Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company - Christmas Ale

Purchased From: Harvest Fine Wines & Spirits
Serving Type: 12 oz. bottle, poured into a pint glass

With warmer (low 40s) weather promised for the next few days, the time for Winter seasonals is quickly disappearing. Up today is the Christmas Ale from Gritty McDuff's, which will also have two more beers up for tasting this week. This ESB (Extra Special Bitter) pours a medium brown with a slight yellow glow. The light tan head is modest in size and quite light on retention. The nose is malty with subdued hints of vanilla and coffee, as well as a moderate bitterness.

The beer seems fairly light on carbonation, and as a result, the mouthfeel is a bit on the watery side. The moderate hops are present up front and seem very earthy. The toasted malts have a cracked grain flavor that seems somewhat bready. Bits of coffee are seemingly sprinkled throughout and a slight caramel sweetness appears to round out the finish.

Final Verdict: B

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