The Brooklyn Brewery is one of the first breweries that I fell in love with when I got into craft beer. They helped open my eyes on many different beer and always gave a good example of what a style should be. I also read their book which was a good read and very informative. I’m not going to lie, unlike many of the beers that I review on this website, I’ve had today’s beer many time. I simply love it.
Brooklyn Winter Ale is another Scottish Ale style beer in the winter category. Hibernator was also in the same boat, but I don’t think that it did a very good job of delivering on a winter style beer. Let’s see if this beer falls into the same trap or not.
To begin with it pours a rich redish brown with a off-white head. It is perfectly clear as well. The nose has a lot happening. It has lots of malt, grain, and some biscuit notes as well. I dig beers that have a smell along the lines of this. My first taste (not really true) was pretty malty. There is a nice biscuit aftertaste that hits the right note with my flavor palette. There are a fair amount of noble hops in there as well. Much more than what the nose would let you believe.
My only problem is that this beer doesn’t give me the feeling of winter. Sure it is malty, more so than Hibernator, and it tastes great, but is isn’t hitting the winter note. I’ve purchased this beer many times, because it is a good beer, but winter, not so much. It comes in at 6.1% ABV so it is in the session range as well. Try it out if you like malty beers with a good hop finish and great aftertaste. If you are looking for spicy winter ale, keep looking.