As the frigid cold begins to tighten its grip on upstate New York, it’s time for me to post my Top 5 Winter Warmers. This can sort of be considered a supplemental list to my previous post of Top 10 Christmas Beers. Some of these could have gone on that list, but this top 5 are my favorite beers that actually fall under the Beer Judge Certification Program style guidelines for WW’s.
Winter Warmers are sweet, creamy, malty offerings that can range a lot in flavor, but they all accomplish the same goal, to keep us toasty and content while the white stuff falls from the sky. There is a big malt presence in flavor and in body, and color can be from light brown to ink black and everything in between. These beers generally aren’t too bitter, but it can be very noticeable depending on the brew. And of course, alcohol warmth!
The almost extinct style was revived in the late 70’s in England, with Samuel Smith Winter Welcome being the unofficial benchmark ever since, while numerous domestic craftbrewers have adapted their own style incorporating new ingredients and different twists on flavor, and consequently it gets a bit more interesting as each year passes.
Here are my top 5 Winter Warmers:
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