Stoudt's Winter Ale (2008-2009) | Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Stoudt's Winter Ale (2008-2009)Stoudt's Winter Ale (2008-2009)

Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Stoudts changes this recipe annually. We'll be attempting to split apart entries down the road.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-11-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 186 |  Reviews: 173
Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber color with a light head that was gone in a flash,aroma was very doughy with a nice fruitiness to it.Taste is definantly malty with some spicey notes with some nice malt induced fruitiness that lingers.Seemed a little light in the body for a strong ale but it is very drinkalbe and appetizing,I would buy again I think.

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Photo of Murph
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber color with some chunky yeasties floating around and a nice tan head that quickly sinks to a thick, clinging film. Good, sweet malt aroma with a fair amount of hops to back it up. Seriously lacking in the huge malt category that should most definitely be present for a BW. nice piney hop bitterness does help this beer along nicely. Not a bad tasting beer just not quite what a barley wine should be. Fairly smooth with a medium/medium-heavy body. A nicely drinkable brew that I would gladly drink again. Just not quite up to the style.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice dark brown amber colored pour with a big foamy head on top. A big malty aroma with a nice amount of spice for the winter season. Hops are also in there, and maybe just a hint of alcohol.

The body is pretty full and rich. Mouthfeel is very smooth with light carbonation. You get a lot of malt in this brew, but it is very well balanced with a good arrangement of hops and spices. It has only a slight warming effect for a winter brew, but it does pretty well for the style. I did not really pick up much alcohol in this brew, and I was very surprised to see it was at 7%.

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Photo of bierman2000
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A smooth, malty winter warmer style of ale. Nice alcoholic overtones in the finish. A big beer with a nice balance of hops and malts, and being a malt fan I appreciate how they blend these two very well. As it warms the beer takes on a different character and becomes a bit maltier.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear scarlet red hue. Billowing beige head that has retention. Aroma is primarily deep caramel malt tones. A little spicy hop twang on the nose as well. Body is full and hearty. Flavor profile is comprised of biscuit like malt tones, pepper like spiciness, bitterness to a decent extent (comparable to that of your typical APA in bitterness level) and yeast like bread tones. Some sweet caramel malt is underlying as well. Not too bad of a beer, but for a strong ale, it doesn't compare to the better ones.

Thank you Davo for my first crack at a Stoudt's brew.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Orange-copper body topped by a beige foamy, bubbly head. Nose is yeasty, herbal, and... something I can't quite put a name on. Taste is caramel and toffee, some mixed fruits, and a surprisingingly large hop twang in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a little fizzy. Drinkability is good. Overall, not a bad beer, but not much of a "winter warmer", and a bit of a disappointment coming from Stoudts. And I would not put down contract-brewer Frederick, since I preferred both their Snow Goose and Snowball's Chance this winter,

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a creamy tan head but dies down after a few sips, after that it leaves a thin lace around the edge of the glass. On the nose the aroma is pretty mild, caramel is detected, toffee, slight dark fruit but not much going on. On the palate the flavor is of roasted malts, a little nuttiness, caramel sweetness, hints of cherries and hints of orange peels. The mouthfeel is slightly fizzy. This is good and tasty brew, but for the style is I think it is pretty average.

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Photo of aaronh
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours with a limited amount of off-white foam atop a hazy, copperish brown beer. The aroma has a hint of malt, with some hops and orange peel dominating the smell. The taste is confused. Up front is a hoppy citrus flavor. The middle has a slight metallic, nutty characteristic to the taste. Then the finish has a hint of alcohol sweetness with strong lemon zest flavor. Unique to say the least, but not impressive. Overall, fairly hoppy, as it stimulated "hop burps" after three drinks. The mouthfeel is very solid, with a nice creamy feeling that expands on the tongue. With the confusing flavor palate, and the rather sharp lemon aftertatse, this is not a highly drinkable beer. It also seems to have a moderate amount of alcohol in it as well. This may be my least favorite offering from Stoudt's. Not bad, but not quite the level I expect from this brewery.

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Photo of marc77
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy light brown / bronze hue w/ a head that quickly recedes into sparse islands of bubbles. Dark caramel and biscuit malt in aroma, along w/ an herbal and mildly spicy hop nose. Hints of dark fruit & roasted grain as well. Fairly tame aromawise. Mild hop bitterness upfront is ceded by lightly acidic, unripe berry - like tartness. Malt character is pedestrian, consiting of understated dark caramel malt sweetness and mild roasted grain bitterness. Subdued prune - like fruitiness. Lightly bodied and a bit thin in mouthfeel. Finishes w/ a lingering spicy hop note & biscuit malt combination akin to black pepper crackers. The finish is the most memorable aspect to this brew. An average winter ale. Thin in body, oddly tart and lacking in malt depth, yet innocuously drinkable. Tastes a lot like Coeur d'Alene Lakeside British Ale brewed with noble hops.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper color with many floaters and a full pillowy tan head. Spicy hop aroma and taste... Great balanced flavor. Full bodied (leans medium) with a spicy hop finish. A solid beer but not Stoudt's best effort.

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Photo of luvND
2.44/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The 2001 version was a rye ale that I enjoyed enough to buy 3 cases throughout the season and kept several in my cellared collection. I cannot even express my dissappointment in the 2002 version. This brewery is usually money in the bank for at least a respectable beer, but I had a hard time finding anything good to say about this brew. I have to say it actually tastes bad. I cannot tell exactly what it is, but it has been overspiced with something. Invest more wisely in Holiday brew, go with Anchor or Sierra Nevada instead.

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Stoudt's Winter Ale (2008-2009) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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