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Winter Warmer by Michigan Brewing Company
Winter Warmer
8.10 % ABV

Review by joe1510 on 05/13/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
62 3 6 13 3 6 2010
12oz Bottle

A thank you goes out to hoppymeal for sending me this brew last year, thanks Derek! Michigan Brewing's Winter Warmer fills my willi glass with a crystal clear garnet liquid that glows mahogany when directly backlit. The head grew quickly and easily to the point half the glass was beer and the other half was a dense meringue-like khaki head that took forever to settle to a thick cap. Patchy, sticky lacing is left all over the glass and it's the kind that will take some scorching hot water to remove. I'm really surprised at the massive head on this beer.

The nose on this beer is interesting and very hard to put my finger on. The maltiness is of the caramel sweet variety while there's some hints of ripe pear and overripe apple. The sweet fruitiness throws me off a little but if I keep my nose in the glass it fades into some faint dusty cocoa, brown sugar and a touch of molasses. A mild clean alcohol bite and remnants of pine hoppiness remain after the year in the cellar. This beer smells good but the most prominent aroma, the fruitiness, is the most out of place.

The flavor comes together nicely, better than what the nose suggested. The caramel maltiness gets things going and while the sweet pear and green apple are in here as well they stay in the back and compliment the flavor instead of take over. Mid-palate brings nuttiness, light brown sugar, mild cocoa and the remnants of the piney hops add a touch of bitterness. The flavors just seem to be a little muddled and don't come together like they should.

The massive head gave away the massive carbonation and after this beer sits for 20 minutes the higher than needed carbonation is still here. The beginning is good but the finish becomes a little too frothy for my liking. The body has a moderate feel and the hoppy bitterness tends to grow as I drink.

One of these in a sitting is good but that would be enough for me. The higher carbonation seems to be throwing the drinkability off. This beer does get better as it sits but not enough to bump the drinkability.

This is a solid beer. Not spiced winters warmer like most others but more of a malty higher alcohol brew (like I prefer). I wouldn't mind giving this brew another try. Thanks for the bottle Derek!

Reviewed: 12/7/08

Served In: Pint Glass

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