Jan 6, 2012

Brooklyn Winter Ale

Brooklyn Winter Ale

I’ve already reviewed Brooklyn Brewing’s Winter Ale on the site back in 2009 and it’s a beer that continues to show up in the fridge during the colder months. I never thought to officially review it a second time until a package from the brewery arrived last week. It’s always interesting to see how a beer’s recipe shifts and changes over the years. In 2009, the Winter Ale had recently undergone an update to its recipe. I can’t speak to this year’s recipe, but it tastes similar to every other year that I have enjoyed the beer.

Brewed with a combination of four malts (including Scottish floor-malted Maris Otter), American Oats and Willamette hops the beer carries a distinct Scottish Ale character. It’s got a light roast and subtle sweetness that is more than appropriate for the Winter season.


Winter Ale pours a light copper in color with a light tan head that lasted a good long while.


Sweet maltiness fills the nose along with a subtle roast, caramel and a light grassy hop component.


A semi-sweet caramel and toasted malt character dominates the palate — in the best way possible. The beer is bready yet well balanced with a late touch of grassy hops in the lingering finish. A moderate level of carbonation and medium body give the beer all the right elements for a tasty cold weather treat. The 6.1% ABV is well masked, as well.


Enjoying this brew reminded me why I always stock the fridge with a few six packs each Winter season. The Scottish Ale character, maltiness and smoothness make this a well balanced, easy drinking beer. It’s a flavor that just begs to stay inside and keep warm in front of the fireplace — if only I had a fireplace.

Rating: 3.75/5

This is a review of a promotional sample received from the brewery.