Appearance: “It’s dark. Sort of a reddish-amber, with a good head that’s maybe ivory or off-white, but not quite beige.”
Aroma: “Hops are prominent. Smells of dried orange peel and pine to me.”
Taste: “It’s a mouthful and plenty hoppy, though the malt quotient comes through, too. It’s rich, satisfying. I’ve been drinking this every holiday season for about 35 years. I don’t think they add any spices to it, but somehow it seems almost like there’s something ‘extra’ along those lines that makes it festive. It’s a great sipping-and-sitting-by-the-fire brew.”
Food Affinity: “Hearty food, though not necessarily traditional holiday dishes. A turkey sandwich on dark rye with some German mustard would work. Muenster or cheeses with caraway would be nice. Might be pretty good with a slice of fruitcake, too.”
Guest reviewer Simon Taylor came from England to the U.S to study Business Administration and stayed to enjoy a career in real estate.