Winter Warmer | Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant

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Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant
Tennessee, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Winter

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Added by SuperSpy on 02-20-2011

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Ratings: 3 |  Reviews: 2
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3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Incredibly smooth, robustly flavored and built for the holidays. Its sweeter tone is perfect for holiday candies, glazes and especially those honey-baked hams. This distinguished ale highlights Christmas dinner to perfection!

As the ale pours, it simply takes on richer and sturdier appearances. Its clear but dark garnet hue casts ribbons mahogany through its brilliant clarity. A light khaki colored head builds upon the beer and shows tremendous staying power and laces the glass with broken rings in the beer's wake.

Its burst of aromas span the gamut from caramel, toffee and brown sugar to pulled candy, hard candy and toasty-sweet barley grains. Its succulent flavors are blended with fruity flavors of apples, dates, figs, raisins, plumbs and cherries- basically the dark and dried fruits that are common to fruit cake find themselves manifested in this ale's flavor. Couple that with the biscuit and bready richness of malt and the ale further seems fruit cake-like. A late charge of spiced rum balances the fruit and sweet taste as its finish is lightly of hearty sorghum and cola nut.

Boldly textured, the ale retains its bready firmness early and often. Largely unyielding until the spicy alcohols offer tepid dryness- allowing the ale to linger long on the palate and further reward the taste buds with its savory sweetness. With little in the way of hops- the ale is malt-balanced and warm to finish.

Smoky Mountain's Winter Warmer enlivens the sweet tooth with a plethora of malt flavors that easily replaces eggnog as that after dinner Christmas digestive. Its a well-done Winter Ale and among one of Smoky Mountain's best!

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of SuperSpy
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Crystal clear, dark copper. One-finger, eggshell head. The head dies quickly but leaves some decent lacing.

S - Sweet, nutty. Smells like it has some maris otter. Nuts and toast. Fairly faint aroma but it's promising.

T/M - Medium-heavy bodied, and very smooth, with just enough carbonation to keep things moving. The flavor starts off mildly sweet and nutty. Malty and cloying in the middle. The hops make their appearance toward the end with an earthy bitterness that balances the malt and sticks around for the finish.

D - A solid performance but the beer seems to be playing safe without any detectable spices or phenols. It almost tastes like an ale brewed at lager temperatures. I will order another one though. Actually, I'll order one right now.

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Winter Warmer from Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant
3.76 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
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