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December 2019 - All Strong & Winter/Seasonal Ales

December 2019 - All Strong & Winter/Seasonal Ales
This month's Beer feature is All Strong & Winter/Seasonal Ales

All Strong & Winter/Seasonal Ales Reviews

Island Brewing Company Big Island English Barleywine
92 points
Sunburst color. Aromas of fig pudding, toffee, toasty Stroopwafel, marshmallow, sesame, and sweet tea with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-length sweet orange peel and tropical fruit chutney finish. A balanced and complex Barley Wine that offers a sophisticated beer pairing for cooler months.
Island Brewing Company Starry Night Stout
90 points
Ebony color. Aromas of smoked chocolate, golden oats, autumn leaves, alliums, and molasses with a slightly chewy, vibrant, effervescent, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length dark roast coffee and cigar ash finish. A full-flavor Export Stout; an autumn camping trip in a glass.
Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery 30th Anniversary Winter Welcome Ale
90 points
Bright amber color. Aromas of dark toast with marmalade, roasted dates, malt, and clove with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length spiced cranberry, spice cake, and radicchio and endive finish. A dry and spicy Winter Ale with a great balance of intensity and drinkability.
Island Brewing Company Jubilee Scotch Ale
89 points
Reddish mahogany color. Aromas of cherries in dark chocolate, toasty savory pastries, coffee, and earth with a silky, lively, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-long black tea and the corner piece of a brownie finish. A balanced and flavorful Scottish Style Ale that’s a pleasure to drink.
Vancouver Island Brewing Misthorn Aurora IPA
88 points
Bright copper color. Aromas and flavors of candied citrus, panettone with almond icing, and ripe mango with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dryish medium body and a peppery, medium-length finish revealing impressions of raw radish and arugula finish. A rich and fruity IPA with dry and bitter finish; a flavorful IPA for the holidays.