wchesser (2110) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Some caramel malts on nose. Dark cloudy reddish brown. Caramel malt and some spice but weird off metallic taste as well that was pretty objectionable. Not good. ICEatALAMO (1351) - Troy, Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2013
bottle. The pour is copper, with a red hue. The aroma is a nice roasted malt. The taste has malt and caramel in it. pretty good and smooth. kathouse (1925) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Nice clear brown with a tan foam. Smoky aroma has hints of oak, toast, and nuts. Medium body spiked by the smoke and almond flavors. More biscuit and wood in the finish. JPDurden24 (1675) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Brown pour with an off white head. Aroma is sweet with some minor peat, and roastiness. Taste has a decent hop character. Nice finish. Dogbrick (13389) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Sample at Kinetic Brewing Company. Murky reddish-brown in color with a medium beige head that recedes slowly. Partial rings of lacing. Aroma of earthy malt, caramel and hops. Medium-bodied with flavors of caramel malt, hops and a touch of dark fruit. The finish is sweet malt up front and leaves a hoppy aftertaste. Decent overall.
skmikeg (1826) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 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. daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Medium brown pour. I like the sweet malts, a hint of peat, some roasted nuts. Almost a hint of pine nuts. Enough hops to offer good balance. Good grain bill. Enjoyable beer. 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. PotjeBier (3504) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2013
Bottle from Whole Foods, Arroyo (Pasadena). Brown color. Off white head. Aroma’s: toasted bread, a bit earthy, herbal. Even more toasted aroma’s retronasal: bread, chestnuts, also a hint of fruit. Flavor is toasted, medium sweet. Medium bodied. Finishes earthy bitter. ChadPolenz (1842) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2013
It’s strange that the Scottish (not "Scotch") style hasn’t 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. They’re versatile as they work great as stand-alone beverages or accompaniment with a meal. Well, at least that’s how I’d 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: I’ll admit I was rather hesitant going into Hangar 24 Hullabaloo Winter Beer, as I’m not usually a fan of Scottish Ales. But one sip into it I knew this beer wasn’t like most I’ve experienced. There’s a much bigger taste profile here that’s both robust, complex and perfectly balanced. It has that classic taste of bready, slightly fruity maltiness in the English style. There’s pronounced bitterness through the middle - a nice combination of astringency and piney, resiny hop character. The ending is the best part as there’s a strong burst of caramel sweetness followed by semi-sweet chocolate and slight bitterness just before it fades away. There’s a smoky taste riding shotgun the entire time, but it’s nice and subtle and doesn’t 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 don’t tend to get this much flavor out of 6.5% ABV. It’s big enough that one serving satisfies, but light enough that it doesn’t overwhelm you. It’s 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 it’s easily tolerable.