Winter Beeracle – Dead Frog Brewery (Aldergrove, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: B+

Winter Beeracle – Dead Frog Brewery, 7.5% ABV – 650ml., (Aldergrove, BC, Canada)

on the front side label:

“Our Winter Beeracle is a warm, deep mahogany ale with rich, complex malt flavours and a sweetness to compliment the season. The warmth of the beer is punctuated by deep malt flavours from chocolate malts, a hint of vanilla in the aroma and flavour, and a dry citrus finish. All the flavours come together to create a rich, delicious winter ale.

Ingredients: Water, malted barley, hops, yeast, vanilla extract, orange peel
Malts: 2 Row, Biscuit, Cara 60, Chocolate
Hops: Cascade, Perle”

  • Style: (spiced) Winter Ale
  • Taste: Vanilla malt sweet goodness
  • Where I got it : Firefly
  • How much: $7 (after 10% off) – 650ml., January 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: probably not
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Who here has tried licking a steel street post in the middle of winter? (Fyi don’t do it…) Pours beer bottle brown with barely any head, thin ringed retention, several slow streams, minor lacing.

Nose: lots of vanilla (extract) and sweet malts. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp, vanilla malts

Mid-palate: fizzy-crisp, (lvl-7) malty sweetness, underlying citrus acidity, (MAIN) huge vanilla extract, caramel malts, minor citrus oils, sweet chocolate

Finish: lingering vanilla, malty bright sweet, subtle soft hopped finish

Summary: This is an unexpectedly delicious, brew. It is quite aggressive with the vanilla flavouring but works out well with the orange and sweet malts to balance it out. Recommended to try at least once.