The beer pours a deep dark copper with minimal head. I quite like the aroma which consists of deep roasted malts, chocolate covered blueberries and some molasses.
Winter Ale – Lighthouse Brewing
Let’s give it a taste.
It’s quite a light brew in terms of carbonation and mouthfeel – more drinkable than I expected. I don’t mean it in a way of it’s devoid of flavour or anything like that. It’s just that some beers dubbed ‘winter ale’ tend to have a lot of spices and this one does not. Decent beer all told – the malt, chocolate and molasses are all there however its more tangy than the aroma led on. Not necessarily a rebuy for me but that has more to do with there being so many new and exciting beers to try. So not a bad stop along the way.
I’ve got to thank my father for contributing this tasty brew for review. It was a leftover from our last tasting and although I tried to get him to keep it till the next time I came by, he insisted I leave with it.
Here it is, in all it’s glory.
Well, what can we say about said pictured brew? We can start with, YUM!
Let’s get into the visual shall we?
The beer poured the colour of black strap molasses and had minimal (perhaps a pinkies worth) head.
Aroma: Totally awesome big rich chocolate nose with liquor like intensity. I love this, its not just chocolate but truly dark chocolate – rich and deep.
Taste: The taste is big and bold, much like the aroma. It’s got the right mix of a beer base with aspects of dark chocolate. The carbonation seems mild, yet it tickles the tongue on the way down. I’d love to try this with a chocolate mousse – perhaps next time.
I think Lighthouse has hit the bullseye on this one, this is a delicious Chocolate Porter and I highly recommend it. If you can, share it with a friend as it’s a bit much to drink all by yourself. Just saying – besides, who doesn’t like a little company?