This is the tenth review in the series “12 Beers of Christmas” – Everyday for 12 days we will have a review on a Christmas/winter beer.
As mentioned previously, my lady and I made a deal to postpone decorating and use the 12 days of Christmas as our timeline of daily hall decking. The bright side to this is daily consumption and review of the season’s finest beer offerings!
Today, the tree goes up! My tree is like the beer I’m drinking; local and real good (and they both have a sweet, citrusy pine aroma) Funny enough, I bought it four days ago, and it’s been outside in the elements, so bring on the beer whose namesake will remove the white, coating encompassing my poor tree, SNOW MELT!
Poured into my logo’d fancy shmancy glass, this brew has a dark brown color with a few tones of brick red and a surprisingly long lasting foamy tan head. The 32oz Growler, with the brand spanking new logo courtesy of Commonwealth Press is as sexy as the beer itself. The nose is full of extra dark cocoa, some caramel, touch of pine and candied cashew.
Sip and savor. I still enjoy the cocoa and nuttiness but the caramel fades in the mouth and you have a very light roast coffee flavor that didn’t make itself known in the nose. The mouth feel is like a fleece blanket for your tongue. Effervescent and tingly, it rinses itself with every sip, preparing the taste buds for continued enjoyment.
And it lingers. The finish is long and pleasant and ripe. I wish I would have gone ahead and bought a full size growler.
So, if you are looking for a solid Winter Warmer that makes roping tinsel less of a burden and makes shoveling the driveway a breeze, or more importantly, if you want a good beer to enjoy with good friends, and you want a beer of the highest quality and craftsmanship, drink up!
Is that growler floating?