The holidays are a very slow time for new music release. Conversely, they are a boom time for seasonal beer releases!
I thought what better way to fill some space than with a survey of my seasonal beer sampling, complete with my own uninformed opinion and random rating system.
So here it goes:
Wychwood Bah Humbug Christmas Cheer Ale
LCBO price- $3.50 for 500ml
A dark ruby coloured ale with an unpleasant lingering chemical aftertaste. Like most Wychwood beers, this is sold on gimmick value rather than for the quality of the beverage.
Muskoka Winter Beard Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout
LCBO price- $10.95 for 750ml
It's a near-pitch black beer with toasted and cocoa aromas. There is a hint of cranberry and a hint of chocolate, but not nearly enough of either.
Unibroue Reserve 17
LCBO price- $9.95 for 750ml
A rich brown colour, this beer is smooth with a hoppy, almost organic flavour. A sweet aftertaste prolongs the mouthjoy.
Old Credit Holiday Honey
LCBO price- $3.95 for 680ml
A beautiful amber colour, the sweet aroma foreshadows the sweet honey taste inside. Delivers as advertised.
Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale
LCBO price- $3.95 for 550ml
An amber beer with a light roast aroma, it delivers a sweet hoppy flavour that is nice, but definitely not exceptional.
Great Lakes Brewery Winter Ale
LCBO price- $6.95 for 750ml
Aromas of pumpkin spice waft from the bottle as soon as you open this dark amber ale. Rich flavours of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove warm you and leave a long, delicious aftertaste. This is always something to look forward to.
St. Peter's Winter Ale
LCBO price- $3.9 for 500ml
Burnt hop aromas foretell the toasted coffee taste to come from this dark ale. Like most of this brewery's wares, it is exceptionally smooth.
Fuller's Vintage Ale
LCBO price- $7.25 for 500ml
Despite the high alcohol content this is an amber beer with a classic clean finish. It's fresh and crisp and a good value at the price.
Mill Street Barley Wine
LCBO price- $11.95 for 500ml
Thanks to marketing this has become a Christmas institution. In reality it's a beer with a harsh entry, syrupy middle, and eminently forgettable aftertaste. Add a ridiculously high price and you're left with a lighter wallet and nothing decent to show for it.