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December 2016 - Strong Ale, Barley Wine & Winter Ales

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

Full Sail Brewing Co. Bourbon Barrel Aged Wheatwine Ale
94 points
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.
Innis & Gunn Brewing Company Rum Finish Scotch Ale
92 points
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.
North Country Brewing Co. Late Night Pumpkin Bourbon Barrel Aged
89 points
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.
Alltech’s Lexington Brewing Co. Kentucky Honey Barrel Brown Ale
88 points
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.
North Country Brewing Co. Moko Jumbie Rum Barrel Aged Stout
88 points
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.
North Country Brewing Co. Zombie Bed Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine
88 points
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.
Shmaltz Brewing Company Chanukah, Hanukkah Pass the Beer
88 points
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.
Two Roads Brewing Company Conntucky Lightnin Sour Mash Bourbon Ale
88 points
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.
Innis & Gunn Brewing Company Original Scotch Ale
87 points
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.
Innis & Gunn Brewing Company Bourbon Dark Ale Scottish Porter
81 points
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.
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