Champion Winter Beer of Britain

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The Champion Winter Beer Of Britain (also known as WiBOB) is an award presented by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), at their annual National Winter Ales Festival in January. The award is similar to the Champion Beer Of Britain (or CBOB) which is presented in August. Until the winter of 1996 these were presented as part of the main Champion Beer Of Britain awards, but were moved to the National Winter Ales Festival from its creation in 1997.

Qualification and judging[edit]

As for Champion Beer Of Britain, beers can qualify in three ways:

  • CAMRA tasting panels judge the beers in their geographic area of the UK. The recommendations of these panels are put forward to 6 regional panels, with the winners of these qualifying for the finals in August.
  • Votes from CAMRA members via a form in What's Brewing, the CAMRA newsletter.
  • Winning one of the 150 Beer Of The Festival awards from CAMRA beer festivals held throughout the year

Nominated beers are then grouped into categories and go through several rounds of blind tasting at the National Winter Ales Festival. Category winners are then re-judged to determine the supreme champion — the Champion Winter Beer Of Britain.

Categories[edit]

Beers are split into categories depending on their style or strength.

Results[edit]

There were two National Winter Ales Festivals in 1997. The first one at the beginning of the year presented the 1996/7 awards and the other, at the end of the year, presented the 1997/8 awards. There was no festival in 1998, the next one being in January 1999.

Key
  • Blue background indicates beers that were named Supreme Champion after winning in their category.
  • Green background indicates beers that were named Supreme Winter Beer but not Supreme Champion.

Supreme Winter Beer of Britain category[edit]

Year Gold Silver Bronze
1996/7 Hambleton, Nightmare Branscombe Vale, Yo Ho Ho Theakston, Old Peculier
1997/8 Nethergate, Old Growler Shepherd Neame, Original Porter Daleside, Monkey Wrench (Yorkshire)
1999 Dent, T'Owd Top Woodforde's, Norfolk Nog Daleside, Monkey Wrench (Yorkshire)
2000 Robinson's, Old Tom (Stockport) Theakstons, Old Peculier Wye Valley, Dorothy Goodbody's Wholesome Stout
2001 Orkney, Skullsplitter Sarah Hughes, Dark Ruby Mild O'Hanlon's, Port Stout
2002 Wye Valley, Dorothy Goodbody's Wholesome Stout Bath Ales, Festivity Robinsons, Old Tom
2003 Nethergate, Old Growler Gales, Festival Mild (London) Wentworth, Oatmeal Stout
2004 Moor, Old Freddy Walker Gales, Festival Mild (London) Shepherd Neame, Original Porter
2005 Robinsons, Old Tom Bath Ales, Festivity Woodforde's, Headcracker
2006 Hogs Back, A Over T (Surrey) Gales, Festival Mild (London) Goff's, Black Knight
2007 Green Jack, Ripper Fuller's, London Porter Orkney, Skullsplitter
2008 Wickwar, Station Porter (Gloucestershire) Robinson's, Old Tom Hop Back, Entire Stout
2009 Oakham, Attila (Cambridgeshire) Elland, 1872 Porter (West Yorkshire) Sarah Hughes, Dark Ruby Mild
2010 Elland, 1872 Porter (West Yorkshire) Breconshire, Ramblers Ruin Acorn's, Gorlovka Imperial Stout
2011 Hop Back, Entire Stout Marble, Chocolate Dow Bridge, Praetorian Porter
2012 Driftwood, Alfie's Revenge (St Agnes, Cornwall) Cairngorm, Black Gold (Aviemore, Highlands) Coniston, No. 9 Barley Wine (Coniston, Cumbria)
2013 Elland Brewery, 1872 Porter (West Yorkshire) Bartrams Brewery, Comrade Bill Bartram's EAISS [Egalitarian Anti-Imperialist Soviet Stout] (Suffolk) Kelburn Brewing, Dark Moor (East Renfrewshire)
2014 Dunham, Porter (Greater Manchester) Cairngorm, Black Gold (Aviemore, Highlands) Exe Valley, Winter Glow (Devon)
2015 Elland Brewery, 1872 Porter (West Yorkshire) Purple Moose, Darkside of the Moose Dancing Duck, Dark Drake
2016 Marble, Chocolate Marble Elland, 1872 Porter (West Yorkshire) Plain Ales, Inncognito Stout
Source: Champion Winter Beer of Britain Results

Old Ale category[edit]

  • 1991: Old Ales & Strong Milds
  • 1994–1995: Old Ales & Strong Ales
  • 1996 onwards: Old Ales & Strong Milds
Year Gold Silver Bronze
1991 Theakston, Old Peculier King & Barnes, Old Sarah Hughes, Dark Ruby Mild
1992 Woodforde's, Norfolk Nog (Norfolk) Theakston, Old Peculier Young's, Winter Warmer
1993 Sarah Hughes, Original Mild King & Barnes, Old Ale n/a
1994 Hadrian, Emperor Summerskill, Indiana Bones Young's, Winter Warmer
1995 Theakston, Old Peculier Orkney, Dark Island King & Barnes, Old
1996 No event was held this year
1997 Branscombe, Vale Yo Ho Ho Theakston, Old Peculier n/a
1998 Daleside, Monkey Wrench (Yorkshire) Sarah Hughes, Dark Ruby Mild;
King & Barnes, Old Ale
Gales, Festival Mild (London)
1999 Daleside, Monkey Wrench (Yorkshire) n/a n/a
2000 Theakston, Old Peculier Gales, Festival Mild (London) n/a
2001 Sarah Hughes, Dark Ruby Mild Orkney, Dark Island n/a
2002 Bath Ales, Festivity Rudgate, Ruby Mild Beartown, Black Bear
2003 Gales, Festival Mild (London) Sarah Hughes, Dark Ruby Mild Woodforde's, Norfolk Nog
2004 Gales, Festival Mild (London) n/a n/a
2005 Bath Ales, Festivity Gales, Festival Mild (London) Theakston, Old Peculier
2006 Gales, Festival Mild (London) Goff's, Black Knight Orkney, Dark Island
2007 B&T, Black Dragon Mild Orkney, Dark Island Rudgate, Ruby Mild
2008 Purple Moose, Dark Side of the Moose West Berkshire, Maggs Magnificent Mild Highland, Dark Monroe
2009 Sarah Hughes, Dark Ruby Bryncelyn, Buddy Marvellous Orkney, Dark Island;
Theakston, Old Peculier
2010 Breconshire, Ramblers Ruin Leeds, Midnight Bell Beartown, Black Bear
2011 Marble, Chocolate King's, Old Ale Beowulf's, Dark Raven
2012 Driftwood, Alfie's Revenge (Cornwall) Nant, Mwnci Nell (Conwy);
Brunswick, Black Sabbath (Derbyshire)
Beowulf, Dark Raven (Staffordshire)
2013 Kelburn Brewing, Dark Moor (East Renfrewshire) Jennings, Sneck Lifter (Cumbria) Purple Moose, Dark Side of the Moose (Gwynedd)
2014 Exe Valley, Winter Glow (Devon) Beowulf, Dark Raven (Staffordshire) Grainstore, Rutland Beast (Rutland)
2015 Purple Moose, Dark Side of the Moose (Gwynedd) Ulverston, Fra Diavolio Castle Rock, Midnight Owl
2016 Old Dairy, Snow Top;
Marble, Chocolate
Beowulf, Dark Raven;
Parmers, Tally Ho!
Adnams, Old Ale;
Brampton, Mild
Source: Champion Winter Beer of Britain Results

Barley Wines category[edit]

Barley Wines category[edit]

Year Gold Silver Bronze
1992 Gibbs Mew, Bishops Tipple Woodforde's, Headcracker (Norfolk) Lees, Moonraker (Manchester)
1993 Woodforde's, Headcracker (Norfolk) Marston's, Owd Rodger (Burton upon Trent) n/a
1994 Woodforde's, Headcracker (Norfolk) Robinsons, Old Tom (Stockport) Gibbs Mew, Bishops Tipple
1995 Cottage, Norman Conquest (Somerset) Woodforde's, Headcracker (Norfolk) Pilgrim, Conqueror
1996 No event was held this year
1997 McMullen's, Stronghart Robinsons, Old Tom (Stockport) n/a
1998 Lees, Moonraker (Machester) Robinsons, Old Tom (Stockport) Marston's, Owd Rodger (Burton upon Trent)
1999 Cottage, Norman's Conquest n/a n/a
2000 Robinsons, Old Tom (Stockport) Burton Bridge, Old Expensive n/a
2001 Orkney, Skullsplitter (Orkney) Adnams, Tally Ho (Suffolk) n/a
2002 Big Lamp, Blackout Robinsons, Old Tom (Stockport) Adnams, Tally Ho (Suffolk)
2003 Woodforde's, Headcracker (Norfolk) Harveys, Christmas Ale Robinsons, Old Tom (Stockport)
2004 Moor, Old Freddy Walker (Somerset) n/a n/a
2005 Robinsons, Old Tom (Stockport) Woodforde's, Headcracker (Norfolk) Moor, Old Freddy Walker (Somerset)
2006 Hogs Back, A Over T (Surrey) Isle of Skye, Cuillin Beast (Isle of Skye) Robinsons, Old Tom (Stockport)
2007 Orkney, Skull Splitter (Orkney) Green Jack, Ripper (Suffolk) Durham, Benedictus
2008 Robinsons, Old Tom (Stockport) Durham, Benedictus Mighty Oak, Saxon Song
2009 Oakham, Attila (Cambridgeshire) Hogs Back, A Over T (Surrey) Otley, O8
2010 Robinsons, Old Tom (Stockport) Kinver Brewery, Over The Edge (Staffordshire) Otley, O8
2011 Holdens, Old Ale Robinsons, Old Tom (Stockport) Black Isle, Hibernator
2012 Consiton, No. 9 Barley Wine (Cumbria) Moor, Old Freddy Walker (Somerset) Isle of Skye, Cuillin Beast (Isle of Skye)
2013 Hogs Back, A Over T (Surrey) Heart of Wales Brewing, High as a Kite (Powys) Kinver Brewery, Over The Edge (Staffordshire)
2014 Kinver Brewery, Over the Edge (Staffordshire) Moor, Old Freddy Walker (Somerset) Green Jack, Ripple Tripel (Suffolk);
Highland, Orkney Porter (Orkney)
Source: Champion Winter Beer of Britain Results

Barley Wine & Strong Old Ales category[edit]

Year Gold Silver Bronze
2015 Lees, Moonraker (Manchester) Orkney, Skullsplitter Darwin, Extinction Ale
2016 Tring, Death or Glory;
Darwin, Extinction Ale
Orkney, Skull Splitter;
Moor, Old Freddy Walker
Robinsons, Old Tom;
Broughton, Old Jock
Source: Champion Winter Beer of Britain Results

Stout & Porter category[edit]

Year Gold Silver Bronze
1991 Mauldons, Black Adder (Suffolk) Burton, Bridge Porter West Coast, Guiltless Stout
1992 Bateman, Salem Porter Malton, Pickwick Porter Reepham, Velvet Stout
1993 Coach House, Blunderbus Reepham, Velvet Stout n/a
1994 Coach House, Blunderbus Hambleton, Nightmare Porter Elgood's North Brink Porter (Cambridgeshire)
1995 Harveys, Porter RCH, Old Slug Porter Hop Back Entire Stout
1996 No event was held this year
1997 Hambleton, Nightmare Wickwar, Station Porter (Gloucestershire) n/a
1998 Shepherd Neame Original Porter;
Nethergate, Old Growler
Wickwar, Station Porter (Gloucestershire) McGuinness, Tommy Todd's Porter
1999 Salopian, Ironbridge Stout n/a n/a
2000 Wye Valley, Dorothy Goodbody's Wholesome Stout High Force, Cauldron Stout n/a
2001 O'Hanlon's, Port Stout Nethergate, Old Growler n/a
2002 Wye Valley, Dorothy Goodbody's Wholesome Stout Ringwood, XXXXL Banks & Taylor, Edwin Taylor Extra Stout
2003 Nethergate, Old Growler Wentworth, Oatmeal Stout RCH, Old Slug Porter
2004 Shepherd Neame, Original Porter n/a n/a
2005 Bateman, Salem Porter Big Lamp, Summerhill Stout Spectrum, Old Stoatwobbler
2006 Bazen Knoll, Street Porter Fuller's, London Porter (London) Bath Ales, Festivity
2007 Fuller's, London Porter (London) Cairngorm, Black Gold St Peter's, Old Style Porter
2008 Separate awards for porters and stouts
Source: Champion Winter Beer of Britain Results

Porter category[edit]

Year Gold Silver Bronze
2008 Wickwar, Station Porter (Gloucestershire) Elland, 1872 Porter (West Yorkshire) Acorn, Old Moor Porter
2009 Elland, 1872 Porter (West Yorkshire) Fullers, London Porter (London);
Townes, Pynot Porter
n/a
2010 Elland, 1872 Porter (West Yorkshire) Sulwath, Black Galloway RCH, Old Slug Porter
2011 Dow Bridge's, Praetorian Porter Beowulf's Finns Hall Porter Red Squirrel's London Porter
2012 Hammerpot, Bottle Wreck Porter (West Sussex) Blythe, Johnson's (Staffordshire) Sulwath, Black Galloway (Dumfries and Galloway)
2013 Elland Brewery, 1872 Porter (West Yorkshire) Blythe Brewery, Johnson's (Staffordshire) Derby Brewery, Penny's Porter (Derbyshire)
2014 Dunham Massey, Dunham Porter (Greater Manchester) Ayr Brewery, Rabbie's Porter (Ayrshire) Batemans, Salem Porter (Lincolnshire)
2015 Elland Brewery, 1872 Porter (West Yorkshire) Bath Ales, Festivities;
Fuller's, London Porter (London)
Blakemere, Deep Dark Secret
2016 Elland Brewery, 1872 Porter (West Yorkshire);
Facer's, North Star Porter
Ayr, Rabbies Porter;
RCH, Old Slug Porter
Red Fox, Black Fox Porter;
8 Sails, Victorian Porter
Source: Champion Winter Beer of Britain Results

Stout category[edit]

Year Gold Silver Bronze
2008 Hop Back, Entire Stout (Wiltshire) Spitting Feathers, Old Wavertonian Spire, Sgt Pepper Stout
2009 Bristol Beer Factory, Milk Stout Beowulf, Dragon Smoke Stout Spire, Sgt Pepper Stout
2010 Acorn, Gorlovka Imperial Stout (South Yorkshire) Beowulf, Dragon Smoke Stout Wapping, Stout
2011 Hop Back, Entire Stout (Wiltshire) Hop Star's, Smokey Joes Black Beer Milton's, Nero
2012 Cairngorm, Black Gold (Aviemore) Cambridge Moonshine, Black Hole Stout (Cambridgeshire) Acorn, Gorlovka (South Yorkshire)
2013 Bartrams Brewery, Comrade Bill Bartram's EAISS [Egalitarian Anti-Imperialist Soviet Stout] (Suffolk) Marble Beers, Stouter Stout (Greater Manchester) Hop Back, Entire Stout (Wiltshire)
2014 Cairngorm, Black Gold (Highlands, Scotland) Ascot Ales, Anastasia's Exile Stout (Surrey) Marble, Stouter Stout (Greater Manchester)
2015 Dancing Duck, Dark Drake Plain Ales, Incognito Highland, Sneeky Wee Orkney Stout
2016 Plain Ales, Inncognito Stout;
Wibblers, Crafty Stoat
Cairngorm, Black Gold;
Thornbridge, St Petersburg Imperial Russian Stout
Thornbridge, St Petersburg Russian Stout;
Cairngorm, Black Gold
Source: Champion Winter Beer of Britain Results

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