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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Smuttynose Winter Ale

Smuttynose Winter Ale
Smuttynose Winter Ale:

Tall, dark, and handsome, this winter ale has a really hearty winter feel to it. I took a few sips from the bottle but it opens up quite nicely in a pint glass. The spicy notes mellow out and the mouthfeel can really be experienced -- pretty darn smooth. Oh, I enjoy the bitterness. But it really doesn't come from hops -- no, its kind of a cocoa thing. Mind you, chocolate stouts provide a more over-the-top vehicle for extreme chocolate brewing, whereas the Smuttynose Winter simply employs the essence to enhance the rest of the formula. This winter ale is a mellower version, yet a hearty ale. Strong, silent type I guess.

Winter warmer fans should check out Smuttynose Winter Ale because it has some familiar notes floating around in it but it isn't as bold as some winter or Christmas-style ales tend to be. Ale drinkers will be impressed by the body and accessibility of this dandy beverage. The more sips I have, the more accessible it becomes. Goes down smooth but not without making its mark. Comparable to previous versions of Anchor Holiday Ale, Smuttynose comes through once again with a solid seasonal offering. Don't miss this one.

Smuttynose Winter Ale:

Representation: .9
Accessibility: .875
Style: .875
Personal Preference: .9

Total Score: 3.55 Flags

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