On tap at Orlando’s House Of Beer, eager fruit-caked holiday ale sprinkles sweet seasonal spices across candi-sugared Belgian Abbey yeast and creamy caramel malts. Orange-bruised cherry puree tartness picks up ancillary rum raisin, sugarplum and fig illusions to elevate cinnamon-toasted nutmeg, gingerbread and allspice pleasantries.
Imprecise winter spicing gets spread across Belgian-sugared caramel malting. Mild gingerbread, cinnamon and nutmeg accents dessicated by phenol hop fizz. Curious tobacco roast and distant dried orange tartness backend decent find.
Rich brown choclate creaming overlays dry bourbon-burgundy-plum wining and prune-soured raisin sweetness of porter-styled holiday ale. Smoky mocha malt midst deepened by sharp hop spicing, purple grape tartness, molasses-sapped pumpernickel breading and brown-sugared gingerbread niceties. Tertiary black cherry, sherry, blackberry, raspberry and blueberry nuances seep in.
Expansive flavor profile heightens wintry-spiced Belgian strong dark ale. Brown-sugared cinnamon-coriander-allspice conflux and sharp mace-peppered nutmeg grounding envelop toffee-candied Belgian chocolate sweetness. Subtle plum, fig, banana, cherry and apricot nuances receive tangy orange peel rasp, altering the heather-tipped fungi yeast pungency. Herbal licorice root tease and tannic port wine snip provide sub-illusions.
Formidable ruby red Belgian dark ale (with Honey & Cherries) brings sugary Christmastime spicing to medicinal coughdrop entry. Honeyed malt creaming thickens sweet and sour red cherry tartness as wintry sugar plum, stewed prune, dried fig and cinnamon-toasted apple bluster strengthens alcohol-fueled Grand Marnier ascension. Red grape, blackberry, raspberry and gooseberry illusions nip syrupy cherry herring liqueur luster.
Pleasant sweet-fruited caramel-malted winter warmer closer to a mild IPA than a holiday-spiced seasonal. Grassy-hopped grapefruit peel bittering softens over tangy orange-tangerine-apple-pear-peach-cherry ripeness, brown-sugared cinnamon toasting and cereal-grained bed. Resinous spruce-pined forestry freshened by clean-watered minerality. Medicinal ethanol astringency lingers thru backend. A perfectly centrist choice.
On tap at Taphouse Grille, gritty winter warmer departs from expectant sweet Christmas spicing for muddled IPA fruited sharpness. Bitterest orange-peeled grapefruit juicing and pine-sapped juniper hop resin contrast less prominent mango-papaya-nectarine-peach-tangerine tang to light honey-malted white breaded spine. Slight ethanol burn disturbs herbal snip. In the bottle, nebulous Chinook-hopped seasonal retains less bitterness as tart grapefruit-orange melange gets sweetened by honeyed biscuit malts and scurried sugared spices.
Fulsome winter warmer with Belgian strong ale roots plies sugary dried fruiting to chocolate-spiced whiskey malting. Coming on thick and heavy, its chewy raisin, fig and prune conflux picks up bruised orange and black cherry notions. Advertised cumin, coriander, lavender, red peppercorn and honey influence Belgian candi-sugared sweetness. ’13 version: brown-sugared cinnamon-nutmeg-ginger spicing upped alongside sharpened alcohol astringency for even bolder winter warmer.
Lacking wintry seasonal expectancy, but not character, hybridized Scotch Ale brings vague Christmas spicing to musty Belgian dark ale styling, padding its wayward brown-sugared cookie dough center with pallid grape, cherry, date and cola nut illusions. Vinous red wining found in peat-dried recess.
Invigorating winter warmer emulates Swedish glogg by bridging autumnal brown-sugared pumpkin pie likeness to sweet Christmastime spicing and muted mull-spiced wining. Fig-sugared stewed prune, golden raisin, bruised cherry and mandarin orange peel fruiting picks up wintry gingerbread, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cardamom and clove seasoning. Pecan, butterscotch, vanilla and sugar cookie illusions penetrate the fruitcake finish.
As with previous ‘Cruiser’ version, bland 2012 edition lacks specificity. Wintry brown-sugared mulling spices get musty and phenol hop bittering dissolves alongside dreary caramel malting. Murky orange, cherry and apple nuances never suffice.