This is another beer that had a super cute label. The monster reminded me of the snow monster from “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” but cuter.
Style: American Amber/Red Lager
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Winterbrewed is an amber ale is infused with Mexican micro-lot organic fair trade coffee from Bridgehead. Fruity nuances of lime and peach show up alongside a bold roasted coffee presence, which is interwoven with caramel inflections from the malt. History & Style – Winterbrewed Coffee-Amber is a collaborative creation with our friends at Ottawa’s Bridgehead Roastery, celebrating all that brewing great beer and great coffee have in common. Beau’s Winterbrewed was a Bronze-medal winner at the 2013 Canadian Brewing Awards. Tasting Notes – Complimentary coffee and hop aromas reveal fruity nuances of lime and peach alongside a bold roasted coffee presence. Intense earthy, woody coffee flavours are interwoven with roasted caramel inflections from the malts. A balanced hop presence provides pleasant dryness in the finish. Food Pairings – Southwest spice & espresso rubbed short ribs; lime, cumin & chipotle braised chicken; or pancakes with double-smoked bacon”
Random: This comes in at 25 IBUs.
The beer poured with a four and a half finger, cream-colored head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark mahogany color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was filled with hops up front and quickly transitioned into caramel, toffee, nutmeg and cinnamon and some coffee as well. The taste was more of the same. It had a significant sweetness from the toffee and caramel, but quickly went into Winter spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. There may even be a bit of clove, as well. The coffee was light, but came through next. The body was on the heavy side with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with spice. I paid $9.99 for the bomber, which came to $.45 per ounce. I liked this beer, I just found the sweetness of the caramel at odds with the bitterness of the coffee.
Untappd Rating: 3.5/4.0