Winter Ale | Bitter Root Brewing

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Winter AleWinter Ale

Brewed by:
Bitter Root Brewing
Montana, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.82%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Toasty, roasty and malty brew spiced with ginger, cinnamon, orange peel and juniper berries.

Added by beerguy101 on 11-13-2003

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't think this was really ever retired.... just a nice hiatus between reviews. Picked this up tonight at Brewforia for $6.

Poured into my Old Guardian goblet... thin white head.. the brew is nice crystal clear amber.

Nose shows a surprising hoppiness for what is supposed to be an Old Ale style brew... but I am digging it.. A bit of pine and hints of grassy/spicy hoppiness with a fair amount of caramel and toffee.

Nutty and toasty... good malt backbone balanced by a good bitterness up front and a liberal hopping mid palate.. finishes pretty clean with a some nutty malt and background caramel essence.

Good medium body and carbonation. I have no real flaws with this one, I think it tastes damn fresh.


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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber courtesy of RWNewhouse, thanks Ryan! Pours a dark brown color with a huge, long lasting cap of tan head. Nice lacing.

Nose is full of piney hops and an interesting spice note...nutmeg and cinnamon I think, maybe some grains of paradise and cardamon. Interesting, but smells a little over-spiced.

Taste is much better and has a nice balance of roasty malt and dry spice flavors. Hops play a nice role all the way through. Has a very spruce-y flavor that is reminescent of Anchor OSA...maybe juniper? Unique beer that is very drinkable, I will have no problem finishing this bomber by myself. The mouthfeel is nice and lively and the beer finishes quite dry. I could definitely see myself bying a handful of bombers of this were I to find myself in the Treasure State.

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Photo of bluckbeyes
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of robwestcott
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

thanks to ivanwho and noob bif round 2 for this one.

poured cold from the bottle to a sun king shaped pint glass a deep dark mahogany brown with a full finger foamy, long lasting head leaving minimal lace.

subtle aroma of malts and spices.

spicy. very. nice toasted malts and a bit of tang.

medium bodied, medium carbonation, creamy and smooth.

drinkable - bomber.

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Photo of archyquaffer
4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a shaker. A moderate pour produces about 1/2 inch of light tan froth which proves pretty sticky. The beer is a medium dark yellowish brown with ruby highlights.

This beer has a delightful fruity aroma with hints of molasses and spice. The flavor is also fruity, with definite notes of dark cherry, plum, and orange, with moderate spice notes. Floral and earthy hops also make their presence felt, contributing to a flowery, fruity aroma-flavor. There may also be a bit of chocolate here. The mouthfeel is creamy without a ton of viscosity. The after taste includes lingering fruitiness with a more noticeable orange pith bitterness.

This is a really excellent winter warmer and one of the best I've tried this year. I paid only $3.79 for the bomber.

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Photo of harrymel
2.93/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Old bottle. No date.

Pours a graham brown with some surface etchings of light tan foam. Smells of cinnamon, brown sugar and some oxidized malts. Tastes of dark, sweet malts, some rye cracker, some coffee grounds and a bit of cinnamon still. Medium bodied with low carb and an off dry finish. I kinda expected this to be infected or overly brutalized by oxygen, not the case. Decent enough

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Photo of GClarkage
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

05/09/07- Had on tap at Bitter Root Brewing in Hamilton, MT.

Presentation- Fron the tap into two 4oz samplers.

Appearance- Medium brown in color, a touch murky. 1/2 inch head which dies fairly quickly. Leaves decent spotty lace behind.

Smell- Lacking much of anything. Maybe a tad bit of spices (nutmeg)? A few sporatic hops maybe with some toasted malt.

Taste- Good roasted malt base and is lightly hopped. A handful of spices...maybe some light cinnimon. No huge flavor, but what's there is fine.

Mouthfeel- Mid range carbonation with a light aftertaste.

Drinkability- Your run of the mill winter brew. Just OK here.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color. Medium head. Aroma is malty. A medium bodied strong ale. Malts are nutty, fruity and slightly sweet. Hops are mildly spicy. Very smooth. Bottle aging has appeared to improve this beer greatly. There is a nice complexity going on here as well. It’s very smooth, and has a nice sweet molasses, chocolate malty flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a standard pressure-cap bomber into a shaker pint glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. Reviewed live. No best-by date visible.

A- One-finger off-white head. Fluffy head. Decent retention. Mahogany-red color with decent clarity. Nice looking brew. Appealing.

S- Charcoal, roast malts and toffee. Caramel and walnut smells as well.

T- Roasty, smooth flavors. Some tobacco and coffee. Earthy and dark. Nice deep flavor.

M- Wet and well carbonated.

O- Above average. Nutty, roasty and surprisingly complex.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep ruby color bordering on mahogany. Upon pouring there is a small off white head of a tan colored foam. The head fades moderately quickly, leaving a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is sweet and roasty with lots of roasted malt smells, containing some smoke and a good deal of sweeter cherry, plum, and raisin. Along with these aromas comes some other smells of a light yeasty aroma as well as a little bit of spice of cinnamon and nutmeg.

Taste – The taste begins with a blend of sweet and roasty, with the sweet being a mix of a molasses taste with that of some darker fruit flavors of cherry, plum, and raisin. Along with these flavors come a little bit of spice upfront, being mostly of a cinnamon and nutmeg. While the spice is very light upfront, it grows quite a bit stronger as the taste advances, with the cinnamon becoming one of the more dominant flavors. The sweetness increase a little bit as well, with it gaining a little more fruit at the expense of a little bit of the molasses. With just a hint of coffee, some light booze, and a surge of the more sweet flavors at the very end of the taste, one is left with a nice sweeter and warming, decently but balanced, spiced, flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. For the darker roasted and light boozed flavors the feel is rather nice, as it accentuates these well, all while the moderate carbonation level does rather well for the fruit and molasses. Overall the feel was rather nice and balanced, never leading to one component of the brew from becoming too overwhelming.

Overall – A rather nice winter warmer overall, with a good fruity and sweet base mixed with a nice roasty and balanced spiced and boozed flavor overall.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a deep mahogany pour with 2 fingers fluffy off-white head. a fruity, malty overall smell with hints of grapes, chocolate, cinnamon, fig. taste is very fruity, almost like a barley wine. present are grapes, cherry, plum, chocolate malt, toasted oats, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon. medium bodied, creamy, mild carbonation, great lacing. a great winter warmer which was honestly great for this grey spring day. very flavorful and similar to a barley wine which happens to be right up my alley.

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Photo of elglueckert
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mtboozeaddict41
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured a brown-cocoa amber, almost a deep gold. Bright cream head, nice retention

S: Smells of rye malt... Quite a bit of lingering spices... Quite a good nose... Deeper notes of chocolate and coffee tend to dominate.

T: Huge malt character blended with Rye is quite spot on. I have to say I'm impressed with this brew. Some dark fruit mixed in the finish also.

M: Light carbonation makes this beer so scrumptious and creamy. Full bodied and long on the finish but not unattractive. I likes

O: Quite a good winter ale, but it is winter and I tend to be bias during this season, but any who Bitter Root Brewing should be proud of this one.

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Winter Ale from Bitter Root Brewing
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 14 ratings