Elevator Winter Warmer Ale | Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus

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Elevator Winter Warmer AleElevator Winter Warmer Ale

Brewed by:
Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus
Ohio, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Winter

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Photo of BB1313
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

2016 vintage. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours an auburn with nice clarity and has bubbles racing upwards; fluffy light khaki head that falls leaving great retention and nice lacing. The aromas have lots of spices. Cinnamon and ginger lead the way. Caramel malts are there. The flavors basically follow the nose. The spices are slightly overpowering. Strong bitter cinnamon and nutmeg in the finish. It's slightly earthy. Some ginger and caramel is in the mix. Malts do their thing giving this one a touch of sweetness. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is nice. It's on the lighter side of full-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's very fluffy and smooth.

This is a solid winter brew. If you like holiday spiced brews, then you should like this one. The cinnamon and nutmeg might be over the top in the flavor department, but it's still enjoyable and fitting for this time of year.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a pint glass. This FINE winter warmer pours a hazy mahogany brown with a brilliant tan head of thick foam and GREAT LACING. Nose of sweet caramel malts, bread crust, spiced carrot cake with moderate cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg. Flavors of sweet malts and light cinnamon and nutmeg come through on the front very nicely being balanced out by bready malts. A light spice cake like flavor blends in on the background, mixing with a dash of orange peel and a very light hop barely detectable in the background and warming alcohol that is very well hidden for the first many sips. Improves nicely with warmth. Very substantial and a great example of the equal of the sum of your parts, this is a new favorite to look for in the winter time.

Excellent work Elevator, now PLEASE bottle the Procrastinator!


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

Drove up to Ohio over the weekend. Wife bought me a six of this to make up for taking me to a Hobby Lobby on the way. We headed back home with the last case the store had.
Reminds me of Sam Adam's White Christmas so I pulled my last one out of the fridge and popped the top of each.
The pour of each results in different heads: SAWC slightly orange in color with a light head that dissipates quickly, EWWA darker amber in color with a head that starts out strong and retains a foam for a long time.
SAWC has a light allspice aroma with a smoother mouth feel than EWWA but that may be attributed to the higher ABV. EWWA has a more pronounced allspice smell and taste which is just fine with me.
After allowing each to warm a bit I again performed my little comparison; SAWC lost a little of it's mouth feel but retained the mellow allspice smell and taste. EWWA got more pronounced in both smell and taste.
While I hated breaking out my last Sammy it was well worth the effort, besides, there's always next Christmas. I now have a new winter favorite to look forward to!

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Photo of hosehead83
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy amber in color, with a moderate head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt, spices
Taste-Toasted malt, nutmeg,cinnamon. Pretty smooth and easy drinking despite the rather high ABV. A nice, solid winter warmer.

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Photo of Brenden
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a thick reddish-brown brew, completely opaque. The cream-colored head is small and reasonably well retained, though a little too spritzy to keep anything when what's left of it does fall off. A little spotting clings to the glass.
There's a massive load of ginger on the nose from beginning to end. There also seems to be nutmeg and maybe other spices, to the point that it's combining to be more like allspice than anything, though ginger absolutely dominates. There's maybe a cinnamon/sugar combo with some breadiness, malts setting enough of a base to build off of but otherwise revealing a standard brown ale.
Ginger dominates the flavor as well. There seem to be some carob and chicory elements as well, possibly from the breadiness of the malt. A bit of chalky baker's cocoa comes out at the end. Give it time to warm or it seems like Elevator's idea of the style is to add some beer to a huge vat of spices. More comes out as it sits. There's a bit of leafy/chalky hops bitterness to it, even. There's no hint of the high ABV.
There's a good body to this beer and the spices give it a little zip without being too harsh on the tongue. Interestingly, the only part of this beer the alcohol is noticeable is in the mouthfeel, if that's understandable. It has a firm crispness, but it dies off just slightly at the end.

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Photo of wingman14
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky light brown with an off white head that fades fast. The smell is nutmeg upfront with nice malty notes in there as well. The taste follows with a strong dose of nutmeg, not sweet, malty with good depth. A medium mouthfeel with a good balance of flavor, good carbonation. Overall a nice winter warmer, avoid if you are not a fan of nutmeg.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.28/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass on 1/23/12

Mostly clear, rustic brown. It's a nice color, I reckon. 1/4th inch head drops to a soapy layer.

The aroma is a bit thin. Smells like baked cinnamon bread, grains, tart apple (which later seems more in line with apple butter) and dustings of unsweetened cocoa powder and ginger. Raisins. Yeast. I swear I caught a hint of vinegar. Yikes.

Yikes, indeed. The flavor profile is dry (right on) as well as dusty and dirty (not so right on). Bread crumbles. Cinnamon. Ginger. Hint of cocoa. Deep grainy notions. There was an initial tartness that made me shudder, but such a flavor has subside in favor of generic "off flavors." Seems to be happening a lot with Elevator lately. Some oxidation and plastic.

The feel is a loose medium with a dry, granular feel. Carbonation is on the lower side and seems to subtly focus on the aforementioned grittiness. Come to think of it, there are some faint fruit undertones that linger.

I was expecting the worst and I got merely sub-par. I finished the bottle 'cause it's tolerable. I would caution Elevator that just because Neil House is in town it doesn't mean they should step down their game. C'mon, guys.

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Photo of hyprlt
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into mason jar.

A: no head, dark amber, copperlike color. clarity is very high.

S: not much, but there is a slight hint of spice possibly cinnamon

T: brown ale sweetness, and cinnamon spice. it could a whole blend of spices, but there are definitely of a holiday variety.

M: thick as an ale would be. good carbonation, not bubbly but not flat.

O: i like it. I would drink one or two and be satisfied. a lot of elevator beers are good, but get old. this is a very a good beer. everyone that likes holiday/christmas ales should have one.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a beautiful clear amber with puffy, off white, 1.5 finger head. Very good retention

S - Strangely, the first scent I smelled was that of kids' bubble bath, smell of sweet grapes, caramel, a touch of cinnamon, and candied sugar.

T - It packs a wallop of spice and fruit. It's almost got a bit of a grape juice taste which fades into that candied sugar and finishes with a touch of spice. It's definitely the most interesting winter warmer I've ever had. Balance is definitely towards the sweetness.

M - Very smooth in the mouth, low carbonation. Where's the 8.4% alcohol?

Overall - It was interesting to say the least. It's like drinking candy to be honest. Honestly, I should be saying it's way too sweet, but I can't say I don't enjoy this. In my opinion--good brew.

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

A: Poured into the DFH signature glass. Winter Warmer is hazy dark copper. A one finger tan head forms upon pouring and reduces to a small layer of foam that last for the rest of the time drinking. Nice sticky lacing.

S: Lots of holiday spices, nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon. Not much else, maybe a little bit of caramel.

T: Similar to the nose, but unlike some other winter warmers, the spices don't overpower the flavor profile. There is bready malt and a little bit of caramel on the finish.

M: Slightly bigger than medium bodied, has a nice, creamy mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

O: A good winter warmer, holiday in my mouth. Unlike most winter warmers that tend to be too heavy with the spices, Elevator does a good job keeping it simple and not too overstated.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Equal parts garnet red and topaz orange with slightly less than one finger of golden khaki colored foam. The head is hanging around, though, and is laying down a short collar of lace that looks decent enough.

Even though the aroma is underpowered, the fragrant scents of ginger and nutmeg are appreciated. Especially the latter. The base beer is a brown ale that doesn't make much olfactory impact at all. Still, this is a semi-pleasant sniffer... that becomes more forceful with warming and deserves a higher score as a result.

Winter Warmer Ale tastes good and that's all that matters. The brewers got the spice load just right (for me, at least), which is well more than half the battle in beer of this sort. And the 8.6% ABV, which is buried pretty well, will warm your cockles.

An underlying brown breadiness just does hold up and allows the spices to carry the lion's share of the flavor load. Nutmeg is still out in front, with ginger trailing closely along in its wake. The brewery made a good decision to use 12 ounce bottles. A bomber might have been palate-fatiguing.

The mouthfeel may not be thick and rich, but it's more than fine in all areas that matter. Besides, it settles in over the course of the bottle and picks up a lovely silky creaminess that is born of well-calibrated carbonation.

With respect to Ohio-brewed Christmas ales and winter warmers, Great Lakes Christmas Ale is still the king. Elevator Winter Warmer Ale may not even earn the silver medal, but it's still an enjoyable brew that is well worth $2 a single. What the hell, splurge for the entire six-pack and you won't be sorry.

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Photo of cbmatt
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

great winter beer. i have had it in fridge for awhile. poured very well with a deep amber color and a darker tan head. smells of cinnamon and nutmeg as well as some citrus notes. it as well tastes of the previous scents. this is by far one of my favorite winter/ holiday beers, elevator delivers again with another fantastic beer.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Obtained this as part of a six pack in November during a trip to Columbus, as this brewery doesn't distribute in Cleveland.

Pours a slightly hazy amber with a soapy white head hat has excellent retention.

Has a nice mulled spice smell, with cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and hints of apple. Mild malt and yeast present as well.

Malty, sweet and spicy, cinnamon and clove are the clear winners. While many brewers overdo the spice, Elevator has hit the spice to malt proportions well, producing a well balanced winter warmer.

Medium bodied, with a slight bitter and spice hits the back of the throat and belly.

This may be my favorite spiced beer of the season. It really is too bad that Elevator doesn't have a presence outside of Columbus. I'd serve this over other local, well-known Christmas ales.

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Photo of ne0m00re
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12/15/10- Had this one on-tap at Schmidt's in a 1-L mug.
A: Clear reddish brown, with a tan creamy thick film.
S: Not very strong... cream and caramel, biscuit, green leafy hops, pumpkin spice, and an alcohol presence reminiscent of rum.
T: Cinnamon raisin rum bread, with a noticeable alcohol, slight molasses and honey sugar presence that I can't distinguish but it fits the beer.
M: Thinner with a nice carbonation.
D: Pretty good. The 1-L wasn't as bad as I'd thought.

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Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Copper colored with a thin white head. The wispy foam leaves a nice ring of lace.

S - Sweet caramelized malts up front with some of the spices coming up after that. A touch of hops.

T - The thick malts are a base for some ginger and nutmeg action while a touch of resinous hops rounds out the back end. Reminds me of a spiced old ale. I really like this effect.

M - Medium body with moderate to high carbonation levels. The spice tends to stick around the mouth as it does in many other flavored brews.

D - This is slightly too easy to drink for the ABV. I hear they used to have a Winter Warmer lager, but I'm really glad that they chose this old ale-like recipe instead.

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Photo of ndekke39
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is the December specialty in the Elevator's 2006 MBA program. Formerly titled the Yule Lager - now renamed and redone by their new brewmaster. The Yule Lager was always my favorite Elevator offering, and this new Winter Warmer doesn't disappoint.

I bought a growler of this for New Year's Eve 2006. Poured it into a pint glass. Pours a gorgeous clear ruby red. Small white head, good retention. Smells of warm, toasted barley and citrus: orange and lemon. Tastes of warm spices, the citrus again. Slight hoppy finish. Flavors travel nicely. Mouthfeel is light creaminess with little carbonation. Wonderfully drinkable - perfect for New Year's Eve! I hope they stick to this version of the style every December.

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