Kinz (3256) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAY 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Since this winter brew is still hanging around in May on tap at COTU, I suspect it hasn’t sold all that well for them (especially in comparison to other beers that seem to be disappearing at an alarming rate there). I hadn’t tried this one previously - I just wasn’t feeling it for a spiced beer. But this last time, with only a few beers available there, I went ahead and picked up a growler. Glad I did. Pours a very dark brown, bordering on blackness. Aroma is lightly of roasty malts and a hint of Christmas spice. Flavor is basically a match. The spice note is primarily nutmeg, and it blends quite nicely with the dark malts. Dry finish. Really shockingly enjoyable. I suspect that when this was first brewed, the spices might have bombed out the beer. But this was either a keg where things had aged out nicely, or the spice was put in at just the right levels. Good stuff this time out. Sort of treading the line between a porter and a brown ale. Reminded me in some ways of some "Colonial" beer replications I’ve tried before.
Braudog (5581) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2013
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Draft at the brewery. Dark brown with a thin tan top. Cinnamon and nutmeg dominate what would otherwise come off as a thin stout with a hint of java. Far to thin to carry the muscular spices. (#4926, 1/19/2013)