Winter Warmer | Lancaster Brewing Company

Winter WarmerWinter Warmer
BA SCORE
3.74/5
387 Ratings
Winter WarmerWinter Warmer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lancaster Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
lancasterbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#22,789
Reviews:
169
Ratings:
387
pDev:
12.03%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
81
Trade:
0
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 387 |  Reviews: 169
Photo of wertschy
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of bigdeuce
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A handsome pour. Nice well rounded tight head with great retention. You can smell Cherry, sherry, and toasty prune malts from across the table. More flavors going on the nose like a sweet belgian candi. Full tasting, blasting through my taste buds with a thick, rich, complexity. Very smooth yet very full mouth feel. Creamy, not much bitterness at all. Not much of a fan of these so called "winter" beers, but damn this one is good! High abv is hard to detect as it is 9% alcohol. The toasty, cherry(not cloying) sweetness remains well after the beer is down. I don't know what style this should be(it's no old ale) classified as except the winter is a great time for it, but damn it belongs by your fireplace when it gets cold and it is a very, rich, flavorful surprise I will continue to buy! Best so called winter warmer I've had since Sam Adam's "screwed up" it's 2003 circa recipe!

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Photo of cujim
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of jbaker67
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of vonnegut21
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of yergermeister
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of hardcor33
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into a pint glass. It has a dark magohney color body with a little bit of tan head. The smell is malty and roasted nut. The taste is roasty and malty up front, with kinda of a burnt taste on the back of the tongue. The mouth feel is nice and overall is a good winter style beer.

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Photo of mptorpey
2.77/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark brown with rich white head

S: Very Malty at fist with a roasted nut hues in the background. Some carmeal and oats to finish.

T: Smooth med-light beer with low carbonation. Mostly a roasted malt and cerial taste.

M: Somewhat ligh for a winter warmer style beer with a hight ABV, but a nice full long finish with malt and light nut.

O: A very steady beer that is easly drinkable but wuold expect a more robust beer for the style.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this Old Ale was a nearly opaque, dark mahogany color with one finger of khaki-colored head. The retention was good and the lacing as a delicate, sliding curtain. The aroma was rich and malty with notes of raisin bread, vanilla, caramel, light booze and dark fruits. The flavors were not quite as well balanced as the aroma, however. I tasted the sweet, dark malt first and the prunes/dates followed by a note of wood and some roasted malt on the finish. The nearly 9% ALC was well-hidden. The finish lingered on my palate but wasn’t quite bitter/hoppy enough to counteract the malts. The mouthfeel was semi-creamy, the body medium and the carbonation delicate.

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Photo of ThirdEyePA
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of daverdave
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of psujorge
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of Hopstimatic
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of thecheapies
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby hue through light. Light tan head of a finger's width. Dense cap receding slowly.

Dark fruits, wheat toast, caramel, and a citrus hop aromatic.

Grainy breadth, roasty malt combo with bitterness, nice alcoholic note, some green from the hops. A lot of candied fruits, prune juice, hazelnuts, some rye spice, perhaps. Boozy. Not bad.

The alcohol beats up the flavors a bit. The carb/feel is great, otherwise. Chewy, rich. You might even be able to sit this one a year. Can't have more than one, so drinkability suffers.

This is pretty heavy-duty for a winter warmer. Good flavor and acts the part of its namesake. Worth a whirl.

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Photo of Mudawg
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

Photo of weaselchew
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lancaster winter warmer has a translucent brownish-red body with a small tan head. The retention is OK, but there isn't really any lacing to speak of.

The aroma is a mix of nutty and sweet malt for the most part, with a dash of hops.

I'm never sure if a winter warmer that is new to me will have spices added or not, and as far as I can tell this one does not. The malt profile is the dominant flavor, with a nutty flavor, some toffee and caramel and a dry cocoa powder. The malt walks the line between sweet and dry, and is pushed toward dry by the moderate hop presence, which adds a dash of fruit and some earthy, spicy flavors, as well as some bitterness. The yeast seems to add some dark fruits as well. The finish has some warmth to it from the alcohol, but I think that is to be expected for something with the word warmer in its name.

The mouthfeel shows the bitterness a little more than the flavor perhaps. The body is a tad light, but the carbonation is solid.

Not a bad beer, it tastes like an old ale that is being called a winter warmer (which is fine by me).

Edit: After looking at the profile of this beer I see that it is, in fact, an old ale. It also does a reasonably good job of hiding the ABV.

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Photo of Stoffel
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of HumphreyLee
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out as a deep red color with a tan colored head on top. The lacing was minimal here. The smell of the beer has some spicy notes and a sweet malty aroma also. The taste of the beer has a caramel flavor followed up by somw of the warming spices. The mouthfeel is smooth, creamy feeling and had a medium body. Overall this beer isn't too bad, I'd try it again if I say it on a menu somewhere.

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Photo of jpd7374
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Bdel34
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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