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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.

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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%

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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 DavidST
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass, best by Apr 12. This pours a brownish red color with a decent tan head which dissipates down to a thin layer. The smells are mostly of malts and toffee. The feel is medium with good carbonation. The taste is again mostly malts and toffee. with little bitterness, and a little spice.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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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%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a darker mahogany/amber with puffy two finger head that dissipates rather quickly.

S - Smell is rather biscuity, a tinge of caramel, not much else.

T - Lots of caramel malt, a bit of spice, a touch of dark fruit

M - Rather full and robust

Overall - It was decent, very basic in my opinion, nothing that particularly stood out or offended me. Just a decent brew.

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3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark clear amber with a reddish tint. Not much head.

Smells like malts and grain mostly...maybe a touch of sweetness..pretty bready

Taste follows the nose diving deep into bready malts with an irony molasses aftertaste and a hint of hop addition

Mouthfeel is thin and crisp

Not sure about this one...

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4.09/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz for $1.99. Best by April 2012.

Dark amber, about a fingers worth of head, some mild lacing. Huge maple syrup, a bit of a rum raisin, graham cracker, molasses, cinnamon and burnt caramel aromas abound. Malt flavors shine here with vanilla, brown sugar, fruitcake, & raisins. A twinge of a char & metal, but not enough to distract from the plethora of sweet malt flavors. Maybe a bit too thin when it comes to the body. Still, this was a nice surprise.

Worthy of another purchase.

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4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish-mahogany with a 1-finger off white head. Reduces to a very small ring with minimal lace.

The nose has a wonderful pure malt aroma- a nice combo of bran and warm dark bread, sweet and slightly roasty- with more notes of rich caramel and a touch of brown sugar. Maybe a hoppy touch of maple wood.

The palate is light-med bodied with that awesome dark breadiness- a good deal of caramelly sweetness tempered by a solid level of bitterness. Finishes mildly sweet with chewy malt and more hints of maple.

Dunno what this tasted like before the recipe changed, but I doubt that I care as this was a supremely tasty winter beer that really hit the spot. Ya spicing a beer is fun I'm sure, but with such a delicious malt flavor, I don't see the necessity of spice at all.

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3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear amber-brown color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of tons of caramel and toffee with some nice floral notes in the background. The taste is similar to the aroma with nice malty depth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a solid beer that I would happily drink again.

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3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber-brown color, clear. Fairly good amount of carbonation. Decent head that dissipate really slowly.

Malts. Caramel. Some fruitiness.

Malty up front along with slight sourness in the finish. Malt character is deep and rich, I'm getting bready, caramel, toffee and some toasted nuts. There some dried fruit in the taste, prune or maybe raisin.

Medium bodied with a medium carbonation.

Slight sour finish. Slight dry aftertaste.

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3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear garnet. There is virtually no head to it. I was aggressive pouring it and I still got nothing of a head.
S- Smell is pleasant but a bit odd. A bit of spice and woody. There is an odd red-wine aroma lingering in it.
T- Very pleasant tasting. Nutty and it's got a real woody character. There is just a light smokey character. The spice comes up in the finish but is subtle.
M- Medium-light body. Medium-heavy carbonation.
O- I recognize it as a well made beer but some of the aspects, particularly on the nose just didn't particularly appeal to me.

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3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured into Brooklyn Imperial Pint. Best by April 2012.

Appearance: Rich reddish-brown with nice light tan head and intermittent lacing.

Smell: At first there was almost no smell, either due to the colder temp or the head blocking it. Then it opened up to include caramel, toffee, bread, cherry, other dark fruit and spicy earthiness.

Taste: Barely sweet caramel, toffee and bready malts are the focus. Not as fruity as the aroma. Ends a little drier with spice and some earthy notes.

Feel: Fairly smooth body that is a little fuller than medium. Moderately low carbonation with a semi-dry finish.

Overall: Very well done Scottish Ale. This is the kind of beer that beer geeks tend to ignore. They shouldn't.

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3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On the nose, this doesn't appear to be anything special; that is, I can't pick up a distinct or significant bouquet (such as spice, sugar, etc.) that would lead me in any certain direction--it just smells the way I expect a standard ale to.

Luckily, in the mouth this proves to be a much different brew, and is full of unexpected and delightful flavors. The bottle's label notes that this is brewed from "heirloom Maris Otter malts," and the result is a malty concoction with definite fruit flavors, caramels, and just a touch of earthiness--like the incarnate scent of peat moss. Contrary to what might be perceived, this is not a "spiced beer," as no spices were added to the mixture. There are subtle hints of spices, but those come from the brewing process itself. There's also just a hint of yeast in the mix, and the palate is finished off with a well-balanced smattering of hops.

Overall, this is a wonderful winter brew, and despite its lack of added spices, would go down well on a cold December night, especially if that entails snuggling in front of the fireplace with a loved one.

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

This poured out as a nice looking deep red color. The head was fizzy and white. The lacing was minimum. The smell of the beer had a lot of malts on the nose, it was also pretty sweet smelling. The taste had lots of malts in there, big caramel flavors and some toasted bread aromas. The taste was of brown sugars and malts. The aftertaste was sweet and dry. The mouthfeel was smooth and semi-thick feeling. Overall this beer was pretty good all around I thought.

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

A - Pours a fairly clear copper-red color with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades slowly down to a thin layer leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is full of sweet toasted caramel malts and some bready scents. There is also a bit of copper, some spices, and just a touch of light fruits.

T - Starts off with a mix of some bready flavor and some toasted caramel malt. There is also a bit of yeast and spice in the background. Through the middle, the spices and yeast get a bit stronger and some fruit flavors comes through. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel and a bit of fruit that lingers nicely.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and crisp. The finish has a nice level of sweet flavors that lingers.

D - Very drinkable. The beer feels really smooth and well balanced. Could use a bit more kick, but there is enough flavor to keep it interesting and it does not feel too watery.

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3.21/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12oz bottle with a BB of May 2011. Purchased from a specialist beer shop in York - thought I'd better drink it before winter is nothing but a memory (which, to be honest, it already is).

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A rich, hazy reddish-brown hue with medium carbonation. Forms a large tan head that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding. Aroma of sweet, dark malt with hints of caramel, nuts and esters.

Tastes predominantly of sweet caramel malt with a dry finish. Faint hints of nuts and dried fruit. No obvious bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and thick with some tingling from the carbonation. Leaves the palate dry. A mildly sweet, malty aftertaste.

Drinkable, but rather one-dimensional for the style. Lacks the fruitiness that characterises a good scottish ale. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy. Probably quite nice when drunk next to a roaring fire, but it won't blow you away.

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Brooklyn Winter Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 1,126 ratings
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