Day Of The Long Shadow | Little Creatures Brewing Company

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Day Of The Long ShadowDay Of The Long Shadow

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Little Creatures Brewing Company

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ADZA on 06-25-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by PolarBear3:
Photo of PolarBear3
3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a darkish mahogany colour with an off white head that retains very well

S- Some cinnamon and a hint of orange spice notes

T - Definite cinnamon, dark fruits and a hint of nutmeg that is balanced very nicely.

M - Light carbonation and medium bodied

O - A very balanced beer and although I am not a big fan of the cinnamon it is very pleasant to drink.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of MrKennedy
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint bottle thanks to mulder1010 into a Delirium tulip.

Pours a deep amber colour with a beige foam head. Good retention with spotty lacing. Impressive clarity, even through the dark colour.

Smell has a lot of caramel and some lightly burnt caramel. A fair bit of cinnamon and some dark fruits (plums) come out later.

Taste has some watery moments early, but it builds into cinnamon, caramel & nutmeg. Some booze still lingers, despite this being sat on for a few months. Would like to sit on this for another month it two for the booze to drop right off.

Mouthfeel is hindered by some heat still. Add in the bits where it's watery and this has potential, hope they give it another airing sometime in the future. But with the Lion full takeover, that's probably unlikely.

I've taken mulder1010's advice to hold onto these single batch series beers for a bit after release before opening and it paid off. Still some booze, but decent & on the way to being quite good. A near 9% winter warmer isn't an easy task, but its up there as one of my favourite single batch beers they've released. I hope its not their last.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.39/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours copper with a small head.
Nose shows caramel, raisins, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Quite pleasant.
Flavours are a little dissapointing, hardly any of the caramel transfers through whilst the spices create a little bit of a harsh note.
Body seems watery, especially for these flavours.

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Photo of mulder1010
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Imperial Pint poured into a globe glass

A-- Pours a nice looking, darker orange amber color. Quite clear. Half finger of off white head. Pretty much sticks at half finger. Nice ring of lacing and very visible alcohol legs with this. Good start to this.

S-- Good nose. Nutmeg, clove, orange, cinnamon, stewed, candied dark fruits. Very much Christmas spices and sugar. Pretty much spot on for the style.

T-- Nutmeg, clove, ginger, cinnamon sticks, and orange. Slightly thin in spots but holds up decently. Not as bold as the smell is.

M-- Body lacks a lot to back up the spices. Quite thin and watery in the mouth and all there is are the spices to carry this. Alcohol is very restrained though. Has a bit of a sherry quality to it. Finishes quite dry with a bit of a orange and cinnamon stick finish. Does develop a bit of a harsh bitterness as drinking on that does hinder the spices and gets sickly sweet as well.

O-- Good looking, good smelling but a bit thin in the body and falls apart half to three quarters through. Very rough finish. A bummer as just do not see Winter Warmers down here. Obviously more of a Northern Hemisphere deal really. Would only do in small doses as one of my favorite styles that are just not that available here.

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Photo of gizmoguy
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Mendicant
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of mungus
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of laituegonflable
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant red colour, clear and shiny. Head is a little overcooked, but nice colour and medium density. Lace is decent.Pretty nice.

Smell is spicy and sweet. Star anise and cinnamon are dominant; maybe a touch of nutmeg. Slight boozey note on the back as well. Quite sweet overall; a little bit more piquancy in the spice would be useful.

Tastes quite nice. Sweet and spicy. Caramel-tinged cake batter with a touch of banana. Nutmeg is dominant here, with some cinnamon, aniseed and vanilla on the back. Again, pretty boozey towards the finish, just unsheathed alcohol without enough flavour on the finish. Lovely, really, upfront, but needs more on the back.

Thick and pretty full, but with a nice texture.

Good concept, executed OK. The booze is just a bit too strong; otherwise a really nice beer.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Slowbeer, purchased by @LaitueGonflable. Shared with @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a pleasant deep red-mahogany colour, with a very insubstantial head of off-white. The head merely sits as a bubbly film atop the body. The body is pleasantly heavy, at least, and holds some nice fine carbonation when tilted. Overall, it looks really good if you don't look above the surface.

Nose is pleasantly sweet and spicy, with some nutmeg and clove characters coming through, along with a stewed or dried fruit sweetness. It has a pleasant richness to it, which the spice just cut through nicely. Pretty good stuff.

Taste is also pretty nice, and nice in ways I didn't expect. Given the heavy sweetness on the nose, I expected this to be rich and chewy, but actually it retains a pleasant lightness about it from the spices, and the dark fruity sweetnesses add flavour, but not too much body. Additionally, the touch of booziness to it springboards off the spicy lightness to give a pleasant cut to the otherwise soaked palate.

Despite this lightness, the feel is very pleasant; it has a smoothness, but doesn't sit heavy and chewy. Good stuff.

Yep, good stuff from the Critters. Flavoursome, but balanced. Interesting, but integrated. Another single-batch winner.

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Photo of hopnerd
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of doktorhops
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure why my beer-loving peeps be dissing The Quiet American, I totally got its mad scientist take on a Belgian/American love child would be like, and as such was quite excited to get my grubby paws around a winter warming pint of Day Of The Long Shadow or DOTLS as I will refer to it henceforth, and post-haste!

Poured from a pint bottle (Imperial of course) into a nonic pint.

A: Presents as a clear Mahogany body without any head... which is just as well as my pint glass ran out of room for one, maybe it wasn't Imperial enough?

S: Smells like a watered down glass of Gluhwein. Nothing else to add.

T: These Little Creatures guys must be crazy, at least that is the first thought that pops into mind upon tasting this incredibly insane brew. There is a barrage of flavours here that can be best described as a fusion of Gluhwein and beer (perhaps it is?). Otherwise we have: cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, bitter orange, pinot noir, malt, hops, yeast and water. It's like Christmas in July (our winter in Australia). All that's missing is the stuffed turkey (aka my dad) and some sort of roast meat on a plate with vegetables. Flavour-wise this is a first for me drinking beer, and as a result exciting.

M: Mid to heavy body with minimal carbonation.

D: It's an excellent effort however it doesn't really fill a gap that can't already be filled with Gluhwein. In this respect I don't really see the point of a 'winter warmer' beer to begin with, other than to placate those few beer drinkers that refuse to drink wine (hey they're out there). As such (and I know I'm swimming against the tide when I say this) The Quiet American is a much, much, much... (much?) better brew.

Food match: The aforementioned turkey (not my dad) with other heavy meats and flavours would work well. Treat this beer like mulled wine - everything that goes well with that will work well with DOTLS.

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Photo of ADZA
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another Single Batch release with heaps of spice added and based on a Winter Warmer and pours a semi see through reddish copper hue which leaves a creamy two finger head and a rim of lacing,the smell is very spicy indeed with aromas of strong Nutmeg,cinamon,brown sugar,xmas pudding and the Muscovado sugar really comes through aswell,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and could be thicker for me and the tastes are herbal hops,fruitcake,Muscovado is very dominant,brandied cherries,stewed plums and finished with a white port sweet heat and overall its alright and the spices really dominant in this one and given the hop profile of UK Sovereign and Challenger hops it makes sense but im not entirely sold on this nor have written it off just glad i bought more as it needs another sitting to be judged properly cheers.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep reddish copper. One finger fluffy white head. Large bubbles. Good lace. Good looking beer.

Cinnamon on nose mainly. Belgian style yeast undercurrents.

Big alcohol in first mouthful, sherry and rasin notes, brown sugar, xmas pud, spices of all sorts, but alcohol dominates. A certain nuttiness as well, but all in all quite well balanced.

Lightly carbed. Medoium bodied, not heavy going.

Overall, not a bad Single Batch, and a step up in terms of overall package from Quiet American which just seemed to be Bad Brewing.

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Photo of SmashPants
4.63/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: stumpy embossed 500mL brown bottle, classically-styled old-school label.

Appearance: pours a rich, deep red-brown colour with a limited but reasonably solid off-white head. Good lacing and retention. An good-looking beer.

Aroma: heavy, pitted fruits and gentle spices take point on the nose. A very pleasant aroma - here's hoping the flavour follows it.

Taste: a good blend of the flavours in the aroma. The heavy fruits, which appear to me as figs, plums and dates, are well balanced against the nutmeg and cloves. At the right temperature (which is handily suppliedo n the bottle), this is a wonderful winter warmer.

Aftertaste: lingers nicely too - all flavours. Such a good beer to sit down with by oneself to pontificate.

Mouth feel: medium in body, but with a thicker attitude that appeals. Not chewy, merely mouth-filling. Low to mid carbonation is about right too.

Overall: this is the first Little Creatures Single Batch I have had, and if it is anything to go by, I will be trying as many as I can get my hands on. One of the best top-end Aussie-made beers I have had to date. Well balanced, flavoursome and interesting - this is a sure winner. Add a price tag of AU$6.50 for a 568mL bottle, and if you don't try it, you're madder than Mad Jack McMad.

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Photo of KalanM
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of danieelol
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown copper with good head/lacing.

Smell is faint cloves with some yeast. Not a whole lot here but pleasant enough.

Taste is nice fruity, autumnal malt. Can taste the alcohol when I search for it but on the whole it's exceptionally balanced.

Mouthfeel is a tiny bit sweet/alcoholic but they balance each other well.

Overall this is a step up. Not earth-shattering but a competent, subtle, very well-balanced beer. Almost too subtle, but that may be a relief what with the spices used. Good for something alcoholic but not too challenging.

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Day Of The Long Shadow from Little Creatures Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 16 ratings