Winter Warmer
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Winter Warmer
Ranked #277
Ranked #46,920
3.24 | pDev: 19.75%
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States
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Notes: When you bring a glass of this dark copper ale to your lips to take your first sip you will notice the aroma of cinnamon. There is no aromatic hop added that might overpower the distinct spice scent. The medium body of this beer is formed from caramel and pale malts. These create enough body to support the spices without making the beer excessively rich. Bittering hops are added to counter the sweetness of the malt and spice. The finish of the beer is a blend of cinnamon and nutmeg. The combination of these two spices results in a balanced, pumpkin-pie flavor.

22 IBU
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Reviews: 667 | Ratings: 1,606
Photo of EMV
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Nearly clear copper pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Solid lacing.

S: Cinnamon, nutmeg, and toasted malts/sugars.

T.F: Sweet up front. Toasted grains and brown sugar. Strong spice presence... cinnamon, nutmeg, and a bit of ginger. Some light hopping for bitterness/balance. Still somewhat malt forward. Medium to light bodied... more Christmas spice at the finish.

O: Decent enough for what it is. Drinkable... strong cinnamon and spice.

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Photo of Donaltman3
3.42/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The cinnamon is pronounced as are the hops. Interesting beer, I wouldn’t want many but one every now and then is good. Someone that like fireball or the latest cinnamon whiskeys might really like this beer.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Light, hazy chocolate brown with an orange glow under light. 1.5 fingers of thick white head with excellent retention.

Smell: Sharp hops over a lightly toasted malt.

Taste: Quite hoppy and soapy. Hard to taste more than mild malt under the hops.

Mouthfeel: Average thickness with decent carbonation.

Overall: It feels like the hops are excessive for the style. While still drinkable, it’s more bitter than warming.

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Photo of Nass
3.85/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Classy looking label artwork. The cinnamon & nutmeg is blended perfectly, nothing too overwhelming. It's better than the pumpkin beer that I have had from this brewery. Cheers! B

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.29/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first offering and it was pretty good...

I really liked the burnt orange look with light foam head and some lacing down the glass. The smell was light on cinnamon and nutmeg but it was a bit more noticeable when it came to the taste. Though I wasn't entirely liking it, but it was decent enough. Mouthfeel was crisp, medium-bodied and only lightly watery over the tongue. Overall, it was good, nothing spectacular, but good.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.77/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is big nutmeg, cinnamon, malts and a hint of caramel. The flavor is nutmeg, cinnamon, malts, mild fruit and a spicy/warming/slightly tart finish.

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Photo of DanLane
3.82/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Copper in color with good head.
Very mild scent of cinnamon and wheat, almost undetectable though.
Tastes as advertised, cinnamon nutmeg and allspice that aren't overpowering.
Despite being cold, it feels warm in the tongue.
Overall a decent winter brew.

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Photo of PMakowski
3.71/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 Oz Bottle poured into glass
Look - Deep copper color with medium foam head and some good glass lacing
Smell - A bit boring, mainly just cinnamon and nutmeg. Some malt.
Taste - This isn't meant to be some extraordinary beer, it's a very simple spiced beer. It has the christmas or thanksgiving type spices of pumpkin pie like ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and a little cloves. It's quite sweet and malty. It has no bitterness other than the ginger and nutmeg which does give it the warmth. Medium body and medium carbonation.

Overall, it's just a good winter beer not great. It doesn't have high drinkability or exceptional flavor, but i would enjoy it from time to time. Grade is a B+

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Photo of Profundobaso
3.61/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

Look - amber to light-brown in color, transparent. very little head/lacing.
Smell - spices, mainly cinnamon and nutmeg. nice sweetness that isn't overpowering.
Taste - some spices in the initial mouthfeel, though not much in the finish. a hint of fruitness near the end. not much hop or malt presence.
Feel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, and appropriate ABV.
Overall - The flavors on this beer are all as advertised, but aren't pronounced. the result is a beer that tastes good, but doesn't stand out relative to the same style from other breweries. still a good brew.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

EBD 1/15/18. Pours a slightly cloudy amber with a dark ruby cast. Normal head volume and retention, very poor lacing.

Nice but weak nose that you really have to "sniff" for. Aromatics are not this beer's strong suit - but that's due to intensity. Cinnamon, light nutmeg and a touch of plum reside over a slightly sweet base.

Heavy light body that has a bit of heft to it and results in a smooth texture. The carbonation / body balance is outstanding and balances nicely with the body. The middle is just effervescent enough to tickle while the finish provides a rollicking prickly punch.

The flavor profile is good. It is well balanced but lacks complexity and intensity. Cinnamon is the strongest influence and arrives first and provides most of the bittering sensation. Cinnamon also never goes away - it just slowly fades and lingers after the finish. The middle is subtly sweet but never shines to provide contrast. Consequently, any dark fruit from the nose are very hard to detect. Nutmeg makes a hint of an appearance near the finish, but it is also subdued.

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Photo of Act25
3.19/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

when winter warmers venture in direction of pumpkin pie, I veer elsewhere.
a) Pours crystal clear amber body (similar to Flying Fish Grand Cru - much better) and a fizzy head with minor retention and lace.
S: Two much aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg in the nose that blot out other features.
T: The taste follows smell with emerging notes of balancing hops to the malty sweetness in the base. Typical.
M: Looking for more weight and warmth in a winter special.
O: The beer is too low key and finished in the back of the pack.

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Photo of Redrover
3.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 6 pack of this as part of a large beer run I made at Woodmans. $6.99 per sixer.

From a longneck into a glass, the beer is amber with a light beige head.

It has an aroma of grains cinnamon and nutmeg.

The spices are evident in the taste but are not assertive or overpowering. There is a cracker like taste from the malts, a bit of red apple and then the cinnamon and if you look really hard nutmeg. There is a quick hit of dried fruit and the beer is slightly sweet.

The mouth is medium and active carbonation that could be dialed back a notch.

Not a bad change of pace winter beer. I could see myself buying a six pack every holiday season.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.83/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear amber/ruby red color. A nice moderate sudsy off white head retains well and forms a collar and scattered lacing.
In the aroma there is a nice assortment of spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg accompanied by hints of Christmas fruit cake, cherry and citrus fruit. The malt also comes through and is nutty and biscuity.
The taste reveals a malt forward drink that has a doughy and bready texture. The spices work harmoniously with the malt. They also balance out the malt sweetness in lieu of the hops. The finish is fruity, citrusy, slighly spicy and semi dry.
The mouth feel is medium bodied, sweet and spicy, moderately carbonated and easy to drink. There is no detectable presence of alcohol and no alcohol warming.
Although perhaps a bit light bodied and low alcoholic for the style, I nevertheless enjoyed it.

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Photo of lastmango
3.51/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured a beautiful clear reddish brown color with a frothy two finger tan head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is a bit fruity and spicy. The taste was malt forward with a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg in the background. Just touch of hop bitterness on the tail. there is not much complexity for this winter warmer. Light carbonation and a rather thin-medium feel drags this down a little. This brew is also a bit too watery.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a clear mug, the appearance was a copper to dark amber/brown color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that glistened before gently sliding off. Sticky speckled lace.
The aroma had some cinnamon, allspice, ginger, dark bread, some milk chocolate, nutmeg, butterscotch, and a little bit of earthy spice even lighter in the background.
The flavor was moderately spicy with a gentle sweetness coming about. Light aftertaste of a blend between chocolate, butterscotch and nutmeg.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it due to the spices becoming non-distracting. Carbonation felt on par. Finishes slightly spicy with a little bit of malt.
Overall, works for me as a winter warmer, I'd have again.

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Photo of Try-em-all
3.58/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

NOTE: Don't make the mistake I made by drinking a winter beer in April. IDIOT!

Dark Cinnamon, dark numeg, dark sugars and dark fruit are all a part of this. Of yeaeh, it looks dark, too with a copper color; two finger head that sticks around a few minutes. Malty taste, touch of tart, but you certainly have cinnamona nd nutmeg as a take away. Not too much hoops are bitterness with medium body. I should have drink this when it was cold out, shame on me.

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Photo of pat61
3.4/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: cinnamon and nutmeg joined by dark sugars and dark dried fruit.

L: brilliant copper brown filled with slowly rising bubbles under a 1/2" off-white foam cap with moderate retention.

T: malty, slightly sweet with a hint of tartness and a dash of dark dried fruit. Cinnamon and Nutmeg dominate the palate, especially on the finish where they give the beer a spicy astringency. Hop flavors and bitterness are low. There is some butterscotch to caramel in he background.

F: medium full bodied and the carbonation is medium low.

O: I don't like this beer. It is a little weak for a winter warmer. The intensity of cinnamon and nutmeg is off putting and the beer cries out for something to balance the added spices. It might do better with either less spice or more alcohol and malt with some added hop bitterness to balance the extra malt sweetness. I find it barely drinkable

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a medium/dark amber producing 2+ fingers of beige, somewhat lasting, frothy head that leaves a wash of stringy lace. Aroma is caramel & dark bready malt, roast, nuts, cinnamon, ginger & nutmeg. Taste is spicy & heavy to cinnamon & ginger with sweet caramel & toasted malt, dark bread, hints of roasted nuts, orange & herbal hops in the finish. A spicy & lightly roasted, bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium-high carbonation, prickly with peppery spice.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A: [3.75] The bottle lists the ABV (5.9%) and there is a enjoy by date (02/07/17). The beer is a nice maple syrup brown. It has very minimal head - maybe a 1/4 of a finger. The head is off white.

S: [3.25] Mulling spices, cinnamon, hot cinnamon (those red things) and toffee.

T: [3.25] Similar to the nose. Cinnamon predominantly. Then toffee and caramel. Maybe a hint of orange hard candy.

M: [2.75] Thin with tingly carbonation.

O: [3.25] It is okay - a departure from the norm. The cinnamon notes are nice but the body is a little thin and prickly. Overall this is just okay and there are lots of preferable beers out there.

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Photo of margnat
3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The Harpoon Winter Warmer varies much from year to year - which is a good thing, actually even better if it varies batch to batch! I like the varieties with a strong fragrance and spicy taste. I do not enjoy batches that are less tasty and the overall finish is too sweet without the spice to balance. A decent holiday beer for folks who like cinnamon and nutmeg.

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Photo of Tone
4.09/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, cinnamon, slight nutmeg, hint of alcohol, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of a Winter Warmer. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, cinnamon, slight nutmeg, hint of alcohol, and a hint of hop. Overall, great blend, reminiscent of a spiced bock, spice was subtle but distinct.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not terrible but not great. You do taste the spices but I wish those flavors were more prominent. Though it is nice sipping on this beer on the first day of Winter. Seems appropriate.

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Photo of GreatHammerhead
2.28/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Look: Dark amber with a two finger, off white head that disappears rapidly.

Smell: Malts and some spice.

Taste; Follows the nose but the spices have a rough taste like they were dumped into the finished product. Watery almost ice tea like taste on the swallow.

Feel: On the the thin side with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Not a good beer.

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Photo of AlarmClock314
3.07/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, best by date of 2/15/17. Pours transparent orange with a medium sized off-white head. Smells of nutmeg, cinnamon, lightly roasted malt, and generic hops; low intensity. The taste follows exactly with lightly roasted malt, spice, and hops; straightforward and low intensity. Some light bitterness and sweetness. The body is thin and carbonation is above average. Overall, this is like a 'light beer' version of a Winter Warmer; it's low on intensity and almost watery. No off-flavors, but also not very desirable. Not recommended.

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Photo of LifesAnesthesia
3.73/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

L - medium brown/amber with a very minimal white head
S - cinnamon, nutmeg, and dried fruit - light but all are present.
T - cinnamon and nutmeg upfront - maybe more nutmeg up front but a nice cinnamon finish with hints of dried fruits throughout. Overall a pretty solid holiday ale taste.
F - somewhat thin with mild/moderate carbonation
O - Again, this beer has a very solid holiday ale taste but the overall look, feel, and mild smell don't make this beer a stand out for me.

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Winter Warmer from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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