Alaskan Winter Ale - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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Reviews by ojiikun:
4.03/5 rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Picked up a sixer of the stubby bottles to welcome to cold weather back to the Northwest. Bottles are marked with what looks to be an expiry of February '08. No clue when they were born.
Pours a very clear dark brown with reddish hilights. Little head or bubbling, but what's there is crystal white.
Smell is sweet and of fruity hops, maybe apricot or blood orange. Some definite candied malts, some simple syrup notes. Could be some spruce, though that's probably the power of suggestion talking. Alcohol is evident, even when cold.
Taste is much breadier than the smell, but still has that spicy-sweet taste. Much like fruitcake, to be honest. Hardly bitter at all and not too full in body except at the beginning of sips. Fruits gets more tropical and the middle has a nice note of fresh leather. Yeast is really restrained and a very clean variety.
Feels light but coating on the tongue and palate, but not too sticky. Not nearly as carbonated as it ought to be. Still, drinkable as can be thanks to the nonexistant bitterness and the smooth fruityness.
Honestly, one of the first winter warmers marketed as such that I've really liked. A little stronger, but without the usual bombs of hopping and burnt malts. Goes down easy and actually does warm you up a little. Nothing to get excited about, though, as a proper old-world beer would suffice and do so with more flavour.
Serving type: bottle
10-06-2007 06:11:46 | More by ojiikun
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