Phillips Snowcase 2015 Calendar Day #24 – krampusnacht

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Phillips Snowcase 2015 Calendar Day #24

krampusnacht – Phillips Brewing, 9.5% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

on the front-right label:

“Welcome to the darker side of Christmas. There really is something for everyone. Specially spiced in the spirit of the season with elevated gravity to warm your chilled soul. Walk softly or old Krampus might whoop yer butt.”

Ingredients: water, barley hops, yeast, Belgian candy sugar, grains of paradise, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves

  • Style: Spiced Strong Ale
  • Taste: Overpowering grains of paradise cinnamon nutmeg sweet malt
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: an okay experimental

Visual: Pours translucent beer  bottle brown with a smallish creamy dissipating head, thin layer of retention, singular and coupled clusters of steady streams.

Nose: huge cinnamon & grains of paradise – resembles orange chocolate.(lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: slick-thick, incoming sweet

Mid-palate: (lvl-8)-sweetness, micro fizzy-tingly, (MAIN) cinnamon, grains of paradise, toffee malt,

Finish: residual malt heavy sweetness

Summary: It drinks just like the nose –  full of spices, almost overpoweringly so with a heavy sweetness. Too much of the orangy grains of paradise element and not enough caramel/brown sugar malt to dampen the spices. Still tolerable.

Brùton St.Renna (Christmas Special Beer) – Birrificio Brùton (Lucca, Italy)

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  • My Rating: B-

Brùton St.Renna (Christmas Special Beer) – Birrificio Brùton, 9% ABV – 750ml., (Lucca, Italy)

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  • Style: (Christmas) Spiced Strong Ale
  • Taste: Brown sugar caramel malt nutmeg whiskey
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $15 (after 10% off) – 750ml., January 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: 50/50 after some thought

Visual: Underneath the bottle cap is a fitted plastic bottle seal, a first that I’ve ever seen. Pours translucent medium dark cola brown with a minimal dissipating head, thin ringed retention, lots of micro bubbly streams.

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Nose: very brown sugary malty, candi sugar (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: incoming sweet malts, alcoholic

Mid-palate: tingly-silky mouthfeel/little CO2, (lvl-6)-sweetness, (MAIN) heavy caramel malts, brown sugar, nutmeg, fig/date dark fruit, whiskey

Finish: mild coriander dryness, boozy, malty light bitter-med sweet finish.

Summary: A quality brew with great body, good flavours and good drinkability.