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Mistletoe Bliss - Lazy Boy Brewing

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BA SCORE
82
good

34 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 17.32%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lazy Boy Brewing visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 12-16-2007)
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Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ordered this through bottletrek

Poured garnet with 1/2" of sand colored head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Caramel, raspberry & vanilla.

T: Caramel, a touch of herbal hops & candy orange slices up front. Dryness, vanilla, a few oaky notes, nutmeg, Cinnamon, & more herbal hops as this warms. Finishes with some caramel, slight smokeyness, dryness & loads of cakeyness

MF: Chewy, fairly smooth with low carbonation

Drinks really easy for the ABV, nice winter warmer!

russpowell, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

LOOK: Dark mahogany, superb head

SMELL: Thick caramel, fresh bread, toasty, yeast, figs, spicy alcohol, brown sugar, brown bread

TASTE: Creamy, full-ish body, smooth, toasty, dried grass, bready, slightly nutty, modest hopping, herbal, faint buttery, warming alcohol, figs, golden raisins, ripe pears, caramel, toasted malt finish.

Wow, this is what I love to see in a winter seasonal. Toasted malt bomb where the hops and alcohol peak through enough to add some complexities. A real treat!!!

Jason, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of djeucalyptus
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a light mahogany with deep cherry and caramel accents, glowing a rich garnet with some light behind it. A thick and pillowy caramel khaki head fades fairly quickly, leaving tons of sticky lacing around the glass.

aroma is zesty with caramel malts, cocoa, coffee, pralines, toffee, rich fruit notes of cherries and orange zest. There's a definite hop aroma hidden in the mix as well. Complex aroma.

The taste follows the aroma as well as chaos can be followed. Caramel malts dominate, and it feels like the base is somewhere between a red and a brown. There are some strong cocoa notes that hit up front and are quickly matched with a fruit sweet and sourness of dark cherries, cranberries, and lemon. Some hops follow closely preventing a sweetness overload, and then some spicing adds one more level. Nutmeg, cardamom, ginger and pepper. Lots going on, but I think I'm a fan.

A bit on the light side for the intensity of the flavors and the abv, but not thin by any stretch of the imagination. If it were a bit fuller and nearing chewy, it would be perfect. Not like it's bad now. lower end carbonation suits the flavors and spicing nicely.

All in all, this is an impressive winter warmer with some great flavors and an interesting package. Easy drinking, I didn't realize how high the abv was until i took a look. I could see a few more of these in my future... very nice for the season.

djeucalyptus, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of Braz
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Braz, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- dark carmel-like brown, with reddish hues. Thin khaki head, that lingers for quite a while.

S- Raisins, old fruit, sweet.

T- Also tastes of raisins, carmel, molasses, toffee.

D- Very smooth and drinkable.

O- Well, it tastes like Christmas, so I guess they nailed it.

Reviewed from notes taken on 2-5-2011

HuskyinPDX, May 12, 2011
Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: dark ruby-brown with a little bit of haze to the body. Head is a finger of frothy tan foam. Not bad, overall; a good look for a winter warmer.

Smell: malty aroma has a very strong caramel character. Very rich, creamy and sweet; a bit one-note, but easily the most accurately caramel-smelling beer I've ever encountered. It's actually quite enticing.

Taste: again, extremely caramel-tastic. Malty with a hint of bitterness but mostly just caramel. What can I say? it appeals to me. It's a festive, appropriate take on a winter warmer; this would also be a fan-damn-tastic characteristic in a Wee Heavy.

Mouthfeel: rich body with a decent level of carbonation and a smooth, satisfying creaminess. Quite good.

Overall: I find I rather like this beer. Perhaps not an everyday choice due to sweetness, but I think it works quite well indeed as a representative of the style.

flagmantho, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of mnapier
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Service Temperature, 45 degrees. Judge Glassware is a 12 ounce tulip.

Appearance, is burgundy & clear with a soft mild white foamy head, and some faint lace etched around the glass.
Aroma, is a sweet honey, with some burned aroma, some oats, mild pine and citrus.
Taste, is earthy some mild biscuit, mild pine. The mouth waivers from mild to medium in regards to overall weight.

Cheers

mnapier, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of erikm25
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a tulip glass. Dark mahogany and blackened amber colorings. When held up to the light the caramel and ruby tinting throughout the body becomes more apparent. Head is a two finger pillowing mass of brown sugar coated marshmallow. Great retention. Lacing is curtains of off white spotty frosting.

S: Nose is heavy on malts and grains. Very earthy and rounded. Slight thrashing of floral fragrance coupled with fresh rye bread. A shadowy and zesty citrus hint towards the back of the nose.

T: Full malty and roasty flavors. Take it from the brewery description, this is like the José Canseco of brown ales. It's jacked up on warming peppered tastes and ready to have a 40 / 40 season. Ahtanum hops help give a nice hop quality without overwhelming bitterness. Malt roundness with hints of chocolate and toffee. There is a subtle herbal tone sprinkled with nutmeg. The finish has a spiced kick that is doused in cinnamon and ginger.

M: Heavy medium body with low carbonation.

D: This quite the seasonal and drinkable beer. Perfect for this time of year. Halloween just ended so Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor is fitting. We are in the heart of November with December around the corner so Handel's Messiah and Vivaldi's Primavera (more specifically L'inverno) help this beer ring in a grand time of year.

**12/23/2008: Had on tap at the top of the Space Needle. This is a very nice winter warmer. Probably my favorite that I have tried this year.

erikm25, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +11.7%

twelveinches, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Metaltildeath
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Metaltildeath, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of RedDiamond
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful glowing auburn color - dark with multi-sized bubbles. The aroma emerges with a burst of sensuous fruit - like sugar on dried apricots - then fades to a wafting mint leaf. It smells like a red barleywine and tastes like a chocolate IPA. Its more chocolaty than one might expect from a red winter warmer, but the flavor is far from misplaced. The only thing that's really lacking is a show of suds. Mistletoe is otherwise eminently drinkable and deserving of encores.

RedDiamond, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of ccrida
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Talk about a Lazy Boy - I picked this bottle up last winter, and neglected to dig it out of the cellar until this snowy Saturday afternoon. It is must be bottle conditioned, as it almost foamed over, and poured a massive, burnt sand colored head that is super thick and creamy, rocky settling, leaving big chunks of foamy lace. The beer itself is mahogany colored, with lots of very fine streams of bubbles. A great glow to it, and a head that rivals most Belgians, it is an exceptionally looking winter warmer for sure.

Smell has a metallic bite that had me fearing this bottle had gone south, along slight citrus and grassy hops. Served at 55F.

Taste is very rounded and soft, grassy hops before a really tasty caramel finish. I can taste that it's older, and has probably lost some bite, but wow, it sure is smooth, very subtle, with the caramel chocolate flavor pleasantly lingering on the slightly bitter aftertaste. I really dig the nuances, and am glad it's not another over-spiced malt bomb of a Winter Warmer.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slick, a bit dry, medium light body.

Drinkabilty is pretty high, this sucker really slides down easily! The ABV is totally hidden, and it's overall a rather enjoyable experience. An accidental cellar experiment that has left me with what I gather by the other reviews a much tastier final product. I will probably cellar this again, as well as try one fresh, but I think 1 year is as long as I'd let it go. If I had to guess, I'd say it would have been better a few months ago, and may have lost a little depth.

ccrida, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of snaotheus
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a large mug

Pours dark caramelly color with a light beige head, medium sized, pretty stable. Doesn't seem cloudy. Smell is sweet, caramel, toffee, nutty.

Taste is nutty-bitter, not much of the sweetness or caramel from the smell, but there is a little of the toffee.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and watery, but overall, pretty satisfactory beer. I like it.

snaotheus, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Do you think I sent the Raiders a Christmas card? Well, actually I did, to congratulate them on a fine year. I also included a picture of mistletoe, hovering over my rear end."

--Mike Shanahan

Equal parts dark orange and dark cherry that looks fantastic when bright sunlight is added to the equation. At least as attractive is a chunky, sticky, creamy crown of pale gold that is depositing thick sheets of Swiss cheese-like lace all over the upper reaches of the glass.

The brewery describes MB as a 'brown ale on steroids'. And that is pretty much what it smells like. The nose is brown bready (with a thin layer of butter), caramel-like and less than spicy. Perhaps the taste buds will be better at determining whether or not spices have been added.

Mistletoe Bliss tastes like a robust American brown ale that is a bit hoppier than most and hides its ABV exceptionally well. If spices have been added, it isn't immediately obvious. Maybe the spiciness that is present is due to hop resins. Ahtanum isn't a commonly used hop, but it's one that I usually enjoy.

The flavor profile includes well-toasted brown bread, caramel, cocoa nibs, dates, vanilla bean, orange peel and... dammit all... some spices that I'm unable to identify. If you're worried about drinking yet another winter warmer that will overload your palate with a dizzying potpourri of Christmas spices, rest assured. This one is drinkable by the gallon (although it only comes in bombers).

At the risk of nitpicking, the mouthfeel is close to being full enough for the style and for the flavor profile. It does firm up with warming, just not enough. Very few of the bubbles that are present at the start of each mouthful make it to the end of each mouthful.

Lazy Boy IPA is good beer and Mistletoe Bliss is as well. Why doesn't this brewery get more love? If you're unable to get a sprig of mistletoe and a pretty girl in close proximity come Christmastime, why not crack open a bottle of this fine ale and enjoy some good cheer anyway?

BuckeyeNation, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice dark brown/amber color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, which does leave some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, slightly spicy, bitter. The taste is malty, spicy, nice bitterness. Medium body, with a slightly dry finish. Drinkable, this is a nice one, recommended.

Wasatch, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of msubulldog25
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first try from this new-ish WA brewer that just started recently showing up on Portland-area shelves. Lazy Boy's website calls this beer "[a] new brown ale on steroids!", but I'll call it a 'winter warmer' (seems to be a 'catch-all' style this time of year...).

Bottle lists ABV at 7.8%, though the site shows 7.5%.
Grains: Pale, Crystal, Munich, Brown, Vienna, Chocolate
Hops: Ahtanum

A: Pours a warm bronze, liquid nutmeg and cinnamon colors. It's a very pretty look and surprisingly clear- looks almost like tea. Ample small carbonation rising to a light tan head that crests at about 1/2 finger and fades to a thin topping of mottled cream. Bits of lace pasted to the sides.

S: Light aroma of ripe fruit, but pretty subtle. Bits of toffee and spice with some fresh, citrus (orange) and mild pine resin.

T: Fairly bold maltiness, with emphasis of caramel and cocoa, surrounded by a mellower grassy and spicy hopping. Initially, this seemed a bit harsh and unbalanced, but as it warmed it really grew on me...lots of spice (tangy ginger and ground nutmeg) coupled with zesty lemon and a toasty dose of malted grains.

M: Has a likable thickness, somewhere between 'medium' and 'full'. Smooth, a touch creamy, and definitely easy to sip on. Alcohol warmth is concealed, just a slight lingering hop bittering on the back of the tongue.

D: Not a bad brew at all, nice balance and good flavors. I'm happy to have tried this and would recommend it to the Northwest BA's who can find it.

msubulldog25, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of LieutenantWort
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice Winter beer. Drinking it in the Summer as I never got around to the bottle I purchased just before XMas, and it's still enjoyable.

Pours a very deep brown, walnut/caramel color with moderate head and thin lacing. Smell is sweet and malty, nothing incredible but it promises a nice toasty beer.

Taste is bright, clear, and sweet. Lots of sugar and caramel notes topped by clean, thin hops. Hops are not very aggressive, just enough to keep the sweetness from being cloying. Very little aftertaste on this beer.

Overall the flavor isn't super deep or complex, but it is a comfortable Winter Warmer, and very drinkable.

LieutenantWort, May 17, 2009
Photo of beertunes
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clear, deep, slightly reddish, amber with an inch and a half of khaki-colored head that dissipated quickly and left just less than moderate lacing.

The aroma was very malty and sweet, but lacked the expected spicing generally found in the style. Still, a very pleasant scent. The flavors followed along the path blazed the aroma. A slight toffee flavor on the front of the tongue is followed by a pleasing coating malt, with just a tang of hops on the finish to add some contrast.

The body is good, full without being heavy or sticky, and well rounded. The drinkability is very nice, having several of these over the course of a winters eve would be a pleasure.

Overall, a very nice example of the style, worth trying.

beertunes, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of canucklehead
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in April from a store in Mt Vernon and I think the shelf time might have knocked some of the spices out and turned this into a decent brown ale. The beer poured dark brown with a head that soon disapeared. The nose was pure malt with some hops . This was a pretty decent beer that really tasted like a combination of an American Brown Ale mixed with a wee heavy. Big on the malt side I would like to try this fresh to compare

canucklehead, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of oregonskibum
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Color is a dull brown with orange and red tints. Pours with a 1/2 inch cream head that disappeared really quickly.

S: Coconut and banana. Some faint baking spices and vanilla, but mainly just banana.

T: Caramel, vanilla, faint spices up front. Noticable hops kick in by mid taste, with a little breadiness towards the end. Taste isn't bad, but not great either.

M: Medium body, decent carbonation. In style.

D: Enjoyable beer. Interesting smell up front, but taste doesn't follow suit and is a little all over the place. I would drink again, but not the greatest holiday ale out there.

oregonskibum, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of sam_bliss
3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22ozer into New Belgium globe

Bourbon brown as it pours. Super dark in the glassware with a blood-red tinge. The frothy head was never thick and did not last long. Pretty color but disappointing head for sure. Scent is not strong and composed mainly of malts. Some dark fruits shine through the roast. Tastes amazingly chocolatey. A handful of semi-sweet chocolate chips melted into this one with some caramel, toffee, coffee, and toasty malts as well. Some resinous and roasted nutty flavors round out the dessert-like experience. Carbonation is medium and the body is thick but not overwhelmingly sticky. I am drinking this as I make dinner but will try to save the rest of my bomber for afterward. This is sweet and I like it but might suffocate some food pairings (and ruin appetites for anything that's not sweet).

sam_bliss, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of cswhitehorse
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Misteltoe bliss pours a deep amber with a nice finger foam head. The retention is okay. It leaves a little lacing on the side of the glass.

The aroma caramel roasted malts.

The taste is more malty and has a nice bitter finish to it. It has very little of a hop presence and is tad chewy in the mouth. Overall it is a good winter warmer and I will have another come next year.

cswhitehorse, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of Reidrover
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle from Roth’s Vista Market in Salem. $2.99. This seems rather late for a winter thus i suppose the low price..plus it was out in a warm shelf so here goes! Reddish amber coloured ale here, with a thick and creamy creme coloured head. Nose is simple caramel malt with faint hints of cinnamon sticks, nice. Smooth taste of burnt toffee,spice and the faintest hint of orange peel,finished black coffee. OK Mouthfeel is OK low carbonation and long lasting bitterness. Not bad but past its best.

Reidrover, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of muchloveforhops3
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

muchloveforhops3, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of brewandbbq
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours perfectly clear dark ruby. A massive, three-inch head rose up to the top of the tulip glass. After several minutes the chunky mass of beige seafoam settled to a good quarter inch. Lacework aplenty.
A real beauty.
Aromatics are fruity, malty, and somewhat chaulky. A Burton slant no doubt.
Caramelized malt with a hint of cherry juice.
The nose finishes a bit biscuity.
Mouthfeel is medium and a bit sticky. Mildly creamy, but crisp.
The pallet starts off decently, with bready malt and plenty of fruity esters. Hopping subdued but plenty of caramel and bitterness to keep things interesting.
The beer finishes with a somewhat scortched malt character. A bitterness that lingers in an odd way that detracts.
Alcohol is very subdued and some more drying chaulk lingers amongst the acrid undertones.

brewandbbq, Jan 26, 2008
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Mistletoe Bliss from Lazy Boy Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.