Day 10 of Taste-Mas 2016: Lake of Bays Winterhaven Spiced Rye Ale 750 ml


Nestled in the depths of a dark forest, behind the snowlaced glass, glows the hearth of the Winterhaven. Warm up to this bold and spiced ale with a smooth mixture of Vienna and rye malts. Notes of fresh gingerbread drift over the palate, leading to a subtle hop and kick of spice. A crowd pleaser at gatherings. Serve with spicy curry, roast beef, or braised pears.

Fill up a glass of this luminous cedar coloured ale, topped with a vanilla-white foam collar. Indulge in the aroma of nutty fruitcake, black cherry, and a boozy note of ginger. Two sips later, gingerbread flavour gently sweeps through the body of the beer, followed by the heat of fruity plum. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a slight bite from carbonation. Clove and cinnamon drifts in for a dry finish. 750 ml, 8% alc./vol.


  One thought on “Day 10 of Taste-Mas 2016: Lake of Bays Winterhaven Spiced Rye Ale 750 ml

  1. December 28, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    Yummy. It’s really good when you drink it slowly from a tulip style glass. I took Russ’ advice and approached drinking this beer like a fine alcohol and it worked. You still get a boozy nose but the taste is smooth and spicy. All in all a very nice strong beer.

  2. Russ
    December 28, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    For a strong beer at 8%, I found this very pleasant to drink. Similar to the Left Field from a few days ago, but I think this one is better balanced. The clove taste is a bit more subtle, which I think is a good thing. And there is a slight bit more bitter hoppiness to it, which helps offset the sweet fruity and spicy notes. All in all, another Tastemas win.

  3. Chuck
    January 2, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    This is another interesting brew!!

    I find this fruit and malt forward with the spices coming as an aftertaste. I don’t find it boozy at all, but I am drinking it cold – straight from the bottle.

    The thing I love about Taste-Mas is trying new beer; and this is another big hit!

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