Hope everyone had a terrific holiday season and, perhaps, had an opportunity to try some of the yearly holiday brews out there. As we mentioned last time, we decided to spread the holiday brews over a couple of meetings since there are so many of them out there and, let's face it, the so called holiday season pretty much stretches from Thanksgiving to New Years. (Unless, of course, you happen to be a retailer. In that case it starts somewhere around June and runs to the end of May).This month we take a look at some interesting brews, a few of which should be consumed with great care.
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OVERALL IMPRESSIONS: I Could Drink This!
COMMENTS: "Tastes like a cookie; I could drink this and wrap gifts; I'm not ashamed to say I like the gingerbread; Like it or not, I like the fact that they have the balls to say it's gingerbread; I can taste the ginger, but couldn't tell it's a stout; Roll it around on your tongue and WOW - what a taste treat; If you don't like gingerbread, you won't like this; A nice dessert, or sipping, beer."
WHAT THE BREWER SAYS: "16 malts, 16 hops, 16% ABV! For our Shmaltz Sweet 16, it's all cupcakes and unicorns this round! Romans 16:16...16 books in the Hebrew Bible go by the names of Prophets, Lincoln was our 16th president...The true 16 oz. pint must pour to the 'painted line,' taken from Old French and Latin...A 16-ton weight famously crushed skits in Monty Python's Flying Circus...In South Park's 'Satan's Super Sweet 16' serial killers from hell failed to produce a cake baked in the form of a Ferrari. Thankfully there's a ton of ways to come of age so Shmaltz it up, Tribe - L'Chaim!"
POUR: Decent tan head that tends to fade quickly
AROMA: Strong alcohol
TASTE: Plums and raisins with notes of toffee, coffee and caramel. It has been rat
OVERALL IMPRESSIONS: I Could Drink This! (In moderation)
COMMENTS: "WOW!; Holy @#%&; This stuff'll kill ya'!; Woop!; It's not for the faint of heart; Oy vey! Ron and I had their IPA which was awesome. This one will is really complex, but definitely a sipping beer."
Up next, we check out some pale ales we've overlooked.
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