Beer Here Vinter Ale

Reviewed by on February 26, 2014 in Winter Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Beer Here

  • Origin: Denmark

  • Rated On: February 23, 2014

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 8.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Winter Warmer

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Beer Here is a gypsy (contract) brewer from Denmark, who make their beers at sites around Europe.  Vinter Ale is, of course, a winter ale, made with coffee and milk sugars, as well as a hefty dose of typically American hops.  And look at poor ol’ Frosty on the label – he just can’t seem to hold his beer!

This 500ml bottle pours a very, very dark russet brown colour, with rampant cola highlights, and four fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and meekly creamy beige head, which leaves some neatly stacked layers of bleeding webbed lace around the glass as it gently settles.

It smells of citrusy and piney hops right up front, followed tightly by charred caramel malt, muddled dark dried fruit – prunes and raisins, mostly – well-ground coffee beans, a hint of bittersweet chocolate, and a suggestion of metallic alcohol. The taste is still good and hoppy, the orange cream and pine resin bitterness now more integrated into the big roasted caramel, dry toffee, and treacle-tinged malt, with some Nordic licorice, black coffee, condensed milk, further earthy and leafy hops, and lapping booze warmth.

The carbonation is supportive up front, with little required, and none supplied thereafter, the body a wavering medium weight, and plainly smooth, a turtling creaminess giving it a go. It finishes off-dry, the malt waning a fair bit, as the coffee, weirdly complex hops, and general alcohol warmth happily take up the slack.

My idea of a winter warmer has more to do with a strict interpretation of the name itself, rather than any fanciful idea of holiday spices or overwrought malt sweetness. So, in that vein, what we have here is a nice coffee-addled, WARMING ale. Pleasant to drink, but easy enough to confuse its peppy hops with the aromas wafting about from the recently divorced from it roots fir tree now making its home in my living room.

Brady White

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