Old Man Winter Warmer | Lake Superior Brewing Company

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Old Man Winter WarmerOld Man Winter Warmer

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Lake Superior Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Brewed in late spring and aged in our refrigerator until mid Fall, this barley wine style ale brings a whopping 10.3% ABV to the task. Deep brown and sweet with spices, Old Man Winter Warmer does what its name promises for your nose and your belly. O.G. 1.101."

Added by Gusler on 12-12-2001

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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brownish amber red with a moderate amount of bubbles. Very slight off white head that quickly fades. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A deep and toasty malt forward aroma with big hints of caramel, smoke, and dark fruit. Toasted barley malts with upfront hints of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, and yeast along with some hints of smoke, wood, chocolate, peat, and nuts. Sweet hints of molasses and brown sugar. Good presence of dark fruit with hints of raisin, fig, plum, and dates. Hops are subtle. Smells more like a Scotch ale than Barleywine. Pretty solid.

Taste: Like the aroma, a toasty and roasty Scotch ale like malty taste with good notes of caramel, smoke, and dark fruit. Bready taste of toasted barley malts with notes of biscuit, caramel, toffee, grains, yeast, chocolate, and nuts. Also some good notes of smoked malt, peat, and wood. Sweet taste of brown sugar and molasses. Dark fruit undertones including notes of raisin, plum, fig, and dates. A very solid toasty malt winter taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and slightly syrupy. Finishes smooth with a well hidden alcohol presence.

Overall: A really solid Winter brew. More smokey and Scotch like than any Barleywine I've tried. Whatever it is it is a really nice malty Winter beer.

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Photo of King_KongDCO93
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of dragomni
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Ish1
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of zeledonia
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Tasted 6 February 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours deep and clear, an enigmatic color - an interesting blend of dark amber, brown, and red. Intriguing. Thin layer of yellowish head, gone quickly, leaving only a little lacing. Nice color, not much foaminess.

Smell is woody and loaded with dark fruit. Plums, brown sugar, a touch of smoke. Nice.

Taste is similar to the smell, but it drifts off into a messy realm where an odd bitterness (alcohol?) dominates, leaving those pleasant fruity and smoked wood flavors in the dust. Not bad, not great. I want more sweetness, more depth, more oomph.

Feel is fine. Medium-heavy body, slightly sticky, with a lasting finish. Carbonation is right on the low edge of what I'd consider acceptable.

Every piece of this beer is fine or better, but as whole, it's meh. Overly bitter in the flavor, and given the ABV, I want a lot more flavor and complexity than I'm getting. Woody, smoky, and the smell's promise of fruit wasn't backed up by the taste.

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Photo of bitter
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of nogophers
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of yamar68
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Swampy brown body cluttered with little floaty bastards... thin head and some lacing tell me that there might be alcohol in here.

Smells like Christmas and leather-bound spy novels.

Tastes pretty smooth, nothing stands out really... some caramel and nutmeg, oaky vanilla flavors, some spruce maybe...

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of kojevergas
2.8/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a shitty highball glass in a hotel room in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average merely from the style. Acquired as part of a mixed sixer at the Four Firkins.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a half finger beige-khaki colour head. Nice cream and thickness. Underwhelming retention, but excusable given the ABV. Colour is a very dark dull nontransparent brown. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Toffee, amber malts, heavy biscuit malt, old ale-esque notes, dark fruit (plum), and raisin. Toffee and plum are dominant. A pleasant aroma of moderate strength. No alcohol is detectable.

T: Sticky plum and toffee, with sugary sweet biscuit malts throughout. Not as hoppy as I'd expect from an English barleywine; any hopping is minimal at best and blandly floral. Raisiney. Dark fruits. The stickiness is a bit of a turn-off. Sort of messy, but not as boozy as you might expect. Not real balanced or complex. I'm not particularly impressed. No yeast or alcohol comes through - quite an achievement at this high an ABV. Overly sweet.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and above all sticky. Not at all creamy. Good thickness, but too heavy on the palate for the lack of diverse flavour. Certainly full bodied. Carbonation is off; I can't tell in which direction. Somewhat chewy. Too sugary.

Dr: Drinkable for the high ABV. I wouldn't have it again, but it's not bad. Well priced. A decent barleywine, but not one worth seeking out.


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Photo of Hopstout
3/5  rDev -23.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of Oboogie
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of bigbeers84
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of HoistinBrews
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of JayKay412
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of KAF
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of Ungertaker
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes, 1/6/12.

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A- almost black with a 1/2 finger head and minimal light penetration.

S- plums, raisins, sugar cookies

T- vanilla, sweet dried cherries, bourbon, raisins

M- medium to thick mouthfeel with low carbonation. Very smooth, overall.

O- A clean, smooth-drinking 10+% ABV beer. A great winter warmer.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somewhat hazy, coppery color. Nice foamy tan head. Very malty aroma wise. Treacle and a hint of spice-almsot like nutmeg. big malty flavor with just enough hops to notice. Somewhat boozey in a good way. Not a sharp alcohol bite, just a warm sort of burn. Nice body-love the sticky, gummy mouthfeel from the malt. Nice UK version. I could do another or 3.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2008

A= Pours a dark brown burnt caramel color. The head rises to a small skin on top of the glass that falls to a ring and leaves a little lacing but not too much. A pretty basic barleywine color. The head is a bit surprising due to the age on it. Three years old and it still holds some carbonation with a screw cap.

S= The smell still contains a bit of alcohol right up front. First thing other than alcohol I noticed is a sort of toffee sugary aroma. Toasted malt and a touch of dark fruit. Mostly a sticky sweet toffee aroma however.

T= The taste is much smoother than the aroma leads it to be. The alcohol is well hidden and the malt comes off a little less sweet and a little more roasted. The flavors are a bit mild however for such a large beer. Leaves me wanting a little more.

M= Still holding a bit of carbonation which is nice and the mouth isn't super sticky.

O= A quality beverage for sure. The flavors are melding nicely but the flavor isn't as powerful as I expected it to be. Light on flavor. I'll have to buy some fresh to see if the flavor diminished with time or if this is just how it is.

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Old Man Winter Warmer from Lake Superior Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 111 ratings