Winter Warmer Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains

SKU: U1170

Under drifts of fluffy foam and over a river of deep, woody bronze, the afterglow of roasted chestnuts nestles in for the season. A downy coat of toasty crackers snugly wraps up the nose of nuttiness and figs. Notes of burnt caramel and dark, unsweetened chocolate hibernate beneath complex layers of malt. Flickering with the mild spice of Styrian goldings, each pour offers subtle, cozy warmth and a lingering, rich mouthfeel.Recommended: 2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.

We strongly recommend ordering dry yeast in the summer months. We do include complimentary ice packs with all liquid yeasts. It is difficult to guarantee that the ice packs will survive the trip given transit times and particularly hot temperatures.

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Under drifts of fluffy foam and over a river of deep, woody bronze, the afterglow of roasted chestnuts nestles in for the season. A downy coat of toasty crackers snugly wraps up the nose of nuttiness and figs. Notes of burnt caramel and dark, unsweetened chocolate hibernate beneath complex layers of malt. Flickering with the mild spice of Styrian goldings, each pour offers subtle, cozy warmth and a lingering, rich mouthfeel. Recommended: 2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.

Additional Information

Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons
Recipe and Instructions Click Here!
Regional Style USA
Beer Style British/American Strong Ale, Irish and Scottish Ales
Color Amber
Original Gravity 1069
Total Time to Make 2 months

Customer Reviews

Spices come through nicely! Review by Joseph
I'm a bit weird, I like strong flavors... This batch we've just transferred to the secondary and planning to bottle on the 6th of December (2014). The sample we took yesterday during transfer was very tasty! I've had a habit of hopping the crap out of my beers, but this only had 1 oz, so I did expect the malt to shine through (which it does), but that clove, and the other spices... This is an ale that will warm you up on a winter evening! (Posted on 11/23/14)
Time is on your side. Review by Thomas
Great beer for the cold months. This kit is one of the NB best. 2 Weeks Primary 3 Weeks Secondary and 2 Months bottle time. This beer is very drinkable for the timetable they give you however I would set a 6 pack aside for another 2 months and check it at that point. It becomes a masterpiece. Time is on your side with this beer. (Posted on 9/21/14)
My favorite winter beer Review by Adam
I brewed eight extract kits for the holidays (5 from Northern Brewer) and this one was my favorite. Not only did I enjoy it, but everyone else who tried it really loved it too. I did 2 weeks primary, 3 weeks secondary and bottle conditioned for at 2 weeks. I'll be brewing this one again this fall to have it ready again for the holidays. (Posted on 1/27/14)
Great winter/holiday brew Review by Gary
This is the kind of brew I like to have around in the winter when it is 6° outside and snowing. It has just enough hops for flavor and a nice malty finish that I look forward to on cold days. (Posted on 1/26/14)
Very nice! Will brew again! Review by HockeyHomeBrewski
I made this the first week of October 2013. I always do a yeast starter and add yeast nutrient to the boil. This came out to 7.5% ABV plus about .25% for bottle conditioning, so 7.75% ABV. I don't taste the alcohol at all. I did a full boil on my Blichmann burner. This is a great change from super hoppy IPAs, though they are great, too. I added dry yeast at bottling. I bottled instead of kegging this time so I could give some away around the holidays. My father-in-law was requesting one of these during the last Viking game, and he is a Miller Lite / Bud Light guy. I think we have a convert on our hands here!!! Thanks Northern Brewer! (Posted on 1/4/14)
Nice Winter Beer Review by Tony
Three weeks in primary, three weeks in secondary and kegged right now. First taste was great, smooth, with a creamy head. I will definitely be brewing this one again. A great transition into the colder weather and a nice change from all the hoppy pale ales and IPA's. Defiantely brew this again. (Posted on 10/31/13)
Even better with age Review by ArrogantDusty
I sadly finished my last bottle of this yesterday. This was the 3rd beer I ever brewed (though my first three were all in my first week). It was great from the first taste but boy did it improve the more it aged.

Yesterday was bitter sweet because I drank my last bottle over a year later and it was wonderful. I'll be brewing the all grain version soon and hope it lives up to this one!!! (Posted on 9/6/13)
WOW Review by John
I love this beer. It was my second attempt at brewing, and the flavors and quality of ingredients make an exceptional beer. This is my NEW favorite beer ever! So malty and yummy, you won't want anything else! (Posted on 4/25/13)
Great holiday beer, even better with a few months on it. Review by Alex
I brewed this as a partial-boil extract kit, fermented it at about 72F with Windsor dry yeast, and I bottle-conditioned it. It turned out full and malty with just enough hop bitterness to balance. There was warming alcohol, but not alcohol in the nose or flavor. It was great after 2 months, and even better the following Christmas at 14 months. (Posted on 3/17/13)
The Best Beer Review by Hareebrownbeest
True Story!! So I gave a bunch away to friends and nieghboors a couple of weeks ago one of my nieghboors comes up to me today while I was washing my dirtbike and says "hey jack of all trades, i cant believe you made this beer". In return I replied "dude its not ready yet, its only been barely 2 weeks!" he says "well its ready man, try this" I tried it and man is it good beer! Its young too, and warm!!! I couldnt believe it ,it was by far the best beer i have ever made to date. I have about 15 or so that i am going to keep out at room temp to age, cant wait to see how those will taste!! Excellent beer all the way around. (Posted on 1/6/13)
Awesome Kit Review by Joshua
I brewed this September 30th to give this away on Christmas. It came out great and I would say it's one of my best brews out of the seven kits I've done so far. I made a starter for this as it's a big beer. I also got a little worried after 2 weeks in bottle because it wasn't carbbed up yet. After 3 weeks in bottle it was perfect. I'll be making it earlier in the year next year, and will probably make two batches so I can keep some. (Posted on 12/30/12)
Description is dead on Review by Dack
2 wks primary, 4 wks secondary, 6 wks bottle. FG 1.014
The description is dead on. The dark caramel flavor dominates, though not overpowers, the flavor profile. Followed by a date or fig fruit character.
The description states an increase in complexity with age, but it is already a well balanced strong ale. Will be making this one again. (Posted on 12/1/12)
Great Review by Beer 101
1 week in the primary, 4 wks in the secondary, 4 wks in the bottles and I was rewarded with a deep Mahogoney ale, that was malty rich. smooth, with a creamy head. I will definitely be brewing this one again. I tend to migrate more toward the hoppy ales but this was a wonderful change of pace. Brew this one, you won't be sorry. (Posted on 5/6/12)
Great malty beer Review by Tanager
I've brewed this kit (with NB's subtle changes over the years) six or seven times and it has always been great. I brew a batch every spring and put it away until late fall; I think it definitely benefits from the six month wait. If you like lots of malt you can't go wrong with this kit. By the way, I usually boil all the malt for 60 minutes, unlike the NB recipe, but I've made it both ways and it's good either. (Posted on 5/2/12)
Great Beer! Review by Bear
I brewed this beer the day after Christmas and just cracked one open last night after 3 weeks of bottle conditioning! Wow this is a great kit! I wish that had started another kit earlier in the winter. I will make 2 of these kits next winter, one in November and another in December so I have enought to get me through the long season. I also changed this to a partial mash kit with help from the guys at the St. Paul location. this is what I used-
3 lbs Golden Promise
.75 lbs Medium Crystal
.25 lbs Choco Malt
6 lbs gold LME

Add a yeast starter and this beer will be epic! (Posted on 2/25/12)
Fantastic! Review by Josh
This was the first beer that I kegged using the new kegging system that I received as a Christmas present. 2 weeks primary, month and a half secondary, week in the keg carbonating. Had the first one Saturday evening before we walked up the street for a neighborhood party and quickly filled a growler to take with me. All the guys loved it, had to run home and re-fill the growler! Great on a cool night, so malty and yummy. I'll make this again next Fall! (Posted on 2/7/12)
Merry Christmas. Review by flytyer
I made this kit per instructions using a yeast starter and secondary fermentation. As it was included in the priming calculator and I had just inherited a quart of sorghum I used the recommended amount for priming. Two weeks primary, two weeks secondary, three weeks bottle conditioning. Approx. 7.36% ABV. 2" inch tan head, dark brown body, aroma fantastic, carmel, chocolate, malt hints with a distinct alcohol flavor. This is a sipper not a gulper. I see this as an after dinner beer with a nice piece of Christmas Well Pudding and then a nap. Santa ain't getting any of mine. (Posted on 11/16/11)
Don't panic! Review by Chryss

We didn't, and had three very still and worrisome days before getting a tick in the airlock. Now it looks great, but my fingers are still cramped from crossing them so long. Ours is still in primary, too soon probably to be writing a "review" but wanted to share our experience so far--might save someone else the worry. Our bad, but it looks like the beer will make it through our fumble. (Posted on 11/3/11)
Holiday Favorite Review by Steve
OK, second year for Winter Warmer as so many folks asked for it again. Delicious but needs time. Hints, Make the Starter, Condition in secondary for 1.5-2 months and it will take some time for the carbonation to get right (bottle condition at least 4-6 weeks). Plan ahead and it will be worth the wait. (Posted on 10/22/11)
Believe the hype! Review by Scott
I just now put a six-pack of 12oz bottles into the 'beer fridge' and the anticipation is killing me. But the wait is soon to be over. How long of a wait? First, let me say that this particular batch is the third I've made of this recipe. I brewed it in June 2010, racked to the secondary in July 2010 & bottled it in August 2010.

My experience has taught me to wait patiently for this beer to develop. Doing so rewards with an unbelievably well-balanced & complex taste treat. Sure to impress any lover of flavorful ales. Pair it with some cheese, crackers and dried fruit and call it dinner! (Posted on 9/7/11)
Nice winter beer Review by Brewmiser
This was a nice beer to drink while shoveling snow! It did get better after a little bottle time so I would suggest to plan for an extra couple weeks of bottle conditioning. (Posted on 6/24/11)
Everyone Loved This Ale! Review by Joseph
I brewed this one up last October or so and bottled around mid-December. After dolling out 22 oz bottles to my friends and sipping a few of my own, I ran out very fast! If I do this one again next winter, I am considering adding some spices to the boil (cloves, cinnamon perhaps) just to experiment with it. I will certainly have to order two kits as well, since it was such a big hit and I ran out with people asking for another! (Posted on 4/20/11)
Nice flavor Review by dereksh
This was my fourth brew, and my first yeast starter. I think I may have screwed up the yeast starter because within about 4-5 days in the primary there was zero activity at all. So I switched it to the secondary and forgot about it for a couple of months. The end result was a beer that tasted good, but was inconsistent in carbonation from bottle to bottle.

I'll give this one another shot next year after I read up on yeast starters. (Posted on 4/11/11)
Fantastic beer. Review by Brandon
This one was delicious. I brewed this one for our annual Christmas party and it turned out really well. It was a hit with the fellas watching the UFC fight, and a hit with the craft beer drinking ladies. It came in around 6.6%.
I'll do this one again for next years party. Give it a try. (Posted on 3/15/11)
Great aroma. Let it chill a while. Then take a sip. Review by Ass kicker
No more than two pints and I am done for the night. In fact, I am trying to finish a movie after my first and it is making me sleepy. I love the warm alcohol finish that isn't too strong. I didn't check my gravities but it is up there. Be aware, this beer will get you in trouble. (Posted on 2/21/11)
Very good, but let it sit for a month or two Review by Xodin
This brew turned out very well; however, I recommend letting it sit for a couple of months after bottle conditioning for the flavor profile to make it's way out. Early samples were not overly satisfying to me, so I left the rest of the bottles in the cases and forgot about them for a couple of months. Once I remembered they were there, I tried them again, and nice caramel, toffee, and biscuity flavors had emerged. Overall a pretty good kit. (Posted on 12/12/10)

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