Young's Winter Warmer | Wells & Young's Ltd

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Young's Winter WarmerYoung's Winter Warmer
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Young's Winter WarmerYoung's Winter Warmer

Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000

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Ratings: 243 |  Reviews: 203
Photo of franklioni
4.93/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A classic I wish I could get again...

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Photo of KodyBrannon
4.7/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass. Poured a dark brown w/a thick tan head. The smell was a bit malty with a little bit of a roasted character. The taste is that of a brown ale, with a malty tone and a roasted malt aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light and has a little carbonation. My overall feel of this beer is it is very drinkable on a cold winter night. I would buy this by the case load.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.65/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Brownish purple and slightly hazy brew with a foamy one finger head. Thick skeins of lace slide down the glass leaving trails of tan arcs.

S - Malty and roasty aromas. Chocolate cake with chocolate icing. Bready and a little bit coffee like in scent.

T - Huge wallop of flavor straight off! This stuff is like thick black bread in a glass! Chocolate, cake, bread, and chocolate cupcakes are the major flavors. Roasty grains add a great dimension to the sweet malt, and keep things from getting to sugary. A big dose of leafy grassy hops also helps in this department. This is an outstanding brew! Perfect balance for me.

M - Thick and chewy with a good sting of carbonation and a hoppy, leafy finish. Excellent. Residual sugars come back into play after the hops fade out. The finish and aftertaste last forever!

D - Perfect. I don't know if this should be called a winter warmer though. I think is is more refreshing and quenching than it is warming. Low alc. level only increases drinkability, and the mixture of bready malts, roasty grains, and high doses of hops combines all of my favorite things into one outstanding brew. Well done!

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Photo of Offa
4.65/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I find this to be a wonderful, full-bodied, rich ale with some good complexity.

It's deep, brownish ruby-red, with a large, long lasting head only shrinking a little. It has fairly good lacing, a little thin but long-lasting.

The aroma is malty with toasted bread, strong, sharp fruitiness and hints of caramel and leaves and a little chocolate.

The taste is rich, full, malty, and toasty, with definite caramelly-fruity sweetness but also a balancing hoppy, leafy bitterness that really kicks up in the end, giving it a nice bite. It's rich and full-bodied in the feel. This is delicious and very satisfying beer.

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Photo of Mark
4.6/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally had this gem on cask as I was again in London just recently. Deep clear ruby color topped by an airy head. Lacing was bubbly and scattered in nice designs.Mild aroma of dark fruits and roasted malts. Similar palate with accent on ultra smooth and drinkable. Silky mouthfeel. As I said this was the first Winter Warmer I had on cask and of course with the new merger, it was brewed in the Wells Brewery which Young's now shares. Wonder how much better the Ram version was? Excellent beer.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.55/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This tan/oxblood Winter brew is topped by a fast fading beige head with sliding lace. The aroma is of caramel malt, fresh hops and pears. Sweet barley malt is almost oily slick. Full bitter tea-like and lightly citrus hops and berries. So creamy smooth rich and molasses-like sweet. Complex and pleasing from beginning to end.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.35/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, bright ruby red body with a full off-white head. Splotchy lacing.

Smell: Toffee malt aroma with some bready and sugary hints. Light notes of golden raisins.

Taste: Toffee malt flavor with a sugary sweetness. Mild fruitiness. A few toasted breadcrusts thrown in. Wooden, spicy hop flavors with a medium bitterness. Spicy, bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Body is a hair beyond medium. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Very pleasant to drink. Light on alcohol, sure, but it's full of flavor. I've got a mind to pick up a few more of these.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.29/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint bottle, poured in an English tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark reddish brown. Thin head.

Aroma: Sweet, caramel-malt aroma. Very slight roasted tang.

Flavor/body: Creamy, chewy maltiness, sweetness well-balanced by hop bitterness. Fruity flavors (black cherry? raisin?) dance around the edge. Lingering, warming finish. Good body, with a slight oily texture.

Feels and tastes like a much bigger beer than it actually is (in alcohol strength). This is one of my favorites of the Young line.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Photo of stirgy
4.21/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured out a deep and clear brown-cherry amber and was topped with a small pinkish head of foam. Small hints of bready sweetness in the aroma. The flavor has a cherry like dryness and is bittersweet. Interesting – A very bready and hearty beer with burnt fruit, bitter bark and woody notes. Like burnt pumpernickel toast. Light to medium bodied and finishes with a sweet pine sap bitterness. Complex and very flavorful. A nice winter warmer.

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Photo of rdrummer
4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was impressed with another Young's offering. They are becoming my favorite UK brewer. The beer poured a clear, dark amber with cherry highlights. There was a small off-white head.

The aroma was one of sweet, bready malts with hints fruits such as cherries. The fruitiness was definitely present in the taste as well. The body was not as full as I anticipated from the appearance and aroma but it was medium-bodied. This was a very flavorful, filling seasonal offering.

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Photo of bark
4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The colour is very dark amber; the head is very low, airy and pale beige.

The smell is mild with a fine bitterness and some sour notes and a hint of spices.

The taste is mildly bitter and complex with some sour yeast. Some spices (basilica), smooth and mild malts, a gentle and slowly building bitterness that creates a dry bitter finish. Apart from that, the aftertaste got a lot of fruity (citric, plums) and malty flavours.

The carbonation is mild, smooth, refreshing and quickly passing.

A great beer when it is bottled, better on-tap and splendid on cask, as one could have expected.

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Photo of dauss
4.17/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown with red hues. Big creamy tan head with good staying power, little lacing. Lightly malty, good hoppiness from start to finish. Its crisp, its dry, and fairly carbonated. It also had a little fruityness. Thought the alcohol would be a bit higher since the name is the Winter Warmer.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.17/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$3,99 Camp Creek World of Beverage East Point/Atlanta, Ga, USA. Newly shaped Young's bottle and new logo. I fancy this over the older style. Anyhow, This was unlike any winter warmer I have had to date. Poured up much darker than I was expecting with a sandy coloured head. Smell asserted itself nicely with a pleasant blend of caramel and that earthy English hop smell. Very nice, indeed. Taste had a pleasant hop bitterness to it, as well as a really nice dry maltiness, which I really enjoyed. Mouthfeel was heavier than expected, given the abv of only 5,2%.
I really wasn't exactly sure what to expect from this one. It ended up being a fantastic representation of the style! I wish I had bought more than just one.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had on cask, at the White Cross in Richmond, October 2016. I could drink a gallon of the stuff. Paired with sausage and mustard crisps for extra points.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 16.09 oz bottle with a black cat on it that ran me $2.99, this dark, mysterious looking brew poured a copper / dark-orange color which was appropriate for its status as "winter warmer"... The smell was pretty good, with a nice cocoa / stout aroma which was decent without being too powerful... The taste was great - a smooth cocoa / latte finish which could have used a few more spices, but was overall a nice mix without being over-bearing... At 5% abv, I thought it could use a little more alcohol to be more appropriate as a warmer, but this was still an enjoyable brew with a good mouthfeel and a great drinkability, partly due to the fact that the aroma and taste were not over-bearing... all said, a really good brew that is definitely recommended...

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Photo of Weissenheimer
4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My pint has the color of watery flat cola; there are no discernible bubbles. It's topped off with a huge, foamy fawn head which dimples beautifully into a hummocky cloudscape. The somewhat understated scent is sweet, slightly hoppy and floral. It carries some woody caramel undertones.

The taste carries much more carbonation than I expected from the appearance. Eventually I hold the pint up to the light, look closely, and realize that the bubbles are so tiny that I didn't see them at first! The mouthfeel is dry and the taste is fruity, nutty, hoppy, and crisp with some caramel maltiness. The taste comes on with a nutty, creamy, carbonated wave. The middle has a restrained hoppiness, and the finish consists of a very prolonged woodiness. As I approach the end of the pint, the lacing becomes a real treat. There are craggy mountain peaks on my glass which remind me of Everest painted with foam.

This beer is warming, cheery, well-balanced, and extremely drinkable. I'll be getting more.

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Photo of Gusler
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer debarks the 500ml brown bottle a deep brown with a large frothy light tan head, upon the decomposition, the lace a thick and concealing sheet upon the glass. Nose is rich in malt, sweet, chocolate and vanilla, start is sweet and the grain profile delectable, top is moderate in feel. Finish is benign in its carbonation, the hops pleasing in their spiciness, quite dry and long lasting aftertaste, a beer I buy each year, a real treat in my books.

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Photo of Derek
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Redish brown, with a little off-white head. Leaves more of a leg than a lace.

S: Well rounded bready maltyness, some fruity esters.

T: Well balanced, perhaps slightly bitter up front & through the middle, with a bittersweet, slightly syrupy aftertaste. Bread, dark caramel and nutty flavours from the malt, well rounded fruitiness from the British yeast. A little treacle. Incredible depth, especially considering its weight!

M: Light to moderate body, slightly creamy, lower than average carbonation.

D: Truly is exceptional. Plenty of flavours, but it's not too weighty or overpowering.

Excellent brew, highly recommend it.

As for a winter warmer... where's the warmth? (5% abv)

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Photo of beergeek279
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a nonic pint at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse. The color was black, with wisps of white head. The smell was a nice malt. The taste was a nice tanginess, with decent hopping on top of the just right sweetnes from the malt. Mouthfeel was smooth. As for drinkability, with the low ABV and no really overwhelming flavors, could definitely session with this one.

A surprising beer for only 5% ABV. A nice almost old aleish taste about this beer makes it a nice winter beer. Not bad, and one I'd have again.

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Photo of careforapint
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure if I would call this a session beer, I really liked it, but I can't see myself enjoying more than one or two at a time. It has a wonderful, deep copper color and balanced aroma. What was the most striking about this ale is its wonderful bitternes! Not bitter like an IPA, but more from it's roasted-ness. It's a well rounded brew that doesn't hide its hops or its malt. This was a wonderful find from which I will seek out from now on.

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Photo of far333
4.06/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark caramel color with some red highlights were the light sneaks through. Topped with a big fat, thick beige head that sits on top of the glass like whipped cream, and leaves thick lacing and rings around the glass as I drink. Aroma is low and malty. Mouthfeel is full and creamy, just the right amount of carbonation, with a substantial body. Flavor is not overly spicey, but has hints of many flavors like cinnamon and malt and caramel and fruit that morph into one indescribable flavor. Very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
4.06/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Nice looking deep brown with a decent off-white head that lasts for a bit. Good malty scent in the nose. Great malt taste mixes with the alcohol quite well. Very tasty. Maybe a little watery, but not to distraction. Solid all around mouthfeel. Superbly drinkable. Goes down smooth for the style and gives you that nice warm feeling in your gut.

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Photo of Douglas88
4.06/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle bought at College Liquors in Grand Junction, CO. Pours a ruby-brown color with a very large and thick cream colored head. The aroma is very light toasted malts and nutty notes. The flavor is very nice; smooth bursts of fruit, toasted malts, light nutty flavors and a rich and full mouthfeel. Very nice. I love the label and the beer. Easygoing and yet very flavorful. Great. Also, this beer is a few years old, best by September 2007, but still quite good. I'll re-rate when I get a fresher one.

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Photo of andjusticeforale
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I may be alone here, but I think these previous reviews are off the mark; this pours to a nice brown amber red birch beer color; and has not much of a head.

There isn't much smell at all.

The taste is really something else. There is a snappy start, that gives way to a citrusy maltiness. There are no strong bittering hops, there is a big maltiness- but wait, the mouthfeel is smooth as butter an apple juice aftertaste. But man this has a super drinkability. Each sip reveals a bit of a different taste subtly packed within; some cinnamon, some faint clove; its there- you just have to find it.

There is a lack of alcohol here, but I'm sure you could drink enough to stay warm! This is worth a chance any time of year.

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Young's Winter Warmer from Wells & Young's Ltd
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 243 ratings