Lighter on hops and heavier on toasted malts, our take on this wintertime classic ale features a perfect mix of roasted malts to keep things dark and toasty, AND THEN, when the ale is fermenting, we add a touch of vanilla for just the tiniest bite of sweetness. The end result lives on the opposite end of the spectrum from English bitters and IPAs. More importantly, it’s like badass bagpipe version of Winter Wonderland.
Ughsmash (6670) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at RB - Milwaukee. Poured clear reddish-amber with a short, dense beige head. The aroma picked up a lot of vanilla with lesser nutty and caramel malts.. too much vanilla. The flavor found sweet vanilla beans all over the place.. lightly-smoked caramel as well on the middle.. nondescript bitterness around.. hard to get away from the vanilla. Medium-bodied with low-moderate carbonation on the palate.. randomly sharp and bitter at times.. too sweet and vanilla-ey, and it became hard to drink.
esjaygee (3209) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Rock Bottom Milwaukee. Amber with a creamy tan head. Aroma of toffee, caramel and vanilla. Taste of toffee, heavy vanilla, bready malt and mild dark fruit.
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