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Winter Warmer | Picaroons Traditional Ales

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Picaroons Traditional Ales
New Brunswick, Canada

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewery description: This strong ale, with its deep mahogany color and intense fruity nose is our interpretation of a classic English barley wine. Its enjoyment lies in the balance between the rich maltiness, hoppy aroma and alcoholic warmth.

Added by Goldorak on 02-26-2005

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Photo of rcartwright
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jcubz
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

not a barleywine by any means. decent winter warmer.

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Photo of souvenirs
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Given the name, I was expecting a winter warmer, but I see this is a barleywine.

A red brown and clear with tan head
S roasted grains, molasses
T quite sweet with a lingering bitterness
F crisp on the tongue

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Photo of jfreeze
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of julienbeerstein
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

nice and bready from the roasted malts, some toffee nut flavour, bitter hops at the end but just a hint, after taste is a little spicey as well likely from the yeast.
Over all, it is a well balanced beer however the lower than average ABV for a barley wine, and the overall lack of creativity in this beer is a downside.

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Photo of Mousel
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of StephenPerr
4.69/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Vold
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy dark brown with a copper hue. Beige 1 finger head lasting 2 minutes. Strong lacing.

Strong sweet aromas and flavors of smoky fruits and nutty toffee with herbal spices.

Stout like medium body slick feel with average carbonation. Spicy mouthcoating. Nice balanced finish on the bitter side. Doesn't feel like a strong beer.

Overall : Good beer, easily drinkable, very tasty but a little too spicy for my taste.
Waited for a cold night (-8 F, -22 F wind factor) to drink this so I could confirm that indeed it's quite a warming beer!

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of PorterPro125
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is the second winter I have purchased Picaroons Winter Warmer and I am pleased to say my thoughts have not changed a bit!

Serving Type: 500 mL Bottle

A- Pours a beautiful dark red/brown colour with little to no head. There is a thin skiff of foam that persists throughout the session.

S- The smell of this brew is reminiscent of a festive winter kitchen. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and fruity notes are quite noticeable. Raisin notes seem to take the forefront in the nose.

T- The taste is heavenly to say the least. Fruity and spicy, balanced by a small dosage of hops that shows itself towards the end of the finish.

M- Although it is classified as a barleywine, it doesn't quite have the full body of a typical barleywine. Medium to light body.

O- Although this is no doubt a great beer, I've grown tired of it after a 6 pack. Despite this, I must say that it is a beautiful brew that provides a pleasant alcoholic warmth that goes hand in hand with a cold winter night! If you can handle the intensity and alcoholic strength, I recommend that you pick this brew up if it is available in your area.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Side by side with a bottle of Garrison Winter Warmer. Each poured into 4oz tasting glasses. Admittedly, the two are listed as different styles, but they come from a pretty similar base.

A – clear, dark ruby colour with slight light tan head and good lacing. Very pretty beer to sip in front of the fire.

S – dark fruits like raisins, some cinnamon, malt.

T – lots of sweetness, dark fruits again, light spiciness, little hop bitterness at the end, great balance.

M – medium bodied, pretty smooth given the higher abv. Good carbonation.

O – got this beer less than a week old and man is it good. Picaroons batches tend to be inconsistent as a whole, but their Winter Warmer this year has been spot on. Lot of great dark fruits, hints of spices, hops, malt. Great drinkability, especially at 7.3% abv. Excellent balance. This is some of the best stuff Picaroons has churned out in years. And to be honest, it’s about time. If Picaroons finds a way to be consistent, they could be among the top breweries in Canada, certainly of English-style beers.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of ZachT
4.14/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of polloenfuego
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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Winter Warmer from Picaroons Traditional Ales
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