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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.

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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of TheBigBoy
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Scotch Ale taste...not my thing.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From winter brew tasting notes (2010): Pours a clear amber with a nice 2 to 3 finger head, not a lot of retention and lacing. Malt heavy smell. A little bit of graininess coming through. Tastes malty as the smell gives on, very light up front. A bit of earthiness comes through. Maybe a touch of hops. Light to medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. This one didn't put it together for me.

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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of Lupe
2.51/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear deep amber with a fluffy off-white head that settles to a thin cap and leaves minimal lacing.

Light biscuit and toffee aroma with a hint of smoke. Stale hops are also present. Overall pretty mild and clean.

Starts off with a nice initial dose of toffee, but then it starts to taste off. It gets sour and has a metallic twang. Watery and has lots of buttery diacetyl. Has a hint of smokiness that gets lost in the middle. Pretty bland and just tastes off.

Way thinner than expected and slick. Somewhere between light and medium in body. I lost interest halfway through, so that says something about the drinkability.

By far the worst offering from Brooklyn I have had. Seems like a there is a disparity in the reviews - perhaps there are some bad batches floating around. Wouldn't try again - there are better Scottish Ales out there, and way better offerings from Brooklyn.

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2.54/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I poured my overly chilled beer into a pint glass to little head. It is copper in color. It smells burnt. That's about how it tastes, too. I just get burnt malt taste, even after it warmed up. I really don't care for this beer. It is my first one in this style so I'm guessing that's the reason for my not liking it. I hate to give a beer a bad review but I'm just not digging this beer.


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Photo of orangedive
2.58/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Nice appearance. Maroonish brown color. 50% opaque.

S - Not bad. Malty with hints of caramel and toffee.

T - Taste is okay. Not at all spectacular or complex. Tastes a bit like an extract home brew English Ale. Not impressed.

M - Not bad. Soft but not overly pleasant.

D - It's drinkable and goes down easy, but there's not much more to say than that.

Overall, I was disappointed in this beer. I expect a lot from Brooklyn given their history of great beers, but this one failed to meet my expectations. Maybe it needs a year or two to age.

It does have that "Brooklyn" taste that all of their beers have--something to do with their water perhaps, but still this one is struggling.

PS - As I've drunk this beer and it's warmed, it's gotten better (smell & taste wise), but that still doesn't change my opinion posted above.

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Photo of jjayjaye
2.58/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dark ruby amber with a full finger orange-tan head that fades slowly. Clear with an effervescence that is keeping the head alive. Not a lot of lacing. A smoked citrus zest smell. Quite a bit of tingly carbonation and a taste reminds me of an English Bitter only slightly smoked. It tastes similar to the 2005 variety only toned down an order of magnitude. I can't finish it.

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2.59/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a beautiful deep yet transparent browns with great hints of red.

Smell: Smells of malt and syrup definitely a scotch ale slight hints of spice. Hoppy and perfume as well.

Taste: Over all similar to the smell caramel hints in the beer I was not really impressed with the taste it came off as unbalanced and did not really leave a lasting impression or aftertaste.

My first brooklyn ale in a way kind of what I expected but I want to see what else they have to offer.

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2.6/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I was excited to try a Scottish ale from Brooklyn Brewery, but this left me disappointed. This is a light, bland ale without the bite I expect from this style of beer.

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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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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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2.66/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bowlmor in NYC.

This beer poured a dark reddish color with a little bit of head. Smelled like typical ales and not very strong. Not impressed at all. The taste was thin and not very flavorful like other winter offerings. I could drink this beer easily, but for a seasonal release I expected more. I would pass on this beer.

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2.72/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got a single at WFM. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Nice looking ale. Deep crimson with a brownish amber tint. Very little head.

S: Caramel, earth, malt with hints of garbage. What the heck?

T: Watery, thin, over-carbonated. Some malts and caramel attempting to show their beauty, but failing.

Drinkability: Not so good. I can't see drinking more than just one to try it.

Value: Way overpriced for a product that will be sure to annoy the budget conscious beer drinker.

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2.72/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tumbler pint. Toffee colored beer with a quick receding head. Smells and tastes very malty with a strong toffee-like flavor. No hops noted in smell or taste. Pretty thick body, velvety feel on the tongue, booze well-hidden. I won't go back for more of these.

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2.73/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle to pint glass.

A: A creamy textured, sandy colored head 3 1/2 fingers high is produced on a pour staright down the middle of the glass. Very long lasting. The body has remarkable clarity showcasing its dark amber-tawny color. Thick web-like lacing is left from the head, with only a spare amount being contributed from the body of the beer.

S: The malt bill is the highlight of the aroma and it is fairly dynamic. A combination of toasted toffee, molasses and cookie is supported by the light chocolate underneath. Notes of worn leather solidify the yeast presence. The hops play the background as expected, providing hints of herbs and resin.

T: Dark fruits of prunes, dates and red raisins come forward on the palate with more discreet suggestions of toffee and buttered rum. Brooklyn's Winter Ale is heavily sweet, presumably from high a level of unfermentable sugars, which makes the lack of bitterness seem grossly out of scale.

M: Instead of a rich mouthfeel, the body suffers from being too thin plus a texture that is slick and oily. A more aggressive level of carbonation would have been helpful, as would have a more bitterness.

D: Twelve ounces is enough for me.

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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

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