Festivus Winter Warmer - Mad Fox Brewing Company
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Ratings: 10 | Reviews: 6 | Display Reviews Only:
3.63/5 rDev -1.6%
From 12/31/12 notes. Had this on tap at the brewpub in Falls Church; 4 oz. sample.
a - Pours a medium amber-brown color with one inch of off white head and low carbonation evident.
s - Smells of spices, roasted malts, gingerbread, cinnamon, nutmeg, bready malts, toasted malts. Very nice, nice winter warmer nose to it.
t - Tastes of spice, pepper, cinnamon, roasted malts, toasted malts, bread, some burnt malts. More spice here and less cinnamon/gingerbread. Nice but a step down from the nose.
m - Light body and low carb; a tiny bit thin of a body.
o - Overall a pretty nice winter warmer. Really nice nose with a lot of gingerbread, though the taste has a lot of spice and the body is a tiny bit too thin. Worth checking out, glad to have a 4 oz. sample of it.
01-02-2013 21:38:32 | More by mdfb79
District of Columbia
3.9/5 rDev +5.7%
I tried a sample of this on tap at the brewpub last night and thought it would make a great Christmas Eve brew, so I bought a growler for my wife and I to split over the Holiday.
A: Dark red, burgundy color, with no head at first until all the brew was gathered in the glass.... then about a finger's worth formed. Nice bubbly carbonation steeping from the bottom.
S: Christmas in a glass: Ginger and nutmeg blend upfront, followed by a little bit of malty breadiness.
T: I really got those cinnamon notes when I took a sip and held it... whoa! Dark roasty breadiness, with the spice trio all coming together in perfect harmony. The finish was very smooth.
M: Not too thick, sugary, or syrupy. The spices take center stage and the carbonation was low, yet effective. The lacing was non-existent.
D: Very drinkable holiday ale.... gulpable even!
12-25-2010 01:20:46 | More by Chaney
4.03/5 rDev +9.2%
At the Brick, beer is orangish with a mild head, breaks, white small bubbles, minimal lacing and low carbonation.
Aroma is interesting, smells like a graham cracker. Very strong aroma.
It's light in body, mildly malty sweet up front, nice beer, well balanced spice character on the midpalate and late, nice wet finish. Very drinkable.
12-12-2010 05:17:21 | More by drabmuh
3.58/5 rDev -3%
On tap at the brewpub during the Beer Connoisseur magazine one-year anniversary celebration.
Pours a moderate copper color with a reddish tint. The head is about a single-finger and leaves behind a fair amount of lacing. The nose brings loads and loads of spicing with clove, cinnamon, and ginger chief among them. A bit overpowering.
The overpowering nature of the spices continues into the flavor, but dominates even more. In addition, there is some light caramel and a bit of malt, though not all that much and it's tough to get it to really gel, as the mouthfeel is entirely too light for all the flavors the spices are bringing. Moderate carbonation livens things up a bit. A pretty decent beer, but not one of my favorites from them, especially after thoroughly enjoying their pumpkin brew.
EDIT: Had this beer a second time and the mouthfeel was greatly improved, bringing a more full body with good carbonation and a nice spice character.
12-09-2010 02:31:01 | More by Thorpe429
4/5 rDev +8.4%
This is relative to a spiced beer, so bear with me.
It is a nice deep amber with an off-white head.
Aromas right off the bat of holiday spices - nutmeg, cloves, allspice, cinnamon, and a tiny malt sweetness.
You taste the spices right up front, they dominate, but do not push hard, because there is a certain smoothness to the balanced malt backbone that makes the up front spice acceptable. I have outgrown my taste for this style, but this is one that I am glad to have in a seasonal context.
medium body and finishes spice all the way, but not weird or sharp because like I said, the malt was really taken care of to put the proper canvas upon which the spices are painted.
Bill - you have equaled or exceeded Anchor's x-mas beer. Kudos.
12-07-2010 23:50:01 | More by dedrinker
3.53/5 rDev -4.3%
a: nonic pint, deep mahogany brown in color with a low, lightly retained head
s: fairly tame malt backbone, bready with some light toffee/caramels, the dark roasted color coming through on the nose only as a smooth, light aroma, the spicing is mild but placed well forward given the subtle surroundings
m: around medium in body, perhaps a touch on the lighter side, with a low carbonation, the very low carbonation leaves it without the creaminess I've found in other mf cask ales
t: much like the aroma, the palate features a subtle base of pale malt and light toffee, very light roast (seems more of a color thing), with nutmeg and ginger at the front, lightly dosed with earthy hops
d: drinks well enough, but not much to cause one to reach for another
firkin at the brewpub
12-04-2010 02:37:07 | More by blackie
Festivus Winter Warmer from Mad Fox Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.