Thursday, December 30, 2010

Brooklyn Winter Ale

Brooklyn Winter Ale

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
Brooklyn, New York, USA

Scottish Ale

6.00% ABV


Commercial Description:
Brooklyn completely changed the recipe in 2006. It’s now a Scottish-style ale. Brewmaster Garrett Oliver explained to us that: “There are no spices at all. Good British floor malts and hops along with our yeast strain account for all the flavors. It has a Scottish-style cooler fermentation, which pushes malt to the forefront rather than fruitiness.” It was brewed with Scottish Floor-malted Maris Otter, English crystal malts, Belgian Aromatic malt, American roasted malts, American oats and hopped with Willamette.

General Pricing:
12oz bottle, ~$9.00 6pack, ~$32.00 case

This is another gift from my friend Gene. I am a big fan of Brooklyn and can’t believe that I have missed this one. Garret Oliver and the crew at Brooklyn always seem to be faithful whatever that particular style of beer is. In this case it will be interesting if they will keep to more of the English Winter Warmer style of add a more hardy American twist to it. Well looking back at the description it looks like this will be more English since they are calling it a Scottish-style ale. So let’s see what this Brooklyn Winter Ale is all about.

The beer pours a clear dark amber with rich ruby hues and a modest off white head.

The nose is classic Scotch Ale with rich toasted caramel malt and floral hop aromas. There is also an earthy aspect to the nose of this beer. This is a very inviting nose I can’t wait to see what it taste like.

Not bad, this is a pretty good tasting Scotch Ale but it also has a very refreshing quality to it.

The experience starts out with a caramel malt sweetness up front on the tip of the tongue. Then there is a very pleasant and refreshing effervescence over the tongue throughout the middle of the sip. The back-end is also very refreshing with another carbonation release during the swallow. All of this carbonation adds to the refreshing aspect of the beer but also masks a lot of the malt flavors until you reach the finish. The flavors really start to come out toward the end of the swallow into the finish. The finish is full flavored with rich toasted caramel malt flavors along with an interesting earthy hop flavor as well. There is not much of a final aftertaste just a slight lingering malt flavor.

This beer really seems to opens up nicely as it warms a little. The malt flavors seem to be more pronounced now as it warms.

This is a solid B for me. This is not a malty as some Scotch Ales but it is a very nice Winter Ale with some very nice toasted and caramel malt flavors and nice earthy hop finish that is not bitter. It is very satisfying and also quite refreshing.

This will be a nice beer to have at your next Holiday Party. It should be well liked by a wide variety of beer drinkers.
Thank you Gene and Brooklyn bring for another great winter beer experience.

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