Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Winter Warmer
Ranked #101
Ranked #34,085
3.75 | pDev: 11.2%
Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
California, United States
Reviews: 243 | Ratings: 452 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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TheLongBeachBum from California

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 ounce bottle picked up on a recent beer shopping expedition. Has the usual Lost Coast label complete with its generic weird yet appealing artwork. The Winterbraun has a snow-boarding dude taking the slopes. Listed on the label at 6.5% ABV [the BA listing states only 5% I note] but with no freshness date, I did notice the twist cap though, well as I prized it off with my Bottle-Opener!

Appearance: Dark brown body with a murky appearance. Nice thick tan colored head with a lovely smooth creamy cap. Average levels of dissolved carbonation but some very nice lacing on the glass walls.

Nose: Dark fruity malts, limited in strength at first but nevertheless when the beer warms it reveals a lot of chocolate and some roast coffee aromas that are enticing.

Taste: Bitter chocolate starts with some dry coffee in the middle. Light milk chocolate sweetness rises in the latter third. Malty and chocolately at the same time, yet this has a very welcome hop bitterness that takes the ride right through to the finish line. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Smooth on the tongue. Creamy with an above average feel that has a light bitterness but a nice biting spicy bite in the swallow.

Drinkability: A tasty brew that drinks well. Not exactly a quaffer but it accompanies rather well late on a night.

Overall: Tasty stuff, I like the brews from Lost Coast, but so often I am blighted with old samples it seems. This is most certainly a fresh sample and it shows how good the Lost Coast brews can be when properly presented. A tasty Winter brew, worth seeking out!

Dec 20, 2004
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beerguy101 from California

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

Dark black color. Medium head. Aroma is chocolate and malts. Deeply roasted chocolate malts. Chocolate and coffee predominate. A medium bodied porter. Chocolate throughout, there are also some spices going on here. Nutmeg and allspice? Nice tasting beer. Very drinkable. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is malty sweet with a very slight bitterness. The coffee flavor lingers on.

Aug 31, 2003
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marty21 from Canada (MB)

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with two fingers worth of foamy tan head. Settles to a bit of a cap and left quite a bit of lacing.

S: Milk chocolate with some roasted and caramel malt with a decent amount of hops in the nose.

T: Milk chocolate with a bit of roasted malt and faint hops. There's also a bit of alcohol in the finish.

M: Light to medium carbonation with a medium body.

O: This was a pretty good brown ale. It wasn't super complex but had enough to keep me coming back each sip to search through it. I'd gladly buy this again.

Mar 28, 2011
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ZAP from Minnesota

4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Update 1/20/06-

Notes are dead on...awesome chocolate flavor and notch brown ale.

pours a rich mahogany....enticing nose of sweet chocolate....pretty full-bodied and substantial for a brown ale...excellent flavor...huge chocolate notes held in check by a subtle spicy hop finish...also hints of cedar/woodiness...

This is a great brown ale..very tasty and easy drinking despite the fullness of it....quality beer here...

Jan 30, 2004
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DrIPA from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev 0%

Nov 30, 2012
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Bighuge from Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep crimson/brown/ruby. Not a lot of light getting through. Nice little tight creamy beige head. A nice collar forms as it recedes and laces quite fully. Nice roasty, chocolatey smell doused with some West Coast hop flavors. Now this brown has some character to it. The roasted bitterness melds well with the hop bitterness. It's definitely bitter. Almost like a porter that way. There's some great hop flavors that add depth to it as well. Seemingly a little citric and piney, but they come off a little differntly in this beer surrounded by the brown/porter characteristics. Mouthfeel is creamy to an extent. The body is a little better than medium Quite an enjoyable brown ale at that.

Dec 14, 2003
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Wowcoolman from California

4/5  rDev +6.7%

Nov 19, 2011
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oberon from North Carolina

4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep rich brown with a thin but well retained off white head,big caramel in the aroma up front along with a nice aroma of roasted nuts that lingers nicely a nice combination in a winter seasonal brew.The flavors alot like aroma some caramel and roasted nut with a touch of spice ending with a dry earthiness,a big winner for the style in my opinion very flavorful.A good beer for cold weather would be great on cask I bet but Iam sure I'll never know,well done.

Dec 02, 2004
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ConorThomas from Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Dec 30, 2011
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rastaman from England

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

Didn’t mind this at all. Spicy cookie/cakie flavours, some chocolate, raisin, with light bitterness, some tart acidity. Pretty tasty , as most things from Lost Coast were, this was a bottle purchased from a shop in San Francisco, which i can't for the life of me remember.

Sep 19, 2004
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TFMyriad from Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Feb 21, 2014
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cokes from Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark cherrywood. The beige head is large and keeps itself well for the duration.
Odors of powdery cocoa and Big Sur hops.
Begins much more fully roasted that I expected. Coupled beautifully with French Vanilla. Traces of molasses twang. Roastedness fades as a caramel base is exposed. Hopping materializes. Bitter and mostly floral. It doesn't feature the sharp citrus tones or resiny pine (though they are present). Lightly sprucey and woody (perhaps from the PacNW and Saaz cross). The hop character is well developed, and well-bittered, without going overboard.
Medium bodied. Fizzy upfront, but grows into its shoes as it sits, and gains heft in the process.
This is the Shakespeare Stout of Brown Ales.

Dec 28, 2003
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shoegueuze from California

3.36/5  rDev -10.4%

Sep 24, 2014
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marcobrau from Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The Winterbraun looks plenty appealing, with its ruby-tinged brown hue and voluminous foamy beige head. Malts and spice are pretty easy to pick up in the nose, but it's hard for me to identify anyone particular spice. I also pick up a bit of a black tea aroma. Smooth and juicy with raisiny caramel malts and a good dash of coffee flavors. A peculier bitterness pops up in the long finish, with a touch of bitter coffee grounds. More bitter than I expected, but still fairly easy drinking. A good brown ale.

Dec 29, 2006
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BMart from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20%

Mar 07, 2012
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StevieW from Florida

4.53/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz stubby brown bottle with a cartoonish snowboarder. Pours a shiny deep black, not brown. Head is a creamy full rich khaki beauty. Roasted barley aromas. Slight chocolate and coffee bitterness. Taste is perfectly smooth, lots of full rich chocolate flavors up front. Hints of roasted espresso bitterness, very rich and full flavored. Cinnamon and nutmeg dance around, but not as pronounced as an Anchor OSA, but well on the way to it.Mellow smooth chocolate malt washes over and lingers during the aftertaste. Pushes the limits of a brown ale, borders on an American Porter along the lines of Anchor, and reminds me alot of Anchor OSA. A real treat to find in Ft. Pierce. The BelgianBum and I relieved the store of their current inventory. I might even send one to a friend in New England or I might just drink them all.

Jan 28, 2004
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deonreds from New York

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Mar 18, 2012
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jreitman from California

3.26/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark black in color with a decent head. Chocolate and spices come across in the nose. Flavor had some chocolate notes, but was also unmistably spiced. My guesses on spices used would be nutmeg and pine. Spices were high enough in volume, that it lowered the drinkability quite a bit.

Feb 16, 2003
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bellafromsocal from California

4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank. Poured dark brown with a nice tan head. Smelled malty and chocolatey with a little nuttiness. Very moderate carbonation...just enough for me. You can taste malt, chocolate, and carmel flavors and not much bitterness. Just enough sweetness (i think the alcohol balances it out nicely). I could definitely drink a few. Great winter brew!

Dec 26, 2010
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Suds from Missouri

3.16/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark brown in color, slightly red hue when held to the light. The head is tan and a little thin, but this is a fine looking beer. The aroma is malty...with a burnt grass and medicinal character. Some background herbal hops, but mostly a bready, toast-like malt-like smell. The taste is balanced, with a malt backbone. Not much here that's overwhelming...a bit thin, but nice malt-candy and spice qualities. Some grain. All in all, this one is just okay.

Dec 22, 2011
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jpaulsen from California

3.75/5  rDev 0%

Dec 21, 2013
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BeerManDan from California

3.27/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When poured, the color reminded me of root beer. The same brown, but not as thick. The smell of sweet roasted malts filled the nose with a pleasant aroma. But, that was the high side, the low is that, the flavor was of a hoppy nature, with no roasted malt taste. Not much anyway. The piney, hoppy flavor is not what I expected in a brown ale. The aroma was great, but the flavor of a hoppy brown ale was a turn off!

Dec 08, 2005
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bschinelli from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev 0%

Apr 12, 2014
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The rich, cocoa-ish flavor of Lost Coast's Winterbraun should be welcome at any time of year! It's dark chestnut body appears a clear burgundy when held to the light, and its creamy tan cap holds fairly well before dropping to a razor thin lid. The aroma is somewhat subdued, but wafts of cocoa, caramel, and even some very-mild background hops appear. Its smooth and creamy, medium-full body accentuates its maltiness which is caramelish, cocoa-like, and mildly fruity (raisins, fig). It's laced with low-key hop flavors; and balanced by a restrained bitterness that let's the malt shine through, yet still finish dry. Quite nice!

Feb 09, 2005
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harrymel from Washington

3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled: unk

A: pours ruddy brown with reddish hues. Sheet of tan on top. Spot lace.
S: Prunes, english toffee, orange peel, pumpkin. Interesting.
T: Sweet with dried dark stone fruit, some bready sweet malts. Some herbal hops and some hints of sweet cocoa.
M: Moderate body with hi carb and surprisingly dry finish.
O: Good stuff. Pleasant surprise.

Nov 23, 2011
Winterbraun from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 452 ratings