Spiced Winter Ale All-Grain Kit

SKU: U1584

A Scottish-style ale is the medium-bodied, malty, clean base beer for a blend of spices.

Recipe updated 9/1/2009. The spice load has been decreased for a more subtle profile. Cheers!

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Before hops became the conventional flavoring for beer, medieval European brewers used proprietary spice mixtures, and many modern breweries still use a blend of spices along with hops for seasonally-brewed holiday beers. We started with a Scottish-style ale and added a blend of spices to create a medium-bodied, malty, clean base beer with a sweet, exotic spice character reminiscent of mulled wine.

Recipe updated 9/1/2009. The spice load has been decreased for a more subtle profile. Cheers!

Additional Information

Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons
Recipe and Instructions Click Here!
Regional Style No
Beer Style Spice or Fruit Beer
Color Amber
Original Gravity 1047
Total Time to Make 6 weeks

Customer Reviews

Great malty beer. Review by Mark G.
Rating
I am very pleased with how this beer turned out. I hit the target O.G. of 1.047, pitched the Wyeast 1728 at 70F and fermented for one week in the primary and two weeks in the secondary. Fermentation started around 12 hours after pitching and was at a fairly constant 62F. I ended up with about 4.9-5.1% ABV. The beer was ready in about 4 weeks after 4-5 days in the keg.

There seems to be a big controversy over the spices for this kit. I added all of the spices to a muslin bag right at flameout and they stayed there for about 15 minutes until the wort cooled enough for pitching. The spice profile seems a little subdued when compared to the reviews complaining about how strong it is (particularly the extract reviews). It is definitely noticeable, but certainly not overwhelming.

This is a great malty beer, that, if anything, could use a little more of the spice that another reviewer remarked that Northern Brewer took away. (Posted on 2/16/14)
Like Christmas in a glass Review by Matt
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I brewed this for a Christmas Party, kegged and force carbonated it and it turned out great. The color is a little darker than the above picture, but pretty close. It has an aroma of mulling spices, and it's head really well. The taste is close to a Harpoon Winter Warmer, but with a little more clove. I think that that will mellow out with time though.

Every one that has tasted it so far really likes it! (Posted on 12/19/13)
Great experience Review by Fred Luke
Rating
Easy to make and the winter spices were extremely fresh. Will be bottling in less than a week. Great deal on the all grain kits. (Posted on 10/30/13)
First time with this kit... Review by Nathan
Rating
Hit the mark, maybe slightly higher, of the OG. Nice mellow malty flavor that's balanced well with the mulling spice. I read that the spice was reduced in previous versions and then the instructions included suggest using half if one wants less flavor profile from the spice. I don't know but I used the whole thing and it turned out fine. In secondary now and will be for two weeks before kegging and long aging to enjoy around holidays. (Posted on 9/25/13)
Delicious, even as the weather warms Review by Calmncents
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This beer is a big hit in my apartment complex, sweet and spicy without any overpowering flavors. Though it is a winter beer, I decided to serve this mid spring in southern New England. This was my first time brewing this beer, but it won't be my last. Thanks NB for a creation that impressed. (Posted on 5/9/12)
Well Balanced and Easy to Drink Review by James
Rating
I brewed this recipe using the entire spice package (the recipe card states that half the package can be used for a more restrained spice profile).

I found it to be very well balanced and easy to drink. In fact, I was planning on having it on tap for Christmas. But here I am (Nov 20) and the keg is kicked.
Oh well, maybe next year. (Posted on 11/21/11)
Very Good and Easy Drinking Review by Jim
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I brewed this recipe, using the entire spice package. (The recipe card states that half the package can be used for a more restrained spiced profile.)

I found it very well balanced and easy to drink. In fact, I planned on having it available for Christmas. But here I am, Nov 20, and the keg is kicked.

Oh well, maybe next year. (Posted on 11/21/11)
Changing from Simpson's Dark to Medium? Review by Mark
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Hello,
I was wondering why you changed your recipe from Simpson's Dark Crystal in 2009 to Simpson's Medium in 2010? Lighter bgeer with 1/2 the spices for 2010?

Regards,
Mark
(Posted on 10/20/10)
Upgrade from first review Review by Mark
Rating
Hello, I previously reviewed this beer at a mid rating but would like to increase that to the higher level rating. It mellowed out and became much clearer. It was also a favorite to many. (Posted on 5/2/10)

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