Style: Winter Warmer
Size: 22oz bottle
Served in a tulip glass.
Black as night, with no light breaking through and no hue around the edges. Beautiful 1-finger off-cream dense head, bubbles packed tightly until the very top, where they loosen up. Looks delicious. Nice off-white lacing.
Smells of toffee, milk chocolate, caramel. Anise, rye, some spicy-herbal hops. As the beer opens up a little bit, vanilla makes an appearance in the aroma, too.
Taste of toast, licorice, raisins, dried prunes, roasted grains. Finishes with more licorice, light alcohol warmth, and restrained bitterness.
Mouthfeel is smooth, almost creamy, overall, with a tannic pucker.
Overall, I think this is a delicious winter warmer. It’s packed with flavor, sips well, improves as it warms up, and definitely had a warming effect on me. I’ll definitely buy it again.
From the Fremont Brewing Web site:
Dark, roasty, chocolatey, malt flavors balanced by Noble hop aroma and subtle hoppy spice. Warm up to it. Don’t be Scared to be Abominable.Down & Dirty: Pale, Crystal, Munich, Roast Barley, Chocolate, & Carafa malts with Centennial, Willamette & Goldings hops. 8.0% ABVAvailability: November thorugh February