Davidson Brothers Winter Ale

I’m finally home from work and updating the blog while Val makes some dinner. Let’s crack this open and see how it was.

ABV: 5.9%

Style: Winter Warmer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “How a couple of guys who’d never worked in a restaurant, never brewed beer, and never owned a business started a brewpub. It was in the fall of 1993, during a visit to Baltimore, that my brothers Paul, John and I wandered into our first brewpub, Bill Oliver’s Wharf Rat. The ales were terrific and with every pint we drank we became more convinced we should start our own brewpub. After returning home to Glens Falls, John and I (recalling how convinced those ales made us) began to look into brewpubs, the microbrewing revolution, and our market. We enjoyed two years of due diligence, researching the Glens Falls and Saratoga Springs markets and visiting many brewpubs and microbreweries. In February of 1996, John and I, with the moral support of a dozen close friends, took the chance of a lifetime and made the winning bid on the building at 184 Glen Street in Glens Falls. We were officially in the brewpub business and Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery opened to the public on October 14, 1996. I’d always thought that after everything it took to get the thing off the ground, I’d be overcome with emotion when that first dollar crossed the bar. But I was too busy. We used that first dollar to buy more barley. Been busy ever since.”

Random: It looks like the brewery hasn’t updated certain parts of the website since 2009.

The beer poured with a half a finger of tan head. It went away quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color with no visible carbonation due to the darkness of the body. The nose had a lot of smoke and dark molasses. It had some wood ash as well with leather. The taste had almost no sweetness and was like a liquid ashtray with smoke too. It reminded me of an unbalanced Scotch ale. The body was medium thickness with high carbonation. It had a lengthy and ashy finish. This beer was a gift, so I’m not sure on the price, but no matter how much this beer was, I wouldn’t have it again. It desperately needed balance.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

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