Winter Warmer | Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
A medium-bodied dark ale finished with classic winter spices.

20 IBU

Added by beerthulhu on 12-05-2009

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Photo of Kegatron
4.14/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Iron Hill Maple Shade (Maple Shade, NJ) on 12/4/10. Served in a goblet. I opted to skip the sugar coated rim that was offered. ABV was listed as 7.5%.

Pours black in the glass, topped with a ½ finger of foamy light mocha colored head. This retains with some frothy richness on the edges, throwing a solid looking cascade up on the sides, which quickly recedes down, not leaving a whole lot of lacing back. The aroma smells very festive in the nose, no thanks in part to the deep of spices here. I'm picking up notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, some anise, and even bit of mint. There is also some fruit character underneath that mingles with a roasted malt presence and maybe just a touch of earthy hops as well. This definitely has some sticky and spicy heft to it in the nose.

The malts are much more in charge here in the taste, with a roasted bready sweetness that mixes with some ripe fruit notes to give this a deep sticky tang. Those same earthy hops are present but are more aggressive here and help balance some of the sweetness out. The spicing seems better integrated as well, as they are felt mostly in the backend of the profile, where they trail off in to a dry finish along with some notes of leftover roast and earth. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a thick and robust creaminess that has some sharpness in the mouth before succumbing to a bit more of a flatter feel underneath. Overall though, I would say that this stays relatively lively the whole way through. I'm getting just some light warmth out of the feel but this is a pretty steady sipper overall. I had no problem finishing this glass at all.

This was darn tasty and very drinkable for it's size and reminded me a lot of a spicy holiday fruit cake in a glass at times. Winter Warmers aren't normally a seasonal that I gravitate towards but this is one that I'm glad I decided to give a shot. It was very good. Another well done style here at the Maple Shade location.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

- Served in a chalice with a cinnamon ring on 12-5-09.

A: Poured a deep black with a cushy 1 finger deep beige head that topped things off. The head was moderately retaining.

S: The nose was most likely offset by the sweet smell of the cinnamon ring, which was noticeable at arms reach, which in hindsight might have been a bad idea (the cinnamon ring is optional). The strong scent of cinnamon is all I could muster along with a medium roasted nature of malt but sure there is probably more to this. Opt without the cinnamon ring.

T: The flavor opens with a light roastediness malting and of course cinnamon. The beer treads lightly on the spicing which is a good thing. Soft accents of cinnamon sticks are the most evident while there is also notable detections of black licorice peeking through. A soft coffee roastednees adds earthy and holiday feel, while the spicing is kept in check providing only soft accents and highlights. Overall a nicely roasted holiday affair without going overboard with the Christmas spirit and spices, which is a good thing.

M: light bodied, creamy soft and smooth. Very little carbonation is picked up and detected.

D: Decent drinkability, probably would have been much more so minus the cinnamon ring. None the less provided a potpourri holiday experience and feel and was pretty smooth going down.

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Photo of salthemonster
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a dark, amber toned brown with a small, off-white head that slowly fades out. Scattered spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of gingersnaps, brown sugar, caramel, and cinnamon.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a balanced caramel malt flavor evening out the holiday spices.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, and lip smacking.
Decent beer. I got yelled at by the wife later for not bringing a growler with me to get filled.

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Photo of NatsnSkinsDC
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of curlybird
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of rfgetz
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of cdtoffers
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rifugium
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Oakenator
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

From what I can see in the ceramic cup it has a deep amber hue, with a fine cream colored head on the perimeter of the mug. A little flat in the mouth. Smells of winter spices - cinnamon, nutmeg - alcohol presence even on this 7.5% beer. Taste is more of the same with some orange peel present.

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Photo of Biscuit033
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown with specks of ruby with a large off-white head that dissapates quickly to a ring of bubbles and moderate spotty lacing.

S: Cinnamon and some sweet dark malts.

T: Cinnamon, roasted and smoky flavors and some bitter taste on the finish. Cinnamon is very noticable but not too much but any more may have been.

M: Nice carbination and crisp cinnamon finish.

D: I could easily finish this growler but not something that I would do everynight perhaps just once a season.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Goes without saying that I declined the sugar rim (snoot-snoot).

Basically, this has a Belgian angle to it. Reminds me - in look and flavor - to one of my favorite (if not my favorite) holiday ales: Corsendonk Christmas Ale. Touches on the dried fruit (plum, fig) and dark malt character of said X-mas ale - in aroma and flavor, but it falls short of its complexity and depth - especially in the sweetness and malt density, respectively. The head is hardly comparable, either, though this had a healthy injection of carbonation.

What I got out of this, ultimately, was a dark-fruity, lightly bubblegummy Belgian-style winter ale with a vague vinous touch and faint roast in the finish. Feel/body is a hair on the thin side of moderate, finish light and dry. Would be remiss not mentioning it's dark purple-ish black color, flat head (bad pour, I'm sure), and it's not-so-subtle boozy presence in smell and taste. The booze had a paint thinner quality to it.

Decent attempt at cloning the Corsendonk.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of JMFP
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JPowell712
4.26/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RedWeizen83
1/5  rDev -72.9%

Photo of George2744
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of GreenMind
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jfoley84
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this was called yule tide at the wilmington brewery and was casked with coffe beans and maple syrup. listed at over 7% abv the cask must have made it a bit stronger. served in an english pint glass with a cinnamon sugar rim. beautiful presentation. smells like cinnamon first, spoiled slightly by the rim, but complex flavors migle through. coffee, winter spice, maple sugar, honey, and hops synergize to create one of the most unique and enjoyable winter warmers ive ever had. the mouthfeel from the cask was excellent, and it let all the flavors be digested one by one. this was a fantastic beer.

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of salinasa
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of garuda
3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap, arrives with no head and leaves no lacing. Mahogany color.

Smell and taste are similar with a rich bready, caramel maltiness up front and Christmas spice in the finish. Full body, low carbonation, with the body being smooth yet a little prickly from the spiciness.

On par for the style, it fit the cold evening well.

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Photo of TheDarkKnight
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Winter Warmer from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
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