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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!


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndrewGunnison (2) - - DEC 5, 2014 does not count
A roasted chestnut, a crisp winter night, Uncle Walt looking intently through the window.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1246) - 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.

3.9
   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.

3.9
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skmikeg (999) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2013
12 oz. bottle. Pours a medium maroon brown with a small off white head which fades to very little lacing. Aroma is of toasted sweet malts, caramel. some pine resin, some fruity hops, and some mild peaty smoke. Taste is of toasted sweet malts, piney hops, dark fruits, caramel, some toffee/bread pudding, and some smokey peat notes. Has a medium body semi creamy mouthfeel and a semi dry, sweet but still somewhat bitter, medium finish. overall, a good winter beer and excellent Scottish Ale.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltnHopsrGood (2) - California, USA - JAN 26, 2013 does not count
Poured light brown. No head. Aromas are of malt and light citrus hops. Mouthfeel is medium. Toasted malts and American hops are prominent. Firm bitterness. Good beer from a great brewery.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (7091) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2014
12oz bottle pours with a nearly clear amber sort of copper body that supports a thin tan head. The aroma offers up roasted malts, toasted bread, some spicy notes and mild sweet dark fruity esters. The taste starts with malts, roasted malts, big roasty nuttiness and then some modest spiciness. Wow. This has lots of nuttiness going on, itís pretty nice.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11522) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 20, 2012
Bottle from Bine & Vine. Pours dark copper with a slight foamy yellow/beige head. Aroma is light roast malt with mild spice. Med body. Flavor has a hint of chocolate, then light caramel, mild roastiness, and enough bitterness to make it drinkable. Itís flavorful, but far from imperially so. Good drinkin beer for the winter.

3.6
   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

3.6
   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.


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