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Old 08-28-2007, 05:16 PM   #1
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What is the definition of a Winter Ale?

Can an oatmeal stout be a winter ale?

I ask because there is a local contest coming up where a winter ale is the category.

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Old 08-28-2007, 05:30 PM   #2
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i'd say a winter ale is more of a holiday ale

by bjcp guidelines:

21B. Christmas/Winter Specialty Spiced Beer

13C. Oatmeal Stout

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Old 08-28-2007, 05:34 PM   #3
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What is the definition of a Winter Ale?

Can an oatmeal stout be a winter ale?

I ask because there is a local contest coming up where a winter ale is the category.
See here:

http://www.bjcp.org/stylebooklet.pdf

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http://www.bjcp.org/stylecenter.html

And oatmeal stout (http://www.bjcp.org/styles04/Category13.html#style13C) is different from a Winter Ale (http://www.bjcp.org/styles04/Category21.html#style21B) under BJCP competition rules. You should check with the competition organizers to see how strictly they're adhering to the rules, or if they're using a different set.

Good luck!
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Well, the guy that won the German Ale contest used what we called his "loop hole smoked porter"

It was god damn good, but not what we think of as a german ale. So the rules are not soo strict as to not allow say a Oatmeal Cherry Extra Stout.

what do you think?

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Good question...I have the BYO 150 Classic Clone recipes, and the field seems pretty wide open to me.

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ok, just read the style guide lines and it appears i need some form of spice, so how about a Oatmeal vanilla cherry extra stout?


that makes my tounge cringe thinking about it

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Well, the guy that won the German Ale contest used what we called his "loop hole smoked porter"

It was god damn good, but not what we think of as a german ale. So the rules are not soo strict as to not allow say a Oatmeal Cherry Extra Stout.

what do you think?
One I am looking at uses 5 lbs of rasperries...
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Old 08-28-2007, 05:42 PM   #8
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I can say for sure that something doesn't jive between those guidelines and the recipes that I am looking at. i.e.

10 lbs 2 row pale
2 lbs crystal 75
.63 flaked barley
.5 oz chocolate malt

and four basic hops additions

No spices there....but that's BYO, not BJCP

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