Southern Tier Brewing Co’s 2xMas Seasonal: The label reads “Brewed in the tradition of Swedish Glogg.” Not familiar with what that actually means (feel free to enlighten me) but I will say this one was absolutely delicious. It had just the right amount of sweetness and bitterness.
The Brew Kettle’s Winter Warmer: Personally, I’m a little picky about Christmas ales. For me and and a few of my fellow beer lovers I’ve talked to, they are very hit and miss. This one is teetering right on the fence for me. I would have to be craving the sweetness it packs into each of these bottles. Reading the side it uses ingredients such as cinnamon, ginger, orange and lemon peel, and a “sleigh load of honey.” It was very enjoyable but for me there was definitely an unexpected sweetness. But hey, I guess the holiday season is among us, we might as well polish that sweet tooth and put our bottoms up!
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co’s Narwhal: This is definitely not a stout for the faint at heart. On the back label it reads “Narwhal imperial stout is midnight black and bold- with notes of bakers cocoa and dark roasted coffee.” This basically told me before I opened it, it would be a kick in the mouth when it came to flavor. This one is definitely a sipping beer but is very enjoyable.
Sprecher’s Hard Root Beer: Everyone needs a fun one in the mix from time to time. This was actually comparable to a porter, in my opinion. It was like a creamy beer but with a bubbly root beer after taste. I really enjoyed this one and wouldn’t mind having one again.
Dark Horse Brewing Co. Scotty Karate: This is my first time trying a scotch ale and I was pretty impressed. A pretty crisp and bold flavor, with a good kick at the end. Nothing much to really compare it to, just a good all around beer. hopefully I’ve picked a good one as my first as always, I’m willing to try others, so throw me some ideas!
Breckenridge Brewry’s Vanilla Porter: I opened this beer thinking it was going to be very heavy and more of a sipping beer and I was very surprised. This was actually smooth and had a great vanilla after taste. The label reads “Ale brewed with real vanilla bean.” Not putting it down when I say it but this one was just okay for me.
Left Hand Brewing Co. Nitro Milk Stout: Still working my pallet up on the stouts and porters and this was definitely a step in the right direction. Light on carbonation but heavy in flavor, this beer taste great weather it’s fresh out of the fridge or has set out for a little bit. Definitely recommended!
Paulaner Hefe-Weizen: I opened this beer, having my share of hefeweizen’s, with the thought this would be a pretty good beer. Unfortunately I was very wrong. This was basically a mildly hopped yellow water. For the price they will charge in a bar for this one, you’re better off with a bud light (ouch). This beer produced a head like a draft, which is no biggie, but it provided no flavor or aroma like beer with a thick head should.
Sierra Nevada’s “Hoptimum”: The bottom of the label reads “The ultimate whole-cone hop experience.” That statement is no lie! This IPA is one of the hoppiest, most bitter but delicious beers I’ve had in a while. IPA’s have been slowly growing on me and if you are new to them, this is one to hold off on for a bit. This guy hits hard and settles heavy but if you are up for a good IPA, then it’s the one for you.
Mission Brewery’s Blonde Ale: This is my first kolsch style beer and I really did enjoy it. One thing I can really say that makes it stick out from others, is that it’s very crisp in comparison to some of the blondes and honey blondes I have tried in the past. This one is really light and goes down easy!