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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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of BeerLover99
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of Will_Rivera
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of CKav
2.76/5  rDev -24%

2.78/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Short one finger fuzzy tan head sits atop a extremely dark brown carmel colored body. Nose indicates a syrupy sweet malt base with a almost German style wheat smell. The taste screams scotch ale as you take first sip, dark fruit, raw wheat, and a vegetable like tone that I cant quite place. Overall the palate lacks the richness and balance that I like in some scotch styles. Dont get me wrong it is drinkable and not bad. Sharp sour twang to the mouthfeel. Different for a winter ale.

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Photo of slickmick22
2.78/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Malty character with hints of wine.

Clear, copper color, small head disappeared quickly. some lacing.

Malty with some mild alcohol. Kinda bland.
Mouth feel:

Medium body, and carbonation with a mild alcohol tingle on the tongue

Not over impressed with the offering. Drinkable but would not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of BeerSox
2.81/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Crystal clear copper amber hue. A tan one finger frothy head slowly settles to a thin cap. Stringy lacing along the glass.

The aroma is light, mostly a sweet caramel smell.

Along with the aroma, the flavor is very light. Not as many of the sweet characteristics are there as in the aroma. For a scottish ale, it seems like the burnt sugar flavors are missing, leaving mostly just the biscuity malts. Medium bodied with good carbonation. The finish is the lingering malts.

This beer is okay, but I wouldn't consider it a outstanding example of a Scottish Ale. It's drinkable, but if you're looking for a Scottish Ale you should pass on this one. Not Recommended.

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Photo of natelocc787
2.83/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I can definitely tell this one is a Scottish ale although it tastes more English to me. Nothing special in the appearance, dark gold, the big ivory head was weak, unspectacular and fizzled quick. Toasted biscuit and sweet malt aroma, same in the taste. Nothing complex and a metallic taste in the finish. Very unimpressive, not that it's a terrible beer just mediocre example. Too much carbonation.

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Photo of AltBock
2.84/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle with a shiny blue and silver label. The label has the big bold white Brooklyn "B" surrounded by small silver stars on a dark blue background. No back label because all of the beer's information can be found on the shiny neck label. There should be a best before date stamped on the neck, but mine was smeared.

When poured into a Flying Fish pint glass, this Brooklyn brew was a dark reddish amber with a 1/2 an inch fizzy off white colored head of foam. This fizzy head of foam actually had good retention. It didn't fizzle away like some. it managed to leave behind an ever lasting off white skim of foam and about 2 to 3 spots of lace.

The aroma of this beer was funky! The aroma was mostly roasted and burnt with malts. It smelled like they roasted the malts first and when they were done roasting, they stuck them back in the kiln to burn them. Swirling around doesn't make the beer any better, but it does lower the roasted/burnt malts. Hiding behind the malts was a hint of sweet yeast and a speck of dark fruits. I didn't care for this aroma one bit.

The taste was a tad bit better than the aroma. The taste was able to lower the roasted/burnt malts, but while doing that, it increased the taste of sweet yeast. Along with the sweet yeast, Brooklyn also threw in a pinch of raisins and a dash of cinnamon. The taste was sweet, but not sweet like candy. This beer's taste would have been better if the taste just chose to go with the roasted or burnt malts. Both of them together don't make for a good taste.

This was a medium bodied sweet Winter Ale with an aftertaste of roasted malts, a hint of raisins, sweet yeast, and a small dash of cinnamon. Finally, the malts chose on which kind of malt it was going with. None of that bad roasted/burnt malt taste. It's just too bad it didn't make up its mind earlier on in the beer.

In the end, I thought this Winter Ale was too sweet with sweet yeast, it couldn't make up its mind whenever to go with roasted or burnt malts, and the aroma was not good. One of these was good enough for me.

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2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear, dark, reddish copper. About a finger of off white head rises. Retention is short with minimal lacing.

S - Nice caramel and butter aroma with a touch of toffee. Brown sugar and indistinct dark fruit as well. The yeast provides a touch of nuttiness also. Not quite as robust and complex as I'd expect from a Scottish ale.

T - Extremely lackluster in this department. Mild sweetness early palate is strangely unaccompanied by the caramel and fruit from the nose. Butteriness comes through and is quickly overcome by very earthy flavors leading into a rough and uncharacteristic bitterness. Finish is somewhat sour with some burnt flavor.

M - On the light side of medium bodied. Carbonation is moderate but combined with the light-ish body is inappropriate for the style.

D - This isn't a bad beer, but it certainly isn't a great Scottish ale. Instead it tastes like some sort of strange hybrid between a weak Scottish ale and a quasi-Belgian style ale, failing in both respects. A strange beer that's either entirely off base or obscenely mediocre. Either way, not something I would have again.

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2.86/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice rich mahogany color with a nice cream colored head. The lacing is minimal.
S: Very metallic nose...disappointing. Malts are also present but I am not sure how to describe them. Hops are virtually non existent. Also, sweet notes are present, perhaps molasses.
T: Malty flavor profile. The malts are very sweet, and there is a presence of molasses at the end. Hops are not here in the profile, but the sugars are.
MF/D: Eh, drinkable, but not a session beer. Honestly, my thoughts of Brooklyn Brewery have subsided, as each offering I try seems to get worse and worse.

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2.86/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a deep amber color. Purely transparent, but quite a striking color. Not much head, but a small amount is noticed.

The aroma reminds me of cinnamon raisin bread. Sweet, bready, and sugary like rum soaked raisins.

Flavor is lightly malty, and flat. The appearance definitely looks better than the flavor tastes.

I feel a higher level of carbonation, and possibly even a higher abv would suit this beer nicely. I think I was expecting something a bit better here from Brooklyn.

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2.87/5  rDev -20.9%
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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Photo of alkemy
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orange/amber in color with no head. Malty metallic scent. This is accentuated in the taste. Roasted malt present up front, but then something reminiscent of a rusted iron pipe. There's also a faint hint of hops. It's gotta be the style, because I've just never run across a Scottish Ale that I've enjoyed. Short review, but just not a lot to say about this one.

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Photo of jneiswender
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

had this beer from the 12oz bottle. Served cool. Dark amber color and a nice creamy head. Smell lightly smoke (peat). Metallic and woody. Taste is not what I expected. No spice. The combination of malts gives an earthy quality to this. Thick on the tongue and drinkable but not something I would really seek out as a winter pick. Might want to save this as a food beer with Scottish fare. Not as a "winter warmer" like beer.

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Photo of treehouse
2.94/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

moderately amber...

smells like chestnuts and malt with a bit of clove sweetness..

mouthed: sour sweetness...tangy...real tangy..lemony...roasted malts...some kind of wood in there...the first interesting beer i have had in a while...not an all day drinker though...6.1%....coppery...the alcohol is not brave but also not comes between sips...

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Photo of Amalak
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had a bottle of this and it's a decent, malty ale, but I was a little disappointed. It was brown, with a slight head that dissipated quickly. It had a nutty scent, but somewhat stale.

Very alcohol tasting to be honest, and lots of bite...too much bite. It is too strong, in my opinion, not enough balance.

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Brooklyn Winter Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
3.63 out of 5 based on 1,122 ratings.
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