We at my parents tonight to celebrate the holidays, and unfortunately, we’ve got two sick kids. We have a family tradition of getting together with my mom’s side of the family tonight, but had to miss it. So we’re sitting here snuggling with them on the couch watching Christmas movies/cartoons. So, I thought I’d bring one of the couple Christmas brews I brought along to make the holidays a little more bright. I got this one the last time I was at Friar Tuck’s when I got a mix-a-six pack. The bottle doesn’t say much, other than Christmas Ale and 7.4% ABV.
When I poured it, it was very slightly hazy, and was a rusty red/brown color. There was absolutely no head at all, and it appeared to have very little carbonation. There was a malty, slightly raisin-like aroma with a hint of warm spices I couldn’t recognize.
It had a solidly medium body, and a very smooth smooth mouthfeel. There didn’t seem to be much carbonation in it, but there was a little carbonation tingle on my tongue up front. There were some nice, warm caramel and raisin like flavors in the middle and in the finish. The finish also had a little bit of a spiciness, although I couldn’t really recognize what type of spice it might be. There also was a hint of an alcohol warmth in the finish as I continued to drink it.
This would probably go well with some BBQ, but since it’s the holidays, I think it would probably go best with a piece of fruitcake or a pecan log.
Although I felt this could have been better with a creamy, foamy head on it, it was still a pretty good beer. The warm flavors and spices, along with the alcohol warmth, made it a nice beer to drink while huddled inside watching movies on Christmas eve.