Twelfth Night Wassail
John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House

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3.96 | pDev: 10.86%
John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This winter warmer pours a cloudy, copper-amber color. It's topped by a thick, dense, off-white head that fades to a film. The aroma has two layers, the spices, and the underlying malts. The spices are strongest, with notes of cinnamon and clove, along with a bit of orange peel. The underlying malts are at the border of caramel and chocolate, all over a faint graininess that seems characteristic of the house Belgian yeast strain, which fails to give off a lot of fruit.

The spice bites upfront, a little bit of heat. It moves into a sweet maltiness: candies flavored with a bit of cinnamon. The underlying coarse graininess hinted at in the aroma comes out next, and remains constant with a moderate sweetness, and a building spice, both from the alcohol and spices. The beer ends sweet with a slight kick of bitterness that seems more spice derived than hop derived. Not overly spiced for the style, but it doesn't pop either. This beer starts off smooth and moderately thick, but ends disappointingly thin.

This is a spiced beer, so not surprisingly it's not one to drink a lot of. The spicing isn't overdone, but the backbone seems a bit thin. So overall it averages out.

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4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Now this is a grand winter beer that just hits the spot on a cold day in the Boston area. A thick pour, this sports a nice head atop a dark brownish amber liquid with nice red highlights that reflect, rather than transmit, from the semi-opaque body. The nose is spicy up front, and the taste on the palate evokes thoughts of a cool Brussels winter evening at the abbey. A nice thick mouth is just right for winter warming, and the finish is just hoppy enough to feel clean and satisfying. A truly lovely winter experience.

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4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color was a very hazy toffee coloring. This beer was served about an inch of white head - no real lacing to speak of. Nose is of cinnamon, yeasts, and a slight orange hint to it. Taste is of yeasts and cinnamon, with just the slightest touch of orange flavoring. Has a sweet finish to it with virtually no aftertaste. Light to medium body with incredible drinkability. This was a great spiced beer that is perfect for a cold evening wandering around Harvard Sq.

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Twelfth Night Wassail from John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 3 ratings