Winter Warmer
Lancaster Brewing Company

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From:
Lancaster Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Style:
Old Ale
Ranked #50
ABV:
8.9%
Score:
85
Ranked #23,055
Avg:
3.75 | pDev: 12%
Reviews:
187
Ratings:
231
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 22, 2022
Added:
Nov 10, 2003
Wants:
  18
Gots:
  91
SCORE
85
Very Good
Winter WarmerWinter Warmer
Notes: Our classic Olde Ale delivers a complex malt flavor and blend of British and American hops. True to its name, this beer finishes with a nice warming alcohol flavor.
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Rated: 4 by Icemann383 from New York

Apr 22, 2022
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Reviewed by BitteNochEinWeissbier from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
12 oz bottle
Bottle Date Code: 28416 (10 oct, 2016 ?)
Consumed on: 2022-apr-03
Glass: Tulip Snifter
Temp at Pour: 47 F


Look:
Deep and opaque (sorta cloudy) mahogany with a 2" khahi head. The head reduces to a .25" creamy but pockmarked cover.

Smell:
Deep malts with toffee. Some stone fruits and vinous notes. Hints of molasses. Substantial earthy undertone.

Taste:
Taste pretty much follows the smell. The malts and the earthiness are both more pronounced. Hops nip at the end as things dry out some.

Feel:
Rich and lightly carbonated with a slick feel. Medium bodied that leans towards the fuller side. Nicely warming.

Overall:
Time has been kind to this well-done Old Ale/Winter Warmer (this particular bottle is at least 5 and half years old). This is a very nice sipper on a cold night. The absence of added spices is appreciated.
Apr 04, 2022
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
2022-03-05
12oz can served in a tulip. Bottom of the can says "THaT TiME 13622" but I don't know what that means. Received as a gift from @jonphisher.

Pours a dark, murky brown with a smallish head that collapses to little more than a ring. Edges of the beer are surprisingly clear light brown. Might be fair to call it a very dark tea color. Also, seems like there is plenty of active carbonation. Smell also has something tea-like about it, but my first thoughts were dates and plums. Fairly mild aroma overall.

Taste is definitely leaning in the dates/raisins/figs direction. Has an earthiness that cuts the sweetness pretty effectively. Alcohol is noticeable but not dominant.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy without being sticky. Overall, nice beer.
Mar 06, 2022
 
Rated: 3.49 by adamstef

Mar 01, 2022
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Chestnut colored body, clear; full, active carbonation; thick, billowy head, light tan colored. Pleasant smell; light cocoa and roasted nuts; slight booziness on the nose; dried wood. Great flavor; fruity and vinous notes riding atop a light malt base; mild sweetness; raspberry. Medium body; some sweetness yet more dry overall; touch of alcohol warmth and dryness.

This is a nice old ale / winter warmer, not too sweet or boozy and presenting a rather bold fruitiness within the taste.

Pouring temperature: 44 °F; canning data: THAT TIME 13622
Feb 23, 2022
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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Dark brown body under an average size tan head that disappeared in a flash leaving light lacing. Distinctive earthy aroma; picking up molasses, dark fruit and caramel. Hops are subtle on the nose but hold more sway on the palate. Malts still dominate the taste with notes of dark fruit, nuts, toffee, molasses and dessert wine. Hops add balance as well as an herbal touch. Full bodied, lightly carbonated mouthfeel. Sweet, lingering finish.
Jan 28, 2022
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Reviewed by jjamadorphd from Florida

3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
This beer woulda been damn near perfect if it had any sorta appealing smell to it. Even so, this is truly one of the better winter warmers I’ve had. I’ve had several beers from this brewer, and they are definitely on my watch list.
Jan 02, 2022
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Reviewed by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Thanks to Jonphisher for this one. 12oz can (coded That Time 13622. shrug) poured into 14oz teku. Poured a very dense, but still lightly translucent, dark brown color with 2/3 inch of tan head that had low-moderate retention and no lacing.

The aroma was the expected lightly sweet and very lightly roasty malts. Maybe just some light, floral hops.

Very similar on the tongue, with the addition of a bit of alcohol heat, especially at the back.

The body was smooth, maybe a touch light for the style, even, and had a sweet finish to go with the slightly lingering heat.

Drinkability was very good, a great beer for the cold stretch we're having here in the Fourth Corner.

Overall, a nice take on the style, wort grabbing, and another nice beer from this brewery.
Dec 29, 2021
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Reviewed by jonphisher from New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Crystal clear ruby hued beer, the head reced fairly quickly and leaves just a ring a slight hints of off white here and there in the middle of the glass. No lacing.

On the nose I pick up red berries; strawberries and raspberries, toffee, spice; clove like is the best I can do, a hint of wood or oak (though it isn’t oak aged), and faint aroma of cocoa.

Taste is more of the same red berries, nondescript spice, as it warms the cocoa note also comes out on the finish. The malt depth is so good on this beer and I’m having a hard time describing it so I’ll just say that it is rich and full but in no way cloying or sweet.

Medium body, lower carbonation allows this beer to be drank very smoothly. Lingering sweet malts coat the tongue, low but noticeable bitterness. The perfect warming sensation, you only get it well after the sip is drank, comes from the inside and works it’s way up.
Dec 20, 2021
 
Rated: 4.04 by BuxMontBeerLover from Pennsylvania

Dec 18, 2021
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Reviewed by Spade from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
A delicious example of the winter warmer/old ale type of beer. Somewhat dark brown color with a red tint and thin off-white head. Complex malt flavor with some sweetness to balance out the 8.9% alcohol. An old favorite of mine that's in classic form this year.
Dec 18, 2021
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A clear glass Imperial pint mug has been nearly filled by a joint effort of two 12 oz. cans. Half an inch of the glass shows next to nothing where a biege head briefly appeared. The color of the ale is brown, bright but not translucent. The little aroma this action produced is a little malty and less yeasty. There's no evidence of spices which are usually added to this style. It drinks rather rich and smooth, with an ideal amount of carbonation. There's none of the overbearing cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and the like which are frequently used when the word "Winter" is on a label. This is a real nice strong brown ale. Malty, as it should be, but with enough hop presence to be complex and multidimensional. The alcohol makes a good contribution, as it is most noticed more by the esophagus after passing nearly undetected by the palate. Kudos on a well made Olde Ale. Another plus gleaned from the label after the review: "Benefiting Wolf Sanctuary of Pa". That doesn't change the review, but it does insure more of this will be purchased.
Mar 07, 2021
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Reviewed by gestyr from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Nice! Pours a ruby red with a thin head that goes away (I wonder where it goes?) rapidly. It smells of malt, toffee and dark fruits. The taste is very similar to the smell. There is a definite alcohol warming in the back of the throat without it being over powering. The body is medium and invites you to sip slowly. Overall, a good treat on a cold day.
Mar 06, 2021
 
Rated: 4.1 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Feb 02, 2021
 
Rated: 3.54 by bankboy66 from New Jersey

Jan 01, 2021
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Reviewed by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

4.56/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured a 12 oz can into a snifter.
Pours a deep ruby copper brown with a tight head that fades fast.
Aroma of roasty sweet malts, toffee and toasted pumpernickel.
Taste is roasty sweet malts.
Very well done winter warmer. Thank you no spices!
Just another fine example from Lancaster.
Dec 23, 2020
 
Rated: 4.24 by kraut6363 from Pennsylvania

Nov 15, 2020
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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 12 oz can into a Lagunitas mason glass

L: Nearly clear copper brown pour with 2-3 fingers of foamy off-white head. Great lacing. Beautiful beer.

S: Caramel and malts. Sweet, nutty, and toasted grains.

T.F: Sweet! Caramel and malt sweetness up front. Not enough balance... good toasted sugars and grains. Earthy hops with a bit of pine. Again... unbalanced and the sweetness was a bit offputting. Medium bodied. Sweet candy finish.

O: An ok warmer... too sweet by far but they do get a number of the flavors right. If you enjoy things on the sweet end of the spectrum this would probably be the brew for you.
Jan 16, 2020
 
Rated: 4.43 by RV109106 from Pennsylvania

Jan 04, 2020
 
Rated: 4.15 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Mar 02, 2019
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Reviewed by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12 ounce can poured into a tulip glass.

L---Medium brown color, with an orange tint when backlit. Medium tan head with not much retention and good lacing.

S---Cherry, molasses, caramel. not a whole lot going on, but enough.

T---Sweet & malty as hell. Molasses from the nose carries through, not so much any fruitiness. Some caramel. a slight medicinal note.

F---Meaty & rich. Nothing light about this one, as the ABV would indicate. None of the promised alcohol is apparent.

O---On ok offering for my first foray into the style. Oh well, at least it's 8.9%, so there's that.
Jan 18, 2019
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Reviewed by dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
DATE: January 3, 2018... OCCASION: Thursday on a short week--can't beat that... GLASSWARE: Mad Elf snifter... pours a dark purplish body rife with barnacles of bubbles... its head is a brief surf of off-white rush that settles to a nondescript pencil-thin rim... deep plum and berry are released early, with hints of boozy bourbon wood and thick roasted malts... syrupy thick, moderately lively, intensely warming, and mildly alcoholic... it's agreeable enough to mask its weight... a woody pulp pervades, with cherry, vanilla, rum, and medicinal varnish... caramel comes late... this is bold, biting with its heft and malt... Lancaster runs out a reasonable example of this style, though its flavor profile is not as diverse as some better offerings...
Jan 04, 2019
 
Rated: 2.36 by ALLMUCH from Pennsylvania

Dec 29, 2018
 
Rated: 4.36 by Ryften from Pennsylvania

Feb 12, 2018
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Reviewed by PA-hunter from Pennsylvania

3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 8.9% abv

Appearance- Pours a dark brown/mahogany. Lofty light tan head that hangs around. Opaque.

Smell- Caramel. barley, molasses.

Taste- Very sweet up front. Loads of caramel, toffee, and a light hint of chocolate. Nutty as well. Some spice on the back end, just a little bit of brown sugar and clove. Finishes dry and nutty.

Mouthfeel- Heavy in body with active carbonation.

Overall- A touch too sweet. Lots of flavor which helps to balance out the sweetness some. Still classic to the Winter warmer style, made for sipping.
Feb 10, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Jan 02, 2018
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Reviewed by Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Nice murky brown red tinged look with a thin tan head. Malt (caramel) nose with a slight dark fruit edge. I can almost scent some bitter dark chocolate in there somewhere also. Much like a doppel with some bitterness and lacking the sweetness many of these bock type beers have. Fuller flavor than I would have thought. I think I may like this a bit more than most. Not watery but not as thick as I had originally thought. The hop bitterness actually evens this beer out. Not bad. Thanks to my buddy Marty for this beer.
Jan 01, 2018
 
Rated: 4.34 by Cunny123 from Pennsylvania

Dec 24, 2017
 
Rated: 3.81 by rfgetz from New Jersey

Dec 18, 2017
 
Rated: 3.77 by Tohibii from Virginia

Dec 08, 2017
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Reviewed by OldManDan from Pennsylvania

3.24/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
True to its style. Dark look, yet almost see through in a snifter. Good head, but doesn't linger. Malty smell with little lingering aftertaste. Good beer. Would drink again!
Dec 01, 2017
 
Rated: 4.16 by TeachChefs from Pennsylvania

May 28, 2017
 
Rated: 4.7 by Robert17529 from Pennsylvania

Apr 11, 2017
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Reviewed by nick_perry from North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Aromas of toasted bread, brown sugar, and molasses. Minimal head on the pour, fair amount of carbonation. Notes of spice and roasted malt, although some hops sneak in. Slightly dry on the finish, lingering mouthfeel and taste.
Mar 11, 2017
 
Rated: 3.99 by rolltide8425 from Pennsylvania

Feb 10, 2017
 
Rated: 2 by duvel1979 from District of Columbia

Feb 04, 2017
 
Rated: 3.6 by rderedin from Maine

Jan 29, 2017
 
Rated: 3.79 by 6thstreetbrewpub from District of Columbia

Jan 19, 2017
 
Rated: 3.93 by Zaktcc from Maryland

Jan 03, 2017
 
Rated: 3.74 by cyber_phoenix from Pennsylvania

Dec 24, 2016
Winter Warmer from Lancaster Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 418 ratings