December 2016 - Strong Ale, Barley Wine & Winter Ales

This month's Beer feature is Strong Ale, Barley Wine, Winter Ales
Strong Ale, Barley Wine & Winter Ales Reviews
217577
Full Sail Brewing Co.
Bourbon Barrel Aged Wheatwine Ale
Medium-brown color. Attractive, fruity, floral aromas and flavors of toffee, peach custard, and apple pie with a chewy, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity sweet medium-full body and a warming, complex, long vanilla cola, peppered citrus and greens, and spices finish. A bold, barrel-aged ale with lots of sassy, spicy hops.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217707
Innis & Gunn Brewing Company
Rum Finish Scotch Ale
Brilliant dark copper color. Aromas and flavors of buttery caramel corn, date bread, and smoked nuts with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, crisp watercress, citrus marmalade, brown spices, and apple pie finish. A nice spicy, creamy Scottish ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217656
North Country Brewing Co.
Late Night Pumpkin Bourbon Barrel Aged
Minutely hazy copper color. Spicy aromas and flavors of sweet pickle relish, fruitcake, and floral honey with a satiny, lively, effervescent, fruity medium body and a seamless, layered, medium-long arugula, spiced nuts and yams, and menthol finish. A remarkably spicy and savory barrel (rye or pickle) aged beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217635
Alltech’s Lexington Brewing Co.
Kentucky Honey Barrel Brown Ale
Medium-brown color. Spicy aromas and flavors of dark gingerbread, spicy cocoa, and root beer with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length sweet potato pie, spiced nuts, dried fruits, and honeyed watercress finish. A solid, pie-like spiced barrel ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217657
North Country Brewing Co.
Moko Jumbie Rum Barrel Aged Stout
Opaque brown black color. Aromas and flavors of melted chocolate, Mexican coffee, and panettone with a supple, bright, effervescent, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long chocolate pudding, spiced oranges and nuts, and salted radish sprouts finish. An appealing, dry Imperial stout with fun pairing possibilities.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217658
North Country Brewing Co.
Zombie Bed Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine
Brilliant bronze color. Aromas and flavors of caramelized fruits, pineapple custard, fresh herbs, and whisky barrel spice with a silky, bright, petillant, fruity medium body and a warming, stimulating, medium-length mango chutney, pepper, spiced nuts, and pepper finish. A solid barrel aged age sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217687
Shmaltz Brewing Company
Chanukah, Hanukkah Pass the Beer
Bright deep amber color. Interesting aromas of chocolate covered peaches and nuts, herb sourdough, and grilled pepper with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length chili pepper chocolate, orange, vanilla latte, and arugula finish. A fun chocolatey, peppery flavor ride.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217579
Two Roads Brewing Company
Conntucky Lightnin' Sour Mash Bourbon Ale
Bright old gold color. Aromas and flavors of sourdough stuffing, grilled grapefruit, and orange spice cake with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length honeyed rye toast, dried citrus, pepper, and plastic finish. A vibrant, chewy strong ale with a peppery smack of hops.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217706
Innis & Gunn Brewing Company
Original Scotch Ale
Minutely hazy amber color. Aromas and flavors of spiced jerky, buttered dark raisin toast, bbq woods, and clay pot with a silky, lively, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long spiced dried fruits and herbal honey finish. A rock solid Scottish ale with a nice blend of fruitiness and delicate smokiness.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217708
Innis & Gunn Brewing Company
Bourbon Dark Ale Scottish Porter
Minutely hazy bronze color. Roasted aromas and flavors of baking chocolate, dark roasted nuts, and dark sourdough toast with a supple, racy, finely carbonated, sourish medium body and a tingling, swift chocolate yogurt, grilled sweet potato, hint of sauerkraut, and wet paper finish. A savory, earthy porter.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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