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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Photo of IntriqKen
1.91/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Mahogany pour with a medium tan head that becomes sticky lacing.
Aroma is amber malt with caramel and a little allspice.
Mouthfeel is extremely thin for this thin for any style.
Flavor is an inbalance of sweet amber malt and allspice that doesn't seem to fit anywhere and bitter citrus hops.
This one is just too strange to finish.
I love winter warmers....most all of them...but not this one.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.02/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Deep garnet/mahogany color. It is a nice color, but it pours a small head that completely vanished very quickly and left no lacing behind.

S - This smells like a rice lager. It's like sticking your nose in a Keystone Light. Blah. When it warms to room temp it has a faint caramel malt odor as well.

T - This tastes like a rice beer with a touch of sweetness. It even has that characteristic rice chemical bitter after taste that I find so repulsive. What flavor it has is not very strong and in this case, that's a good thing. At room temp, the rice lager all but disappears from the foretaste and a faint caramel malt taste appears. Then when it raises another degree or so it develops an unbearably foul taste. The chemical bitter after taste is present throughout the beer.

M - Even though it has no visible carbonation and a head that died quickly, I can still feel the carbonation stinging my tongue. The beer is a bit too thin as well.

D - What tastes like a macro lager but costs five times as much? This beer was disappointing, for the price, it is a challenge to do any worse.

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Photo of LarryKemp
2.25/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This was the Sale Ale at the Saucer so maybe it was just old. There were three of us who ordered it tonight. I got mine first. Mine had no head. It had no aroma. It had no real taste. Maybe a little malt but that was after much discussion with the other two folks. There's were much like mine. Maybe it was old beer. It was barely worth the $2.50 we paid. Not really drinkable. BLAND in all aspects.

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Photo of shivtim
2.34/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A clear amber/red color, with a nice head that has a brown tinge to it. Not very carbonated. The smell is sweetness and alcohol. The taste is like amaretto, too sweet. Has a bit of nuttiness too, and a burny alcohol after taste that is surprising considering the low ABV. Not too enjoyable.

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Photo of BGsWo22
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of yelterdow
2.53/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served at twenty minutes over fridge temperature in a Duvel tulip. Best by 07 SEP 06.

Appearance- Crystal clear reddish iced tea. Head fights its way to 1" on an aggressive pour, then diminishes slowly to a thin mat. Lacing is minimal.

Smell- English hops are bold and in your face, almost off-putting. Metal and spiced rum cake find their way through the nostrils, but this seems way out of balance.

Taste- Caramely malt notes mix with some winter spices, followed by a smashing blow of English hop bitterness... leaving behind a wincing, mildly sour aftertaste.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- An immediate and quick rush of tongue-tingling carbonation dies a quick death... with no resolution or finale. It feels incomplete, and there is nothing to make me want another sip. For a winter warmer, this beer is comparitively thin and uninspiring.... I will pass next time.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
2.53/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a big brown head. Clear dark brown in color. Smells malty sweet, yeasty, with a touch of banana (kind of odd). Tastes nutty bitter, kind of fruity, seems a little watery compared with other winter warmers. Medium light body. Not bad, but a bit on the bland side.

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Photo of jackndan
2.56/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Young’s Winter Warmer: On tap. Cripes, very disappointing. I’m not saying that this is not a fine beer, there is no macro that can hold the faintest candle to it. The problem is, its running up against beers with tremendous character (Samichlaus Bier Sam Adams Winter Lager/ Old Fezziwig, Goose Island X-mas) and this has been tasted and found wanting. Deep dark color, but lacking a spice aroma and flavor. Bring it out in the fall.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.56/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a dark ruby amber color. Half-inch tan head, excellent retention. Decent lacing.
Aroma is malty, with some caramel & brown sugar Flavor is moderately malty, some caramel, light molasses, & dark fruits (maybe raisins). Finish is pretty dry, with a light bitter hop note coming through. Medium body, light-to-moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is thin, and somewhat watery. Doesn't really coat as the label suggests. ABV is pretty light for a winter warmer, so not much of a warming happening with this one. Plenty of better options out there. This was the worse Winter Warmer I have ever had.

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Photo of JDV
2.6/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dark coppery/brown pour but clear with a creamy beige head. Smell is slightly tart and sweet malt, a touch of alcohol and some metal. Decent nose for the style. Taste is pretty thin, metallic and slightly sweet and tart malt with a metallic finish. Nothing special, but drinkable. All in all, not too enjoyable and another average to below average beer...

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Photo of kwiik
2.7/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Tried my first winter warmer today. A 500 mL bottle of Young's Winter Warmer served in a La Guillotine tulip glass.

Appearance: Medium brown with a big, creamy, longlasting head.
Smell: Some hints of roasted malt, but not much else.
Taste: Malty with some bitterness. Raisins and toffee are present. Alcohol comes through at the end.
Mouthfeel: Some carbonation. Oily.
Drinkability: Too malty. Too oily, Not for me. Expected something tasty with alot of spices present.

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Photo of mzwolinski
2.74/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer starts well, with a dark brown/ruby color, topped by a thin, light tan, creamy head. The aroma is yeasty, with earthy tones and hints of fruit. The smell is a bit rough, but like most English ales, this benefits from considerable warming before smelling or tasting. The taste starts of with bubblegum like notes, followed by a light malty sweetness. Hops are noticeable throughout, but fairly rough. Medium-bodied, with what I can only describe as a somewhat watery aftertaste. I understand the disappointment many feel with this beer, labeled as it is as a "winter warmer." That label evokes thoughts of a beer suitable for quiet sipping with book in hand and fireplace by one's side. This is certainly not that sort of beer. It would, however, show quite well to a big winter meal -- game or ham perhaps.

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Photo of Vancer
2.76/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

What an absolute bummer of a warmer. It barely makes it as a standard English bitter, but this was a lame 5.2% warmer – and I generally like Young’s brews. Man, beef it up Young!

Nice pour, clear oak and a thick tan head. Now, downhill we go: just some subtle hints of spicy malts, cinnamon. Taste was flat and boring (nothing to describe). Actually a little harsh and unsavory. Again, a very surprising dead brew.

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Photo of magictrokini
2.86/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks and pours like an old ale. A murky brunette with a short-lived off-white head. Aroma of nutmeg, caramel, and dust. Syrupy mouthfeel. Tasted like an old ale as well. Lots of caramel, wood, and metal. You know how a beer just keeps going downhill as you drink it? That's this beer.

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Photo of Jadjunk
2.9/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

#57. Young's Winter Warmer. My first of Young's products, another one dated considerably earlier than I had hoped. BBD is 31/08/08, or August 31, 2008 I suppose. It's only going to age more, so let's give it a shot while it's still fresh(er).

Poured from a 1pt, .9oz. bottle to a pint glass at room temp.

(Appearance) Pours a nice billowing 3 finger depth foamy head and retention is nice. Color is a dark hazy brown, close to black with ruby tones of light. The haziness makes the beer a lot darker than it should be in color. Carbonation is spritely but medium at best. Not a bad looking beer. 3.5

(Smell) Pungent enough from a big distance. Most of that comes from some burned sugars, toasted caramel and some distinctive malts. Pretty fair balance of sweet and bitter in this brew, but not sure where the bitterness is coming from. Slight smells of alcohol are easy to draw out in the smell. Interesting. 3.5

(Taste) Molasses and caramel. Somewhat faint and watery. A big part of me wants to say that the aging of this beer, although not as extreme as another beer I recently tried has led to the depreciation of flavor in this brew. If the flavor has gone untarnished over the years than I have to say that the flavor isn't that interesting and leads a droning taste throughout the entire experience. Only in the biggest sips can I detect some interesting toffee or cocoa-like flavors, but they are slight, and hardly round out the flavor here. It seems like a murky malt beverage. I'm a little wary of the aging; I might have to try this again. 2.5

(Mouthfeel) Between crisp and smooth. A tad thin and watery. Alcohol pretty easy to find. Not dry, a medium body. Doesn't feel very good. 2.5

(Drinkability) I could effectively share this bottle between two, but as a solo drinker I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to drink this by myself. I can finish it, but it wasn't very enjoyable. 2.5

Verdict: Again, it could be the aging that has thrown the flavors off, as I felt the beer was quite "stale". Most of the qualities of this beer seem tarnished and off. Not hugely enjoyable but I'm going to try a more recent version next winter to see if I can't change my mind. Pretty average for what it's worth. C (2.95)

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Photo of ZAP
2.91/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I usually love Young's products but I was disappointed with this one. I expected a much more robust ale. Poured nicely with a nice creamy head...mahogoney redish in color..smells fruity, and the first taste I got was a fruity one..cidery....Some mild hop bite on the back of the tounge but not heavy on the hops...Pretty smooth drinking, but the fruity/cidery/ thin character was not what I expected and overall I was disappointed. Still, not a horrible beverage by any means.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.92/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had to rate the appearance below average as it really doesn't amount to much. lazy thin head that leaves no traces of existence. Minimal fine carbonation.

It had the usual Young's smell of bready and large malt profile. Some toasted aspects, mild. Spices? not really, this was a very mellow winter warmer and it lacked the most crucial aspect, warming? Hell you could session this warmer. Its actually a decent brew just not worthy of a seasonal and definately not fitting the style.

Notes: I really enjoy that bready earthy quality that a good english beer often brings to the table. Kick some spices into this puppy and jack up the warming. It has a good base just needs some attention to detail.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
2.93/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Presented in a 16.9oz. brown bottle with a “best before” date of September 2004 on the label’s edge. Poured a deep, dark mahogany hue with a creamy ¼” tan head that deposited a decent amount of splotchy lacing in the glass.
The smell had a malt-heavy nose; earthy malts and caramel with some herbal hops. The taste was all caramel and grainy malt initially before taking a wild swing over to a harsh bitter flavor. The bitterness had a metallic taste that lasted on the tongue long after the sips went down. The feel was medium-bodied and initially smooth before that harshness kicked in.
Argh, what a swing-and-a-miss on this one! While the %ABV gave this winter warmer the potential to be a great session brew, it was too off-balance for me to enjoy. I would have been happy with a bitterness derived from citrus or pine flavor, but not metal. Not the beer for me, thanks.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.94/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean amber/ copper color with a small white head. Armoas of a small sweet malt. In the taste, sweet maltiness, and a hint of butterscotch. A small bitter mouthfeel, with a dry butterscotch aftertaste. Easy to drink, not much in the nose, but a nice flavor, with a small bitterness.

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Photo of jbphoto88
2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An impulse buy. It was one of the last of its kind at the local beverage center. A leathery brown color that is mostly murky. Its has a nice head with decent retention and nice lacing.

Smell is very mild and basically non-existent. So far this beer is starting to look and smell like nothing more then dirty water.

Well it tastes like beer. Despite what it looks and smells like it has an average taste. There is some sweetness and some slight malts but nothing pronounced. There is also no describable hop profile. I am no master brewer but I can tell this one doesn't match the style of a winter warmer.

On the positive side of things this beer is mellow and smooth. Despite the taste not adhering to the style of a winter warmer it is easy to drink and could easily be a session beer.

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Photo of matjack85
3/5  rDev -15%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Mitchster
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$3.29 for a 1 pint bottle. 5.2% ABV. Attractive brown and orange picture of a cat sitting in front of a radiant fire. A "Dark Seasonal Ale" brewed with "a special mix of hops, Maris Otter malt and a unique blend of cane sugars".

Pours out to a clear, dark mahogany, forming a large yellow-tinged khaki head with poor retention and sparse lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The aroma is that of a nondescript English dark know what I's just "there", and it's "beer". Caramel, butter, some wet newspaper, and when swirled, a hint of sugars. The mouthfeel is initially prickly and not as smooth as expected. Medium bodied. Taste begins with caramel, burnt toffee, and burnt wood, followed by some herbaceous woodsy hops, and ending in intense leather and seared wood. Minimal dark fruits in the true sense, but some apples up front. Dry and grassy in the finish.

This really doesn't appeal to me. As a "Winter Warmer", it fails on all counts (Lacks a stiff malt presence, no alcohol warmth, not special in any character). It's not a special ale of any sort. The traditional soft mouthfeel of Young's is lacking. This tastes like a very average English Brown Ale. There are so many great winter seasonals out there (Goose Island, Summit, Sam Smith, in that order) that I'm compelled to never buy this again. A big letdown. Goose Island will get my money at Xmas time.

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