Nelson Faceplant Winter Ale
Reviewed by Brady White on January 20, 2014 in Winter Guide
- Brewery: Nelson Brewing Company
- Origin: Nelson, BC, CA
- Rated On: December 5, 2012
- Best Before: Feb 18, 2013
- ABV: 6.0%
- Ideal Temperature: between cold and cellar temperature
- Style: Winter Warmer
- Rating: OKAY
The beer itself pours a crystal clear, dark brassy amber hue, with two fingers of tight foamy beige head, which leaves a low slouching wash of lace around the glass as it duly recedes. It smells of crisp biscuit and sweet caramel malt, a bit of oily nuttiness, and soft earthy, leafy hops. The taste is not a big departure – more nutty, caramel malt, some slightly softened biscuit notes, subtle brown shugga, a twinge of bitter chocolate, and more somewhat tangy leafy hops.
The carbonation is average, with a mild spritzy character here and there, but generally smooth, with the body displaying a hearty medium weight. It finishes fairly off-dry, the nutty, crackery, caramel malt still in charge, with a mild edgy nondescript dryness tugging at the metaphoric pant cuffs.
A decent strong brown ale, with some down home flavours, spread nicely all over the hill, and the 6 points of booze easily integrated, which provides that extra warmth to keep you going until you can get yourself back to the lodge.