Monday, December 20, 2010

The Fourth Beer of Christmas

For the fourth beer of Christmas our trusty assistant brought to us Harpoon's Winter Warmer, which is apparently the beer equivalent of coal in the stocking.  In some ways, this is our fault - not because we were naughty or nice but because we didn't bother to read the label.  Winter Warmer is a blend of cinnamon and nutmeg to give a "balanced, pumpkin-pie flavor."

First, we don't like pumpkin pie - not even at Thanksgiving.  We're also not entirely crazy about nutmeg.  It's a good complimentary spice but not something that should be sharing center stage.  The color is copper and actually quite nice.  From afar, it really looks like a good winter's brew.  The aroma is nutmeg.  The flavor is nutmeg at the start and lingers in the aftertaste.  It's just too much for us.  While we enjoy cinnamon as much as the next craft brew drinker, we had trouble finding it in this brew.

Now we're sitting here with four Winter Warmers and we're not entirely sure what to do with it.  There's something inherently wrong with pouring beer down the drain, particularly if we can find a few who might enjoy a Warmer.  In fact, we dislike this brew so much we didn't bother taking a picture.  Actually, the camera batteries are dead.

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