Last night I took my Christmas Ale out for a test run. It was a trip, this brew might need some aging in order for the flavors to blend a little better.
First off though, I created labels and used them on the bottles. I am going to be giving these out as Christmas holiday gifts for friends and family. I have been trying to narrow down the list a little so that I can ensure that everyone that gets one will appreciate it.
As for the beer itself, it poured dark brown, nearly black with a thin caramel colored head. It did not produce much of a head (likely because of the high alcohol content) but was fully carbonated. The aroma was sweet with caramel, cinnamon and a deep lickerish backbone. It’s a pleasant smell, but more of a rich candy than the gingerbread/home made pie aroma I was looking for.
The mouth feel is a bit heavy, almost thick. It coats the tongue and sticks with you. Surprisingly there is almost no alcohol burn on the front end and a pleasant warming going down, this was exactally what I was going for. The flavor is overwhelmed with the black lickerish and a strong cinnamon flavors. It really overwhelms the front side of the malt profile.
Overall I am pleased with the brew as a winter warmer. It needs to mellow out so I think that time will be kind to this brew. I am a little concerned about the light carbonation, but I think that it will be good. I am curerious what other people are going to think about this brew.