Thursday, December 15, 2011

It's the most wonderful time of the year...

Beer number 2001 in my database. 5.5% abv. Pours a rich ruby brown color. Milk chocolate, citrus, and juniper on the nose. First sip is totally balanced. Rich malt flavors with a piney sprucey hop flavor that just spells Christmas. Perhaps a touch drier than usual at finish, but this is a great seasonal session beer. Hop flavors dominate slightly, but dark dried cherries, some milk chocolate, cocoa, and bready malt flavors balance it off nicely. Orange zest, pepper, clove, and maybe nutmeg flavors release about mid-glass. Could be one of the most complex and flavorful lower alcohol beers that you will ever taste. I just love this beer. A case might not be enough this year.

Anybody else out there tried it yet, what do you think?

1 comment:

dave said...

Had this on tap while down in NYC. Was pleasantly surprised with it. Have had it in years past and was not to my liking. The bar manager said the same thing, but liked this year's recipe so gave me a sample. I ordered a pint. Don't have tasting notes from it but wouldn't be against picking it up.