Tag Archives: winter ale

BURIAL THE SHIMMERING APPEARANCE OF SILK OATWINE

On tap at Ambulance, audacious red wine-barreled oats-fortified winter warmer not clearly defined. Tannic red wine esters barely register as mildly acidic wild yeast saddles its sweet ‘n sour fruiting. Inconspicuous “cantaloupe rind, pear and mango” illusions warble by candied lemon tartness and gin-teased grapefruit juicing. Musky corn-liquored pilsner malt spine seems outta place.

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CHOUFFE N’ICE DONKER WINTER BIER

Recurring winter-seasoned strong ale (2015 limited edition with boisterous 10% ABV) lets curacao orange-peeled thyme adjunct delicately affect brown-sugared raisin, fig and plum scrum as well as caramelized mocha malt sweetness. Sharp hop-prickled cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger spicing stays just beneath the surface alongside dark cherry and red grape undertones while random pencil shavings strangely penetrate light burgundy warmth.

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ANCHOR STEAM “OUR SPECIAL” 2015 ALE

Anchor’s 41st Anniversary holiday ale resembles a dry porter with its burgundy-browned body, roasted mocha malting and ashen hop char. Sweet sugared spicing and evergreen freshness of many previous “Special” offerings lags, relying instead on chalky dried cocoa, nutty chocolate, black coffee and raw molasses tones to enhance dried-fruited black cherry, fig and plum illusions.

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