Brew Labs #3 Pub Warmer Ale
Weston Brewing Company & O'Malley's Pub

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Winter Warmer
Ranked #245
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Ranked #42,231
3.24 | pDev: 16.98%
Weston Brewing Company & O'Malley's Pub
Missouri, United States
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 11 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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jmbranum from Oklahoma

4.2/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought in Manhattan, KS. Enjoyed at home in Oklahoma City.

Aroma is faint. Medium brown with big tan head.

Flavor is heavy on the spices. Spruce. Nutmeg. Allspice. Cloves. Kinda thin mouthfeel. Little bit of black pepper. Some hops.

To me it seems like a tamed down version of Sierra Nevada's "Our Special Ale." Good but it could be much more.

Aug 03, 2011
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bonkers from New Jersey

3.41/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this in black beuty bif courtesy of cobeerbuff. It pours a deep, opaque amber. There is a ton of spruce and allspice. The spruce is a very dominant flavor, the spices are very strong. The finish is all allspice. The body is medium, average carbonation, no alcohol. The flavor is enjoyable at first, but the spices are a bit overbearing.

Mar 29, 2011
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AlCaponeJunior from Texas

2.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Brown and hazy. Good head but it doesn't last long. Fairly good lacing.

Smells strongly of spices. Ginger, nutmeg, allspice, touch of pumpkin.

Tastes of gingerbread men. Ginger, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon. Strongly spicy. Little obvious hops or malts.

Rather dry and light to medium bodied. Lingering spices.

Drinks so-so. Not bad, but not that anxious to have again.

Feb 12, 2011
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MTNboy from Germany

2.83/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

It is like Christmas tree in a bottle. There is a spruce like, herbal flavor and aroma to this beer. The color is very dark amber that is almost brown with a red hue. There is an average finger dark tan head but really nice lacing. As I stated before the smell was herbal, piney and spiced. I would say the taste is more piney than spiced but there are some great all spice, ginger and tones. It has a chewy feel and is full bodied.

Jan 17, 2011
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger, khaki colored head of foam. It left some sticky sheets of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled like potpourri. Lots of spices mostly nutmeg and cinnamon. There was a faint caramel aroma.

T - It really had a strong nutmeg and allspice flavor. There was some caramel sweetness. At times it almost has too many spices.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - It picked this up on a snowy night and it fit the occasion. I wouldn't go to this often, but it is affordable ($3.99 for 22oz) and works on a winter night.

Jan 12, 2011
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Mora2000 from Texas

4/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orangish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of malt and spices. I get a lot of caramel and toffee malt, as well as a mix of cinnamon and nutmeg. There is also a nice sweetness that reminds me of brown sugar.

The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of the cinnamon and nutmeg as well as a heavy dose of caramel malt. The beer has a nice balance of sweet - brown sugar - and spicy.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Of the three Weston Brew Labs beers I have tried, this one is the best.

Jan 05, 2011
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hwwty4 from Missouri

2.11/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured a 22oz bomber into my Hennepin globe. This beer pours a polished mahogany brown with a good 3 inch tan cap leaving just a bit of lacing down the glass. A half inch of creamy head sticks around the entire time I'm drinking the beer. Off to a good start. The aroma is spicy, but hey, its a winter warmer. Nutmeg is the dominate aroma. Cinnamon comes next and what i would swear was clove. I really don't get much allspice. Yeasty bread and sweet caramel. And boom goes the dynamite. This beer tastes horrible. It reminds me of a extract homebrewed winter warmer gone awry. I almost swear there is a extract twang to it. The spice is way over the top. Burnt bread and burnt sugar. It seems like they went way past caramelized on this one. Not good. The mouthfeel is thin and watery. I really wish there was more heft to it. I really, really wanted to like this beer. I thought Brew Labs #1 was a great start and I really enjoyed #2. #3 goes back to the roots of Weston brewing. Really, if it had a nice infection going on I would have thought this was classic Weston circa 2007.

Dec 31, 2010
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.22/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours an effervescent caramel with 3 fingers of tan head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Tons of spice, cinnamon, ginger & nutmeg

T: Ginger, nutmeg & cinnamon up front along with slight woody hops & a touch of maltyness. Slight metallic notes as this warms with a ton of gingerbread spice, a little dryness, some toasty malt. Finishes spicy/peppery with a touch of toasty malt

MF: Thinnish, semi-prickly carbonation, okay balance

This drinks alright, a bit more malt would've really helped this one, just too thin to really hold one's interest. This kind of reminds me of ginger alt beer I brewed many years ago, except mine was better...

Dec 30, 2010
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bbkd3b from California

2.8/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a clear-as-day amber color with a nice, fluffy 2-finger head with a soft orange hue. Carbonation is just going crazy inside, rising straight to the top and giving the head a nice retention.

S - Nice tones of cinnamon and nutmeg, some citrus, hoppy scents. Something about it is a little funky, though. Not sure what. Sort of metallic. Otherwise, it's nice.

T - Weird, funky, not very good at all. Not have as pleasant as the nose was. I can barely taste the cinnamon, nutmeg, or orangey, spicy traces that I thought would be here. Instead there's this acidic, unpleasant taste floating in my mouth. They must have goofed up the brewing process or something.

M - Light, a bit watery. The carbonation is pretty good, but it's thin enough to be a soda.

D - Bleh. I fought my way through this one.

Overall/notes: You know... I like this style. The smell is spot-on for what I come to expect and I was fairly excited to see Weston overcome their reputation of bad-to-mediocre. The taste just couldn't hold up. I really want this brewery to succeed, but this isn't the beer that's going to help them start moving forward. Drink at your own risk.

Dec 06, 2010
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bort11 from Missouri

3.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle poured into a Corsendonk Christmas Ale tulip. A thin white head quickly recedes but leaves a thin lace cap for the rest of the drink. Not much in the way of lacing on the glass. Body color has a pretty vibrant chestnut color.

The label says it was spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Boy, they are not kidding. The smell has a strong "spice shop" aroma. Not one of the spices is standing out, they are mixed in together. I like that smell, but it doesn't translate over to the taste very well. It becomes a muddy mess. I can't even tell what the base beer is through all the spices. This could be improved with a more balanced measurement of the spices.

The mouthfeel has a fine "silty" texture from the spices which I'm not enjoying very much. The initial gravity is listed as 1.049, but there is no final gravity to calculate the actual ABV. I'm guessing somewhere between 5% and 6% ABV.

Dec 03, 2010
Brew Labs #3 Pub Warmer Ale from Weston Brewing Company & O'Malley's Pub
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 11 ratings