Stay warm at Christmastime with this American Style Strong Ale @ 7.4% ABV.
Breckenridge Brewery, Denver, CO
Next in my holiday seasonal tastings comes this little gem from the edge of the Rockies. (Aside – will someone please submit the brewery’s story to Wikipedia? I was stunned there’s no listing there!) The packaging has an awesome retro-Christmas look to it – makes me feel like I should be relaxing by the fireplace, listening to classic Christmas carols while I drink it (I heartily recommend Joe Perry’s version of “Blue Christmas”, BTW – I especially like the way he brings it home). But, as nice as that is, it’s what’s inside that matters most, so here we go…
Breckenridge Christmas Ale pours out a clear, deep amber-bronze color with a short-lived off-white head.
Aromas are bready and malty with roasted nuts, toasted caramel malt, a hint of spice and light fruity note.
Palate is moderately-full bodied with light carbonation. Nice mouthfeel – slightly oily and mouth-coating.
And finally, the taste. It’s chock-full of luscious caramel malt and some chocolate. Some sweetness, balanced early by toasted malt and then midway though by a gentle hop bitterness. Some additional toasty and nutty malt notes emerge late. Good malt complexity, layered, with some depth. Toasty-malty-bitter finish. Lightly sweet aftertaste lingers.
Very nice Christmas ale; recommended, especially if you want something more malty, and not hoppy or spiced.
Appearance: 4/5 Aroma: 8.5/10 Palate: 5/5 Flavor: 9/10 Overall: 17.5/20