Ram Tam
Timothy Taylor's Brewery

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Winter Warmer
Ranked #45
Ranked #14,410
4.2 | pDev: 13.1%
Timothy Taylor's Brewery
England, United Kingdom
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Notes: A dark, strong beer that has a reputation as a ‘Winter Warmer’. Wholesome and satisfying, this mellow beer has body and depth, leaving a pleasant fruity afterglow. Mild chocolate and roasty malts, with a bit of citrus. Light but very pleasant and well balanced. A perfect dark mild for session drinking.
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vinicole from England

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost black with a glorious deep brown head. Auburn red against the light.
The smell of sweet toasted malt.
Mild by name and taste. A subtle balance of malt and hop.
Wonderful feel from a cask dispensed beer.
Really enjoyable.

Oct 26, 2015
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marquis from England

4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

After years of looking for this it eventually turned up at my nearest pub! It was at a festival, served on gravity.After three days on tap it was absolutely gorgeous.Because of the serving method there wasn't much head but the way the beer had developed was magnificent.

Feb 07, 2015
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CwrwAmByth from England

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice beer and the first of the evening at the Chelmsford Winter Beerfest 2011. It was a bit warm due to all the casks being simply mounted on shelves inside where there was heating etc

It was great nonetheless. This was a really 'solid' beer, good in almost every way. I can't remember much else but it was really very good!

Feb 04, 2011
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mdagnew from Northern Ireland

4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cask pint in Brigantes Bar and Brasserie, York, June 2010

Poured a deep dark ruby red... Creamy tan head poured fairly thickly then faded to thin layer.... decent light lacing

Aroma - Nice strong chocolate maltiness, good roastiness, caramel and toasted bread, light dusty notes, lots of fruitiness (plums, figs, some blackcurrents), faint liquorice notes, spicy, nice peppery hop bitterness...

Taste - Definite chocolate notes, roasted malts, quite earthy, light coffee, light nutty and caramel sweetness, fruity (blackcurrents, plums), peppery, strong eartiness, nice hop bitterness...

Feel - Pretty smooth.. Medium bodied. At 4.3 % an extremely quaffable and sessionable ale...

Overall - A supreme example of cask beer at it's best and the finest pint of mild i've ever had... if you get the chance try this..

Jul 08, 2010
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soulgrowl from England

2.79/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fair ebony-brown, shimmering with a maple amber-red tint. No head. Sweet nose is full of caramel... and nothing else. The flavor is typical of the style, with caramel and toast and a bit of cola, coffee, and burnt grain. There is also a pinch of noble, grassy hops. Very thick mouthfeel, too thick, really, for what it is. A fine and dandy, average mild lacking in depth, dryness, and drinkability - not exactly an exemplar of the style. Disappointing.

Jul 05, 2009
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BlackHaddock from England

3.45/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank in 'The Bricklayers Arms', Putney, London.

Looked good as it sat between a pint of lighter Landlord and a darker Dark Mild, the colour sits between the two as well.

Sweet aroma and taste, caramel and hops, a little too sweet for me, but my wife loves it.

The flavours don't stay to long in the mouth, but it is still a treat to have one of these beers if you ever come across one.

May 13, 2007
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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally I get around to adding some more updated Reviews for my favorite and most dearly beloved Brewery, Timothy Taylor’s.

My recent visit to England at Easter 2006 had me launch a Saturday expedition to Keighley with many close friends. Keighley is a town that I used to frequently visit in my BeerHunting youth, but one which I had not visited for some 6 or so years. So to get back here, with a bunch of dearly loved friends, was just fantastic - and the highlight of the visit was a trip back to the LEGENDARY Boltmakers Arms, this is Valhalla for Taylors lovers, it was so good in fact we ended up going there twice during the day!

At the Boltmakers, the Ram Tam was served in its finest form, sheer luxury, the thick creamy head was a delight to see, I’m sure they use ¼ pint Angram handpulls, so think of Guinness on steroids and you’ll have an idea of just how ambrosial the creamy head can be from Cask with a lovely tight Sparkler (take that Southerners!). Rich, thick and silky, the dark tan head topped the black body and helped to present what I can only describe as the Perfect Pint. The bartender at the Boltmakers worked this one hard and she slowly worked the quarter pulls to get the perfect presentation with a tight creamy head that lasted forever.

The nose was of caramelized hops and a smooth roasted malt ending, the nose is not high in strength but it is highly recognizable in character, deeply inhaled it imparts a solid comforting feel, like hot chocolate before bed, like a warming hot soup when you feel ill, the nose is not big, but it imparts a very welcoming and comfortable feel.

The taste is an utter delight, deliciously rich and smooth, Taylors on Cask at the Boltmakers can actually look like a Nitro dispensed beer, yet it isn’t, but it certainly "feels" like one on the tongue, but its all natural. The dreamy looks soon transcend visual enticement and partially contribute to the satisfying feel. Mouthfeel is rewarding, intensely smooth and orgasmic. Bold malts and rich dark fruity tangents. Slick finish. I want more of this drinkable brew. So much more.

The Boltmakers Arms in Keighley is indeed a sorely and terribly missed delightful little gem that I wish was just around the corner. It is still the crowning glory in the Taylors Pub Estate for me. Quite simply, it is Beer Mecca for Taylors Men of the North, or as one local said during my last visit; "Aye Lad, thaz ne’er supped reet T’hay-lerz….til thaz bin ere!" I cannot fault that. I just read jwholdsworth Review…….what he said. If I seem passionate about this beer I make no excuses, and no it’s not bottled, and no it's not heading out all over the World anytime soon, or at least I hope it isn’t, and never does. This is one beer that you have to travel to appreciate, but believe me, it is more than worth it. Drink this highly rewarding brew and you will meet your God. Mine just happens to be called Timothy and he is literally from God's Own County; Yorkshire.

Yes, I dearly love this Brewery and especially Ram Tam, and I make no excuses for that. A classic brew, a true Yorkshire Winter Warmer that never disappoints and one that I looked forward to mas the darker nights and colder climes gripped the North of England. You simply have to try this when in Yorkshire….and you have to try it at the Boltmakers Arms in Keighley.

A Ram Tam A Doo Da. Hell Yeah.

A Beer to Die For. And I think I would.

Sep 18, 2006
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wl0307 from England

4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tasted this beer on draught at the White Horse Old Ale Festival last weekend. Simply put, this is the best Mild I've ever tasted. Deeply malty and fruity on the nose with a de...ep aroma of caramel. Packed with flavours of roasted malts and utterly fruity, while sweet elements like chocolate-malts are balanced just idealy with earthy hops and everlasting bitter-sweetness. The body is fuller than 4.3%abv. but remains ever so light and refreshing on the tip and sides of the tongue. Complex and superb brew! Most enjoyable cask-conditioned dark mild when on form and on cask.

Dec 01, 2005
Ram Tam from Timothy Taylor's Brewery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 12 ratings