King Winterbolt Winter Ale | Catawba Brewing Co.

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King Winterbolt Winter AleKing Winterbolt Winter Ale
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King Winterbolt Winter AleKing Winterbolt Winter Ale

Brewed by:
Catawba Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by RochefortChris on 12-04-2013

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by aleckpa:
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours from the growler a deep rich amber infused tawny brown with a creamy deep beige head atop,great rich color and head.Roasted nuts,caramel, and a decent shot of herbal/leafy hops in the nose although nothing jumps out at ya.A rather dry palate with quite a hop profile going on,lightly nutty with a leafy and earthy hop presence,again much drier than expected for the style with just an underlying caramel presence.A different take on a winter warmer and it turns out pretty good.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: A bright dark brown pour produces a 1” tan foam cap that rapidly dissipates to a thin film

S: Very mild aromas include fruit, malt, traces of chocolate and dried fruit, mild roast and dark sugar. No to low hop aromas.

T: Has a layered palate with dark dried fruit, nuts, dark sugars, treacle, with a balancing bitterness. The bitterness is medium, the hop flavors are medium. The malt flavors are medium and linger with a touch of caramel balancing the bitter hop long into the finish and aftertaste.

F: Medium body to just a shade above with medium carbonation.

O: A good ale to drink when the snow flies.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can from NC. Oct. 2016 date stamp.
Pours with a clear but very dark reddish-brown body that is nearly opaque and topped with a semi-durable beige head.
Aroma: malty
Complex, more hop forward flavor. Mildly bitter.
Medium+ body and medium carbonation.

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Photo of KingEdward
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sazz9
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of PHarm
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jerefreakinmiah
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4.04/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of oline73
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BeerDocT
4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cleaning out the beer fridge has its finding two cans of this great winter ale in May!

Appearance 4.25: Pours out a gorgeous jet black with a lovely and creamy 1/2" head. Great lacing.

Smell 4.25: Bouquet is excellent. Dried stone-fruits abound and are mixed with dark, treacly malt and caramel.

Taste 4.25: Front is slightly bitter, with a nice hint of malt. Middle is somewhat dry initially and then a wave of delicious dark malt and smoked grains comes crashing in along with a very appealing taste can I describe it? Umami. Finish dries everything out with a hit of middle-palate, chlorophyl-rich hops. Aftertaste is smooth, full and satistfying, and ends with a very nice fade out.

Mouthfeel 4.0: Great smoothness and slight creaminess helps offset the high ABV and the dark nature of the beer.

Overall 4.25: Another winner from Catawba Brewing. Smooth, rich in character and complexity, but -and this is a big but that many brewers do not understand--this beer is not distracting. You can drink it, enjoy it while doing other things and really get into its groove. Would be a great sessioner or an accompaniment to a meal. Recommended and I am looking forward to winter so that I can pick up more of this brew!

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear but almost opaque deep brownish amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and some ruby red + copper highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a large patch of thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to heavy amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of dark malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness along with moderate aromas of citrus/lemon, citrus/grapefruit pith, and spicy hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of dark malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/lemon, citrus/grapefruit pith, and spicy hops which impart a light amount of bitterness which does not linger for long.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Overall this beer is very well balanced between the flavors of the malts and hops without being overly sweet or taste of just spices like some other examples in the style - this makes the beer easier to drink and the alcohol is well hidden. Very refreshing and light.

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3.64/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of AngusOg
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a typical winter warmer, not spiced or overly malty. Actually really enjoyed the hop presence on the back end. A nicely balanced brew, maybe not worth seeking out or anything, but I could see happily drinking this one again if the situation arose.

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Photo of Falcone
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of qcghost
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Brewsed
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of humuloner22
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Local outfit have to give them props for putting stuff in cans!

Appearance: Not the best looking beer I have ever seen. Not much in respect to head retention. Kind of flat muddy water appearance.

Aroma: Light flora hop notes seem to be the main point on this one, otherwise its pretty simple. Not what I expected at all though. I was expecting a more sweet malty aroma, the hops were a good surprise.

Taste: Much like the aroma the taste was the most shocking part of this beer. I was expecting the typical spiced or super malty winter warmer style. This is more of a brown hoppy ale. I have never been a fan of this style because it isn't quite a black IPA and it certainly isn't a standard IPA. I think the malts detract from the hops and the hops detract from the malts. Its a mess in this regard.

Overall: I think they did something different and I can commend them for that, however if you are going to make a Winter Warmer explain that you are actually not doing one but a hoppy brown ale. Foothills does a better job at this style with the Hoppy Medium for anyone interested in something similar, better and from NC.

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Photo of wupika23
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%

Photo of JakeKirchner
3.6/5  rDev -3%

Photo of RochefortChris
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of cantstandya65
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dave1999
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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King Winterbolt Winter Ale from Catawba Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 29 ratings