Mistletoe Bliss | Lazy Boy Brewing

Mistletoe BlissMistletoe Bliss
38 Ratings
Mistletoe BlissMistletoe Bliss

Brewed by:
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: 38 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of mactrail
1.94/5  rDev -46%
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 russpowell
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ordered this through bottletrek

Poured garnet with 1/2" of sand colored head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Caramel, raspberry & vanilla.

T: Caramel, a touch of herbal hops & candy orange slices up front. Dryness, vanilla, a few oaky notes, nutmeg, Cinnamon, & more herbal hops as this warms. Finishes with some caramel, slight smokeyness, dryness & loads of cakeyness

MF: Chewy, fairly smooth with low carbonation

Drinks really easy for the ABV, nice winter warmer!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Do you think I sent the Raiders a Christmas card? Well, actually I did, to congratulate them on a fine year. I also included a picture of mistletoe, hovering over my rear end."

--Mike Shanahan

Equal parts dark orange and dark cherry that looks fantastic when bright sunlight is added to the equation. At least as attractive is a chunky, sticky, creamy crown of pale gold that is depositing thick sheets of Swiss cheese-like lace all over the upper reaches of the glass.

The brewery describes MB as a 'brown ale on steroids'. And that is pretty much what it smells like. The nose is brown bready (with a thin layer of butter), caramel-like and less than spicy. Perhaps the taste buds will be better at determining whether or not spices have been added.

Mistletoe Bliss tastes like a robust American brown ale that is a bit hoppier than most and hides its ABV exceptionally well. If spices have been added, it isn't immediately obvious. Maybe the spiciness that is present is due to hop resins. Ahtanum isn't a commonly used hop, but it's one that I usually enjoy.

The flavor profile includes well-toasted brown bread, caramel, cocoa nibs, dates, vanilla bean, orange peel and... dammit all... some spices that I'm unable to identify. If you're worried about drinking yet another winter warmer that will overload your palate with a dizzying potpourri of Christmas spices, rest assured. This one is drinkable by the gallon (although it only comes in bombers).

At the risk of nitpicking, the mouthfeel is close to being full enough for the style and for the flavor profile. It does firm up with warming, just not enough. Very few of the bubbles that are present at the start of each mouthful make it to the end of each mouthful.

Lazy Boy IPA is good beer and Mistletoe Bliss is as well. Why doesn't this brewery get more love? If you're unable to get a sprig of mistletoe and a pretty girl in close proximity come Christmastime, why not crack open a bottle of this fine ale and enjoy some good cheer anyway?

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Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
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 Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice dark brown/amber color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, which does leave some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, slightly spicy, bitter. The taste is malty, spicy, nice bitterness. Medium body, with a slightly dry finish. Drinkable, this is a nice one, recommended.

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Photo of NickThePyro
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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 beertunes
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clear, deep, slightly reddish, amber with an inch and a half of khaki-colored head that dissipated quickly and left just less than moderate lacing.

The aroma was very malty and sweet, but lacked the expected spicing generally found in the style. Still, a very pleasant scent. The flavors followed along the path blazed the aroma. A slight toffee flavor on the front of the tongue is followed by a pleasing coating malt, with just a tang of hops on the finish to add some contrast.

The body is good, full without being heavy or sticky, and well rounded. The drinkability is very nice, having several of these over the course of a winters eve would be a pleasure.

Overall, a very nice example of the style, worth trying.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3/5  rDev -16.4%
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 HuskyinPDX
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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 shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of ccrida
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Talk about a Lazy Boy - I picked this bottle up last winter, and neglected to dig it out of the cellar until this snowy Saturday afternoon. It is must be bottle conditioned, as it almost foamed over, and poured a massive, burnt sand colored head that is super thick and creamy, rocky settling, leaving big chunks of foamy lace. The beer itself is mahogany colored, with lots of very fine streams of bubbles. A great glow to it, and a head that rivals most Belgians, it is an exceptionally looking winter warmer for sure.

Smell has a metallic bite that had me fearing this bottle had gone south, along slight citrus and grassy hops. Served at 55F.

Taste is very rounded and soft, grassy hops before a really tasty caramel finish. I can taste that it's older, and has probably lost some bite, but wow, it sure is smooth, very subtle, with the caramel chocolate flavor pleasantly lingering on the slightly bitter aftertaste. I really dig the nuances, and am glad it's not another over-spiced malt bomb of a Winter Warmer.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slick, a bit dry, medium light body.

Drinkabilty is pretty high, this sucker really slides down easily! The ABV is totally hidden, and it's overall a rather enjoyable experience. An accidental cellar experiment that has left me with what I gather by the other reviews a much tastier final product. I will probably cellar this again, as well as try one fresh, but I think 1 year is as long as I'd let it go. If I had to guess, I'd say it would have been better a few months ago, and may have lost a little depth.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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 canucklehead
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
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 RedDiamond
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
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 snaotheus
3.95/5  rDev +10%
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 msubulldog25
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first try from this new-ish WA brewer that just started recently showing up on Portland-area shelves. Lazy Boy's website calls this beer "[a] new brown ale on steroids!", but I'll call it a 'winter warmer' (seems to be a 'catch-all' style this time of year...).

Bottle lists ABV at 7.8%, though the site shows 7.5%.
Grains: Pale, Crystal, Munich, Brown, Vienna, Chocolate
Hops: Ahtanum

A: Pours a warm bronze, liquid nutmeg and cinnamon colors. It's a very pretty look and surprisingly clear- looks almost like tea. Ample small carbonation rising to a light tan head that crests at about 1/2 finger and fades to a thin topping of mottled cream. Bits of lace pasted to the sides.

S: Light aroma of ripe fruit, but pretty subtle. Bits of toffee and spice with some fresh, citrus (orange) and mild pine resin.

T: Fairly bold maltiness, with emphasis of caramel and cocoa, surrounded by a mellower grassy and spicy hopping. Initially, this seemed a bit harsh and unbalanced, but as it warmed it really grew on me...lots of spice (tangy ginger and ground nutmeg) coupled with zesty lemon and a toasty dose of malted grains.

M: Has a likable thickness, somewhere between 'medium' and 'full'. Smooth, a touch creamy, and definitely easy to sip on. Alcohol warmth is concealed, just a slight lingering hop bittering on the back of the tongue.

D: Not a bad brew at all, nice balance and good flavors. I'm happy to have tried this and would recommend it to the Northwest BA's who can find it.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours perfectly clear dark ruby. A massive, three-inch head rose up to the top of the tulip glass. After several minutes the chunky mass of beige seafoam settled to a good quarter inch. Lacework aplenty.
A real beauty.
Aromatics are fruity, malty, and somewhat chaulky. A Burton slant no doubt.
Caramelized malt with a hint of cherry juice.
The nose finishes a bit biscuity.
Mouthfeel is medium and a bit sticky. Mildly creamy, but crisp.
The pallet starts off decently, with bready malt and plenty of fruity esters. Hopping subdued but plenty of caramel and bitterness to keep things interesting.
The beer finishes with a somewhat scortched malt character. A bitterness that lingers in an odd way that detracts.
Alcohol is very subdued and some more drying chaulk lingers amongst the acrid undertones.

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Photo of italianstallion
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pmarlowe
2.98/5  rDev -17%
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 Braz
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of beerwolf77
2.37/5  rDev -34%
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 doughanson78
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Misteltoe bliss pours a deep amber with a nice finger foam head. The retention is okay. It leaves a little lacing on the side of the glass.

The aroma caramel roasted malts.

The taste is more malty and has a nice bitter finish to it. It has very little of a hop presence and is tad chewy in the mouth. Overall it is a good winter warmer and I will have another come next year.

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Mistletoe Bliss from Lazy Boy Brewing
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 38 ratings
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