Winter Wonder | Triumph Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Triumph Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-18-2003

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of ScottHorta
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of petermethot
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown with a light tan head, leaving some lacing

Smell: Orange, coriander, spice, and caramel malt sweetness

Taste: Upfront caramel malt sweetness, coming up with spices, orange, coriander, and finishing with a little hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full body with medium carbonation, impressive carbonation for beer from a growler.

Overall: Pretty good. Have to be in the mood for something like this, but Triumph never disappoints.

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Photo of Keyes88
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of BeerNemesis
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Winter Wonder. On tap @ Triumph

Poured in a 16 oz. glass from a pitcher. It's a dark reddish amber with a decent (1") off-white head and moderate lacing. Nothing to write home about on the looks front.

Mostly boozy. The alcohol really comes through in ways the color would not predict. It also masks much of the complexity I would have hoped for. Resiny malts, and piney hops can be smelled somewhere in there.

Spicy, malty flavors upfront, and surprisingly not as much kick from the 8% abv as the smell might indicate. Caramel, wintery spices (cinnamon, nutmeg), some pine. Hops play a secondary role here. Finishes smooth and leaves a pleasant bittersweet flavor in the mouth. Decently balanced.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability:
An all around tasty beer that is far more balanced in the mouth than in the nose. Medium carbonation. The finish is warm and a bit spicy. I had 3 of these with some food, so there's decent drinkability potential.

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Photo of erz316
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got a growler at the brewery

this brew is almost exactly like how I remember the bruery's autumn maple tasting. it was very sweet and the booze was concealed very well. not my kind of thing, with the spices or whatever they put in it. the color was a good brown and the head wasnt much because I'm reviewing this about half way through the bottle. This is a beer that will easily warm you up on those cold nights.

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Photo of Imsothirsty
3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap in Philly today: A low fluffy head, generally nice aroma. The 8.2 ABV is well hidden by tons of spices, reminded me of my wife's shampoo because it was so heavily spiced. A light, sweet mouth feel, and a strong, short finish. Glad I tried it because it was so intensely spiced, but not something I will order again.

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Photo of Augustiner719
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried this beer last night at Triumph in Princeton NJ in a 16 oz pint glass on tap.

Appearance: When i think winter beer, i usually associate it with a dark, amber colored beer. This beer looked exactly like the amber ale they serve. It was a reddish amber color... very light but it yielded a decent head that had some nice lacing.

Smell: kinda boozy.. some rich malt characteristics comming through.. a little bit of hops prescence.. but overall the booze comes through a little too much. I was not expecting such overpowering "dark" beer aromas from such a light colored beer.

taste: Pretty decent.. actually. It holds the 8+ percent abv pretty well. some nice malty and spicy flavors came through with a very smooth finish that lasted long.

Mouthfeel: a little bit thin for what i expect a winter beer to have but overall it was nice and it coated the palate well. still kinda boozy.

Drinkability: a pretty high abv leads me to think its a good beer to pair with food. I paired it with the butternut squash gnocci which went excellent. I dont know how it would pair by itself.. but its definately a tasty beer. It can creep up on you pretty fast i would assume.

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Photo of jwc215
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours ruby amber with nice clarity. The thin head becomes a lasting patch.

The smell is of caramelish malt with wintry spices - Very aromatic.

The taste is of sweet caramel with plenty of wintry spices - peppermint, cinnamon, nutmeg - hint of juniper. Just enough peppery alcohol to warm things up. Sweetness well-balanced by spices.

The body is medium to full. Smooth. Spices and flavor linger for a good long while.

This is a very nice malty, spicey winter ale to sip on in the cold of winter. Alcohol peeks through, but just enough to add more warming spiciness to it. As spicy as it is, it still has a nice malt backbone that comes through nicely. Well-done!

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Photo of IrishMike
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

1/2 gallon growler given to me from my brother on his last visit to the Triumph brewpub. Thanks, Pat!

Appearance- Pours a dark amber with a pure 1/2" head and a great amound of lacing that hooks on and stays. Average head retention.

smell- Can you say "malty"? Gives off the notes of lighter, sweeter malts such as caramel and hints of sweet sugar. Lots of spice rounds it out, making up for the utter and complete lack of hops. Almost reminds me of Beligian spices, blending very well with the sweet character.

Taste- High amount of spices take up the initial contact with the mouth , flailing around nicely but don't grow to the point of overbearing. Nice malt backbone pushing caramel and a lighty fruity overtone to mix it up. These two come together to give it an almost cinnamon and nutmeg quality to it. Tastes like it was suited for the winter season. How much alcohol is in the brew? I'd never know; i can't detect a single hint of it until i feel my belly warm up. Not a single hop detectable, but rather relies on the spices to balance out the rest of the equation, which they do very well.

Mouthfeel- found this one to be a little thin in the mouth, but then again i don't think it's purpose was to be as heavy as possible. Aftertaste is all about the spices.

Drinkability- Good thing my brother got me a jug of this; there's little stopping me from going through quite a bit in one sitting! The alcohol might be a bit high on the scale, but there's no way of telling. Pretty damn drinkable, in my humble opinion.

I can't reasonably find fault with this beer, and i probably liked it more than my review score would lead one to believe. All in all a well done brew, and anyone visiting the Princeton area would be well advised to give this one a go. Nice winter warmer.

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Photo of ark57
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I must say that it does not look like much when they bring it to you. It is a cloudy, reddish-brown. The aroma is spicy with notes of peppermint and fresh ginger. It is full bodied and very malty with a spicy, warming finish that tastes of mint and citrus. I am not sure that it really pairs well with many foods, but it would go well by itself as a nightcap or maybe with some spiced Christmas cookies.

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Photo of Gavage
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This a beer that is all over the board in ranking attributes. It arrived in a pint glass looking like murky muddy puddle juice. A strange hazy brown / auburn color with no head. Just not appetizing to look at. The aroma was very nice and complex, sporting nutmeg, cinnamon, coriander, oranges, and malt. A great smelling beer.

The flavor was a let down, as the spices seemed dominant and a little overbearing. It brought a flashback to a overly enthusiastic spicy homebrew I made in the past. The malt was just overpowered. Citrus level was quite nice. The spices rides the tongue a while into the aftertaste. This has a medium body, but a thinner and smooth mouthfeel. If the spice levels are cut back, this might be a better brew.

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Winter Wonder from Triumph Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 12 ratings