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Red Nose Winter Ale

November, 2015
Judges Rating: 
92
Aroma: 
22 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
36 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Subtle spicing is the theme of this Christmas Ale. Behind nutty, toffee, and chocolate aromas lies a pleasant dose of something herbal and spicy. A low phenol, slightly clove-like, comes out as it warms. This beer looks as it should: dark reddish-brown, clear and with a moderate, off-white head. It tastes primarily malty, with bread, toffee, and lightly sweet flavors. As expected, there's a gentle layer of spice, reminiscent of cardamom, which also adds bitterness. It's moderately carbonated and medium-bodied with low warmth. Overall, this example is a malty beer accented with spices; fans of the style will appreciate that.

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