Mistletoe Bliss - Lazy Boy Brewing
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1.9/5 rDev -46.8%
This looks innocent enough, actually a handsome coppery amber color with average foam. The smell is something a lot like leather with a whiff of the janitorial closet. Plenty of spritziness on the tongue.
The deep malty flavor seems to have evolved into something beyond the known beer universe. Extremely dry and repellently bitter and it ain't nothing to do with hops. This isn't exactly sour, but it has garbagey taste that makes me fear to drink more than a few sips. Doused matches, fermented chestnuts, oatmeal with motor oil. Does naugahyde have a flavor? This would be it.
I review this to discourage anyone from picking this up as a left-over curiosity. Check out the bugs in the brewery, lazy boys. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Central Market - Shoreline in north Seattle.
04-23-2014 06:14:42 | More by mactrail
3.59/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
04-07-2013 17:07:19 | More by Reidrover
4/5 rDev +12%
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.
12-16-2012 20:12:08 | More by flagmantho
3.76/5 rDev +5.3%
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).
12-08-2012 16:05:37 | More by sam_bliss
3.95/5 rDev +10.6%
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.
12-29-2011 00:17:43 | More by snaotheus
4.03/5 rDev +12.9%
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!!!
12-20-2011 03:23:33 | More by Jason
District of Columbia
2.93/5 rDev -17.9%
Pours a barleywine-like opaque dark amber color with scant stone colored head which quickly recedes to a ring. Smell is a lot of sweet caramel, some cherry and strawberry, not bad but kind of one dimensional. Taste is impressively lacking in flavor. A little caramel and cherry and some pepper. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full body. Overall, this tastes more like a barleywine than winter warmer. I would pass on this in the future.
11-30-2011 05:43:51 | More by pmarlowe
4/5 rDev +12%
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
05-12-2011 00:01:03 | More by HuskyinPDX
3.85/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
11-13-2010 04:56:39 | More by oregonskibum
British Columbia (Canada)
3.88/5 rDev +8.7%
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
06-07-2010 16:17:15 | More by canucklehead
2.35/5 rDev -34.2%
Poured into my pint glass the beer is a chestnut brown hue. A quick burst of tan head fades almost instantly into nothing. I mean not a trace of lace or retention. It looks like a glass of ice tea.
The aroma is malty with hints of spice and nuts. It actually has a sweet tea smell to it. Not really WW aroma.
The flavor is muted roast malt with a mild sweetness. Not much else. Maybe some cinnamon.
Totally flat. Not a trace of carbonation.
Overall a very big dissapointment. Not sure if it was a bad bottle or what. If I ever come across another bottle I might re-rate it.
05-05-2010 01:27:04 | More by beerwolf77
3/5 rDev -16%
Poured a burgundy color with good carbonation and a small dirty white head. Nose is light spice, weak, cocoa. Taste is earthy, hops, spice, as it warms I get more cocoa and booze. Mouthfeel is booze, thin and spice, Drinkability. Choose another of the style.
03-26-2010 02:35:59 | More by barleywinefiend
3.98/5 rDev +11.5%
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.
12-17-2009 02:49:44 | More by RedDiamond
3.3/5 rDev -7.6%
Serving type - 22 oz bomber into pint glass
A - Pours a deep, murky amber with very little head and thin lacing.
S - Caramel, Toffee, Coriander, and a bit of alcohol
T - Caramel and Toffee malts, with bits of orange and coriander, and very minimal hops. Kind of strange, but not bad.
M - Medium body and carbonation. Expected for an ale of this strength
D - Probably not something I'd want to drink a lot of, but it's something different for sure.
Overall - This one was pretty different than some of the other Winter Warmers I've had. It doesn't abuse spicing, which is nice, but to me, there's too much orange & coriander that distract from the caramel/toffee flavors that are picked up in the scent. Maybe I just got a bad bottle? Either way, other efforts from this brewery are quite enjoyable, so I might try this one again to see.
12-05-2009 08:35:38 | More by Flightoficarus
3.9/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
11-15-2009 20:50:46 | More by beertunes
3.9/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
05-17-2009 05:39:22 | More by LieutenantWort
1.78/5 rDev -50.1%
pours a newcastle brown color
funky aroma, sorta malty with caramel notes, slight soury notes
tastes watery, with slight caramel, kinda sweet malt, and it seems that the hops are trying to show up
tastes dilluted, a bit of caramel, totally unbalanced and seems like its missing half of its ingredients
super weird profile, way off balance and totally out of whack, probably the only micro 22 i have ever poured out it is just all kinds of wrong. maybe i got a bad bottle, because after reading the other reviews of this beer maybe mine was just funky, but id never buy one
01-03-2009 06:48:18 | More by bitterthebetter
3.95/5 rDev +10.6%
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.
12-21-2008 00:17:39 | More by ccrida
3/5 rDev -16%
Bottle@home generously provided by BA Kplynch! Thanks pal!
A: Amber with a white head.
S: Citric notes, Spices, Malt, Christmas pudding.
T: Caramel, Earth, Spices, Orange, Ripe fruit.
M: Initial sweetness with alot of bitterness at the end. Lots of carbonation.
I did not like the biterness in this beer at all. Tasted unbalanced to say the least. Maybe worth a shot for those who can stand the bitterness at the end.
12-15-2008 20:43:23 | More by baggio
4/5 rDev +12%
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.
11-27-2008 18:39:48 | More by djeucalyptus
Mistletoe Bliss from Lazy Boy Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.