Wasatch Winterfest - Utah Brewers Cooperative
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3.85/5 rDev -1%
Sampled tonight on 5/25/14. Bought this single bottle last week for a $1.69 as I have never seen this one before. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my bber cooler and poured into a handled glass stein.
Pours a dark brown in color with ruby highlights. About a good 1/2-finger of a beige head is seen with a good amount of lacing with each sip. The aroma is of caramel malts with some pine along with some dark fruits. The taste is complex with a lot going on of toffee, some caramel, spice with a mild bitter finish from the hops. Goings down pretty easy really. Perfect carbonation and a good brew for the colder months.
05-26-2014 03:59:26 | More by BeerWithMike
3.36/5 rDev -13.6%
pours out a dirty mahogany colour with a thin tan head with a bit of wispy lace. deeply malty aroma throwing down a bunch of nougat, caramel and cocoa with yeast and fruitcake as an accent. the taste profile leans heavily on the layered maltiness, with semi sweet notes of dark chocolate, caramel and fruitcake accompanied by a slight citric hop juice aspect that melds well the flavours of this festive winter seasonal. a bit of bitterness wafts in and out but hop profile is there to compliment the semi-sweet maltiness, not to offset or balance the malt. another winter beer brewed to taste like a liquid candy bar. very appropriate i'd say. there is a touch of a back end band-aid aftertaste that is slightly off-putting but seems to be ok in this brew. the body is above medium with a sticky, slick and smooth mouthfeel. drinkability is average.
overall, for a winter seasonal, this offering seems rather mundane and uninspired. it definitely brings the goods and festiveness but in disjointed, unorganized way. it might be more bright and cleaner if consumed brewery fresh, but as i sip it seems somewhat muddled and dirty. i'd like to revisit next winter on the front end.
04-23-2014 23:00:24 | More by budgood1
4/5 rDev +2.8%
Appearance: Clear reddish amber, with a small, dense, and quite persistent tan head. The lacing is glass-coating and fine beaded.
Aroma: Lots of pine hops and caramel, in equal measures.
Taste: Opens with a burst of moderate pine hops, soon followed by a very sturdy caramel malt presence. There is a flavor of dark bread as well. As the taste progresses, sweet alcohol flavors are also notable. Finishes with a long drawn-out hop note which is balanced by lingering caramel.
Mouth feel: Velvety soft, with modest carbonation.
Drinkability/notes: A very pleasing and drinkable example, well-suited to colder weather.
Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.
12-28-2013 15:10:37 | More by Pegasus
3.25/5 rDev -16.5%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a footed tulip.
A: Medium brown. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly, brownish head. Settles quickly but not completely, leaving a smattering of foam on the surface, a thick beer ring, and some persistent residue. Substantial, dry beer ring lacing.
S: Roasted malt, a little molasses and raisin, and a bit of pecan.
T: Rye bread, peat, bitter pecan shell.
M: Thick and hearty. High alcohol is evident, kind of boozy. Pungent, lingering finish. Seems to improve as it warms.
Atmosphere is pretty good. Fair head, and thick persistent lacing. Nose is roasty with sweet and nutty components. Pungent grains, and bitterness. Overall, this is an pretty good quaff.
12-14-2013 02:16:29 | More by bmwats
3.74/5 rDev -3.9%
Poured into a snifter glass. The beer pours dark ruby brow with thin light an head that fades. There are some visible tiny bubbles running up the side of the glass. The beer smells of toffee and bread. The taste follows the nose. The spices have mellowed out considerably at this point. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The drinkability is pretty good. This is a good beer, but definitely not worth the price of a six pack.
06-29-2013 01:41:52 | More by acevenom
3.91/5 rDev +0.5%
I favor the malty beers so I couldn’t wait to try this. Pours chestnut brown with red highlights and a frothy tan head that lazily fell off to a thick cap and some big splotchy lace. With this beer the nose finds you. Exciting with a bit of pine up front, ripe fruit, orange, bread and caramel. Malt is very round and approaches chocolate but artfully stops right before. It intrigues. Opens up sweet with plenty of toffee and grain but never becomes chewy. Hops are gentle but firm with light floral and the very faintest hay and dank. Taste is big crusty bread, so much malt but so damn smooth and the sweetness downplayed on the palate. Hops are gentle and give their touch of herbal and bitter then leave crisp with plenty of dryness and bitter in the finish. This was a very impressive seasonal that was gracious and engaging. Vivacious with malt character it let the hops ride in the backseat and completely won me over with every sip.
06-12-2013 09:23:22 | More by utopiajane
Wasatch Winterfest from Utah Brewers Cooperative
87 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.