Reviewed by Brady White on January 20, 2014 in Winter Guide
- Brewery: Fish Brewing Company
- Origin: Olympia, WA, USA
- Rated On: December 6, 2012
- Best Before: bottled in December, 2011
- ABV: 7.5%
- Ideal Temperature: between cold and cellar temperature
- Style: Winter Warmer
- Rating: GREAT !!
This beer pours a mildly hazy, medium apricot amber hue, with a few fingers of foamy, soapy off-white head. It smells of sweet caramel malt, stewed raisins, molasses, and citrusy hops. The taste has a strong bready caramel malt body, and the citrus hops are equally prominent, providing a hop-head’s idea of balance. There’s a mild carbonation to go with the decent weight of this beer, which tastes like a junior American barley wine, with deep aspirations. The finish is off-dry, with a mild caramel malt, and some very minor alcohol warming.
A very nicely structured, and strongly flavoured beer, I would very gladly have this again, and for more than solely keeping the winter frost at bay.