Casco Bay Winter Ale (Old Port Ale) | Casco Bay Brewing Co.

Casco Bay Winter Ale (Old Port Ale)Casco Bay Winter Ale (Old Port Ale)
84 Ratings
Casco Bay Winter Ale (Old Port Ale)Casco Bay Winter Ale (Old Port Ale)

Brewed by:
Casco Bay Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Old Port Winter Ale has brought inner warmth and happiness to both Mainers and those from away for the past several winters. The 7.3% ABV makes our winter seasonal a Strong Ale by style. But the deep mahogany color, thick foamy head, solid malt body, and assertive hop flavor make it a worthy reward for reaching the end of another Maine winter's day.

Added by Bierman9 on 03-25-2002

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Ratings: 84 |  Reviews: 72
Photo of Jfstermer
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rderedin
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Boone757
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish brown color with ivory colored head. Caramel malts, spice, and some light yeast on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with spice and malt.

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Photo of DavesBeerReviews
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice strong malty ale

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Photo of cjtuggle
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sisterofba
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rorjets
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of bcsbeer
2.25/5  rDev -40%

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of bzach
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of bonbini26
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Ryanm1
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The bottle was bought from the Shipyard Brewery in Maine a couple of months earlier in a variety of choices. Casco Bay is either completely owned or just bottled by Shipyard.
The color is brown. Minimal head on it. Its got a sweet scent with hints of fruit. Appearntly it is 7.2% ABV higher than the average beer, but common among Winter Warmers. This beer is very similar to the 2010 Shipyard Winter Called Prelude. It is moderately to heavy on the carbonation and has a mouthfeel similar to eating a lesser version of poprocks.
Can't believe I am drinking this Winter ale on the warmest day of the Winter a 77degree day in Philly.

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Photo of berley31
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with an average-sized, off-white head that appears slightly creamy. Dissipates over a couple of minutes. Body is a dark amber color and very clear.

S: Moderately malty and sweet, with hints of chocolate.

T: Starts malty and sweet, and very smooth, and finishes slightly dry. The chocolate notes in the aroma are only barely detectable in the taste.

M: Medium bodied, quite creamy, with soft carbonation.

D: An easy-to-drink winter beer, and quite mellow and smooth compared to many of its competitors.

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Photo of u2carew
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A) Brown with reddish hues. Pours with a thin head. Produces nice thin lacing.
S) Caramel sweet notes. A touch of alcohol tries to poke through. Some yeasty notes.
T) A slight sour bite at the front end then moves into earthy sweetness. Finishes with a bit of hop ans malty sweetness. Caramel, toffee, and butterscotch in the mix.
S) Medium bodied. Some fizziness. Slightly creamy.
D) A decent beer. Not as strong as anticipated with the winter warmer classification.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours with no head, little carbonation and beer is a dark copper color.

Smell- Boozy and metallic, yet somehow alluring...

Taste- Sharp, metallic here too. Very malty with some lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Good palate coverage.

Drinkability- Solid, not great but solid.

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Photo of evanackerman
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

beer pours brown with a one finger head, decient lacing.

aroma is sweet malt, raisin bread, slightly sour.

taste is buttery malt with a slight hop bitterness

medium bodied mouthfeel, minimal carbonation

drinkability is average

overall, not bad but not something i'm likely to ever buy again, tastes more like an average brown ale than a unique winter beer, so far I have not been blown away by anything from Shipyard/Casco Bay brewery.

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Photo of mooseisloose
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A BOTMC selection I'm finally getting to. Smells of malt and licorice with pistachios. Lots of sugars in this one. Pours to a dark translucent brown with a good two finger head. Laces nicely as the head recedes. Mouthfeel is outstanding, thick and smooth with enough carbonation to break the flavors loose. Taste is a mostly bitter start with sweetness in the middle again overtaken by a dry bitter after taste but still followed by a brown sugar sweetness. This brew has 4 phases of flavor, complex and delicious. This is a tough brew to put down. A cornucopia of flavors. The high AC in this brew is not at all detectable, this is beer with a helluva backbone. I think just drinking it, the snow is starting to fall. Time to put another log on the fire. I need to get some more of this to cellar.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured from the bottle into a snifter-like glass.

A - amber color with thick collar-like head that dissipates a bit initially but is retained in a lacing about the glass

S - malty with some hints of oxidation and a slight bit of hop

T - malty at first, but the flavor quickly turns quite hoppy with a very dry finish

M - medium body with moderate carbonation

D - This is a decent winter warmer, and even though I'm enjoying it on an early summer day, I imagine it would be quite nice by a fireplace in the dead of January.

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

Pours amber with a nice head that sticks around as a thin cap and leaves some spotty lacing. A little sharp in the nose with some English style yeast and some mineral and coppery aromas as well as some biscuity malt. A nice English style malty winter warmer. Quite biscuity with flavors of Carr's wheat crackers and some balanced English hops. Creamy and a touch sweet, very easy to drink and seems lower abv than it is. Perhaps just a touch of soapiness in the finish.

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Photo of russpowell
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cheers to unholy2 for this one!

Pours an effervescent brown/caramel with 2+ fingers of sand colored head. Average head retnetion & lacing

S: Cakeyness, brown sugar & sweet booze

T: Cakeyness, some smokeyness, & brown sugar up front. Dryness, toffee sweetness, herbal hops & more boozey sweetness as this warms. Finishes with slight smokeyness, some booze sweetness & some leafy hops

MF: Light/medium bodied, slightly over carbonated, some stickyness

Drink pretty easy for the ABV, but lacks malt depth & doesn't really make me want more than 1 or 2. This one didn't come together for me

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sunset orange-bronze with polished pumpkin trim. The upper third of the pint glass is filled with a crown that is equal parts pale orange, pale gold and beige. A very nice lace display puts the finishing touches on this attractive ale.

If the nose is a reliable indicator, Winter Ale is more hoppy than most winter warmers. The beer smells like it will be balanced between sweet malt and bitter hops, with something less than a full complement of spices. Until my taste buds get involved, I can't swear that there are any spices present.

Delicious beer. I'm still not sure about the exact ingredients, since the spicier aspects of the flavor profile might be due to nothing more than hops. If something other than malt, hops, yeast and water is present, it hasn't been added with a heavy hand. Perhaps a pinch of cinnamon? Can't be sure.

Winter Ale is lightly toasted bready, with a hint of nuttiness and maybe even a little toffee. The 'best by' date isn't until October, so the hops are still kicking and screaming. They're grapefruit pithy and considerably spicy. Gotta be Chinook, along with at least one other. The finish is snappy and tight. IBUs just north of 50?

Even though the mouthfeel isn't the beast of the winter warmer block, it more than gets the job done. Especially when the ABV is taken into consideration. What it lacks in heft, it makes up for in smoothness and ease of drinkability.

Casco Bay Riptide Red is one of the best Irish reds that I've ever had. Winter Ale (Old Port Ale) isn't far behind. I love brewers who view the world through hop-colored glasses. Why don't these guys get more love?

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

12oz. brown bottle

A: snifter. pours a perfect mahogany, reddish brown, with a supple white head. moderate head retention, with a faint amount of lacing.

S: almost a potpourri bouquet. Malty and flowery. sweet, yet very floral.

T: initial taste doesn't surprise me that it is brewed by Shipyard. sweet malts with a hoppy floral flavor. tastes like a malty garden.

M: very smooth and crisp. decent palate but not overbearing.

D: very drinkable. good session winter brew, even at 7.2%

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Photo of adams82
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light brow/dark red colour with a filmy white head, filtered clear.

Smells very interesting! Bready yeast and some sweet hops mixed with a huge note of spicy, floral and fruity hops. Fairly surprising for the style, but very welcomed. This is gonna be a hoppy flavoured beer.

Tastes just as interesting as it smelled. It starts with a dominating malty sweetness and spiciness, maybe from rye malt? I also picked up caramel and toffee notes. Those flavours fade into a nice fruity and nutty flavour into the middle and finishes with a clean hop bitterness with heavy citric hop notes throughout. This is a fairly complex offering with a lot going on; a very nice surprise.

Medium to full bodied, this beer is smooth and easy to drink, rounded just enough carbonation. The complexity of this beer makes it a winner and one that could be consumed in large quantities despite the 7.2% ABV.

This is my first offering from Casco Bay Brewing Co. and I'm really looking forward to going through the other bottles I've got stashed. Well done!

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Casco Bay Winter Ale (Old Port Ale) from Casco Bay Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 84 ratings
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