Archive for the ‘Winter Warmer’ Category

It’s Monday and I’m stuck at work. The only good thing is that I’m off on Saturday for 4th of July. It’s really dead at work since we only have 15 trucks, so I can probably leave at a decent time and mow my lawn. Let’s get to the beer.


ABV: 9.4%

Style: Winter Warmer


Random: This was brewed in 2010 and has been aging since 2011.

This beer poured with a one finger, cream-colored head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. It left a slight crown on the top of the body. The body itself was a dark and hazy brown color with no visible carbonation. It did have a lot of floaties. The nose was all bourbon and vanilla, which was very strong. The taste had notes of smoke and more bourbon. There was also a lot of vanilla and maple, which was really strong. It had a thick body and no carbonation to speak of. The booze was also really well-hidden. I think the age has something to do with that, but it may have been aged just a little too much. It had a long bourbon and vanilla finish. I really wanted to enjoy this one since I aged it so long, but it just didn’t do much for me. I wouldn’t have this again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0


Happy Saturday! I don’t normally post on Saturdays, but this Saturday, the site is closed and I have a Dispatcher working from home. I definitely needed a break from work, although I’ll be checking emails today. Anyways, this is a beer that I picked up in Philly over the holidays. I’ve read a lot of positive reviews on this beer, so let’s see how this one was.


ABV: 6.7%

Style: Winter Warmer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Warm spiciness and tradition grace this bold winter ale. Intriguing, layered flavors unfold to reveal chicory, dried fruit and toffee notes with a hoppy kick to finish. The deep garnet color pairs perfectly with holiday celebrations.”

Random: Despite being off today, I was stuck at work last night until almost 11. I was exhausted last night.

This beer poured with a two finger, tan head that was slow to dissipate and left a lot of lacing on my Brooklyn Brewery glass. The body was a deep, clear, reddish-brown with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had chocolate, vanilla and cherry along with spice. The taste also started with chocolate and went into sweet caramel malt. Dark fruit, specifically cherries came through as well along with light spice at the end. The alcohol was not detectable. It had a medium thick body with high carbonation. The finish was long with chocolate and dark fruit. For $2.45 a bottle, which broke down to $.20 per ounce, this wasn’t a bad price for a flavorful beer that I would definitely pick up again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

This review marks number 1700 for the blog. I wish I had chosen a more exciting beer for it…


ABV: 5.9%

Style: Winter Warmer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Harpoon Winter Warmer was the first seasonal beer we brewed and, as a matter of fact, it was one of the first seasonal beers in the country. To this day, we still look forward to the first Winter Warmer bottling of the season as a sign of the approaching holidays. From the label to the aroma to the flavor, it all reminds us of family get-togethers, and the beers that help make the holidays so festive. Brewed since 1988, this beer has become a New England seasonal classic. Cinnamon and nutmeg dominate the aroma. The taste is a rich combination of the holiday spices and the hearty malt backbone. There is a mild sweetness to the finish along with the lingering flavor of the spices.”

Random: This was a leftover from a mixed twelve pack from Christmas.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. There was a half a finger of crown left on top of the clear, mahogany body with moderate carbonation. The nose had a lot of caramel malt and cinnamon and nutmeg. The taste was pretty bad. It was a total spice bomb that overpowered any other flavor that should have been in there. Couple that with the fact the beer was insanely thin and needed a touch more carbonation. The finish was long and filled with nutmeg. To me, this beer was a winter warmer done wrong. I wouldn’t have this again.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

So, instead of complaining about work as I usually do, I’ll share some news. We finally found
a house and we’re out of attorney review. In theory, we should be in the house by March. It has a sweet bar that I can put my kegerator in. I’m starting to get excited, despite how stressful this entire process is. Anyways, let’s get to the beer, more about the house later.


ABV: 5.5%

Style: Winter Warmer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This malty, full-bodied red ale is made with traditional mulling spices: Ginger, Clove, All Spice, Cinnamon & Nutmeg. If this one doesn’t get you into the Christmas spirit, you truly are a Scrooge.”

Random: I’m down to 21 discs on my Netflix queue.

This beer poured with a three finger, tan head that dissipated slowly and left lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, dark mahogany with moderate carbonation. The nose was filled with spices, specifically nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. There was some sweet malt present too. After a few sniffs, I picked up some cherries. The taste was spice dominant. I picked up nutmeg and allspice primarily. Then, I got some sweet malt with caramel too. There was no booze to speak of, which isn’t surprising, given the ABV. It had a thick and chewy body with high carbonation. The finish was long with spice and sweet malt. This brew was pretty good, especially when so many holiday beers are absolute booze bombs. For $6.99 a bomber, which broke down to $.32 an ounce, this isn’t an overly expensive beer and was enjoyable to drink. It’s worth seeking out.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Since I’m on vacation this week, I thought I would have more time to post some reviews. Unfortunately, I’ve been working from home most days. Before I have to jump on another conference call, let’s check out this beer that I tried on Saturday when the other half and I headed to Memphis Taproom.


ABV: 9%

Style: Winter Warmer

Trivia: According to, “‘Bestefar’ is the Norwegian word for Grandfather. In this case, it refers to the Father of Father Christmas, or ‘Nissefar’ as he is known in Norway. Bestefar is the perfect companion for a cold winter night, spent contemplatively in front of a fire or for those fireside moments that are a bit more ‘festive’. It is complex, a little bit wild…and it might just be the best by far! From the brewer: ‘Belgian strong ale with the good old taste from when all the farms used to brew their own beer. A dark strong ale, well balanced and full of malty and fruity flavors. We make living beer, not pasteurized nor filtered.'”

Random: So far, while on vacation, I’ve watched a few Netflix and gotten up to date on “Gotham.”

This beer poured with a two finger, thick tan head that took forever to dissipate. The body was a dark brown, almost black color. There was no carbonation visible due to the dark color. There was also significant lacing left on the glass. The nose had roasted malts with smoke and some licorice. At first, the taste was almost stout-like. It had notes of coffee, big roasted malts, smoke, and relatively hidden booze. As it warmed, more of the Belgian characteristics came through. Dark fruit and yeast came through, but still had some notes of dark chocolate. It had a thick, chewy body with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with smoke and dark fruit. This was an outstanding beer that could easily warm you up on a winter’s night. If you see it, get a glass of it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

The other half and I headed to her family’s for the holidays. We were lucky and didn’t hit any traffic. We spent a few days with her mother and stepfather and it was really nice. Everyone was very friendly and the food was really tasty. They live in Connecticut, but not that far over the New York border. Anyways, this was a brew that I picked up a few weeks ago. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 8.6%

Style: Winter Warmer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The essence of Christmas is captured in this very bottle. Perfectly blended spices compliment Frosted Frog’s rich malt flavors, creating the ultimate Christmas experience. Celebrate the holidays as you savor this very special seasonal offering.”

Random: It’s been over a month since I’ve had a beer from Hoppin’ Frog.

This beer poured with a one finger, cream-colored head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, ruby-red color with light carbonation. The nose had currants, cinnamon, nutmeg and fruit cake. The taste started with gingerbread, raisin and figs along with fruit cake. After a few sips, allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon came through. It also had some booze warming on the end. The body was on the thick side with lighter carbonation than expected. The finish was long with a lot of holiday spice and booze warming at the back of the throat. For $10.49 a bomber, this was a moderately priced holiday beer that packed the spice. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

As I mentioned, the other half and I headed to Philly this weekend. Our first stop for dinner was Jose Pistolas. I had been there a few years ago and really enjoyed their food. They had recently had a Great Lakes tap takeover. The dining room was really dark, so expect super crappy pictures. Anyways, we got tacos for dinner and the brussels sprout taco was out of this world good. We also had the tuna taco which I really enjoyed. I’ll be posting a review of the place as a beer spot, but before that, let’s see how this beer was.


ABV: 7.5%

Style: Winter Warmer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A holiday ale brewed with honey and spiced with fresh ginger and cinnamon.”

Random: I know it’s too early for Christmas beers, but this one looked really good.

This beer poured with a half a finger of thick tan head that was very slow to dissipate into a tulip. The body was a deep, dark copper color with heavy carbonation visible, despite being very dark and difficult to see. The nose was big with some dark fruit, nutmeg and allspice along with burnt sugar. The taste had notes of cherries, dark fruit and boozy sweetness which also had nutmeg. There was a touch of spruce with cloves as well. Ginger came through after a few sips as well. It had a thick body and high carbonation with relatively hidden alcohol. It had a long, warm finish with cherries and cloves. This was a really enjoyable winter beer that I would definitely have again. If you see one on the shelves, grab it. You won’t be disappointed.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0