Winter Ion | Element Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Element Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Winter Ion blends the malt and spices found in a Belgian White Beer with the rich flavor of chocolate. We think you will agree that the chocolate and spice finish make for a very balanced beer to share with friends during the cold winter months.

Added by CliffBrake on 11-28-2011

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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of emptyglassagain
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Uzarnayme
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of HP1975
4.56/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a: Brown with hazy copper highlights when seen through light. Inch and a half tall pale head receded slowly to patchy surface foam and lacing.

s: Dark chocolate and malt, some spice and coriander

t: Spicy, malt, andchocolate notes. Rather weaker on the "White Beer" flavor than anticipated based on the name. Some bitter finish.

m: Very smooth large body

o:Chocolate and beer. Couldn't drink this all day long but it is another excelent beer from those crazy element guys

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of braican
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of GPHarris
3.14/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

2012 bottle 470/1101

a - poured a two-fingers thick bubbly, off-white head into a snifter that left thick sheeting and lacing throughout. the body was a dark copper color.
s - some cocoa, coriander, citrus with belgian yeast aromas.
t - spicy and yeasty with a hint of cocoa and orange peel.
m - very bubbly, highly carbonated.
o - interesting take on a wit. not something i would seek out as the tastes don't seem to mesh well.

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Photo of smcnulty1981
3.44/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: amber orange with 4 fingers of a tight white head with a good ammount of laceing and some alcohol legs on the side of the glass

S: up front there is the smell of chocolate or in this case coca some coriander and orange also there was hint of vegetable matter and alcohol

T: right up front there is defiantly chocolate but the taste of chocolate with the standard wit spice doesn't really work well didn't get much of a malt character but there was a good ammount of alcohol

M: lots of tight bubbles of carbonation with a medium body

O: the lack of malt character and unbalanced flavor combonations are not very overwhelming the concept is a good and perhaps the beer would be better served with some collaring to tone down th alcohol a little bit however that may subdue the chocolate flavor

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Photo of ronny
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle ($15.95) with simple Belgian-style paper wrap, no bottle label. Neck tag identifies this as bottle 0089 of 1101, bottled on 10/16/2012.

Opaque amber brown color, quick forming and beautiful sand colored head, clings well, collapses into a nice pillow. Smell is very subtle with yeast, fruit (pear?), and raw cocoa.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the bubbly side, about what would be expected for a Belgian white.

Taste is a bit surprising. It is based on a Belgian white and all the flavors characteristic to that style are there, but the label hints at a "subtle chocolate-and-spice finish" but also implies a "rich flavor of chocolate". I'm going with the later. It has a very rich chocolate flavor, more of a raw chocolate that goes really really nice with the style. Again there are some very subtle spice hints and some fruity notes (from the Belgian white style) and a hint of yeast.

Overall a pretty nice spice/winter beer. The chocolate is very much an in-your-face. No criticism to offer. It delivers as advertised.

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Photo of Dope
3.37/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Approximately one year old.

A: Pours a murky amberish brown. Almost no head despite an aggressive pour, just a quarter inch of tan foam that disappears quickly. Leaves just specks of lacing behind.

S: Smells juice? Some cinnamon in there too, almost apple ciderish. Cocoa is fairly prominent as well. Some coriander.

T: A bit fruity up front. Maybe raisin and apple with some cinnamon. Turns into lots of cocoa. Super dry and almost powdery feeling in the aftertaste, like I literally just drank cocoa powder itself. There's some spiciness lingering in the aftertaste that I can't quite place.

M: Fairly heavy, very drying as mentioned.

O: What an unusual beer. I'm not sure what it's supposed to be. It's vaguely winter warmer-ish with the spice notes and the cocoa. But what a weird execution. It's strong and with sharp flavors - no off flavors just an odd combination of them that just doesn't really work.

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2.44/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

A: Looks like liquid apple pie. Warm brown amber that is darker at the top, lighter at the bottom. Frothy off white head lingers on.

S: Lager. WTF. Some fruit notes. Dry cinnamon, as if you took a spoonful to the dome piece. Apple spice candle.

T: Full in the mouth and slowly slipping into dry cinnamon, dry cocoa powder, dry apple cinnamon oatmeal mix.

M: Full. Low carbonation initially, then piquing a medium level jab. Drying initially post sip, but it fades slightly.

O: Element is the most overpriced brewery ever. $18-20 wasted for a beer I wouldn't pay more than $5 for a pint of once, then never have again.

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3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle purchased at Atkins Farm, Hadley, MA. Cool informative paper wrap, corked and caged. Hangtag notes bottle date of November 14, 2011, and is #231 of 681.

Poured into a Pioneer stein (#42, 2009 edition), formed a 2 1/2" frothy tan head over the slightly cloudy caramel hued brew. Head falls slowly with an audible sizzle of bubbles bursting, with tons of lasting lace. Aroma is caramel and cocoa.

Taste is sweet to start, spices and fruitiness in the middle, and closes with a lasting chocolate flavor coupled with alcohol warming. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is pretty good. The price of these brews scares me, but I keep finding they are quite good, and I like supporting local. Price point of $16.99 is close to the limit though.

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Photo of smcolw
3.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Bottled on: 11/14/2011 324 of 681"

Huge 3/4 of the glass foamy head. It settles slowly and leaves plentiful chunky lace on the glass. The liquid is a solid amber/

Surprisingly mild aroma. I detect some notes of vanilla, white chocolate and the lightest of spice.

Lots of cocoa-like flavor throughout the taste. It reminds me of a watery chocolate milk--there's a creaminess in the flavor. The body is full for the style (chocolate skim milk?). The carbonation is below the mid-point of most beers. There's a light metallic taste in the swallow. My daughter detected cherry, but I don't.

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2.21/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap at Union Brewhouse, served in a 12 oz pour tulip.

A - rich mahogany with red overtones, very little head.
S - Chocolate.
T - chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. Little else to say about this.

I wanted to like this local. But, IMO, it misses. the chocolate taste is so big that it is cloying.

Updated 12/7/12: On tap again UBH. I thought this was a strange one about this time last year. The 2012 version is really gonzo...and not in a good way. This is so over the top vanilla it is, I don't even have a word. I think last year I was only at 2.85, doping that score for 2012. I like what element does, but not sure what they were thinking...

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.42/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty bright red-amber color with a lighl head that dissipates quickly leaving only light lacing. I really like the color. I suppose the lack of head has to do with the cocoa addition.

Prominent cocoa on the nose, with hints of cherry and vanilla. The flavor seems consistent with the witbeer base at first - bright and tangy, with the cocoa playing a prominent role toward the middle. The coriander seed shows on the finish, which is a bit drier than the main attack.

Good mouthfeel with a light to medium body. This is a great dessert beer that would go well with after dinner conversation, or with an almond pound cake or something of that sort. For the prominence of the cocoa, it seems well balanced and is one of the better chocolate beers I have tried. That it rides on a witbeer rather than a porter or stout base speaks to the originality of the brewers. A cool and unique offering well worth a try..

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Winter Ion from Element Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 23 ratings