Warming Christmas by ClubGonzo, Spice/Herb/Vegetable / Mead, 9.5% ABV, 43 IBU.
This is probably one of the most experimental brews I’ve ever had. A beer with several syrups, candi sugar and oak aged mead. Wow.
It pours a dark amber to orange body that is slightly hazy. The head is very light brown and leaves some lacing on the glass.
The aroma is strong, sweet and lovely. Distinct notes of dark dried fruits, sweet caramel, burnt sugar, honey and an overall vinous feel.
The taste is moderate to heavy sweet with a moderate bitter long-lasting finish. It feels fairly well balanced.
The strong flavours are dominated by the dried dark fruits, but there is also spices that I didn’t pick up in the aroma, also wood. There is too much alcohol mid-palate, but it gives way for some lovely sweet honey notes in the late finish.The body is full and has a nice, creamy texture. The carbonation is moderate to soft, hints of dryness in the finish.
Conclusion: an extremely interesting and complex brew that is both tasty and drinkable. A pleasant surprise!
Aroma: 8/10 Appearance: 4/5 Taste: 7/10 Palate: 4/5 Overall: 13/20 Ratebeer score: 3.6/5.0