The winter warmer - a style of beer oft misunderstood. I stole the following style definition of winter warmers from wikipedia. They say that, "A winter warmer is a traditional malty-sweet strong ale that is brewed in the winter months. It is usually quite dark, but not as dark as a stout, with a big malt presence. Sometimes, winter warmers have a few spices, especially in the United States, although spices are not necessarily a required ingredient in a winter warmer. The primary characteristic is strength; the average alcohol content by volume ranges from 6.0% to 8.0% ABV and some winter warmers reach 10% ABV or more. Christmas beer is another type of winter warmer, similarly strong in alcohol content and usually spiced."
So I made you leaguers a checklist of the wikipedia definition to compare this beers description from the Santa Fe Brewing website.
- Malty-sweet? Check.
- Strong Ale? Check.
- Brewed in Winter Months? Checkity-Check.
- Dark but not as dark as a stout? Check.
- Big Malt Presence? UNKNOWN
- Spices? Check.
- AC by V? 6.0%, on the lower octane end.
- Not a Christmas beer? Check yourself.
I mean it sure sounds good, right? Let's bring back the HIGHEST and LOWEST from Beer Advocate and make 'er happen!
HIGH & LOW
Let's see what everyone else thinks!
HIGH – 3.94 / 5
Pours a clear, mahogany color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight alcohol, chocolate, hint of roasted malt, slight spice, hint of cream, and slight hops. Fits the style of a Winter Warmer.
Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of caramel malt, slight hops, slight spice, hint of cream, and a hint of roasted malt. Overall, weak appearance, but good aroma, body, and blend.
LOW – 2.24 / 5
12 oz can. Pours clear ruby amber with a medium fluffy off white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.
The aroma is bready caramel nutty malts with a little spice and fruit.
The flavor is sweet bready nutty caramel malt with some fruit and a hint of spice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, tastes like a standard English winter warmer. Don't get much chili or cacao.
Adobe Igloo is our New Mexican answer to the classic Winter Warmer: dark red, full bodied, and malty. Traditionally balanced with extra hops or a Wintery spice blend, we instead drew on our culinary heritage and focused on cacao nibs and red chile flakes.
Offering chile flavor without heat and dusty raw cocoa rather than sweet chocolate, Adobe Igloo’s intriguing complexity will keep you coming back, sip after warming sip.