mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2014
A wintery Scottish that is splendid. Definitely getting all the Scottish notes, with a bias towards malts considering its winter heritage. Recommended. AndrewGunnison (8) - - DEC 5, 2014 does not count
A roasted chestnut, a crisp winter night, Uncle Walt looking intently through the window. ChadPolenz (1847) - 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.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 13, 2012
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.
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. J_man (1022) - 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 that’s 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.
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. 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. larryLSB (533) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - FEB 16, 2017
Poured from a Crowler into a tulip glass. Hazy amber in color, with dirty off white head. Sweet malty nose, bits of caramel, roasty malt. Taste is a bit on the sweet side, with a sharp bitter finish. Ibrew2or3 (8808) - 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, it’s pretty nice. thorongil2 (3345) - , Ontario, CANADA - FEB 3, 2017
(tap) clear, bright orange amber colour with a small beige head; aroma of jam, orange marmalade, then hint of roast and smokiness; balanced flavour with a long, medium bitter finish