Monday, January 21, 2013

Naughty Claus Holiday Spiced Ale

Creation: Naughty Claus Holiday Spiced Ale
Style: Winter Warmer
Masterminds: The New Albanian Brewing Company
Location: New Albany, IN
ABV: 7.5%
IBU: 10
Availability: Seasonal Winter
Drinkability:  All night long, not too sweet not too heavy with a little holiday zip  that pairs nicely with cookies!

"Hooo Hooooo Hoo!"

Served Cold out of the bottle from the 20 degree garage

Pours with a red brown with a caramel gold glow on the edges.  Minimal head but bubbly non-the-less.  Nutmeg and ginger spice nose sing Christmas Carols to you senses!  Nutmeg seems a little overpowering though.

Starts off with a light Spicy Christmas taste.  Orange Peel, Sweet Ginger Root, Cinnamon, Nutmeg All bubbly and sweet.  The orange starts to overpower the other tastes.

Leaves the mouth  with a very light finish of  cinnamon sweetness that doesn't stick around.  The orange turns bitter at the end in a most unusual way.

Serve Warm(er): to really let the Christmas spices come to the front and stop hiding behind the malt!  Watch out for the orange peel...  If you like Grande Marine, you will really like this beer.  Much better than serving cold.  Finish really shines!

O-Dawg: 2.5 heads

It's the  Christmas dash to the finish! One year ends, another begins.  Food, friends, family,  did I mention the booze?  It helps with the family part...  I kid, I kid!  But seriously...

I picked up this little surprise on the way home pre-blizzard.  Wasn't really anticipating popping it till the new year, then i Got snowed in...  Woe is me?!  Snow DAY!  Beer by the fire and video games, reading books  with a side of Christmas movies!

It wasn't the best Christmas Warmer ale I have had.  If a pal brought it by I would drink it, but I don't think I would go buy another one after this lackluster taste.

Happy New Year to all our friends!  We would t know what to do without you all!

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