The Twelve Beers of Christmas
Posted: December 21, 2012
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NOSE: A boozy, complex bouquet that offers hints of chocolate, licorice, pumpernickel bread and dates.
PALATE: Strong alcohol anchors this full-bodied brew before it turns to caramel and crème brûlée at the midpoint. The finale is a complex array of toffee, anise and boozy coffee.
CIGAR: Alec Bradley Prensado Torpedo (92 points) The leather, toast and chocolate notes of the cigar play off the complexity of the beer, balancing as well as enhancing flavors. Pleasant bursts of chocolate are especially evident.
Redhook's Double Black Stout (7 percent a.b.v, $3.99)
First brewed 17 years ago, Redhook brought Double Black Stout back to the market, due to popular demand, as part of the brewery's famed Blueline Series in 2008. Since then, the brew has been released annually on a limited basis.
This year, the brewery worked with Seattle's Caffe Vita Coffee Roasting Co. to really ramp up the java taste.
APPEARANCE: Dark brown fades to black with a wonderful cappuccino-colored head.
NOSE: A bouquet of strong, dark-roasted coffee, caramel and toffee notes.
PALATE: Definitive coffee flavors become a bit more caramel at mid-sip, with delicate floral, mocha and chocolate nib notes emerging on the end. Solid medium body throughout.
CIGAR: La Reloba Selección Sumatra Torpedo (94 points) The coffee notes of the smoke ramp up the coffee in the beer while the cigar's vanilla quality rounds out the caramel and nibs flavors.
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