Beer Advent Calendar 2013
From Victoria’s Lighthouse Brewing comes their “Winter Ale”. This Winter Warmer pours a very deep ruby/brown with an off white head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, dark fruits and some vanilla. The flavour is of roasted malts, dark fruits, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, rum, smoke, some sugar and a some bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5%. As winter ales go this is a very well crafted ale. I would have no problem sitting down to a few of these this winter.
Commercial Description: Lighthouse Winter Ale is brewed in the English tradition of the “winter warmer”. We begin with a generous quantity of Maris Otter malt, enriched with the finest UK specialty malts, producing a luscious, silky-sweet character and striking copper/amber hue. German Noble hops provide a delicate balance on the palate, and add spicy complexity to a predominantly malty aroma. Mashed at a slightly higher temperature, and cellar-aged at the brewery, this full bodied, rich, and warming ale is the perfect companion through the chill of the holiday season.