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Winter Warmer (formerly Ringneck) | The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works

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Winter Warmer (formerly Ringneck)Winter Warmer (formerly Ringneck)
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3.73/5
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141 Ratings
Winter Warmer (formerly Ringneck)Winter Warmer (formerly Ringneck)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
Ohio, United States
thebrewkettle.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly called "Ringneck Winter Warmer".

Added by granger10 on 01-15-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#25,118
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
141
pDev:
12.06%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
26
Trade:
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Ratings: 141 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of JimmyFlatRock
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of nrbw23
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a crystal clear ruby color with a very thin white head. Head is also gone in a flash and leaves very little lacing if any at all.

S- Pretty typical for the style just a little tame. Quite a bit of spice, hint of darker fruits and caramel malts.

T- Follows the nose really well. Spices all over, malty, and sweet.

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

O- Pretty impressive and what I expected.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of wvsabbath
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Copper tan/brown, 1/2 inch creamy head and thick lacing.

Smell - Dark fruits like rasin, plum, dates, malts, spices, caramel, some cinnamon, a little honey and mild hops.

Taste - Starts of with dark fruits and a solid malt backbone. Lots of spices espically lemon peel and cinnamon. I also get some all spice and nutmeg. Alcohol is masked well, its balanced nicely, not to sweet or bitter.

MOuthfeel - Medium thickness, smooth and enjoyable. Tounge gets the fruits, some malts and alot of spices. Tougne gets remaining hops, malts and added sugars. Aftertaste is smooth, sweet and spicey.

Overall - This reminds me alot of samuel smiths winter warmer with the feel and flavor. This is not my favorite style of beer but this is drinkable. Every bit as good as sammy smith and great lakes xmas ale. Smooth, tastly, and priced right, worth a drink.

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Photo of Ohiovania
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Fargrow
4.26/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of gratefulbeerhead
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of ONUMello
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Mahogany color, one-finger head
S: Malty, spicy, some brown sugar and fig notes
T: Fruit cocktail, brown sugar, malt, spice
M: Fairly full, but the finish is fairly oppressive due to the sweetness/alcohol
O: If the amount of sugar and alcohol were each dialed back just one notch this would be far improved IMO. Its got nice elements especially the nose but it's a bit off balanced

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Photo of kbrown
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of hosehead83
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear, dark tea color with a moderate head of tan foam.
Aroma-Faint mulled spices
Taste-cinnamon, orange peel, honey, sweet toasted malt. Everything leans toward the sweet side of things. A little dash of hops or other spices could have helped in the balance department. A decent holiday sipper.

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Photo of scott2269
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Bierguy5
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, 8% abv. Clear reddish-amber color, with ruby edges. Off-white head fades pretty quickly, without leaving any spots of lace.

Robust malty aroma. Cinnamon, honey and ginger shine through in the nose.

Nice, hearty malt character with just a bit of sweetness. Cinnamon and ginger are noticed, and some orange zest spices things up a bit.

Medium body, with a a good amount of carbonation. All the flavors go well together. Slight warmth from alcohol. Nice beer.

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Photo of j0hnc2468
3.73/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Maillard
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ryan011235
3.32/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter on 1/3/12

Deep brown hue with a crimson sheen. One finger head is sudsy and stacked with bubbles. The head drops at at a moderate rate. Only the bubbles remain after several minutes. Drippy lace is found on a meager potion of the glass.

The aroma calls to mind fresh baked, and subsequently burnt, cinnamon raisin bread. The malts are deep and sweet and have a penchant for dark fruit overtones. Ginger was strong when I opened the bottle; it seems to have tapered off, however. The orange and lemon peel are faint at best and essentially manifest as a subtle spice. The aroma is heavy and syrupy when warm.

The taste is kind of strange with this one. A brief toasted bread ghost note shuffles off, the attention becoming focused on juicy dark fruit notes and spices and such. Said spices kick much harder than the aroma suggests - cinnamon, ginger and the above-mentioned absent citrus peels have been found. It's more lemon than orange. The whole effect creates a very dry beer despite some sweeter tones as it warms.

Medium body. While I guessed this would be a heftier beer, I like the overall feel. Carbonation is vigorous and energetic. The finish is comparably dry and boasts lingering spice. I once caught a stray lingering of coffee bean.

This is an easy drinking 8% abv; works well for the style. I've enjoyed the bottle. However, there are others I'd turn to first. Still, give it a shot.

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Photo of adamette
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live Review. Poured from the 12 oz. single that was given to me by the fine folks at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio simply for being a good customer (believe me, the pleasure is mine!) into a clean, clear pint glass. Price tag still stuck on the cap indicates $1.85. No observed “best by” date. I was told by the staff at Save-On that this is a recent release.

From the label: “Tis the Seasonal! A spiced Holiday ale brewed with cinnamon, ginger, orange & lemon peel and a sleigh load of honey.”

A Very light brown creamy head over a translucent brown/mahogany body. 3.5

S Malt goodness abounds. I certainly smell the honey but it is not overwhelming, more of a subtle sweetness. I rather like the smell which reminds me of many malt bombs that I have had in the past. Repeated sniffs reveal the cinnamon and ginger notes mentioned in the description but I do not as of yet pick up the citrus peels. 4.0

T Ah yes, a nice, sweet tribute to Christmas (despite the mention of a “Holiday ale” on the side of the label the front bottom of the label features the following: “Spiced Christmas Ale” quite prominently). The cinnamon and the ginger play supporting roles to the smooth subtle sweetness of the honey and it all works nicely. 4.0

M Big, syrupy smooth beer that lingers on my tongue for a while like you might expect honey or even syrup to do. Appropriate to the style and mentioned on the label. I appreciate the information provided before sampling any beer. 4.0

D/O Not particularly drinkable to me. Overall this is a solidly prepared Christmas Ale. 4.0

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Photo of granger10
3.07/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was the second beer I had from Ringneck. It poured copperish in color with a light, rather weak head. The smell was similar to cinnamon bread but a little weak. The flavor, however, was quite strong in cinnamon as the spice overwhelmed my palate. There was also a citric quality to it which provided some tartness. A faint honey sweetness came into play towards the end. Low on hops and a bit too strong in alcohol flavor. This was also a bit thin. This was a decent brew which I would probably try again, but I wouldn't go out of my way to find it.

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Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.17/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a snifter. The fifth beer of my 2014 twelve beers of Christmas.

A- Poured a very dark raspberry color with a very small off-white soapy head that left no lace.

S- Big cinnamon, ginger, and clove notes with sweet fruity notes of juicy apple and cherry.

T- Huge juicy red apple notes, tart pie cherries, raspberry, tons of fresh cinnamon and clove, some light chocolate notes.

M- Medium body, some warming, and soft carbonation.

O- Wow, I was really impressed with this Christmas ale. It was bursting with surprising juicy fruit flavors that melded very well with the holiday spices.

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Photo of aracauna
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this bottle at the brewery. Pours a clear, dark ruby brown with a good-size too dark for off-white, too light for khaki head. The aroma is heavily spiced with cinnamon, maybe nutmeg and some clove. Luckily, this is backed up by enough malt to not quite be overpowering. The spice is equally strong in the flavor, but again the malt (brown sugar and spice cake, honey) helps keep the spices in check, almost. Could benefit from some aging to mellow the spices, but still great for style.

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Photo of EdgarGerik
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the Brew Kettle in Strongsville, and I was genuinely impressed. I'm not the biggest fan of this style, but I thought this example was true-to-style yet very approachable and drinkable.

The beer poured a dark amber which was clear and sparkling and had a loose but plentiful head atop it. Aroma was of holiday spice...nutmeg, all-spice, and maybe a touch of cinammon. Flavor was also spicy, but also offered a hefty dose of maltiness that was neither overly sweet nor cereal-y. Mouthfeel was a bit thick and appropriate. I thought this beer to be quite good.

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Photo of Nordbier
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of gobuccos
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Winter Warmer (formerly Ringneck) from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 141 ratings
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