Nightbeer Before Christmas | Alameda Brewhouse

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Alameda Brewhouse
Oregon, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Cynic-ale on 12-12-2013

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of devilmakesthree
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheWiltChamberlainofipas
3.39/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This beer is super dark and rich with aromas of molasses, brown sugar, and prunes. Flavor is sweet maple sugar and a bitterness reminiscent of malt vinegar. If this beer was barrel aged could of fooled me. For the price around five bucks it's good.

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Photo of Sir_Whats-his-face
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours like engine oil. Looks and smells great; lots of barrel character on the nose. Less barrel character in the flavor, however, as the pervading flavor is black licorice. If you want something super bourbony, you may be disappointed, but this was a tasty and very complex beer all the same.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thin tan head on a black body.
The aroma is Bourbon, wood, milk, vanilla and a little cake.
The taste is roasted malt, milk, mostly sweet but good balance.
The texture is thicker but smooth.
Really enjoyable.

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Photo of RyanJames6969
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BardofBeer
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nolen12
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of BuckTuckian
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of PassMeAZima
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

This opened to a mass of carbonation that mounted to a thick foam head. The nos was relatively phenolic but died away with time. It then opened to light chocolate, smoke, malt and molasses. The flavor held a bitter semi sweet chocolate, some char, ember and a bit of hoppy bitterness. It was decent for the price and very drinkable but simply needs more complexity.

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Photo of anteater
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of artoolemomo
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up a decent amount of head which seems to have good retention. The head is a light to medium beige while the body is a dark chocolate brown which shows some maroon and crimson when held up to the light. Lacing is pretty much sheeting at this point. With some perforation.

Nose- Very promising- I'm already getting my hopes up. The bottles shows dark, bitter chocolate with a slight hint of coffee while the glass is a bit more complex. Very smooth and rich chocolate with hints of milk and cream that almost suggest vanilla, light toffee. Swirling shows a notion of roasted malts, coffee. Very light touch of oak.

Taste- Starts off a little fruity, slight vinous. Some raisins, a tiny bit of cherry. This moves into some bitter notes: some chocolate but mostly derived from roasted malts, a touch of coffee. Some woodiness hangs around the edges of the palate. Some touches of vanilla and oak. Slight rum sweetness as expressed by the front of the palate. A little too much earwax bitterness at the moment to let the other, more desirable notes have their say. Coffee is very strong as well and while it doesn't have that acrid aftertaste a lot of coffee beers have, it doesn't seem to be the best coffee. Fortunately, the chocolate starts to come out more and balance the bitterness. I wish there was more complexity to this beer but it's still a pretty tasty beer. The vanilla that flits around the edges really helps to smooth out any harsh notes. Oak starts to pop up but it's manageable. Pretty good balance and integration and has more complexity than I was expecting. All and all, a good beer, maybe a little better. Flirts with being really good.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with low carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy. Slightly dry finish. Possibly the highlight of a pretty good beer.

Drinkability- Very easygoing and very accessible. No indication of heat. I think I got this at Grocery Outlet for around 7 bucks, which is quite reasonable. If it weren't already so balanced, I would think of getting one to age. But I might get another to drink.

Overall- Good beer that has inclinations toward being a really good beer. I'm delighted that I like such an extremely local beer. This is definitely worth a try. It may have started off like a brown ale but it is nothing like one. Great mouthfeel and a nice surprise.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Nightbeer Before Christmas from Alameda Brewhouse
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 13 ratings