It may not be the end of the world, Martians are not invading that I know of but the end to Summer and now Autumn have come and gone. In Ireland, winter begins in November and we are now in December. There is no better time than to drink a beer called Old Winter Ale from Fuller's. At 5.3%, this is not what you might consider a typical strong winter ale. I think I would consider myself disappointed with this beer. I love so many of the Fuller's range that it is often a real shame when I come across something I don't instantly love. There is nothing wrong with the beer, there is just nothing to make it stand out as a winter warmer. Caramel, nuts and dried fruit make up the backbone of the beer. A nice earthy hop bitterness complements the middle and a drying and crisp finish.
All in, A lovely and well made beer but a beer that can be enjoyed at any time of the year and not just during the winter. Perhaps it's only that it is slightly stronger than your average British ale that makes it a winter warmer? A Fullers Vintage ale it is not, and that's what I would rather have as a Winter warmer.