Brooklyn Winter Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Winter AleBrooklyn Winter Ale
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Brooklyn Winter AleBrooklyn Winter Ale

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brooklyn completely changed the recipe in 2006. It’s now a Scottish-style ale. Brewmaster Garrett Oliver explained to us that: “There are no spices at all. Good British floor malts and hops along with our yeast strain account for all the flavors. It has a Scottish-style cooler fermentation, which pushes malt to the forefront rather than fruitiness.” It was brewed with Scottish Floor-malted Maris Otter, English crystal malts, Belgian Aromatic malt, American roasted malts, American oats and hopped with Willamette.

Added by dedrinker on 11-03-2006

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of emerge077
2.63/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Unintelligible batch code printed on the base of the bottle: "4121878113133".

Coppery red color, softly textured offwhite foam on top, leaving a delicate hanging ring of lace around the edges. A feeble skim floats on the surface. It appears murky, but has a good level of clarity in the light.

Smells a little faded, fruity ale yeast, mild sweet shortbread.

Some astringency and syrupy maple sweetness, lingering aftertaste of toasted bread and dried fruit. It has the odd twang of oxidation somehow. Medium bodied and pretty sweet at first. The astringency and odd fruity tanginess are somewhat off putting, wouldn't try this again.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of RickS95
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich, mahogany brown. The head is about a finger width of dirty white bubbles that only lasts for a minute or so. When the head is mostly gone, it leaves an attractive dusting up top with the slightest bit of lacing.

The smell is pretty straight forward. It's lightly roasted malt with a bit of flowery hops in the background. A tiny bit of rye is present as well.

The roasted malts fill the taste buds before the bittering hops take over. Has a slight tobacco taste to it in the swallow.

Medium bodied with a gentle sweetness early on followed by an aggressive bitter and even a note of mint deep in finish. Actually a bit cola-like as it warms.

I don't care much for the style, but this wasn't bad. There was a bit of rye in the nose, but never in the taste and it was somewhat less Scottish than I expected, which was a welcome surprise.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap into a very large mug

A: Deep auburm brown, deep red tones. Frothy off white head, nice lacing.

S: A little boozy. Some sweet caramel notes. Pretzel, ripened fruit, earthy.

T: Lightly caramle sweet. A little raisin, dark bread. Alcohol has a bigger presence in the flavor than the ABV would indicate. Tamarind, pumpernickel, blackberry?, soil.

M: Dry and relatively thin. Med-high carbonation. Good.

D: Overall very nice. Wasn't sure of the style when I ordered it but it very quickly proved itself to be a Scottish. Nice.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to shaker glass: Caramel colored body, with muddy brown hues and a thin, spotty head.
Aroma is minimal; some pie crust smells from the malt-heavy body.
Sweet bread and biscuit flavors are strong.
Finish comes off a bit sour and dries the tongue. The body is smooth and balanced.
Over all: a simple beer, inspired by Scotch ale style but lighter in body, flavor and heat making a crowd-pleasing cold weather beer; easy to go through a few in a sitting.


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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy amber brown with a small, persistent off-white head, with thick, utterly glass-coating lace, and an abundance of slow-rising carbonation.

Aroma; Lots of earth, caramel, a bit of smoke, and sweet alcohol.

Taste: Opens with dark bread malt and earth, soon followed by brown sugar, and then dark fruit. As the taste progresses, smoky peat notes appear, accompanied by a mild burnt note, like over caramelized molasses. Finishes with a mild, almost subtle herbal bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A very pleasant example of a Scottish Ale, very satisfying on a cool, dark day.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of KTCamm
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single in GCT and enjoyed later at home in a pint glass.

Pours deep cherry brown with white foam that settles down to 1/8 inch. Malty smell. Chocolate notes and caramel. Sweet malty taste, smooth, light carbonation. Full rich flavor. Easy winter drinker & flavorful.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a deep, dark crimson. Big, light, tan head and very nice lacing.

The smell is very aromatic. It has plenty of burnt sugar, roasted marshmallow, and roasted malt. Also has a defined Scotch whiskey smell.

The taste has an up-front mix of roasted malts and oat. There is also roasted marshmallow and a lightly sour Scotch taste.

The mothfeel is rather creamy, and smooth.

Overall, it is a great example of a mild Scotch ale.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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2.87/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Sawmill Tap Room 12/17/11

Pours a deep amber with a thin lacing of loose white head. There isn't much to say about the smell. Maybe some very, very faint apples and caramel. The taste is simple; red apples and caramel malt. It's medium bodied, but a little overly carbonated.

This is disappointing. Usually Brooklyn can be counted on to feature some solid beers, but this is underwhelming. I'll avoid this in the future.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Brooklyn Winter Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 1,127 ratings
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