12.14.2007

Review: Otto's Winter Warmer

Having not done a review in forever, I'll follow a format put forth by Brian and Adam at the Brew Lounge.

Otto's Winter Warmer
Our seasonal festive celebratory ale. This year we made it with lots of cranberries and a touch of nutmeg. Smooth and fruity with a warming finish.
Formerly at 9.5% and brewed with "100 lbs of tart cherries, honey, oatmeal, and a touch of cinnamon".
(Not sure if this is accurate for this year, their website isn't listing this one yet.
ABV: varies, somewhere around 7.8 - 8.5%

Poured from a growler picked up by Nate.

Pour is a dark reddish brown, with a quick rising off white head that fades quickly to a ring of foam. Rather translucent in the glass, rapid rising bubbles as well.

Smells sweet and of faint spices, nutmeg and cinnamon.

Taste is a gingery, graham cracker, followed by the sweet sugar and spice of cinnamon and brown sugar. Nice level of spicing, not too much to be overpowering. Nice balance for a spiced beer.

Very drinkable even at this ABV, I'm on my third glass and feeling quite warm. Definitely a good choice for a winter warmer.

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