Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Style: Christmas/Winter Specialty Spiced Beer (21B BJCP)
At first glance not a pretty beer, with a murky indistinct color and quickly dissipating head, it can come off like dirty water. The nose is heavy on alcohol with some smokiness and vanilla around the edge, and a pleasant body gives way to an equally alcohol spiked flavor and a good helping of sweetness in the form of fruit (raisin? date? plum? apple? maybe all of the above). While I appreciate some of the complexity, to me a Winter Beer can be judged by how much I'd like to sit by a warm fireplace and sip it watching the snow through the window. Drinking this beer in that scenario you might find yourself concentrating more on the complexity swishing around on your palate than the sweetie snuggling up in your arms.