This one was a bit of a disappointment. A good friend brought a six pack along for New Year’s Eve, and tonight’s bottle is the third I’ve had from it since then. Their Pale Ale is fantastic, and so I really wanted to like this beer, but I just don’t. If you’ve tried it, I’d love to hear your thoughts.
It bills itself as a Winter Session Ale, which I guess technically it is because it’s fairly easy to drink, but the taste of the stuff evaporates on your palette pretty quickly with only a hint of smokiness, caramel, some coffee and then all that’s left is a lingering, bitter, slightly metallic and overall not all that pleasant taste at the end. A bit watery for a winter ale, with none of the spices I’d expect or indeed want in a beer of this type. I wonder if maybe I got a bad batch, as that sometimes does happen, but I’m sorry to say I won’t be rushing out to try this particular recipe of theirs again.
On an aesthetic note, the label’s a bit ho-hum, depicting what looks like a new-style VW Beetle buried in snow, and not much else. No description of the beer’s characteristics or inspiration on the label either which is always a bit disappointing. There probably was on the six-pack holder itself, but that’s long gone.
On the plus side, I broke in my favorite Christmas present tonight: a custom pint glass my wife had made for me commemorating Team Boston’s Movember adventures. You’ll be seeing a lot more of that hereabouts, especially 10 months from now!