4 Seasons Winter '20

California
United States
4 Seasons Winter '20, Mother Earth Brew Co.
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
84
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20
Description 

A FULL-BODIED, RICH, WINTER-WARMER loaded with chocolate and whole coffee beans, lending a wonderful roasted aroma and flavor without being astringent. Lactose further adds to the beer’s body and provides a silky smooth mouthfeel mid-palate. Medium crystal and pale chocolate malts add light caramel and toffee notes. NITROGENATED.

Profile

ABV: 
10.9%
IBUs: 
55
Served at: 
55º F
Judges Review 
John C. Tull's picture
Judges Rating:
84
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

4 Seasons Winter ‘20 by Mother Earth Brew Co. was judged as a Specialty Wood-Aged Beer (33B). It was brewed with coffee, chocolate and lactose. Coffee leaps out in the aroma and is huge in the nose of this beer. With some additional effort, cocoa and vanilla start to come through. The color is a very dark brown, nearly black. The beer is not cloudy, simply very dark from the grains and additions. The slightest of heads just rims the edge of the glass with very thin, off-white bubbles scattered in swirls across the surface. Whereas the aroma would suggest coffee might dominate the flavor, the relatively intense coffee flavor actually takes a backseat to an even more intense chocolate quality. Some stone fruit qualities are there early in the flavor, but that is overridden by a bit of coffee ashiness and alcohol fusels as it moves through the palate and into the finish. The mouthfeel has some burn from the alcohol, and the body is very full. Overall, this is a very aggressive beer with dominating flavors that get a little carried away in my opinion. If you are a fan of coffee stouts, this is truly an Imperial version of that more common experimental style, but quite ramped up and with a chocolate boost to elevate it even further.

Brewery Introduction

Founded in 2010, Mother Earth Brewing Company had one goal; to create distinguished, hand crafted beers that stimulate sensory conversation and a desire for the next sip. From a modest garage, to over 70,000 sq. ft., Mother Earth Brewing Co. maintains our original goal – to challenge even the... Read More

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