When it is cold, I crave a certain type of beer.
At the very first sip, this reminds me of Whistler Brewing Company’s Chestnut Ale. Please allow me to repeat, reminds me of. Delicious, especially on this -20 day, when I really should be packing to move apartments (and I’ve just burnt three pieces of bacon…sadness ensues), but not quite the Chestnut.
First, the specs.
5.5%, and an IBU rating of 22. Made by Granville Island Brewing.
Now, this is a robust beer, and the label says to pair it with comfort food. Strong notes of cocoa, vanilla, and definitely caramel. Not as balanced as it could be, there is a bit of a jager-like medicine taste. (Which, oddly enough, the burnt bacon seems to reduce. Well, bacon is a comfort food, I suppose.)
Nice, almost ruby colour. I bit of head, but it faded quickly. the vanilla and caramel really come through in the scent. There is not much sweetness to it, which I enjoy. Maybe the sweetness, which I don’t really enjoy, has been cancelled out by a slight addition of hops. There also not much aftertaste, the beer fading quickly from my palette.
Oh, wait, look at that. the Granville Island website says a perfect pairing is with bacon. Even with burnt bacon, I agree.
I’ll give this a solid 7 out of 10.