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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.43/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 39   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Experience a world of hearty flavors and aromas with this special winter beer. This brew starts as a Scottish ale featuring European and Domestic malts, giving Hullabaloo intriguing caramel and roast nuances. A blend of American and English hops delivers ample bitterness & unique hop profile. This is a big, rich beer with a nice, underlying complexity Ė Toast to the Season!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PotjeBier (1771) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2013
Bottle from Whole Foods, Arroyo (Pasadena). Brown color. Off white head. Aromaís: toasted bread, a bit earthy, herbal. Even more toasted aromaís retronasal: bread, chestnuts, also a hint of fruit. Flavor is toasted, medium sweet. Medium bodied. Finishes earthy bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1245) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Itís strange that the Scottish (not "Scotch") style hasnít really caught fire in the American craft beer scene. If done right, these beer have it all: plenty of malty sweetness balanced with hop bitterness and a hint of smoke. Theyíre versatile as they work great as stand-alone beverages or accompaniment with a meal. Well, at least thatís how Iíd describe Hangar 24 Hullabaloo Winter Beer.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark, murky, cranberry/maroon colored body. Forms a large, off-white, frothy head which laces and retains really well.

Smell: Sweet, dark malts with a hint of dark fruit and a faint trace of smoke.

Taste: Iíll admit I was rather hesitant going into Hangar 24 Hullabaloo Winter Beer, as Iím not usually a fan of Scottish Ales. But one sip into it I knew this beer wasnít like most Iíve experienced. Thereís a much bigger taste profile here thatís both robust, complex and perfectly balanced. It has that classic taste of bready, slightly fruity maltiness in the English style. Thereís pronounced bitterness through the middle - a nice combination of astringency and piney, resiny hop character. The ending is the best part as thereís a strong burst of caramel sweetness followed by semi-sweet chocolate and slight bitterness just before it fades away. Thereís a smoky taste riding shotgun the entire time, but itís nice and subtle and doesnít distract from the main palate.

This is a really tasty palate, and a versatile one as I could see this beer working well in a variety of situational pairings: with a meal, with cheese, with dessert or as dessert. Take your pick.

Drinkability: Thankfully, Hangar 24 Hullabaloo Winter Beer drinks like a bigger beer than it actually is. You donít tend to get this much flavor out of 6.5% ABV. Itís big enough that one serving satisfies, but light enough that it doesnít overwhelm you. Itís smooth and soft all around with an almost creamy-like texture but distinct carbonation to give it some energy. The aftertaste is a little dry, but itís easily tolerable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
peteinSD (1404) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 8, 2013
Bottle. Hazy brown pour with a slick of white foam. Aroma is toasty nuts, roasted grain, light hop bitterness, and toffee. Taste is light roast, nuts, perhaps some minimal peat, and some hop bitterness in the finish. Watery mouthfeel. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
GT2 (8741) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Tap at the brewery. Clear deep amber pour. Beige foam. Nose is malty, raw, caramel, fairly neutral. Taste is soapy, dusty, dry, quite tannic. Papery finish. Eh. Spotty lace.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BMan1113VR (7869) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 22, 2012
On tap at the source. Pours with a crystal clear bronze hued body with a medium sized off-white head. Aromas are malty, lightly earthy, toasty, medium caramel, and a bit of a distracting roast. Low ester. Flavors are quite roasty for the style, slightly watery, medium malt, toasted, caramel. Medium carbonation. Misses the mark a touch for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
J_man (734) - Tustin, California, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Aromas of molasses, wood and cream. A very light off-white head on a crystal clear copper/amber body. Although the appearance of this beer is clear and light, the body is substantial. Light toffee and toasted/smoky wood flavors hit first followed by a creamy milk/bittersweet chocolate thatís really interesting. A well defined bitterness with earthy and grassy qualities keeps the sweetness in check and balances everything out nicely. That bitterness hangs on through the end and leaves a dryness on the tongue along with the toasted/smoky, woody notes. Really nice winter ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2696) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 13, 2012
12oz bottle, no date from Olive Tree Market in OB for $1.89. Clear copper brown with a half finger beige head, fading to a swirling creamy film before long. Clean toasty malt nose up front with nutty caramel, light herbal and earthy hops--seems wonderfully balanced so far. Flavor seemed to add a touch of woody hops, some yeast character. The caramel is still there, but again, minimal sweetness. Dry finish, bitterness peaked at a 2-3, earthy. Medium body with low carbonation. Quite tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thisis12ptfont (863) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - DEC 11, 2012
Aromas of oak and herbs. Deep copper in appearance. Flavors of smokey caramel, oak, herbs and oats. Subtle pines and hops on the finish. Overall, pretty basic ale with smokey characteristics. Iíd give this a C+ rating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Truth in labeling. This is a nice Scottish ale with an American hop presence. But you get both flavors, not just one or the other. A nice choice for a SoCal holiday season. Some caramel notes blend into the bitterness nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blairgus (2728) - California, USA - DEC 4, 2012
4 dec 2012, bottle. Light nut brown, clear, no bubbles. Nose is coffee and dark toast. Thin oct and fizzy. Lots if burnt malt and coffee in the finish. Crisp. Decent. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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