Big Rock Winter Spice Ale
Reviewed by Brady White on January 22, 2015 in Winter Guide
- Brewery: Big Rock Brewery
- Origin: Calgary, AB, CA
- Rated On: January 22, 2015
- Best Before: April 14, 2015
- ABV: 6.0%
- Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature
- Style: Winter Warmer
- Rating: GOOD !
All right then – this 330ml bottle pours a crystal clear, orangish-amber colour, with a healthy amount of pillow-like puffy off-white head, which disappears quickly, leaving a small amount of exploded marshmallow lacing around the glass.
It smells quite redolent of sweet ‘n savoury spices – cloves, nutmeg, and metallic cinnamon – sweet caramel malt, a touch of meaty yeast, and weak as sin earthy, leafy hops. The flavour starts strong with the grainy caramel malt and cinnamon/nutmeg spice, and maintains it, as its cousins from Grandma’s gingerbread recipe all show up in due time, the spices all coalescing near the middle, joined by a slight warming from that wee extra bit of alcohol.
The body is a bit on the light side for a winter warmer, with a pithy smoothness and equally weak creaminess, while the carbonation is a little too noticeable in its tacky frothiness, as well. It finishes well off-dry, and just, well – the meaty caramel malt carrying on like yer stere0typical lush aunt at the reception.
Even though the combination of spices is more or less bang-on, and this is a nice enough seasonal offering, as a welcome change from Big Rock, I still can’t help but be just a tad underwhelmed overall. I say bring back the cookies, and all would be well again.