Winter Warmer | Picaroons Traditional Ales

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Brewed by:
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 cam477
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle from the brewery, picked up for me by a friend passing through on the way to Nova Scotia.

Poured into a nonic glass. Dark ruby-brown in colour, with a billowing white head that settled nicely as a thick ring. Lots of lacing.

Nose is earthy and rich in caramel, brown sugar, and with a bit of vanilla, dark fruit and leafy hops.

Similar tasting notes as in the nose. Lingering earthy and leafy hops, with a nice caramel, chocolate and vanilla entry. Dry on the tongue. Carbonation is a touch high, but several minutes of warming and air exposure calms things down and opens up the possibilities of this brew.

Like many other of my BA colleagues have stated, this is far more akin to a Winter Warmer than a barleywine, which really shows you how challenging ale categorization is when even the brewery itself calls it an "interpretation" of a barleywine. But since the brew is called Winter Warmer, and since it tastes like one, I feel can rate it as one - and it's a pretty enjoyable one at that. Earthier than I expected, but certainly pleasant and complex enough to be worth a pick up!

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Photo of skellock
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of robnews
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stella chalice.

Nice hoppy malt with fruity notes on the nose. Pleasant smell.

Thick 3 finger head with vigorous pour. Dark almost stouty head with dark cherry like color.

Fruity taste, bitter with warmness throughout. Long aftertaste, kind of creamy. Definitely unique. Slightly harsh but drinkable. Hints of caramel. Not bad actually. Better than average. Yes I can finish it.

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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 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 abust
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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 Goldorak
2/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Dark red, like a sherry with a crown of lace.

Smell: Weirdo...Picture this, those Popeye candy cigarettes you probably got at halloween back when you were a kid, take those and dissolve them in cinnamon flavored nail polish, that's the smell in a nutshell. Cheap powdered sugar, cinnamon spicyness that seems fake, and some volatile solvent.

Taste: Just about as off as the smell, some acidic sourness that I didn't enjoy, and that's pretty rare for me. Aftertaste is long, and there again just didn't do it for me. Infected? I hope so. I'm glad I split this with a dozen other guys because if had to drink it alone this Beer would have met an untimely death down the toilet.

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Photo of TimeLincoln
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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

Photo of Isaacbrentmason
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of CurtisD
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of DreamDeath
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of liamt07
3.01/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from cjbmcdon a while back, 500ml into a pint glass. Thanks Chris.

Pours an almost opaque dark brown with some mahogany and violet highlights, thin tan head with some good retention. Nose has some pressed red grapes, slightly wet wood and earthy notes, brown sugar and some dark fruits with an almost rotten note to it - not pleasant really, odd and almost 'old.' Some caramelized notes as well. Flavour has more of the name, some old dirty caramelized dark fruits with a weird bitterness that comes through around the middle of the mouth and battles with the sweetness. A bit of sourness, chocolate and some alcohol in the end. Carbonation is high and out of place, almost fizzy at points - swirling this around for a while did it a service. Unimpressive and uninteresting overall, betters as it hits room temperature but the verdict remains the same. Not a barleywine, but an odd winter warm that I don't think I would revisit.

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Photo of TylerD420
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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

Photo of byronic
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of berley31
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured with a large, off-white head that dissipated to 1/2-finger or so. Body is a deep, dark, clear shade of ruby red... it really looks black until you hold it to the light.

S: Strong malt sweetness in the aroma; some roasted and burnt notes as well, with hints of caramel.

T: Slightly fruity, with a high amount of roasted flavor at first, then finishes quite sweet with just a touch of bitterness. Very slight hint of alcohol warmth. Average duration.

M: Medium bodied, quite creamy, with average carbonation.

D: So, it's an English barleywine, and not a winter warmer? Either way, an enjoyable winter brew.

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Photo of Long813
1.93/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottled on: 08/02/10
From: Premier Wine & Spirits

A: Dark brown body with a thin ring of tanned head and no lacing.

S: Hard to distinguish what I note here. Malty base, some sour notes and something funky.

T: Strong malt base with some very displeasing taste to follow. Can't point my finger on it, but it's very displeasing.

M: Medium-thick bodied and medium carbonation. Leaves a very unpleasing aftertaste. Alcohol is also quite present.

D: Barleywine or winter warmer, this beer is quite aweful. I would not recommend this to anyone and it's extremely hard to finish - if I even can.

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Photo of LazyL
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 500 ml bottle pours a dark red/ brown that looks almost black when not held to the light. The mocha foam starts off thick and creamy. The nose is stout like with some nice roasted malt, espresso, dark fruits and a little boozy. Very nice and representative for this style. The taste is all roasted malt and boozy Christmas fruit. The mouthfeel is dry and has a little bitterness on the finish that really balances out the sweetness. Overall this is a good beer and very easy to drink. Please make sure you dont drink it too cold as it really opens up as it warms. Perfect brew for a Winter evening, I feel warmer allready.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of DoreenAndDave
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is a very dark amber. Not much of a head. The aroma is faint: some caramel and pumpernickel bread. The taste is fine, but nothing special. It's malty and bready. Somewhat bitter. The taste doesn't do that much for me. There's just not that much going on. I was expecting something bigger or more complex. It's certainly not bad, but it's not that interesting, either. Mouthfeel is fine. Sturdy and well carbonated. Drinkability is ok. This seems somewhere in between a bitter, hoppy, peppy beer and a heavier, complex winter ale

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Photo of lgmol
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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Winter Warmer from Picaroons Traditional Ales
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 47 ratings