Faceplant Winter Ale | Nelson Brewing Company

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Faceplant Winter AleFaceplant Winter Ale

Brewed by:
Nelson Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
What more can we tell you but this amazing organic ale is our best seller when available fresh in season. Faceplant is brewed with imported organic malted barley, brown sugar, and molasses. After a day on the slopes, tip back a few fresh free range Faceplants to warm the soul... Careful, the name says it all!

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-25-2004

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of beerflavoredbeer
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FadetoBock
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bunman3
3.64/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sathanas
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Decent winter warmer. Some molasses/brown sugar flavours and some nice caramel/toffee malts. A slight (English?) dirty hops that give it a slight black tea spiciness, nice mouthfeel. Easy drinkin.

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Photo of imfinished
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Exeter
3.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ZachT
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of bryyy
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of maplesyrup76
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of harrymel
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Canned: unk

Dark brown with some nice fine light cream foam. Smells of bread, toasted rye, some graham and a little bit of herbal hops. Taste is biscuit, cocoa, coffee grounds, some soil, it's a dry porter like beer with a little more body and a little less dry. Medium bodied with low carb and a wet finish. Good drinker.

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Photo of maclean25
3.32/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Despite the unseasonably warm weather over the last week, and expected to continue for the next week, I decided to go with another Winter Warmer to accompany the many I had over the holiday season. I have liked several of Nelson Brewing's product so I came in with moderate-to-high expectations.

It pours with a large fluffy brown head and a deep dark red (clear) body. That head, consistent across all six of my cans, just made the beer look fantastic. The aroma, though, is faint. I detect some fresh coffee, wood, and roasted grain. The tastes is also faint, but deep, like it only exists in the background and aftertaste. I taste some caramel or light molasses, vanilla, and hops. It is a smooth, easy drinking winter ale and despite its 6% I get no alcohol taste. It has perfect carbonation and a medium body.

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Photo of zachloveshisbeer
4.02/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one tasty seasonal! Picked up a 6 pack of cans (from what I understand, they're only doing cans these days) from the Co-Op liquor store when I was looking for some Aussie beers, and I'm glad I picked it up. Cracked a can and poured it into a Sam Adams pint glass. Poured a rich, deep amber with a fingernail's worth of head, very little lacing. Smells of rich, deep molasses and brown sugar. First sip - sweet, malty, nice mouthfeel but very easy-drinking. The sweetness fades after a few seconds and it's followed up by a huge molasses and brown sugar pleasantness. I've had a lot of winter ales in my day, and this one is probably the best Canadian one I have had so far. Great job NBC! Appreciate that it's organic as well.

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Photo of bumchilly25
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml can. Having just returned from damned-near snow and cold-bound Banff, this seems totally on the spot.

This beer pours a crystal clear, dark brassy amber hue, with two fingers of tight foamy beige head, which leaves a low slinking wash of lace around the glass as it duly recedes. It smells of crisp biscuit and sweet caramel malt, a bit of oily nuttiness, and soft earthy, leafy hops. The taste is not a big departure - more nutty, caramel malt, some slightly softened biscuit notes, subtle brown shugga, a twinge of bitter chocolate, and more somewhat tangy leafy hops.

The carbonation is average, with a mild spritziness here and there, but generally smooth, with the body displaying a hearty medium weight. It finishes fairly off-dry, the nutty, crackery, caramel malt still in charge, with a mild edgy nondescript dryness tugging at the metaphoric pant cuffs.

A decent kinda strong brown ale, with flavours spread nicely all over the hill, and the 6 points of booze easily integrated, which provides that extra warmth to envision until you can get yourself back to the lodge.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - clear cedar brown. solid creamy tan head retained nicely
S - strong nutty and sugary aroma with a mild mustiness
T - sweet and nutty flavours give way to a mild spice note with a more earthy woody finish
M - relatively thin and a bit prickly, finishing sweet and a little dry
O - not a great brown or winter ale, not bad but a bit on the prickly side makes it not as easy drinking as the style normally is, but still tasty enough for a try

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Photo of scott451
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One finger bubbly light tan head on a clear brown. The head soon diminishes to a ring. Minimal lacing.

Malty smells. Well balanced but a very mild flavour. A slight chocolaty caramel taste. Very mild hop finish.

Medium body and carbonation. Drinkability is good. Watch out for the high ABV hiding behind the mild exterior.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.11/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

355ml can poured into pint glass april 3 2010

A crystal clear ruby brown with a thick fingers worth of head that holds well and leaves patches of lace

S a little nutmeg and some burnt sugar but its all very faint

T slightly more then the nose with some chocolate but not too much going on here

M decent feel, slightly syrupy with good carbonation

D not the best winter warmer I've had its just too bland

nothing worth looking for but don't turn one down if it's handed too you

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Photo of EskimoDave
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a - brown, offwhite head, dissipates quickly
s - sweet, honey?, subtle hints of vanilla, caramel
t - slightly bitter, some spices, cola
m - kinda of over carbonated, slight drying finish, not much on the body - thin
d - It found it unbalanced. one is enough,

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Photo of GrimmReaper
2.58/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This one was a dark brownish blackish with a tan head and some decent lacing.
Smelled a burnt roasty coffee and some mollases and a hint of nuts.
Tasted like black coffee and licorice with a heavy feel towards the end.
The mouth was kinda heavy and a touch of salty spice to it.
Not my cup of tea.

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Photo of MMansfield
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle sent to my by BigBry. Thanks!

Appearance: Pours a mahogony/amber colour with a moderate off white head which settles to a thin layer. Good lacing up the glass.

Aroma: Caramel, toasted malt, a hint of maple and coffee. A tiny bit of citrus from the hops.

Taste: Coffee leaps to the front of this beers flavour profile. A nice nuttiness in there as well, caramel, solid bitterness but a bit of sourness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, drinkability is moderate.

Final Statement: After the Tuborg, this was wonderful, however it was still nothing to write home about. Does not come off as a great winter ale, but not a terribly bad brew. I say, try it, but you'll find it's nothing to write home about.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a 6 of this around the holidays, newly available here in Alberta.

Pours out a chill-hazed but brilliant light chestnut, garnet touches. Decent light tan head that recedes to a thin frothy cap.

Rich aroma of toasted malt, some dry nuttiness, and roasted coffee grounds.

While a bit loose around the edges, the flavour lives up to the aroma. Starts off a bit weak and watery but builds up towards the middle, nutty toasted malt that lingers towards the finish, which seems quite smoky and peaty. Earthy aftertaste. More earthy tones for a winter ale than the usually anticipated spices.

The mouthfeel seems to flip-flop a bit, at times watery, at other times remeniscent of tree bark, although I'm aware that it's the flavour that's also influencing that latter comparison.

Very earthy, that's the lingering impression this ale leaves on me in the end. Nice to sip it for a while, but I find myself working my way down the glass, definitely not a session ale. That must explain why I still have a couple bottles of this left hanging around.

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Photo of BigBry
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack of this along with Paddywhack IPA. First time I have seen any Nelson products here in Calgary. Same label as in the picture.
It's a good looking beer, dark brown color with a thick and creamy head. Very good retention, left lots of lacing on the side the glass. Lots of aromas including roast malt, brown sugar. The taste is quite malty (as expected from a brown ale). Lots of roastiness, molasses flavors. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, would have prefered it just a bit fuller. A nice brew, as a brown ale. But was a bit disappointed and expecting more based on the label description of a Winter Ale. Also, at 6% (less than Paddywhack's 6.5) can't see it making you do a faceplant...

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Photo of vanrassel
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a nice winter warmer that is oh-so-close to being a really good one, but for a little fine-tuning.

Looks aren't a problem: mahogany body topped by a creamy two-finger head. The head had great retention and left rings on the sides of my pint glass as I drank. An inviting, complex aroma of malt, yeast, raisins, brown sugar and a little molasses accompanied the good looks.

The taste was mainly a malty complement to the smell, but I thought it finished a little too rough and grainy. The flavours blended better as the beer warmed, but the overall impression was still too much like a porter to me. The carbonation also seemed a little abrasive for the style. Refine this beer's rough edges, however, and it could be a great easy-drinker.

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Photo of Hornet2003
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark brown. Almost stout like in appearance.

S-Earthy malt aromas. Almost coffee-like.

T-Very warming flavour. Deep, rich fruit. This is one of the maltiest beers I have had. Very much like a porter in that respect.

M-Kind of fizzy. Quite pleasant on the palate with a smooth slick mouthfeel.

D-Meh. I could drink one in a sittig and be satisfied. Two is pushing it because of the almost overpowering maltiness

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Photo of Derek
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Reddish-brown, pours with a little off-white/tan head. Not a lot of retention, but there's a few klingons.

S: Nutty malt, with hints of dark fruit (raisins, prunes).

T: Nutty malt, a little astringent grain flavour (oversparged?). Some sweet, caramel flavour, but leaves a dry finish.

M: Light to moderate body and carbonation. Almost seems like it could use some time for the flavours and body to meld.

D: Quite drinkable.

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Faceplant Winter Ale from Nelson Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 29 ratings