Winter Ale 2008 | Bootlegger's Brewery

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Bootlegger's Brewery
California, United States | website

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Recipe changes each year.

Added by DoubleJ on 01-01-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.27/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's been a while since I had a beer from Bootlegger's. I'm going to end the year with their winter offering....growler style! On to the beer:

Hazy pale orange in color, darker shades of yellow around the edges. Solid head retention, little lacing. Surprisingly, the aroma is quite tart. Like tart orange.

Yeah, there are those classic winter warmer spices, all mixed in with a mild tartness. The cinnamon takes off in the begining. Orange peel makes its debut. Assorted spices are most intense on the sides of the palate. There's a good kick of phenolic activity (plastic) which adds another layer of taste. Subtle oak flavor towards the end of the journey, and it echoes in the aftertaste. The sourness meter in medium-low, it's there, but not as intense as a gueuze. The tart/sourness gains inentisty as the beer warms. Not as meaty as I would like for the style, but it goes down easy and very smooth.

Very very unique, like mixing a winter warmer with a tart orange lambic (assuming the latter actually existed). This is the best of Bootlegger's I've had to date, and well worth the try: good luck finding it though.

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