Corn-chipped churro aromatics sweeten laid-back cinnamon and vanilla bean adjuncts, lemon sugared tartness, honeyed Graham Cracker spine and light Christmas spicing of unconventional lager. Paired with Otterbein’s sugar cookie, its honeyed fruit spicing increases while the musky hop astringency gets cut back.
Subdued copper-hazed ‘winter dream’ pleats conventional dried fruiting and tea-like rye dryness with slightest beechwood-like smokiness. Nebulous fig, date, apricot and apple illusions fade as quickly as distant pecan-chestnut conflux above soft fresh-breaded spine. Serious lack of wintry seasoning lowers appeal.
Apprehensive winter seasonal brings dark bock essence and immutable fruity waft to malted wheat undercurrent, making this copper-hued ’97 batch better than its ’96 predecessor. Overripe raisin, tangy cherry, tart orange, and silken spices penetrate mildly creamy finish of tinnier autumnal ’03 version. 2010 version: Metallic front end depletes vegetal-spiced ginger snap, brown-sugared cinnamon-nutmeg fade, and mandarin orange zest for sour-creamed tangelo spicing to toasted bread spine. 2011: Phenol hop spicing and vegetal fruiting are problematic. 2017: Unspecific orange-peeled cinnamon and ginger spicing only casually sweetens the front end while peaty Scotch-daubed tobacco roast fades beneath fizzy carbolic spritz.
Mouth puckering green apple-grape pungency and tart raisin follow-up mark mild, unobtrusive winter seasonal. Murky hop-fizzed sour malt pungency and bland fruit-spiced finish banish muted cherry to mere afterthought, short-circuiting nutmeg, cinnamon, and pecan adjuncts.