dope
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 95.

A: A nice deep brown pour with a very effervescent light brown head atop it. Retention is quite good, never fully fades away. Lacing is pretty decent too.

S: Tons of cinnamon and some pepper. Maybe even nutmeg? Toasted caramel. Maybe some chocolate? Hard to tell under all the stinging spices.

T: As in the nose, tons of cinnamon with a mild but noticeable chile pepper hit after that. Some nice caramel throughout, maybe a hint of cocoa in the aftertaste. Spices carry through and linger around for a while.

M: Quite effervescent, perhaps a bit too much. Tingly cinnamon and pepper spice.

O: Honestly not a bad concept but poorly balanced. The cinnamon is super overpowering, followed by the chile spice. There's almost nothing else to the beer. A strong chocolate character would achieve the desired effect I think. Lower carbonation would help too.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

No intro here, just review: It pours a deep brown-ruby topped by about two fingers or so of cream froth. The nose comprises light cocoa, anise, cinnamon, clove, Belgian candi sugar, brown sugar, light plum, dark fruits, and a touch of black pepper way in the background. There's a decided BSDA feel about this smell, if you ask me. The taste holds notes of dark fruits, anise, light smoked pepper, clove, allspice, light cocoa, vanilla bean, light molasses, and a touch of roasted malts for good measure. It's all a bit much when it strikes the tongue, but somehow it misses being too much. Suffice it to say, a whole helluva lot is goin' on with this stuff... The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, the parts are generally positive, but the sum is a mish-mash of overly-complex flavors that never really coalesces into anything truly good. Not sure if that makes sense or not... I will say that the pepper in the background does some nice things with the finish, keeping my tastebuds on their toes. Beyond that, though, I think the flavor din is just too loud for its own good.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of 750 ml bottle into CBS snifter.

A) Deep brown, with a full finger of tan colored coffee house froth. The head settles to a dusting. Decent lacing. Quite inviting.

S) Yeast and chocolate malt. There is lots of spice. I pick up clove an some ginger. The aroma is more intense as this warms to room temperature.

T) Follows the nose pretty well... A nice combination of flavors, yeast, malt, a bit of chocolate, clove, ginger, and cinnamon. The finish is earthy and smoky. The aftertaste is really where you pick up the chili pepper, but it works really well.

M) Close to full bodied, with a moderate amount of carbonation. This is silky smooth, which I found surprising, based upon the spice in the aroma and taste. This has a really nice balance.

O) I don't drink a ton of winter warmers, but I've had my share. This offering is top notch, and I would gladly recommend.

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Photo of Brez07
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed as part of the Blind Beer BIF #6. 750ml C&C bottle served in a snifter

A: Dark brown pour, looks like cola. Impressive 2 finger off white head that sticks around for what seems like forever (4)

S: Boom, clove explosion! All I get at first, but as it opens up, some banana mixes in. Loads of dark fruit and other spices, including ginger. Faint hint of booze (3)

T: Dark caramel malt, providing a small amont of roast. Some grapeskin. There is also a tiny amount of smokiness too. Clove has a large presence. A bit leathery (3.5)

M: Medium bodied. Good amount of carbonation at first, then becomes lighter over time (3.5)

D: This beer is... good. Not great, not bad. A little higher than normal. Hits where it should but doesn't shine (3.5)

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Photo of Hex92
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had high hopes for this one, it came close, but it didn't quite hit the mark. Looks good, nice head, good color.
S- all spice
t- clean, little spicy, maybe a bit like pumpkin pie
M- lots of carbonation, otherwise good.

Interesting beer, but unfortunately it doesn't deliver on the initial impression.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint, 9.4 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass. Color was dark mahogany, closer to black than anything else. Just over an inch of head. Nice amount of frothy lacing on the top, that stayed throughout the beer. The film was sporadic, but stayed. The film always looks better in a pint glass than a pilsner glass, so I’ll take that into consideration.

Initially smelled deep spices with cinnamon and gingerbread the only two I mentioned. Gingerbread is a spice you say? Well it is for this beer. Also smelled cloves, caramel, chocolate and toffee. Good smelling beer.

The taste wasn’t as much like the smell as I would have thought. I got gingerbread first, followed by cinnamon and a deep dark chocolate aftertaste. Spices rule the day here.

Full body. Slick texture. Average carbonation. Long spicy finish.

I liked this beer. It was definitely what I could call a winter beer. Too bad I live in California and can’t really appreciate the winter nature of it. Good beer.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Bruery Provisions

Pours a dark amber color with a finger of off-white head. Strong spice aromas of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. There’s a nice little bit of banana aroma and dark fruit, too. Maybe a little bit of coffee. The flavor is nicely sweet with quite a bit of caramel, toffee, and spices. Nutmeg and cinnamon seem to be the most prominent. Some hints of banana as well as cherries. Medium bodied and medium carbonation.

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Photo of bigoteetoe
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of jlb502
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of kegmasterxlarge
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of mwilbur
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip. Batch #95.
A: Pours a very dark brown with nice 2 inch light tan bubbly head. Very good retention. Only a modicum of light comes through with backlighting.
S: Chocolate malt, toasted grains, cinnamon, clove, allspice, melon, hint of pine, and a dash of spicy pepper. Great complexity for style.
T: Clove, chocolate, cinnamon, ancho chile pepper, wood smoke, cedar, and a strong malt backbone. Wonderful complexity here too! Perfect balance. Increase of spicy pepper with warming.
M: Creamy up front, mildly dry and bitter middle and finish (porter-like), subdued spicy acidity.
D: Excellent complexity and drinkability. ABV is spot on perfect for this brew. Seek it out and enjoy! Best winter warmer I've had to date.

11/28/13:
Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip. Batch #95. Bottle still opens with a loud pop.
A: Pours a very dark brown with luxurious 2-3 inch light tan head with excellent retention. (4.5)
S: Toasted malt, cinnamon, clove, dark dried fruit, mild chocolate, and a hint of spicy pepper. (4.25)
T: Cinnamon, dark dried fruit, clove, sweet caramel malt, wood smoke, and mild chili pepper. Has held up very well over time. (4.5)
M: Light-medium body. Sweet, mildly dry, hint of hot spice. Nice lingering and maturing on the palate. (3.75)
D: Still holds strong (has only lost a half-step) as an excellent brew...especially for style. (4.25)

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Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of phichifiji00
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Almost black with a subtle red hue. Thick tan head that fades slowly. Moderate lacing.

Smell: chiles, orange peel, caramel, chocolate.

Taste: Cinnamon, ancho chiles, caramel, orange peel, chocolate, spices.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, creamy, smooth.

Overall: A very tasty beer. Again a wonderful beer from Telegraph and very surprising. The spices and chiles are wonderful, the citrus notes balance perfectly and the chocolate and caramel background is well done. Very drinkable. The best winter beer I've had so far this year. Telegraph has been a great surprise for me this year.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had in a taster at Bruery Provisions in Orange. Poured in 2 oz tulip glass.

A- Off white head. Thick lacing. Deep red-brown color.

S- Spicy. Brewing spices. Molasses.

T- Sour, spicy, bitter. Bit of a booze kick at the end.

M- Medium bodied, lingering grainy finish.

O- I've had better winter warmers. Not bad though.

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Winter Ale from Telegraph Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 81 ratings
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