Sunday, February 19, 2012

Breckenridge Christmas Ale


Christmas Ale

Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery
Devnver, Colorado, USA

Winter Warmer
(BeerAdvocate.com)

American Strong Ale
(RateBeer.com)

7.40% ABV



Commercial Description:
The chill of a Colorado high-country winter calls for a beer with extra flavor and strength. Here it is. At over 7% alcohol, with a sturdy texture and rich flavors of caramel and chocolate, our holiday seasonal is the fermented equivalent of a good fire.
The ultimate winter warmer.
(RateBeer.com.com)

General Pricing:
NA, Inactive Seasonal No Local Pricing Available

Background:
This beer was in this years Christmas Beer Variety case at State Line Liquors. This will be a first Breckenridge beer that I have had. Since there seems to be a category difference between RateBeer.com and BeerAdvocate.com I’m really curious as to what this will taste like.

Review:
The beer pours a clear dark amber with orange hues and an off white head.

The nose is very pleasant with sweet caramel malt aromas with interesting nutty notes. With a gentle swirl of the glass with is the most interesting release of citrus and floral hop aromas.

What a great first sip; just and all around nice tasting ale.

The experience starts out with a touch of sweetness upfront on the tip of the tongue followed by and eloquent mouthfeel as the ale rolls over the tongue in the middle of the sip. The back-end is very easy drinking with an almost effortless swallow. The finish is almost exquisite with smooth rich sweet caramel malt flavors and just a touch of earthy hop flavors. The final aftertaste is just a hint of these rich caramel malt flavors.

So far this is an impressive ale.

As this beer warms it just gets better.  

We are now at 66 degrees.

This beer is as smooth as it is hardy. The caramel malt flavors are exquisite at this temperature and the sweet taste of alcohol is finally coming through. That was delicious to the last warm drop.

This is a solid A maybe even an A+.

Breckenridge Christmas Ale is an impressive 7.4 % ABV Winter Warmer with exquisite rich caramel malt flavors and silky smooth mouthfeel ending with the sweet touch of alcohol on the finish.



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