Dead Frog Winter Beeracle

Reviewed by on January 31, 2014 in Winter Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Dead Frog Brewing

  • Origin: Aldergrove, BC, CA

  • Rated On: December 27, 2012

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 7.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: between cold and cellar temperature

  • Style: Winter Warmer

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Last year, Dead Frog offered up their Christmas Beeracle release for the holiday season.  Now, they’ve got a new name, new recipe, and new ABV, so it seems fair enough to assume that this is somewhat of a new beer for the waning days of 2012.

This 650ml bottle pours a clear, dark bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of loosely foamy, somewhat creamy dirty white head, which leaves a few up-swells of ocean spray lace around the glass as it quickly settles.  It smells of sweet caramel malt, sugary vanilla, orange creamsicle, citrus vodka, and leafy, floral hops. The taste is more big caramel/toffee malt, a kind of muddled orange juice, vanilla cream, and alcohol smoothie essence, a bit of an indistinct tangy sourness, and some leafy, bitter hops.  The bubbles are fairly laid-back, but supportive enough, the body an adequate medium weight, with a very slight, ethereal astringency, but is otherwise smooth. It finishes off-dry, the vanilla, orange, and alcohol taking a step or three down in sweetness, the malt going sort of bready, and the hops still a bit tweaked in their saucy bitterness.

A tasty enough affair, the ‘winter’ influences here limited to the boozy vanilla citrus notes, which are usually more universal, but I suppose can be applied to the current season’s context well enough. Worthy of a go, as its warming aspects cannot be denied.

Brady White



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