Winter Warmer | Lancaster Brewing Company

Winter WarmerWinter Warmer
387 Ratings
Winter WarmerWinter Warmer

Brewed by:
Lancaster Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by NeroFiddled on 11-10-2003

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pours a deep mahogany brown color with a thick 3 fingers worth of tan foam on top. the foam slowly dissipates to a ring around the edge.

S - the nose is rich and deep. Strong notes of dark and dried fruit such as plums, figs, dates and raisins. The dark bready backdrop adds to the fruit character becoming reminiscent to a fruit cake. Sweet syrupy notes meld with winter-y spices add just a touch more depth to the nose.

T - Dark cake like dough flavors up front with some nutty character and just a hint of sweetness. tremendously juicy dark fruit mostly figs and raisins character in the middle of the pallet. the flavors blend nicely while a hint of alcohol hints at a rum raisin cake/bread. finish is long with a lingering fruit character.

M - Full bodied with a fairly viscous texture. medium carbonation.

O - nice winter warmer. I really like the fruit character but it didn't quite come all together for me.

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4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a deep ruby color with a one finger off white head. The head faded over a moderate amount of time to leave a decent lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a mix of dark fruit aromas and some caramel with the dark fruit being mainly of a raisin and prune in nature. A light nutty, Christmas spice and boozy aroma round out the sweet aroma and create e nice smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a malty and doughy flavor mixed with a strong raisin and prune flavor. Spice flavors come to the tongue quickly with some of the sweet transitioning from the dark fruit to a more caramel nature. Flavors of spice and some alcohol then start coming to the tongue more toward the middle and the end. A light bitter hoppy flavor also comes to the end and leave a nice warming flavor to be left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium to full side with a carbonation level that is average . This feel is very nice for the lightly boozy, malty, spicy and bitter flavors of the brew, letting all to be detected, but yet keeping any from overwhelming the flavors of the brew.

Overall – A quite delicious and nice warming winter ale. Quite nice.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- dark, deep, burnt red, also probably unfiltered. 1 1/2" tan head, fizzy, almost resembles the head of a cola. Retains at an 1/8." Slight splatters of lacing around the glass.

S- sweet bread, light caramel, raisin, with a dash of a hoppy sting, just to balance it out.

T- Roasty, a little nutty, with a slightly bitter finish hanging on the tongue. Very very subtle warmth of alcohol. Not as apparent as I expect for a near 9% beer. Dark fruit, raisin acidity comes out after it warms up.

M- medium light body, much lighter than I was expecting. Very fine carbonation, making it a smooth drinker.

O- Be patient. The warmer it is, the more flavorful it is. I learned this on my last three gulps. This is a really good beer, sweet, but it has some balance. High in alcohol, but relatively unnoticeable. On a cold winter night, start a fire, pour this beer, relax and take your time with it. And think about the wolves, too.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

growler pour into my curved pint glass.

A- a beautifully clear dark ruby/brown, with a solid three fingers of dense tan head. Great lacing down the glass.

S- Quite sweet with molasses, dark fruits, and hints of coffe and chocolate.

T- Flavor is much more subdued than the smell would suggest. Alcohol is quite forward and not well hidden. Molasses and dark fruits are there, with a pronounced earthy bitterness on the backend to balance.

M- Heavy, and thick on the palette, with a light carbonation. Almost syrup-like.

O- A very nice brew, I wish they could hide the alcohol a bit better, as it would greatly improve the brew.

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ba Review #239
Served On: 11/23/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 8.9%
Date/ Code: 2012 Release

This was from a 6-pack I snagged at A.K.A. Frisco's in Frederick Maryland - just down the road from Flying Dog.

Look: A gorgeous deep ruby red color with a 1-finger fluffy light-tan head. Carbonation level was solid. A very clear brew. Alcohol legs were very apparent. Lacing was minimal.

Smell: First on the nose was a rather strong alcohol sweetness - similar to nail polish remover or lacquer thinner. Then some dark fruits were behind a sharp fusel alcohol. Some faint biscuit came through in the background.

Taste: Mouth-feel was rather heavy for as clear as the beer was. The dark winter fruits hit first with a nutty spice in the middle. Then an alcohol warming sensation coated the back of the mouth and throat. The finish was of dark plum and some ginger mixed with biscuit.

This was a very complex and robust Old Ale. The nose seemed to have a little more burn to it than the palate did. All I can say is – don’t let the harsh aroma scare you off with this one, because everything else about the brew is absolutely wonderful.

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Winter Warmer from Lancaster Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 387 ratings
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