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Frostnipper Winter Warmer | Aviator Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Aviator Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States
aviatorbrew.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by atsprings on 12-17-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
69
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
23.94%
 
 
Wants:
1
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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 69
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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Photo of oberon
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Came in a standard pint a deep ruby color with a thinner off white head,good clarity and full color.Aromas of faint some and caramel/vanilla,some roast plays a role as well,an interesting mix to say the least.Lightly smoky on the palate with baking spice,some carale adds more sweetness with a bit of roasty/earthy finish.Interesting with the smoke and spice,unique.

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Photo of Kappakoosh
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of chinchill
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Undated 22oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter.

Pours a clear, dark reddish-mahogany with a modest tan head.

Excellent aroma (>4) with very good taste.
Smooth, medium-full body with medium-low carbonation.

Malty and smokey (altough light in the mouth and absent in the nose) compared to the average "winter warmer" (as if, with all the variability, such a thing existed). Some dark fruit, conservative blended spices, most obviously including nutmeg, and hints of hops.

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Photo of AxlSkull
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pity
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap the other day.

Poured a nice amber color, with minimal head.

Smells of cinnamon and some sort of root or leaf that I can't quite put my finger on.

Tastes like Christmas. No other way to put it. Smokiness and cinnamon overpower. Thankfully I'm a fan of both. Fairly dry mouthfeel.

I'm glad I tried this one, definitely something unique from an up and coming NC brewer.

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Photo of tdm168
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the breweries tasting room on 12/29/11.

It pours a medium amber with a thin lacing of white head. The nose is smokey with notes of hickory as well as some faint notes of cinnamon. The taste is very smokey up front with notes of hickory followed by some nutmeg and cinnamon. There is some sweet caramel malt in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

This was an intense, smokey winter warmer. The smokiness makes it a little intense, but overall a good beer.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Deep mahogany color with tan head. Aroma has lots of caramel, raisins, molasses and nutmeg. Taste starts with all kind of spices, like pumpkin pie or pumpkin beers. Finish is more balanced with some toasted malts and earthy bitterness. Medium body with high effervescence. Overall it's a quite nice spiced ale. The hoppy finish makes it quite drinkable.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ordybill
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear reddish-brown with a small tan head. The aroma is smoky malt. The taste is the smoky malt with spices.

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Photo of bum732
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of jason419
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KevinGordon
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of LannahC
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cantfindme
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of Oscar_The_Rauch
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a deep ruby brown with a finger of beige colored head

S: Brown spice and milk chocolate along with some smoked/roasted malts and a slight pine note, but nothing "jumps out" at you. Definitely more subtle.

T: Flavors confirm the nose, but the body seems a bit thin... especially in the mid-palate. Also, the length on the finish doesn't hold for very long.

O: When it comes to the "Winter Warmer" style, I am looking for something with more backbone and spice. I guess Highland Brewing Co.'s "Cold Mountain Ale" has spoiled me. This beer wasn't great nor was it poor. I almost find it to be a more "sessionable" winter warmer ale (if such a thing exists) since it didn't wreck your palate.

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Photo of blackie
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

spiced winter ale with cold-smoked Bamberg malts

a: shaker pint serving, the beer is a deep, murky brown in color with a nicely retained cap

s: great blend of aromatics - dry toffee malt body, spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon, sweet hardwood smoke in good proportion, raisin and date fruits, brown sugars, earthy citrus hops, great balance for such a varied set of ingredients

m: lighter in body with a lively medium carbonation

t: toffee malt body shows dark fruits complimented by wintry spice - mostly cinnamon but a touch of nutmeg as well, a clean and fruity smoke nudges in towards the middle, followed by a very dry and woody finish with a nice level of dried citrus hops providing a long-lingering bitterness

d: just fine, a sipper by nature but the abv is nearly imperceptible

tap at the brewpub

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Photo of dwaters59
2.39/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours Deep Ruby with a brown foamy head. Smells piney. Tastes bitter dry. I dig winter warmer ales, but this one misses the mark. It's very brown beer tasting with what seems like allspice and pine needle bitterness. I poured the pint out after three good draws.

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Photo of devilben02
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On draft at the Aviator Tap House, this one pours a deep, muddy, orange-amber color with a thin, foamy head. The aroma is subtle, but there is a noticeable scent of some combination of spices and the smoked malts that give an impression of sitting in a mountain cabin on a cold winter night. These characteristics are even more pronounced in the flavor, but the smoke in the malts isn't the smack-you-in-the-face-with-a-slab-of-fresh-beef-jerkey-and-then-steal-your-bike kind of smokiness, but rather is a sensually-brush-against-your-shoulder-and-whisper-in-your-ear-how-hot-you-look-in-that-flannel-shirt kind of flavor. The complex flavor profile makes this one quite interesting, but it is a bit much to be an everyday draft selection.

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Photo of maxwelldeux
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Volsdawg10
3.31/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cheribom
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of nhaines16
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of ghunterck
4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just bought a bottle of this beer while passing through NC. The label is outstanding, so much so i went to the Aviator Tap House and bought the shirt!

I poured this beer (in a hotel room) into a small glass, immediately there was a smell of rich malt and smokiness. The beer had a great full brown head of foam. The taste was of rich malt, spices (cinnamon and nutmeg?), and full hops which i guess is Aviators thing since most of their beers has this signature. I like the hops overtones.

The finish was great, with breadiness and somewhat clean finish besides the hop taste.

Good job again from the guys at Aviator.

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Photo of jimmyjames8
2.17/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Aviator is a small but growing micro brewer. You cannot compare the beers they made a year ago to beers they are making now much less several years ago. This beer IMO is awful. It tastes like a burnt pork butt. I got a sample shot first that I did not even ask for and it smells great and the sample even tasted pretty good, intriguing, layers of flavor. When I got the whole pint and took the first sip, OMG, all I could taste was smoke. If you like smokey or burnt tasting dark beer, brother, this one is for you. The layers of flavor are still there but the smokiness just punches you in the mouth. I really like Aviator beers. Their Hog Wild IPA is top notch and their this year's October Beast was incredible. The nipper may be someones cup of brew but not mine. You have been warned.

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Frostnipper Winter Warmer from Aviator Brewing Company
3.76 out of 5 based on 69 ratings.
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