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): 7.30%

Availability: Winter

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Added by atsprings on 12-17-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#30,890
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
72
pDev:
13.82%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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1
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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of chinchill
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
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 oberon
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
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 tdm168
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
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 SadMachine
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a deep, dark, ruby coloring with a ton of tight, small bubbled carbonation action and a low profile, solid, cream colored head. Aromas of smoke and peat forward, with campfire notes, caramel and chocolate highlights, and a subtle spice blend of cedar, nutmeg, all spice, and cinnamon. Nicely balanced aromas, and very inviting. Flavors are heavily roasted forward, with a deep caramel and toffee sweet backbone that is rich and heavy, supporting a very subtle spice blend, subtle warmth, and earthy notes. A subtle bitterness slowly builds at the end, as well as a subtle warmth. Very well balanced throughout, I really can't state that enough. Smooth, creamy body, with a bitter, rich, and roasted sweet aftertaste, with a slightly dry and bitter linger in the warming, spiced finish. Very tasty beer, and extremely drinkable. Rumor has it all their beers are moving to cans, which makes this a very packable winter brew!

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Photo of lupercmda
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of cjgator3
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RochefortChris
4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KevinGordon
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of ordybill
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
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 blackie
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
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 LehighAce06
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Drknight
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of waiting4lunch
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Falcone
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Volsdawg10
3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jaswilson2
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of Danny1217
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Cylinsier
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

tap

Pours a clear reddish brown color with a bit of lacing.

Smells of dark fruit sweetness like plums and maybe some molasses.

Flavor is toasty and spiced with hickory flavors. Reminds of a campfire.

Moderate to full mouth with tingly carbonation.

As far as the style goes, I don't normally like it, so the interesting flavor profile plays in my favor. These are normally too cloying for me. This one is odd but in a good way.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of daliandragon
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I knocked back a growler of this nectar for Super Bowl Sunday and was highly impressed. I actually wrote a review but my internet shorted and I lost it right before I finished so this is the redo. Tawny maroon body with a solid inch of beige head and intermittant lace. Nose is spicy and malty in equal measure but not completely bereft of hops.

More complexity than first appears. The caramel and roasted malts are the backbone but a generous nutmeg/cinnamon/allspice injection colors the whole shebang. Hops give a pine edge tpo the second half of the sip and especially the aftertaste. Plus, almost no alcohol at 7.3% (that's what the label on my growler says).

To me this is about craftsmanship. It would be real easy for all these flavors to get muddled and soupy but these Wake County boys keep them distinct and still get the texture right. Very enjoyable. Not my last growler from Aviator.

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Frostnipper Winter Warmer from Aviator Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 72 ratings