Winter Ale | Durango Brewing

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Winter AleWinter Ale

Brewed by:
Durango Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Winter

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Added by smcreator on 05-30-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by russpowell:
Photo of russpowell
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this from Schmittymack, cheers Dan!

Pours orange/caramel with a pinky of tan head. Some head retention & above average lacing

S: Brown bread, toasty malt & a bot of apple skin once warm

T: Brown bread, dark fruit & dryness up front. plus a touch of licorice & rye bread. Dryness, plums, cherries & candi sugar as this warms. Finishes figgy with dryness & some apple peels & kiss of brown sugar..

MF: Medium bodied, fairly sharp carbonation, fair balance. Carbonation smooths out once warm, plus a tad of warming sensation...

Pretty drinkable, nothing too fierce here, I'm guessing about 6.5% ABV. web site says 6.3, I shall report this! I liked this one as a change of pace for the style

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Photo of Beaver13
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours brown with a smallish frothy off white head that quickly goes to a thin collar.

The aroma is malty - chocolate, and nuts and some roast and pine.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malts, nuts and a little fruitiness with a light bitter dry finish with some tea like notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little watery.

Overall, a solid winter warmer in the Hibernation vein.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of grahammi
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of roblowther
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks murky brown (as opposed to Murphy Brown). OK, red brown really but I don't have a joke for that. It's almost black with a minimal head but good lacing. The smell is coffee and caramel. The taste is a bit burnt, but with a nice sweetness. It is more porter than winter warmer, I think. It has nice carbonation, although is a touch watery. The drinkability is limited by the burnt aftertaste. It doesn't leave me begging for more. Interesting but I'd go for Young's if I wanted to try a winter warmer for the first time.

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Photo of flexabull
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a dark and clear amber color with a nice off white head.

Aromas are of heavily roasted malts, dark cereal grains, and a hint of coffee.

Taste is mostly of dark roasted malts, cereal, a bit of cream, and light sugar sweetness. Flavors are pretty light overall, and there is a bit of mineral hop crispness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is ok, but kind of thin for the style.

Drinkability is not bad. It's a decent, drinkable winter warmer. But it lacks the kick that is there in many other beers of this style. Kind of wondering where the "warmth" is for this ale.

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Photo of Schmittymack
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into the ever-present trusy shaker glass. Poured a pretty dark brown with just a little bit of head that disapated quickly. Aroma was non-existant for the most part: sweet malt was really only thing I picked up.
Taste was the kicker; a rather sweet but pleasant malt, no hop bitterness, a bit of citrus, and a little piney-ness. I got this in February; would love to try this one fresh next season.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had never heard of this beer before, but thanks schmittymack for bringing this one over. Poured a clear reddish brown with a decent tan head. Aromas of cocoa, caramel and dark candied fruits. Medium bodied and smooth, with flavors of cocoa, caramel and a light spiciness. Decent, but not overly exciting.

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Photo of smcreator
4.42/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Good color for an ale with a centimeter sustained head.
S: This beer has a wonderful fresh smell.
T: The malt taste is the most dominant. It has a slight bitter finish.
M: Very smooth and refreshing beer.
D: This beer is easy to drink and would be great to drink during a hot summer if you could get a hold on some.

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Photo of Ispeakforthetrees
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Akeah
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paresis
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of poppyjohn
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Winter Ale from Durango Brewing
3.58 out of 5 based on 13 ratings.
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