Brooklyn Winter Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Winter AleBrooklyn Winter Ale

Brewed by:
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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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of russpowell
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up in NC

Pours an effervescent caramel with a thumb of tan head. Zero head retention or lacing

S: Malty bread notes caramel, a touch of brown sugar, Apricot notes once warm

T: Caramel, some apricot& pear notes mis with brown bread up front, much dryness too. A touch of leafy hop mixes with apricot as this warms. Finishes jammy with woody hop notes, a touch of figs as well

MF: Semi-chewy, slight carbonation, body thins out as this warms

Nothing special here. The last few beers I've had from Brooklyn have been yawners. I won't give up on them, but it may take soimething really interesting to make try them any time soon

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of ixodus
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours copper in color with a small white hat. Leaves virtually no lacing.

S: Bread, Caramel, Toffee. Sweet smelling.

T: Sweet tasting. Sweet caramel malt, biscuits, toffee, somewhat nutty. Taste muddled by carbonation.

M: Full bodied and a bit over-carbed.

O: Overall a decent beer. Not the best example of a Scottish Ale but it's a tasty easy drinker.

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Photo of AJD1201
5/5  rDev +39.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Long Trail Hibernator.

A: Clear red-amber with two-finger, off-white, foamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Okay lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malt.

T: Very sweet and light bitterness. Toasted malt and biscuits. Slight alcohol flavor. A bit too sweet.

M: Light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Pretty smooth.

O: I can't pick a winner here. Both descent Scottish Ales.

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Photo of DeutschesBier
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a seasonal red color with zero head. dont know if time passed between the pour and the serve, but absolutely no head. not flat, just awkward in the glass. i wont hold it against this beer too heavily, because im sure the bottled version is more lively. smells a bit sweet and ambery, with a faint holiday spice thing going on in the finish. not spicy, but spiced, cinnamon is definitely there in spirit at least. mouthfeel is fuller bodied which is nice here. worked well with barbeque but would also certainly excell after dinner with or as desert. not my favorite brooklyn beer, but it has a role

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Photo of Greggy
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a tan soapy foam head over a dark ruby body. The head recedes into nothing after a minute.

S- Biscuit notes with caramel. A touch of meatiness/hint of smoke.

T- Starts out very malty and floral. The finish is a touch smoky with the floral notes coming through in the end.

M- The carbonation feels a little aggressive for the style.

D- Overall, not a bad beer. It's nothing I would seek out but it could hit the spot on a chilly evening.

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Photo of jaidenjb
4/5  rDev +11.7%

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours dark mahogany with a tan head that drops slowly.

S: Nice caramelized sugar, milk, and chocolate. There's no hint of booze, but there is plenty of sweetness in the aroma.

T: Rich and smooth. Creme brulee and chocolate covered pretzels with a bit of an earthy hop bite in the finish.

D: Smooth drinking stuff. About average for the style, but high for Brooklyn's (reg/seasonals) beers.

Overall: I was pleasantly surprised by this. Nothing groundbreaking, but a tasty little brew and one of their best seasonals. I will definitely be picking up more of this.

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of rangerred
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a clear dark copper with a tiny quick fading head.

Smells of toffee and caramel with a touch of alcohol.

The toffee is very forward on the taste with the caramel present as well. There is a slight woody flavor along with some alcohol. Mouthfeel is slick and oily.

This is a pretty good beer. Nothing out of this world but it is solid.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of micromaniac129
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a small but dense mousse like head.
Lots of carbonation here with curtins of small thin bubbles streaming from the bottom of my glass. Very enjoyable to look at. Color is nice too with the beer having a rich chestnut brown color thats quite clear. Aroma is malty with some toffee. Taste is good. It has a rich malt flavor with a good dose of toffee like in the nose. There's a little bit of roasted malt in there too. A medium weight beer witha smooth and soft texture. A good well made beer thats a fine example of the style.

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3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This pours a dark brown, with a nice white, one finger head that quickly fades.

S: It is a very strong smell witha good amount of malt and caramel. It's pretty basic.

T: A strong amount of malt and grain. I am not a huge Scottish Ale fan, but this one is pretty good

M: I enjoy the smoothness of the beer. It has a little bit of crispness, but its pretty enjoyable. There is a decent amount of carbonation.

O: I find this beer to be pretty decent. This would make a perfect session beer and it was rather cheap. Overall this is an above average beer.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of spinrsx
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Appearance – Clear copper colour with an average size fizzy off white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation visible and there is a fair amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel/butterscotch, grains

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel/butterscotch and some grains. There is also some raisins and some light all-spice flavour.. It ends with a malty slightly sweet aftertaste.

Overall – Nothing that make me look forward to this seasonal release every year, but still a good tasty and easy to drink beer. Fans of scotch ales will enjoy this one for sure.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Brooklyn Winter Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 1,128 ratings