Lost Coast Winterbraun

Reviewed by on January 31, 2014 in Winter Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Lost Coast Brewery

  • Origin: Eureka, CA, USA

  • Rated On: December 19, 2012

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 8.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: between cold and cellar temperature

  • Style: Winter Warmer

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Lost Coast has taken their regular brown ale, and amped it up with more caramel and chocolate malts, as well as a curious employment of imported Saaz hops. The label shows a Picasso-esque looking boarder displaying at least one option for getting outside and letting off some steam.

This 22oz bottle pours a clear, deep, dark ruby brown colour, with bright cherry cola highlights, and two fat fingers of tight foamy beige head, which exhibits some sturdy retention, eventually leaving a drooping curtain of webbed lace around the glass. It smells of lightly toasted, biscuity caramel malt, a bit of lush toffee, nutty cocoa, and prominent grassy, leafy, earthy hops. The taste is sweet medium-dark, but still milky chocolate, roasted caramel malt, dark fleshy fruit, and a plucky spicy, leafy bitterness.  The carbonation is on the low side, the body fairly hefty in weight, quite smooth, and fairly creamy. It finishes still quite sweet, but generally tempered by the biscuits and nuts, not to mention the actively lingering bitter Bohemian hop goodness.

I’ve passed this one over at the local bottleshop for a long time now, mostly due to the goofy label, unfortunately. My bad, as this turns out to be a lovely big brown ale – and more balanced than my ill-informed expectations, and nicely warming. Quite easy to put back the whole bottle, and it’s inspiring in me a desire to escape the urban snowscape for a quick mountain holiday.

Brady White

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