Mistletoe Bliss | Lazy Boy Brewing

BA SCORE
83
good
38 Ratings
Mistletoe BlissMistletoe Bliss
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lazy Boy Brewing
Washington, United States
lazyboybrewing.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by msubulldog25 on 12-16-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
38
Reviews:
28
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
16.2%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
1
For Trade:
0
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Photo of LieutenantWort
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice Winter beer. Drinking it in the Summer as I never got around to the bottle I purchased just before XMas, and it's still enjoyable.

Pours a very deep brown, walnut/caramel color with moderate head and thin lacing. Smell is sweet and malty, nothing incredible but it promises a nice toasty beer.

Taste is bright, clear, and sweet. Lots of sugar and caramel notes topped by clean, thin hops. Hops are not very aggressive, just enough to keep the sweetness from being cloying. Very little aftertaste on this beer.

Overall the flavor isn't super deep or complex, but it is a comfortable Winter Warmer, and very drinkable.

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Photo of bitterthebetter
1.81/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

pours a newcastle brown color

funky aroma, sorta malty with caramel notes, slight soury notes

tastes watery, with slight caramel, kinda sweet malt, and it seems that the hops are trying to show up

tastes dilluted, a bit of caramel, totally unbalanced and seems like its missing half of its ingredients

super weird profile, way off balance and totally out of whack, probably the only micro 22 i have ever poured out it is just all kinds of wrong. maybe i got a bad bottle, because after reading the other reviews of this beer maybe mine was just funky, but id never buy one

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Photo of ccrida
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
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 baggio
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[email protected] generously provided by BA Kplynch! Thanks pal!

A: Amber with a white head.

S: Citric notes, Spices, Malt, Christmas pudding.

T: Caramel, Earth, Spices, Orange, Ripe fruit.

M: Initial sweetness with alot of bitterness at the end. Lots of carbonation.

I did not like the biterness in this beer at all. Tasted unbalanced to say the least. Maybe worth a shot for those who can stand the bitterness at the end.

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

pours a light mahogany with deep cherry and caramel accents, glowing a rich garnet with some light behind it. A thick and pillowy caramel khaki head fades fairly quickly, leaving tons of sticky lacing around the glass.

aroma is zesty with caramel malts, cocoa, coffee, pralines, toffee, rich fruit notes of cherries and orange zest. There's a definite hop aroma hidden in the mix as well. Complex aroma.

The taste follows the aroma as well as chaos can be followed. Caramel malts dominate, and it feels like the base is somewhere between a red and a brown. There are some strong cocoa notes that hit up front and are quickly matched with a fruit sweet and sourness of dark cherries, cranberries, and lemon. Some hops follow closely preventing a sweetness overload, and then some spicing adds one more level. Nutmeg, cardamom, ginger and pepper. Lots going on, but I think I'm a fan.

A bit on the light side for the intensity of the flavors and the abv, but not thin by any stretch of the imagination. If it were a bit fuller and nearing chewy, it would be perfect. Not like it's bad now. lower end carbonation suits the flavors and spicing nicely.

All in all, this is an impressive winter warmer with some great flavors and an interesting package. Easy drinking, I didn't realize how high the abv was until i took a look. I could see a few more of these in my future... very nice for the season.

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Photo of erikm25
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a tulip glass. Dark mahogany and blackened amber colorings. When held up to the light the caramel and ruby tinting throughout the body becomes more apparent. Head is a two finger pillowing mass of brown sugar coated marshmallow. Great retention. Lacing is curtains of off white spotty frosting.

S: Nose is heavy on malts and grains. Very earthy and rounded. Slight thrashing of floral fragrance coupled with fresh rye bread. A shadowy and zesty citrus hint towards the back of the nose.

T: Full malty and roasty flavors. Take it from the brewery description, this is like the José Canseco of brown ales. It's jacked up on warming peppered tastes and ready to have a 40 / 40 season. Ahtanum hops help give a nice hop quality without overwhelming bitterness. Malt roundness with hints of chocolate and toffee. There is a subtle herbal tone sprinkled with nutmeg. The finish has a spiced kick that is doused in cinnamon and ginger.

M: Heavy medium body with low carbonation.

D: This quite the seasonal and drinkable beer. Perfect for this time of year. Halloween just ended so Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor is fitting. We are in the heart of November with December around the corner so Handel's Messiah and Vivaldi's Primavera (more specifically L'inverno) help this beer ring in a grand time of year.

**12/23/2008: Had on tap at the top of the Space Needle. This is a very nice winter warmer. Probably my favorite that I have tried this year.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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 brewandbbq
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
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 russpowell
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
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 cswhitehorse
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Photo of mnapier
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Service Temperature, 45 degrees. Judge Glassware is a 12 ounce tulip.

Appearance, is burgundy & clear with a soft mild white foamy head, and some faint lace etched around the glass.
Aroma, is a sweet honey, with some burned aroma, some oats, mild pine and citrus.
Taste, is earthy some mild biscuit, mild pine. The mouth waivers from mild to medium in regards to overall weight.

Cheers

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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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Mistletoe Bliss from Lazy Boy Brewing
3.58 out of 5 based on 38 ratings.
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