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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Great Lakes Brewery Winter Ale Review

One of the only great things about the winter season are the beers. The beers that keep you warm with their high alcohol content, richness, complexity and the spices. Tonight I am drinking Great Lakes Brewery Winter Ale 2010, which is a strong beer with orange peel and spices and the label promises to warm me up.

This winter ale shows promise with its dark reddish-brown color and short off-white head. The aroma is exactly what the label promised me - orange peel and spices. Of course the spice that jumps out and overpowers everything else is cinnamon. After the initial burst of cinnamon, sweeter, caramel/honey notes start to become noticeable as well as a touch of ginger. I like this presentation. The taste is not much different. Medium roasted malt and a stronger ginger taste start you off and ease you into sweeter notes. The finish is light on the hops, but good on the spices and the warmth. Overall, I am pleasantly surprised with this brew and would definitely drink it again.

Cost - $6.95 for a 750 mL
Taste - 8.1/10
ABV - 6.2%

Overall - 8.1/10...great tasting winter ale without too much spices or a high level of alcohol...easy to drink and comes in a generous portion

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