A Honey Of A Saison | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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A Honey Of A SaisonA Honey Of A Saison

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Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Honey of a Saison is a swarm of flavor and a stinger at 11.5% ABV. The French Saison yeast produces big, estery, phenolic aromas and flavors, while the Wildflower Honey lends a spicy, sweet aroma with essence of dried fruits. Champagne Yeast is also used to complete fermentation and create a dry finish. A strong malt bill imparts a rich, golden honey color to the ale, and it shows low hop bitterness at 25 IBU’s.

Added by SPThirtyThree on 12-18-2012

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

kind of sloppy for a saison, which everyone thinks they can brew these days. this one pours seemingly too dark and too clear to be true to style. its pushing copper in color, and seems to have no sediment at all. head is nice though, white and thick and two inches tall. the nose is pretty sweet from the honey, which wasn't added as a nuance, its really intense. the yeast isn't as funky or farmy as ive come to expect from a good saison, but its there, doughy and dry. flavor is really sweet and alcoholic, too much so, almost hurts the teeth, and the yeast is only really tasted in the finish. its not quite bold enough to stand up to the alcohol or the sweet, which hurts the cause here. I expect yeast forward saisons. anyways, its got fine carbonation but again seemingly too much body. this is more of a wheatwine or something, not a bad beer, but doesn't quite fit the bill as a saison. continued mediocrity from boulder beer.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2012 vintage. Pours lightly hazy deep orange copper color with a 2 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of orange, pear, apple, grape, caramel, honey, light pepper, bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity esters with malt sweetness; and good strength. Taste of orange, orange rind, pear, apple, grape, caramel, honey, floral, bread, clove, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, caramel, honey, bread, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Nice balance and complexity of malt and fruity ester flavors; with no cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a slick and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice imperial saison. Nice balance and complexity of yeast ester and malt flavors; with quite smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Gotta love it when people try to bring back old-timey slang... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset bronze topped by a finger of lightly dirty-white foam. The nose comprises light hay, vague citrus, dusty biscuit, and vague sweetness. The taste holds notes of brighter citrus, cracked wheat, clove, light nutmeg, candied orange peel, and smashed banana. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a decent saison, one that doesn't impress, but also one that doesn't offend.

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Photo of tdm168
4.04/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - orangish with a huge, dense, soft, off white head that has great retention

S - white grapes, some apple, pear, alcohol, some Belgian funk

T - pear, apple, some white grapes, very faint spice, Belgian funk, some warming alcohol in the finish, mildly bitter hop finish

M - medium to full bodied, warm, well carbonated

This is a pretty decent beer. It relies heavily on the yeasty esters, but they seem to be enough. The alcohol is fairly well masked for a bold 11.5%. This is one of the better Boulder offerings that I've had. If you're a Belgian beer fan this is probably worth a try.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed bronze color and light white foam and lace. Aroma of malty sugar, Belgian yeast, honey sweetness. In the taste, mild herbal bitterness, sweet malt notes, honey, as advertised, and booze. There are hints of herb, mint, and pepper. Mostly sweet, some alcohol is noticed, but tastes pretty good. Medium bodied, well carbonated, loose, smooth feel with a low level of heat. Overall, this was a big sweet saison, as you would expect from such a name.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.57/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle for $7.59.

It pours a clear amber with a 1 finger head of foam that leaves some nice lacing behind.

I get smells of wheat, candi sugar and I guess, honey sweetness, booze, some earthiness.

The smell was okay but the first sip in and whoa, the sweet notes are borderline overpowering. A syrupy kind of sweet that doesn't let much else through, except the booziness, and maybe that's a good thing. I get some spice but it doesn't compliment the beer much. The label says it uses Champagne yeast so there is some dryness in the finish but colour me confused. I was expecting a Saison of some sort and this does not fit the bill for me.

Good body but the carbonation is lighter than what I hoped for. Considering.

In no way is this an easy drinking beer for me, I'm now debating whether to finish the bottle or pour it down the drain. Cut the sweet in about..half, and it might not be half bad.

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Photo of avalon07
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a yellow-orange color and a clear texture. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Decent lacing.

S: A very underwhelming aroma of honey, yeast, and some fruit. The smell just wasn't very noticeable.

T: Tasted of light honey, malt, some Belgian yeast, fruity esters, and a phenolic quality. A pretty thin flavor all around. It just isn't pushed far enough and the result is a somewhat bland flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat harsh finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not the worst BSPA I've tried, but definitely not the best. Not a great beer by any standards.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.15/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a snifter glass

Appearance – Served a clear amber color with a one finger white head. The head has a light level of retention fading over time to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is sweet and wheaty. A strong wheat aroma mixed with a light fruit aroma of grapes, pear and peach create the bulk of the smell. Mixed with these is a lighter honey aroma as well as a little bit of notes of a floral like aroma. Overall it is quite pleasant.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready flavor with a little bit of wheat mixed within. With these more malty tastes, is a sweet flavor of caramel and honey upfront. The caramel is soon lost, but the honey flavor persists throughout the taste. In the middle of the taste flavors of light fruits of grape and pear enter and last till the end. Flavors of some alcohol and a bit of bitterness and sourness comes to the tongue more at the end of the taste. These flavors actually help round out some of the sweeter flavors, in the end leaving a rather nice warming and semi-sweet flavor to be left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is average as well. The medium body and higher carbonation (at least for a brew of 11.5%) was good for the sweeter flavors of the brew, but was not too over the top in thinness or carbonation to take away from the more boozy and malty flavors of the brew.

Overall- Its packs a sweet punch upfront and is quite high in alcohol, but still maintains a nice easy drinkability about it. I rather enjoyed this beer and would recommend it as a good sipper after dinner or a nice dessert style brew.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

**Reviewed before realizing the actual style classification on BA. Adjusted scores to style after the fact.

Hazy amber with some red in it. Frothy topper leaves some lacing. Looks rich for a saison.

Familiar aromas of farmhouse yeast, honey, green apple, toasted malts, rooibos, and light pepper. Not bad.

Big yeast and alcohol notes trailblaze with strength, nuttiness, and pomme fruits. Darker notes of honey and raisin enter, making this one burly saison. Borderline quad in flavor. Peppery spice and root vegetable flutters in the finish. Tea-like hops have flavor and bitterness that come in the middle-to-end. As it warms, it becomes almost like a BSPA with more apple-pear-cherry-golden raisin character. Interesting.

Massive for a saison. Booze is... well, we're dialed up to 11.5% here. Body is thicker than just medium. And, sticky, too. Carbonation wants to fall away in the feel.

Just too much for what I want in a saison. Not disappointing. Just a different kind of Belgian ale.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.95/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Look : It pours a deep dark amber color with copper highlights. Head is fluffy and off-white, perfect Belgian appearance.

Smell : Honey, honey candy, bubblegum, pale malts, hop. Belgian yeast and alcohol play games together too.

Taste : A wall of rotten candy sweetness comes out in full force - settling into notes of honey, bubblegum, fusel alcohol, and malt liquor. A high dose of vinegar and malt combines with a hotness from the alcohol to create one giant mess. As it warms, the flavors tame a bit and meld together.

Feel is okay with buzzing carbonation (reminiscent of the bee on front) but at this point I don't particularly care as it's undrinkable. The finish is semi-dry.

Overall : I bought this for $1.99 and I paid too much. Drain pourrrrrrrr.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed from the 22 oz bottle in a snifter. This unique ale pours a deep and lightly hazy amber with a very nice head of white foam that settles to a thick rich ring, nice light layer, and very nice lacing. Nose of heavy mead, strong grained booze, and moderate hop notes. Flavors fall short from the nose with big honey blasted with an herbal hop that is prominent on the middle and sides and fades into the back with bubblegum and ultra sweet candy sugars that finish with a wine like tartness. Decent mouth feel, moderate carbonation is right for the style, yet the sweetness is overly cloying and coating making it a rather muddled mess.

I love rich sweet brews. I have a serious sweet tooth, yet this is over the top with a dry herbal finish that is almost off putting. The alcohol warmth is right, and the idea is solid; kudos with the champagne yeast, yet some tact and characteristic outside of sweet and herbal would be welcomed.

A recipe with it's heart in the right place, but one that could use some tweaking.

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Photo of babaracas
2.47/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours a clear copper with insta-fade thin white head, spotty lacing. 11.5%. None of this is right, what's going on here... Smell: oh, it's not a saison at all, it's a shitty BSPA! The nice folks at Boulder Beer just thought it would be cool to disrespect their customers by lying about the style in no less that 3 places on the label! Assholes! Anyway... booze, white grape juice, sugary with a little honey funk. Taste: just tons of sugary pale malts, light spicy hopping, white grape juice, floral notes. Not the dry finish promised, massively underattenuated even though it made it to almost 12%, holy crap! Sticky, juicy, with some grit that is the closest this comes to drying. This could be a average BSPA, but it's a flippin' terrible saison, and now I'm turned off of buying anything from Boulder Beer. You've joined Left Hand on the bad $8 bomber shitlist.

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Photo of Omnium
3.51/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes on April 9th that I'm finally getting to.
On Tap at House of 1000 Beers
A - Pours a hazy copper two fingers of head, fades fast, nice lacing.
S - Very tart aroma, some sweet malt, mild dank hop aroma, citrus and honey blend.
T - Tart flavor, some bitterness from the hops, some alcohol flavor and biscuit malt.
M - As it warms up the malt gets overwhelming along with the alcohol.
O - Not bad, but the tartness and alcohol get to me overpowering as you go on.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.99/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: Deep rich caramel copper color. A cream colored head recedes to a wisp and a ring around the edges. Light spots of lacing.

Aroma: An immediate spiciness, sweet honey, faint floral notes.

Taste: There's an immediate cinnamon spiciness, but I'm sure the alcoholic burn has something to do with that. The honey is infused perfectly, making itself known without being overbearing.

Mouthfeel: Quite sharp. Alcoholic burn.

Overall: Not necessarily as complex as some, but the honey is perfect. And it is good. The 11.5% ABV is hidden as good as it can be.

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.1/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Poured form the tap.

The beer was a nice, copper/red colour with good clarity. The nose was sweet with Belgian yeast, citrus hops, floral hops, and the honey was noticeable. It tasted sweet wheatiness that transitioned into a brief pepper/spiciness, and had a tangy-yeasty finish. The aftertaste was sweet and floral.

Would I buy it again? Yes.

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Photo of Act25
2.77/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This is one of the oddest, misguided beers I have reviewed here.

Poured from a 22 oz bottle bought for $2.50 at Whole Foods as part of a 6 craft pack of dinner bottles. (ie, sell em before they go stale!) Into my standard .5l Spaten cylinder.

A: A clear texture, with an inch of tan head that didn't last. Decent lacing. Med. carbonation. Odd amber honey color, a little too red. Alarming color.

S: Stink of bitter, turned apple cider and some frat floor, bit of ammonia stink. Maybe they cleaned the floor, maybe pissed on it. Beyond that a bit industrial, w really too little fruit, grass, hops, malt, or anything organic and tangible.

T: Too much of the smell here in the taste. But a bit better because the overwhelming alcohol insulates against the bitter turned flavor. Definitely phenolic, but thin flavor! Unpleasant and odd.
More flavors emerge as it warms, but increasing cleaning closet backdrop too.

M: Still industrial, had to agree with a review that said like licking dirty pennies and car battery terminals. I think I will see if this will chase off the moles. Pouring it down a mole hole.

O: It is the worst BSPA I have tried. Steer clear.

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Photo of RickS95
4.01/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber

Pours a hazy copper orange color, the color of peach skin only a bit darker. There's a head early on, but it isn't impressive and doesn't stick around long.

The smell is complex with some tangy, peppery yeast, a hint of citrusy pineapple, a bit of honey and alcohol.

Grape and pepper start the taste. Pineapple makes an appearance midsip. Citrusy hop presence starts the finish while the alcohol ends it.

Full bodied. Sweet and spicy. Tangy throughout. Each sip brings more bite from the alcohol heat. Acid in the finish. Alcohol isn't over the top, but it's right at the line...after a few sips, my mouth is going numb.

A sipper. ABV is strong, a real manly beer for a saison. Nice taste and I actually like the ABV. I never picked up the honey because it's so subtle.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 22oz bomber picked up a long time ago. I think I have had it in my fridge for a year and a half (today is Christmas 2014)

L - Bronze with some clarity, 1 finger of head and not much lace left on the glass

S - Sugarcane sweet! Honey, belgian yeast.

T - Sweet as molasses, with a nice belgian saison finish. Honey shines through up front. Very sweet.

F - Thin bodied and medium carbonation

O - A sweet brew with lots of honey and sugar. Too much really. Split this one with somebody or you will be in for a rough morning the next day!

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Photo of AdamBear
3.01/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

A-dark amber with a nice cream colored head

S-chlorine like scent of minty herbs and lemon. Some biscuity honey

T-comes in with a flavor of chlorine and citrus. There's a slight Tate's of Belgian wit spices and bitterness. It's an odd mix. Not great. Matching after taste.

M-medium carbonation with a bitter finish

O-just a terrible beer. Difficult to finish. Hardly a Saison at all. The flavors are not of high quality and they don't mesh well.

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Photo of mscudder
3.07/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Served in a snifter.

A - Cloudy amber hue with a one-finger ivory head. Good lacing after average retention.

S - Pear, white grapes, booze and a pinch of honey.

T - Sticky honey and caramel sweetness, booze, floral notes and spices. The booze overpowers everything that this had going...

M- Heavy on the mouth. Viscous composition with sharp booze alongside the floral notes on the finish. Not very good.

O - This is a big beer that I would not return to. Interesting idea, but way off balance for any Saison or BSPA I would keep in my fridge. Over half the bomber got poured down my drain.

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Photo of BierJager89
3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque copper with a tan head.

S: Orange blossom honey, strawberry, tropical fruit and malt thickly blanket and mask hoppier scents of orange and pine, as well as fruity yeast esters.

T: Wowzers… that's all I can say to describe my first sip. It is a sweet beer. Often honey doesn't come through so strong, but the first thing you taste is sweet wildflower and orange blossom honeys (the citric and floral notes may be from hops, but if they are, they are quite well blended, like hopped honey…. hopped honey! That should be a thing. Hopped everything!)… Following that are cinnamon, nutmeg, some orange/pine hoppiness, Like a hoppy saison in the finish. In later sips, more fruits, peach, even some poppy come through. This beer starts out sweet and finishes dry. Mouthfeel is very much like a typical saison.

M: Medium bodied, though perhaps a bit thicker than medium, and somewhat harsh.

O: Perhaps the whiskey I had earlier wrecked my pallet, but this seemed off to me. It's interesting, and perhaps worth a try. I'm just not sure.

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Photo of TheRealBigC
3.86/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty appealing ruby red color, with a thin head that disappears almost instantly. The honey is pretty apparent, provide a certain sweetness among the characteristic saison yeast flavors. For 11.5% it's quite well masked. It's just present enough to keep you to sips, and all in all the sips are pleasant. Not an anytime choice, but I was pretty happy with this one.

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Photo of mattkoon
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this beer was a nice surprise. i have started to really like saisons over the past 2 years.this one is a great little twist on the saison style. the color is a really nice golden brown, looks very close to actual honey. the smell is not very potent. the taste is very earthy/grassy like a good saison but it carries a real rich sweetness along for the ride. there is a pretty heavy alcohol flavor but being a 11.5% that is understandable. i like this beer.

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Photo of sjdevel
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a 1-finger head (from a 22oz bottle), but the head recedes quite rapidly. I am left with a decent foam ring around the outside of the glass and some decent lacing though. This beer is a very clear golden/copper/honey color. Not very active for a saison.

Smells dank and tart. There are some fruity notes and a strong zing of wine. Not extremely aromatic, but a decent fragrance.

There is a slight hop bitterness upfront, followed quickly by tart fruit. It then tastes like a blend of wines all swirled together (apple, white grape, red grape, peach, etc.). Mixed in with the fruits and wine are sweet honey and caramel malts. There is an earthy flavor that I cannot quite place that, at first, seems out of place, but then it seems to meld back in when it starts to dry out and then leave you with an aftertaste of champagne with a hint of vinegar. There are a couple of times throughout the flavor life cycle where it seems to fade into vinegary notes, but it doesn't last that long. The high level of alcohol is very apparent as you quickly get warm wave that crashes in with every sip.

Medium to full feeling. It feels pretty thick when you first drink it but seems to get oily and thin. This one is on the low side of carbonation so it doesn't have the effervescent tingle that a lot of Saisons have. There is a slight dry feel at the tail end.

This is pretty good. There are some flavors that clash briefly here and there though. I couldn't really track it down. It says that the fermentation is finished with champagne yeast so it may be that my taste buds are thinking that: IT'S A BEER, NO IT'S CHAMPAGNE, NO IT'S A BEER, NO IT'S CHAMPAGNE! There is a slight sourness as well so it's almost like a blend of 4 different drinks. There is a medicinal tinge here and there. It's not too bad, but I'm not convinced that all of the flavors that I was tasting belong together. But this one is worth trying once. It's Okay.

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Photo of SPThirtyThree
1.58/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

No yeast in bottle. Served warmed from fridge temps, around 45 - 50 °F .

A: Pours crystal-clear amber with a generous one-finger ecru cap. The head quickly collapses to stagnant patches of light, fine bubbles that cover about 30% of the top. The high alcohol is likely the culprit behind the disappointing head.

S: The nose is dominated by hot phenols and rubbing alcohol, making it difficult to ascern underlying notes of toasted peppercorn, sour cherries, leather, metal, and biscuits. After warming further, bitter apple and hot phenols dominate, covering any reminants of good flavor.

T: Hot and spicy. Boulder Beer touts this as a winter warmer, which it certainly is, but in the same manner, so are mineral spirits and acetone. Hot, lingering metallic notes dance on the tongue like licking dirty pennies and battery terminals.

M: Tangy, dry, crisp, slightly astringent, this 11.5%-ABV "stinger" burns the center tip of my tongue.

D: Low. Would not buy again.

This beer definitely warms, but there are just too many hot, unpalatable flavors to make it worth drinking.

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