We brew Brooklyn Winter Ale from heirloom Maris Otter malts to create a beer with roots in blustery Scotland. Brooklyn Winter Ale is richly malty, aromatic, full-bodied and perfect with stews, roasts and holiday dishes.
I haven't had this brew yet, but it's mediocre at best. It pours a clear copper color with a nice thick white head. Aromas were sweet, almost honey-ish. Flavors were sweet as well, much sweeter than I expected. Not too malty, but sweet like honey and fruits. Mouth feel was a little too watery for me, and I'm not a huge fan when a beer just sort of rolls down your down tongue without even saying hello. Maybe I should have just gone with the Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout instead (which is, by the way, amazing). I think I might just make that one of the Christmas beers anyway.
Jubelale is classified as a "Strong Ale" or an "English Olde Ale," and has ties to the traditional Celebration Ales of England. Characterized by a very large malt body and pronounced bitterness, Jubelale contains five different varieties of hops and a healthy amount of caramel. The perfect ale for surviving the long, cold nights of winter. Our tradition is having a different local artist design our Jubelale label & packaging each year. October - December - draft and bottles.
Holy malty heavens Batman! Now this is my kind of winter warmer beer. It pours a deep ruby red color with a thick tan head that laces the glass very nicely. The aromas are deep with malt, caramel, and spiciness. There is a nice spice that hits the tongue right off the bat, then the sweet maltiness comes next, followed by a nice hint of bitterness at the end. All-in-all, this is a very well balanced and enjoyable beer. I just love Deschutes. Their beers always taste so fresh and clean. I highly recommend going out and trying one of their many great beers.
The chill of a Colorado high-country winter calls for a beer with extra flavor and strength. Here it is. At over 7% alcohol, with a sturdy texture and rich flavors of caramel and chocolate, our holiday seasonal is the fermented equivalent of a good fire.
The ultimate winter warmer.
Not a fan of this one. It pours a nice deep ruby color with a thick white head. However, that's where the fun ends. The aroma is way off, and I can't quite pinpoint what it is. It almost smells rotten, like a rotting pine tree. Anyway, the flavors were bland, malty, and hardly any bitterness. I actually poured out the rest because the smell was too overwhelming.
10 more days beers to go...and it can only go uphill from this one.
A rich, hearty ale perfect for the holiday season with a malty sweetness and spicy hop character. The generous use of five different malts is responsible for the full flavor and high alcohol level of this beer Saint Arnold Christmas Ale is best consumed at 45° Fahrenheit.
I decided to go with a Texas brew for my first holiday themed beer. It was, okay. It poured a strong golden color, with a thin white head. Aromas were malty, and a hint of cinnamon. Flavors were kind of bland, not much going on there except for malt. I expected more, but it just seemed like it was put on the back burner for them. Oh well, I have 11 more days beers to explore!
Looks like Spec's got a pretty decent sized shipment of Infinium. I went ahead and picked up a couple for myself, so go get one for yourself too!
Infinium is a collaboration beer from breweries Samuel Adams and Weihenstephan (the oldest brewery in the world, est. 1040 AD). It's supposed to be a crisp, champagne-like beer that still conforms to the German purity law of 1516, which means you are restricted to the use of water, barley, yeast, and hops. They're really trying to push the boundaries of the purity law, and this beer might just do the trick. I'm really anxious to try this beer, whenever that may be.
I love Christmas-style beers. Not only is it a great way to get into the holiday spirit, but it's a great way to enjoy those famous holiday flavors in a beer. So, starting tomorrow, I'm going to be trying a different Christmas-style beer every day for the next 12 days. I have no idea which ones I will be consuming yet. All I know is that I have a lot of different beers to choose from (St. Bernardus, Mikkeller, Breckenridge, Saint Arnold, and the list goes on). At the end, I will determine a favorite of mine.