Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Beer style of the week; The Twelve Beers of Christmas, (but Great any time of the year)

Christmas (3rd Day of Christmas)

For the past 3 weeks we have merrily ventured through the kingdoms of Christmas Ales and enchanted Winter Warmer wonderlands. For the next 10 days we bring you a sampling of diverse beers from around the world that are purely divine by nature. These are the splendid spirit-lifting brews to enjoy with family and friends as we celebrate this special time of year.

Some of these delightful beers are found in weeks past and in week’s future, others will be making a cameo appearance because of their special connection to the season.

Day 1 – Sinebrychoff Porter

Day 2 – Geary’s Hampshire Special

Day 3

Hooker Liberator – Thomas Hooker Ales and Lagers – Bloomfield, Connecticut – 8% ABV

16.9oz dark brown swing top bottle. Bottled in 2006. Rated in 2007. Served in a Piraat chalice.

This amazing Doppelbock pours a very dark and deep ruby-hued mahogany color with a fast-fading beige head, along with thin scattered patches of lacing.

It smells like a hop monster with big whiffs of caramel and damp hay accompanied by notes of dried barley and leather.

Tastes of burnt crème brulee, sweet caramel, Ovaltine, milk chocolate, tobacco and leather are all quite upfront and noticeable. A slight background taste of prune juice is detected in the background.

A mellow Myers Lemony tartness provides some contrast to the big, bold malty body, as does a dose of a metallic bite. Though make no mistake, this brew is all about the malt structure with well-applied hop reminders.

Lovely Stuff!

Prost! And Cheers!

Quote: “It is better to think of church in the ale house than to think of the ale house in church” – Martin Luther (1483-1546)

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