Mistletoe Bliss | Lazy Boy Brewing

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Mistletoe BlissMistletoe Bliss

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Lazy Boy Brewing
Washington, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Winter

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Added by msubulldog25 on 12-16-2007

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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of 1971bernat
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bombventure
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of italianstallion
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gouettn
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NickThePyro
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Metaltildeath
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of mactrail
1.94/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

This looks innocent enough, actually a handsome coppery amber color with average foam. The smell is something a lot like leather with a whiff of the janitorial closet. Plenty of spritziness on the tongue.

The deep malty flavor seems to have evolved into something beyond the known beer universe. Extremely dry and repellently bitter and it ain't nothing to do with hops. This isn't exactly sour, but it has garbagey taste that makes me fear to drink more than a few sips. Doused matches, fermented chestnuts, oatmeal with motor oil. Does naugahyde have a flavor? This would be it.

I review this to discourage anyone from picking this up as a left-over curiosity. Check out the bugs in the brewery, lazy boys. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Central Market - Shoreline in north Seattle.

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Photo of Braz
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of muchloveforhops3
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Reidrover
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle from Roth’s Vista Market in Salem. $2.99. This seems rather late for a winter thus i suppose the low price..plus it was out in a warm shelf so here goes! Reddish amber coloured ale here, with a thick and creamy creme coloured head. Nose is simple caramel malt with faint hints of cinnamon sticks, nice. Smooth taste of burnt toffee,spice and the faintest hint of orange peel,finished black coffee. OK Mouthfeel is OK low carbonation and long lasting bitterness. Not bad but past its best.

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Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: dark ruby-brown with a little bit of haze to the body. Head is a finger of frothy tan foam. Not bad, overall; a good look for a winter warmer.

Smell: malty aroma has a very strong caramel character. Very rich, creamy and sweet; a bit one-note, but easily the most accurately caramel-smelling beer I've ever encountered. It's actually quite enticing.

Taste: again, extremely caramel-tastic. Malty with a hint of bitterness but mostly just caramel. What can I say? it appeals to me. It's a festive, appropriate take on a winter warmer; this would also be a fan-damn-tastic characteristic in a Wee Heavy.

Mouthfeel: rich body with a decent level of carbonation and a smooth, satisfying creaminess. Quite good.

Overall: I find I rather like this beer. Perhaps not an everyday choice due to sweetness, but I think it works quite well indeed as a representative of the style.

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Photo of sam_bliss
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22ozer into New Belgium globe

Bourbon brown as it pours. Super dark in the glassware with a blood-red tinge. The frothy head was never thick and did not last long. Pretty color but disappointing head for sure. Scent is not strong and composed mainly of malts. Some dark fruits shine through the roast. Tastes amazingly chocolatey. A handful of semi-sweet chocolate chips melted into this one with some caramel, toffee, coffee, and toasty malts as well. Some resinous and roasted nutty flavors round out the dessert-like experience. Carbonation is medium and the body is thick but not overwhelmingly sticky. I am drinking this as I make dinner but will try to save the rest of my bomber for afterward. This is sweet and I like it but might suffocate some food pairings (and ruin appetites for anything that's not sweet).

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Photo of doughanson78
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of snaotheus
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a large mug

Pours dark caramelly color with a light beige head, medium sized, pretty stable. Doesn't seem cloudy. Smell is sweet, caramel, toffee, nutty.

Taste is nutty-bitter, not much of the sweetness or caramel from the smell, but there is a little of the toffee.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and watery, but overall, pretty satisfactory beer. I like it.

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Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

LOOK: Dark mahogany, superb head

SMELL: Thick caramel, fresh bread, toasty, yeast, figs, spicy alcohol, brown sugar, brown bread

TASTE: Creamy, full-ish body, smooth, toasty, dried grass, bready, slightly nutty, modest hopping, herbal, faint buttery, warming alcohol, figs, golden raisins, ripe pears, caramel, toasted malt finish.

Wow, this is what I love to see in a winter seasonal. Toasted malt bomb where the hops and alcohol peak through enough to add some complexities. A real treat!!!

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Photo of pmarlowe
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tulip glass.

Pours a barleywine-like opaque dark amber color with scant stone colored head which quickly recedes to a ring. Smell is a lot of sweet caramel, some cherry and strawberry, not bad but kind of one dimensional. Taste is impressively lacking in flavor. A little caramel and cherry and some pepper. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full body. Overall, this tastes more like a barleywine than winter warmer. I would pass on this in the future.

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Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- dark carmel-like brown, with reddish hues. Thin khaki head, that lingers for quite a while.

S- Raisins, old fruit, sweet.

T- Also tastes of raisins, carmel, molasses, toffee.

D- Very smooth and drinkable.

O- Well, it tastes like Christmas, so I guess they nailed it.

Reviewed from notes taken on 2-5-2011

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Photo of oregonskibum
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Color is a dull brown with orange and red tints. Pours with a 1/2 inch cream head that disappeared really quickly.

S: Coconut and banana. Some faint baking spices and vanilla, but mainly just banana.

T: Caramel, vanilla, faint spices up front. Noticable hops kick in by mid taste, with a little breadiness towards the end. Taste isn't bad, but not great either.

M: Medium body, decent carbonation. In style.

D: Enjoyable beer. Interesting smell up front, but taste doesn't follow suit and is a little all over the place. I would drink again, but not the greatest holiday ale out there.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in April from a store in Mt Vernon and I think the shelf time might have knocked some of the spices out and turned this into a decent brown ale. The beer poured dark brown with a head that soon disapeared. The nose was pure malt with some hops . This was a pretty decent beer that really tasted like a combination of an American Brown Ale mixed with a wee heavy. Big on the malt side I would like to try this fresh to compare

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Photo of beerwolf77
2.37/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a chestnut brown hue. A quick burst of tan head fades almost instantly into nothing. I mean not a trace of lace or retention. It looks like a glass of ice tea.

The aroma is malty with hints of spice and nuts. It actually has a sweet tea smell to it. Not really WW aroma.

The flavor is muted roast malt with a mild sweetness. Not much else. Maybe some cinnamon.

Totally flat. Not a trace of carbonation.

Overall a very big dissapointment. Not sure if it was a bad bottle or what. If I ever come across another bottle I might re-rate it.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a burgundy color with good carbonation and a small dirty white head. Nose is light spice, weak, cocoa. Taste is earthy, hops, spice, as it warms I get more cocoa and booze. Mouthfeel is booze, thin and spice, Drinkability. Choose another of the style.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful glowing auburn color - dark with multi-sized bubbles. The aroma emerges with a burst of sensuous fruit - like sugar on dried apricots - then fades to a wafting mint leaf. It smells like a red barleywine and tastes like a chocolate IPA. Its more chocolaty than one might expect from a red winter warmer, but the flavor is far from misplaced. The only thing that's really lacking is a show of suds. Mistletoe is otherwise eminently drinkable and deserving of encores.

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Photo of Flightoficarus
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type - 22 oz bomber into pint glass

A - Pours a deep, murky amber with very little head and thin lacing.

S - Caramel, Toffee, Coriander, and a bit of alcohol

T - Caramel and Toffee malts, with bits of orange and coriander, and very minimal hops. Kind of strange, but not bad.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Expected for an ale of this strength

D - Probably not something I'd want to drink a lot of, but it's something different for sure.

Overall - This one was pretty different than some of the other Winter Warmers I've had. It doesn't abuse spicing, which is nice, but to me, there's too much orange & coriander that distract from the caramel/toffee flavors that are picked up in the scent. Maybe I just got a bad bottle? Either way, other efforts from this brewery are quite enjoyable, so I might try this one again to see.

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Mistletoe Bliss from Lazy Boy Brewing
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