Deschutes Brewery

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Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
Winter Warmer
Ranked #16
Ranked #14,361
3.93 | pDev: 11.96%
Yesterday at 12:38 AM
Sep 07, 2001
Available: October to December
Alc. by Vol.: 6.7%
IBUs: 60

Cocoa, dried fruit, and toffee notes. A robust ale with a warming spice.

Bottle conditioned for quality. Live yeast added to the bottle allows this beer to age gracefully and stay fresher, longer. Keep bottles upright, and away from light & heat.

216 calories per 12 oz serving

Label artwork changes annually.
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Reviewed by LeinenkugelDrinker from Nevada

4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured at 35-36 degrees into a standard pint glass
Look: Really dark reddish brown. Substantial head.
Smell: Lots of spice, hints of chocolate and hops.
Taste: Very powerful spice flavoring. Some may find that off putting but I love those fucking spice flavors. Hints of toffee. Chocolate aftertaste which is almost identical to that of their Black Butte Porter.
Feel: Light-medium carbonation. The toffee is very light thankfully, and does not create a chalky in-mouth feel as Sam Adams Old Fezziwig did this year.
Overall: This is a delicious beer that I would strongly recommend. However, I dislike the similarity of the chocolate to that in Black Butte.
Yesterday at 12:38 AM
Rated: 3.75 by elglueckert from Montana

Nov 20, 2023
Rated: 4.44 by Beecham from California

Nov 14, 2023
Rated: 3.75 by Iggy88 from Ohio

Nov 07, 2023
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Reviewed by whynot44 from Missouri

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Dark reddish brown with a modest but lasting tan head and even bits of decent lacing.
The aroma is figs, raisins, dark chocolate, anise. The taste is caramel malt, dark chocolate, brown sugar, figs, raisins, hints of cloves, white pepper and anise. The finish is dry with some lingering pine resin.
The body is medium, good smooth carbonation, this is a nice after dinner sipper or just for enjoyment on a cool fall/winter day.
Altogether, this is a tasty and enjoyable winter warmer, with just enough alcohol to be noticed.
Nov 06, 2023
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Reviewed by Icedog from Texas

5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
When the ale is ALE; like Jubelale, there’s no question about flavor. Like: what did I drink?
That’s STOUT for sure. The head is lite tasting, but the rest makes up for what makes a spoon stand up. There could be an extend season. Next time I’m going to hoard a case when I buy.
Nov 03, 2023
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Reviewed by gvickery from Texas

2.32/5  rDev -41%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
Dark reddish brown, medium tan head.
Smells like baking bread, fruit cake, toffee, molasses.
Tastes overwhelming bitterness completely wipes out any other flavors. Quite a disappointment, but it doesn’t surprise me coming from a company that is almost exclusively IPA oriented.
Jun 14, 2023
Rated: 4.23 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island

Jun 13, 2023
Rated: 3.76 by Beergod420 from Michigan

Feb 06, 2023
Rated: 3.72 by Dkloubec from Illinois

Jan 14, 2023
Rated: 3.75 by wilfonzo from Florida

Jan 05, 2023
Rated: 4.02 by Holderness from Massachusetts

Jan 01, 2023
Rated: 3.59 by BeerInspector from Delaware

Dec 31, 2022
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Reviewed by ATL6245 from Georgia

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
2021 version, bottle 9/2021

Appearance: Dark brown, pours to frothy khaki colored head with good retention

Aroma: Earthy/herbal, dark fruit, roasty, caramel & hint of alcohol

Flavor: Spicy, roasty, tea-like. semi-dry, and mild alcohol note. Low to moderate bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body, moderate carbonation. Drying at the end. Medium length finsh.

Overall: Went looking for the latest, but notice this was a year old. Label says bottle conditioned, so what the heck. Let's give a try. Still very carbonated and frothy. Hold a decent head. Malty aroma and flavors dominated by roasted and caramel malts. Also has some earthy/herbal character as well as a tea-like note in the flavor. Low to moderate bitterness. Not too bad for having over 12 months age on. Would like to try this years but generally don't see it down my way much. This version would not land high on my list of must haves annually.
Dec 08, 2022
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Reviewed by DarkPassport

3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
Appearance: Can’t decide if it’s clear brown or dark amber. Ron Burgundy would call it “rich mahogany”. ¾ centimeter of off-white head poured from a bottle into a short tulip. The head descends into a lingering, soapy band with just enough cling to remind you it’s there.

Aroma: An odd kind of sweet, like dried dark fruits mixed with malt and the most miniscule amount of black licorice possible. There is spice in there somewhere, almost resiny…pine? The toffee is present, sure, but not jumping at me like so many others. Seems more aromatic than other winter ales.

Taste: The taste is more tame than the nose, but nothing is unexpected. Malty and spicy but not from added spice. Molasses, which might have been on the nose now that I think about it. If there is cocoa…it’s dark, bitter, and not staying to party. I had a slight metallic taste prior to enjoying it alongside food.

Feel: Great for the style. Quite carbonated in the mouth; much more than what the pour implied. Dry finish which is fine.

Pairing: I wouldn’t try to pair this complex winter beer with an entrée or dessert. I fell in love matching it with ginger snaps. Candied almonds were also great on the side. I didn’t have the gall to try it with cheese, although I imagine it would be reminiscent of a nutty pepperjack (if that’s even a thing?).
Dec 04, 2022
Rated: 3.71 by emwilke from Nevada

Nov 11, 2022
Rated: 4.21 by SushiSakeBeer from Oregon

Oct 20, 2022
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Reviewed by LucidoMMA from California

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a deep dark color with red hues containing a very thin non-retentive head.

Aroma of roasted fruits and toffee. Some chocolate notes in the background.

Chocolate heavy in the front reminds me of a stout. Big dark chocolate flavor in the mid some note to toffee in the background very minimally. A very bitter chocolate taste like your biting into some dark chocolate for the finish. Leaving minimal sticky lacing all around the glass.
Oct 20, 2022
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Reviewed by MaddDoGG5150 from California

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours a deep, dark reddish-brown, with a soapy, off-white foam head. Decent retention, and some sticky lacing.

Aroma: Dark Fruit, molasses. Caramel, toffee, and spicy hops.

Taste: Sweet caramel malts and spice up front, balanced nicely with a lingering bitter hoppy finish.

Overall: This is a really decent beer. Glad I decided to try this one.
Oct 19, 2022
Rated: 3.98 by Shiredave from New York

Sep 05, 2022
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