Bone Warmer Imperial Amber Ale | Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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Bone Warmer Imperial Amber AleBone Warmer Imperial Amber Ale

Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Idaho, United States

Style: American Imperial Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Bone Warmer is brewed the same way, using only the first runnings from an extraordinarily thick, strong mash of Idaho 2-Row Metcalfe and Harrington barley malt, along with dark German Munich and caramel malts. We subtly spiced it with Idaho Chinook hops, fermented it at cool temperatures and cold-conditioned it for smoothness and drinkability.

The resulting ale is the color of roasting chestnuts. It is voluptuously malty and only slightly sweet- with a hint of toffee and a warming dry finish. It’s an ideal accompaniment to rich meaty stews, wild game, roasted fowl or root vegetables, and aged cheddars.

Added by Bitterbill on 01-13-2007

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Reviews by rdickey:
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4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Source: 750 ml ceramic corked swingtop bottle, with a wax-dipped top a la Maker's Mark. I don't know about you guys; I love the presentation, but I find these bottles hard as hell to open. Date on the bottle tag is November 16, 2007.

Appearance: Pours a very reddish amber into a tulip. Two-finger amber head; somewhat rocky but with mostly fine bubbles. Moderate retention with nice lacing.

Smell: Malt sweetness comes across big time for me; after the nose I sort of expect to be drinking a heavy Scottish beer.

Taste: Nice. Balanced, but the scales still weigh on the malty side. Not necessarily what I expected after the nose -- there's plenty of malt sweetness, most of it fruity. However, there's a balance that comes from a hop backbone that isn't particularly strong, but is reinforced by an oakiness that reminds me of an oak-aged Yeti.

Mouthfeel: Definitely warming; it's a good one for a February Friday. The BA characterization of this as an American strong ale is the right one; it's in the vein of an Arrogant Bastard.

Drinkability: You're not going to spend the evening throwing these back, because of the sweetness. Still, it's beer, so...

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3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #81 (Oct 2013):

“Malt bomb” is what comes to mind and in a very complimentary way; this is the American Winter Warmer. With each sip, this beer becomes more drinkable, though we had to remind ourselves that it is a very sizable brew. Seek this beer out.

STYLE: Imperial Amber Ale
ABV: 8.2%

LOOK: Hazed ruddy amber, tight lacing

SMELL: Heavy toasted malt, bread crust, fresh-cut grass, spice, floral, estery, browned apples

TASTE: Rich, very malty, sweet, warming, full bodied, smooth, creamy, very toasty, ample hop bitterness, mild chicory, slight peppery alcohol; sweet malty, toasty finish

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Found this randomly while waiting for a prescription for my son. It's the 2013, Color- Nice I don't think it changed much, Smells great, taste is a little flat I think and feel is a little tingy and alcohol, not bad

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of russpowell
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 vintage pours a hazed chestnut with one finger of tan head. Appears fairly viscous, has minimal head retention & lacing

S: Caramel & appleskins. I also get woody notes & a bit of vanilla once warm

T: Caramel, brown sugar & oaky dryness, fruittyness (plums & apples) up front. I get dried cherry, dark fruits, boozey warmth. toffee, leafy hops as this drys. Finishes dry with toffee, raspberry & a bit of leafy hops & a bit warming booze

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation, much warming & dryness

Drinks a bit slow due to the dryness & complexity. This a good, not great example of the style

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.27/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25


2013 750 picked up over the weekend at the Boise COOP... Finally getting around to trying it tonight.. Pours with the same color clear dark cherry wood... the 1/2" off white head rises up and dies back just as quickly.

Nose is thick caramel and toffee... some subtle background apple/pear fruitiness and lost in waves of malt complexities is just a whaff of hoppiness.

Tons of different malt notes but never really sweet... just huge and malty.... needs more hop bitterness IMO... and hop flavor for that matter....

Body is just shy of full... and the heavier body is accentuated by a lighter than needed small bubble carbonation.

Overall... Grand Teton hit the nail on the head by creating something that will only be appreciated in the winter months.. preferably by a warm fireplace... but for my palate, it is an unbalanced overkill.


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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours a dark mahogany brown with a fine one finger khaki head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of rich caramel malt, brown sugar, lightly nutty with hints of oxidation and tartness; aroma profile similar to a doppelbock. Flavor is similar with caramel malt, brown bread, light nuts, mild suggestions of dark dried fruit, developing winter spicing in the finish, which has a mild hop bitterness and more light winter spicing. Light to medium bodied. The flavor is somewhat lighter than would be expected from the aroma and ABV. The profile is closer to a winter warmer, although less intense flavors. The flavors and malt profile are nice and this would be quite good with a bit more intensity. Bought this in the summer, so it is not freshly bottled, but it seems to have held up well; some slight oxidation in the aroma, but not the taste.

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Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy brownish red in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leavin two crescent shaped semi collars around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel and toasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The overall tasting is rather malty and also has flavors of caramel and toasted malts along with some malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a nice amber ale if you like malty beers. Although it is very malty, it doesn't feel overly heavy on the palate to the point where it is difficult to drink.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.24/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of mwilbur
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter. Bottled on 8/12/13.
A: Pours a murky brown with a hint of orange at the edges with backlighting. 1/4 inch light tan head quickly recedes.
S: Fresh melon, caramel malt, spicy yeast, dark dried fruit, and a hint of sugar. Very nice indeed!
T: Cola caramel malt, toasted grains, rustic bread, and a hint of fruit in the background.
M: Light-medium body. Smooth with a bit of spice.
D: An interesting brew, but not one that is firing on all cylinders. Appearance and aroma were very promising, but taste and mouthfeel didn't hold up.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby brown color with big tan head. Head falls slowly leaving minimal lace.

Smells sweet with a hint of alcohol coming through. Also has burnt aroma to it and strong malts in the nose.

Taste mimics aroma. Sweet malty taste with the alcohol coming through slightly and a slight bitter hop finish.

Thick and smooth in the mouth with low carbonation.

Very nice, I would definitely drink again if I could fine it.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of jwc215
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presented in a bottle with a really cool skeleton in flames with a waxed-over (cool-looking, but kind of annoying) flip-top lid.

Pours reddish brown with a very brief appearance of a tan head (though nice color saves it), but a few tan bubbles. (A fleeting head very temporarily appears with a gentle swirl.)

The smell is of sweet caramel and berry-like fruitiness. Strong alcohol predominates over a barnyard mustiness.

The taste is similar to a fine cognac or sherry. After the initial liquoure-like sweetness, there is a toffee/caramel maltiness. Remains solidly sweet throughout. Berry fruitiness and prunes add to the deep complexity. Alcohol present, but not as overwhelming as in the aroma. Toffeeish sweetness with a balancing fruitiness in the finish.

Full-bodied and surprisingly smooth, this is a tasty brew to have with gamey meat. Pairs well with dishes such as venison stew, but a treat on its own.

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing it back - Wish it were available around here!

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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Bone Warmer Imperial Amber Ale from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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