From Torque Brewing in Winnipeg Manitoba comes their “Bumper Shine Winter Warmer”. The beer pours a very deep ruby red colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, cinnamon and sweetness. The flavour is of cinnamon, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, earth, butterscotch and a sweet finish. The alcohol content comes in at 8.5% with an IBU of 45. I like this style of beer as its got lots of flavour and the alcohol warms you up. This is a good representation of the style.
From Halifax Nova Scotia’s Garrison Brewing comes their “Winter Warmer” 2016 Vintage. The beer pours a ruby red colour colour with a beige head. The aroma consists of cinnamon, clove, brown sugar, fruits, berry and some hops. The flavour is of strawberry, dark fruits, cinnamon, clove, brown sugar, caramel, earth, bitterness and a dry finish. The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 20. This one is not all that warming at 7% but I am quite enjoying the flavour anyways. Its been a while since I have had a beer from Garrison Brewing and I just don’t know why its been this long.
Commercial Description: This strong dark amber beer is brewed with spices evocative of the holiday season. It’s warming character makes it a great accompaniment on cold winter nights. Complex and inviting aromatics of strawberry jam, cinnamon, clove, brown sugar and molasses. Rich caramel avors dominate and persist through a warming nish; starts sweet with a touch of dryness followed by a snooth aftertaste of caramel and clove.
Food pairings as per brewery: A great compliment to rich and meaty dishes.
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From Victoria’s Lighthouse Brewing comes their “Winter Ale”. This Winter Warmer pours a very deep ruby/brown with an off white head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, dark fruits and some vanilla. The flavour is of roasted malts, dark fruits, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, rum, smoke, some sugar and a some bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5%. As winter ales go this is a very well crafted ale. I would have no problem sitting down to a few of these this winter.
Commercial Description: Lighthouse Winter Ale is brewed in the English tradition of the “winter warmer”. We begin with a generous quantity of Maris Otter malt, enriched with the finest UK specialty malts, producing a luscious, silky-sweet character and striking copper/amber hue. German Noble hops provide a delicate balance on the palate, and add spicy complexity to a predominantly malty aroma. Mashed at a slightly higher temperature, and cellar-aged at the brewery, this full bodied, rich, and warming ale is the perfect companion through the chill of the holiday season.