Brooklyn Winter Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Winter AleBrooklyn Winter Ale
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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.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On a bit of a trend with beers from this brewery.
Nice malty aroma with a bit of hard water quality. Slight caramel with some sweetness.
Attractive body of a kind of burnt red. Very clear and capped with a dense tan head.
Nice full body for such a light beer. Soft carbonation helps round out the feel. Complex malt flavors with both sweetness and a drying finish. Tasty toastiness.
This is a nice beer. A solid winter ale. High on drink ability.

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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber orange with some ruby red and lots of rising bubbles. Decent three finger off white head that fades into a thin patchy layer. Moderate amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Big aroma of lightly roasted caramel and toffee malts with some light hints of nutmeg and ginger spices. Also some butterscotch and a light hint of earthy hops in the background. Very malt forward.

Taste: Big rich taste of caramel and toffee malts that are lightly roasted. A little bit of spiced nutmeg and ginger. Light hints of brown sugar and butterscotch. Finishes with some earthy hops. Very strong with the malts throughout the taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy and very smooth.

Overall: A pretty good take on a Scottish ale. Nice use of malts.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Vashtar
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice, light amber color. Clear.

Great smell. Nutty vanilla? I can't place it.
It tastes about the same as it smells, but has a bitter finish.
The mouthfeek is gooey and nice, but not interesting.

Overall, it's nice, but I'd go with an Avalanch Winter beer over this one.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

It's starting to feel a touch like Winter out there, so might as well embrace the season with the "appropriate" beer, eh? It pours a slightly hazy tawny-russet topped by a relatively short-lived finger of dusty tan-cream foam. The nose comprises caramel, mandarin orange syrup, light spruce, very light honey, and a particularly small twinge of Laffy Taffy-style strawberry hidden in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, with a touch of graham cracker to round things out. I may or may not detect a pinch or two of nutmeg and brown sugar as well. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a very lightly chewy feel. Overall, a pretty nice beer, nothing exceptional, but a nice Winter quaff, if you're in the market for such a thing.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of dcevans
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of fx20736
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a British pint glass, served ~ 50f.

Pretty mahogany reddish amber, decently carbonated with a 2 finger sandy maple head that leaves just wisps of lacing.

The nose is not strong but what there is is toasted caramel malt, and a little butterscotch diacetyl.

Mouthfeel: solid medium

Tastes: buttery toffee maltiness dominates the palate with a slight fruity (think white grapes) tartness on the fade.

Notes: Not complex but it us easy drinking and satisfying. Not much else to say.

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Photo of xpdrinker
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of MrThell
3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of alee42
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, slight reddish hue, with a foamy off-white head. Caramel and hints of chestnut hit the nose first, followed by a faint spices like ginger. The flavor seems bold after the soft, delicate aroma: bready, sweet malts, warmly spiced. Even a brief suggestion of chocolate. Alcohol seems to slip in between all the flavors which kind of breaks the balance a little. Malts and hops are well blended though. Medium-full and slick, yet crisp.

Good winter seasonal beer, nothing too impressive but very drinkable.

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Photo of jtierney89
2.65/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep amber hue with a nice bright white head. Smells of dark fruits and malts with a slight hop presence.

Flavors are mild, some dark fruit. Super clean, medium to light in body and very crisp. Slightly toasted tastes come through eventually adding to the fruit character a bit. For having no added spices it has a nice spice like character to it.

Easy drinking with mild flavors but not the best scotch ale I've had. Nor is it a beer that necessarily reminds me of winter. When it comes to winter scotch ales ill take the hibernator by long trail any day. Not saying this is a bad beer, but for a seasonal release not something im gonna search out.

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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

Appearance – Pours into a sniffer with a dark mahogany hue and slight tan head. The head lingers around and leaves slight lacing.

Smell – Caramel, toffee, roasted malts, smokiness, and slight hops.

Taste – Similar to the nose. Bready, earthy profile. Candied sugar, toffee, caramel, and a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel – Creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied, lower carbonation.

Overall – An average Scotch Ale. Worth the tick.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of keanex
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle with a best before date of April 2012 into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a clear deep copper/brown with carbonation bubbles lazily floating up to the thin tan head that quickly dissipates to a thin coating and lacing.

S: An interesting malty forefront with a slight toffee tinge to it.

T: Very malty with a toffee taste to it. As I sip it warms me a little, definitely good for a cold night.

M: Creamy with some mildly fizzy carbonation.

O: This isn't complex and is rather malty and simple, but I like it. It's a nice warming beer for the late Fall/Winter.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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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 1,127 ratings
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