Friday, November 25, 2011

The Brew Kettle Winter Warmer - Craft Beer Review #157

Here is what the Brewer says:
The Brew Kettle Winter Warmer is a spiced Holiday ale brewed with cinnamon, ginger, orange, lemon peel and a sleigh load of honey. 
My Thoughts
Appearance:  This beer pours a transparent dark amber with minimal head.  There is a slight retention of the off white head throughout the drink with mildly sticky lacing. 

Smell:  The spice list would have you thinking this was going to be a very spiced beer, but actually the smell was very mild.  Faint hints of cinnamon and ginger are present with a clear honey sweetness.   I was pleasantly surprised at good this smelled.

Taste:  The taste followed the nose exactly.  This is a very mildly spiced Winter Ale, which allows you to actually taste each flavor, instead of being bombarded by spice. Cinnamon, ginger, and honey once again come through in a very mild, and well balanced fashion.  There is a slight roasted malt note also detected as this beer warms closer to room temperature.

Mouthfeel:  This brew had a smooth mouthfeel and had mild carbonation.  It provided a very easy drinking experience even though it weighs in at 8%abv.

Drinkability:  Clearly any brew that is 8% is going to push the limits of drinkability.  That being said, thanks to the mild spice profile and the smooth and easy to drink mouthfeel this is one that I'd keep in the fridge all winter long.

If you are looking for a Christmas style ale that won't spice you to death, this is one of the best that I've tried.  It is easy to drink with an excellent balance of flavors.  Truly a great alternative to that other Christmas Ale so many know and love!

Serving Type: 12oz bottle
My Rating: Overall 90/100
Look:4.5 | Smell:4.5 | Taste:4.5 | MouthFeel:4.5 | Drinkability:4.5

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