Winter Warmer | Big Al Brewing

13 Ratings

Brewed by:
Big Al Brewing
Washington, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by beertunes on 12-26-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by ScreamForMe:
Photo of ScreamForMe
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not much head on this one - poured into a pint from the tap.

Roasty and very porter like. The alcohol is fairly well hidden. The warming took place once I was done.

I don't know if I'd consider this a winter warmer. A decent beer but nothing special.

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Photo of DOCRW
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hopmodium
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Wijibo
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Malty, dark, not bitter, some lacing. Not enough carbonation for my taste. Ok, but not worth seeking out.

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Photo of Braz
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of flagmantho
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap in a pint glass at Special Brews in Lynnwood, WA.

Appearance: deep, rich brown hue with a haze-free body. Head is a thin layer of tan foam which didn't have too much retention. Great color, though.

Smell: light and sweet with a nice caramel character and perhaps even a little chocolate. Quite nice.

Taste: nutty, bready, caramelly and a little bit of spice; nutmeg or cinnamon perhaps. There's a biscuity character here which reminds me more of an amber ale; perhaps not my favorite characteristic. Not bad, but probably not a go-to for me.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a very satisfying creaminess. I like it.

Overall: a few good qualities, but it doesn't really suit my palate well. Others might find this tastier; it's definitely on the amber-ale end of the winter warmer spectrum.

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Photo of Naamandroid
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a deep brown with good carbonation and a tannish cap

S: Some nutmeg, chocolate, caramel

T: Has chocolate, nutmeg, roasted malt, cinnamon notes

M: Has a nice toasty, warm mouthfeel. Well carbonated and pretty tasty

D: Overall very drinkable and tasty. I thought it was very good for the style

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Photo of beertunes
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a very deep, dark brown, almost black with mahogany edges. A thick deep tan head dissipated at a medium pace and left light to moderate lacing.

A neutral and balanced (almost subdued) malt aroma floats into the nose with a slight roasted scent at the end. There is a big roasted flavor to this beer, followed by an unwelcome hit of coffee and some spicing.

The body was good, very full and coating without being too dense. Drinkability was very good, I've had more than one of these on several occasions lately.

Overall, while I like this beer a lot, it seems to be much more of a porter than a traditional Winter Warmer.The alcohol seems a little low and there's not the spice aspect I expected. Certainly a wonderful beer, worth effort to try, this beer would have gotten a higher numerical score if the brewery called it by a different name.

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the Skep..dark red with an offwhite cushion of head. Little bit of lacing.

Smells of chocolate and toffee, with a little bit of and pine citrus to accompany it.
Tastes wonderful, creamy and thick, bit of chocolate and caramel, solid hop bitterness and flavor (pine and citrus, sure). The alcohol is noticeable but not dominant. At 7.5%, dangerously drinkable, a very good beer.
Reading the two previous reviews, I wouldn't doubt that the recipe may have undergone a little change. I recommend it..

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Photo of jrob21
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tastymug
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Asics
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Winter Warmer from Big Al Brewing
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 13 ratings
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