Samuel Adams - Winter Lager
Purchased From: Harvest Fine Wines & Spirits
Serving Type: 12 oz. bottle, poured into a mug
From a syrupy-looking pour comes a deep brown amber body with a small, lightly tanned, foam head. The head is extremely light on retention and lacing. The nose is toasty with a charcoal-like aroma, reminiscent of Scotch Whiskey. There’s also a light, but detectable, cinnamon component to the relatively simple nose.
The toasted malts are well-rounded and provide great sweetness and nice depth. A slight citrus flavor comes through with a slight bitterness. The bitter flavor seems to be akin to orange rind, rather than the product of hopping. The finish is slightly medicinal, but far from unpleasant.
For the most part the mouthfeel is light and airy, but there’s an interesting stickiness to it at times. It also leaves your teeth feeling sugar-coated. This beer certainly reminds me of Nor’Easter from Hooker Brewery, but a bit thinner overall. I’ll have to get a fresh batch from the brewery soon.
Final Verdict: B-