Postmark Winter Warmer

Reviewed by on December 20, 2017 in Winter Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Postmark Brewing

  • Origin: Vancouver, BC, CA

  • Rated On: December 20, 2017

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.8%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Winter Warmer

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Van City’s Postmark has produced this winter warmer, sans the seasonal spices. I’m okay with that in theory.

This 650ml bottle pours a mostly clear, dark orange-brick amber colour, with four fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and mildly bubbly tan head, which leaves some decent crooked webbed lace around the glass as it very lazily sinks away.

It smells of semi-sweet, bready and doughy caramel malt, some lesser biscuity toffee, a subtle bruised domestic pome fruitiness, and some leafy, weedy, and gently perfumed floral green hop bitters.  The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, those underwhelming toffee squares always put out at this time of the year, still muddled apple and friend(s) fruity notes, and more tame earthy, musty, and dead floral NW hoppiness.  The carbonation is average in its workaday frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and generally smooth, nothing really causing any particular concern here, as such.  It finishes off-dry, the complex malt, and confused hops making a lingering matter out of it.

Overall – this is a rather pleasant brew, but I would hardly peg it as a winter warmer.  Gun to my head, I would still scream ‘well-made ESB!!!!’.  Anyways, forgoing the histrionics, these fine chaps claim right on the label (in English!), that they used no spices in this offering, and it shows, to no ill effect, IMHO.  Too bad that suggestion is such a powerful tool, otherwise.

Brady White

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