Warm Up Winter Ale

Virginia
United States
Warm Up Winter Ale by Starr Hill Brewery
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
91
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

A smooth, dark ale, spiced with cinnamon, cocoa, nutmeg and vanilla; a fine pairing for fireside sipping.

Profile

ABV: 
6.1%
IBUs: 
15
Served at: 
50-55º
Hops: 
Willamette
Malts: 
2-Row, Crystal, Golden Oats, Munich
Judges Review 
Lyn Howard's picture
Judges Rating:
91
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Starr Hill Brewery’s Warm Up Winter Ale was evaluated as a 2015 BJCP Category 30C, Winter Seasonal Beer. Typically these beers are of stronger, darker or spicy rich beverages that provide a warming sensation on a cold winter day or night. This beer does not disappoint.

The aroma of this beer is spice forward with a complex blend of vanilla, cocoa, cinnamon and nutmeg all intermingled with raisins, dried dates, and a dark caramel, toffee malt note. As expected there is no hop aroma.

It pours very clear, and is a ruby highlighted, dark brown color that looks like mahogany in a snifter glass. The head is a creamy dark beige and it lingers for a long time.

The complex, spice forward flavor is supported by a deep bittersweet cocoa component, and it sips like a spiced brown ale with almost no hop bitterness or flavor. It then fades to a medium dry finish with some spice notes left to savor. It is lightly carbonated and not as heavy on the palate as the bold flavors might suggest. The alcohol is well masked by the complex flavors. 

A good beer to pour into a snifter and savor by the fire or with dessert.

 

Brewery Introduction

In the mid-90’s, Master Brewer Mark Thompson returned to his native Virginia from Portland, OR, having learned two things: First, that the craft of artisanal brewing was one part science and one part art; and second, that making delicious beer was a lot cooler than anything he had ever done as a... Read More

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