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Goose Island Mild Winter

February 9, 2012 Leave a comment

Goose Island Mild Winter

If there was a winter in the past couple of years that you could describe as “mild” this would have to be it. As I mentioned in a previous post we’ve had ourselves a pretty modest winter, so far. Maybe I should drink one of these in November every year.

Mild Winter is an American Mild Ale from Goose Island Brewery in Chicago. The beer pours dark brown in color, but when held to the light, it appears more of a clear dark brownish copper. The light khaki-colored head leaves a nice sticky lacing down the side of the glass. The nose has characteristics of a brown bread crust, along with rye and hints of chocolate. Medium-bodied with a soft airy carbonation.

This is a wonderfully malty beer that’s not overly sweet. In fact, it reminds me a lot of a great homemade loaf of freshly baked brown bread. If beer is truly liquid bread this goes along way in validating that statement. Flavors of roasted barley and chocolate malt create the backbone of this beer. The addition of rye really makes it shine by imparting a spiciness and layered depth to the taste. The beer has some dry bitterness in the finish, but it works perfectly to add balance to the malt.

I have to admit that this has been one of my “go-to” beers this winter. At 5.6% abv it isn’t going to overpower you and it’s just a great flavorful beer to have on hand. I’ve been drinking Mild Winter on and off since last Fall, and am thankful that for a winter seasonal it doesn’t rely on holiday spicing like the cinnamon, clove, or nutmeg, you see in a lot of Christmas beers. If you’re a fan of brown ales, you’ll probably enjoy this one quite a bit.

To learn more about Mild Winter watch the following video which was produced by Goose Island.

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Sprecher Winter Brew

January 31, 2012 Leave a comment

Sprecher Winter Brew

Sprecher Winter Brew
Brewery: Sprecher Brewing Co.
Style: Munich Dunkel Bock
ABV: 5.75%
Availability: Winter Seasonal (Dec. – Mar.)
Serving Type: 16 oz. bottle

Label: The flavorful blend of a complex variety of dark roasted and caramel malts give this Munich-style dunkel-bock a smooth and robust character making it the perfect winter lager.

Beer Review:
Sprecher Winter Brew pours a deep, dark brown in color with a tan head. Aroma is malty, with caramel and toffee. As the beer warms dark fruit and cherry also appear in the nose. Smooth and medium-bodied with some soft carbonation around the edges.  Hearty roasted maltiness dominates the flavor profile of this beer. The smooth finish builds on that roasted malt flavor with subtle hints of cherry with a touch burnt malt toward the back. Hops help balance out the sweet maltiness of the beer.


Hinterland Winterland

January 29, 2012 Leave a comment

Hinterland Winterland

It was inevitable.

The weather may have been chilly at times in December, but it had been a mild winter. That is until January arrived and with it came the first major snow falls of the season. I was actually enjoying having a mild winter for a change. Not having to deal with shoveling and driving in slow traffic with slippery conditions was rather nice. Alas, I knew it was not meant to last.

Winter has finally arrived! One of the great things about living in Wisconsin, a state that has four definitive seasons, is also being able to truly appreciate seasonal beers meant for each type of weather.

Hinterland Winterland is an American Porter brewed with juniper berry. This is a 7.5% abv robust porter, that’s meant to be enjoyed during the cold winter months. The beer pours black in color with some slight amber highlights on the bottom and a tan head. The nose consists of cocoa, sweet chocolate powder, raisins, and juniper. The mouthfeel is full-bodied. Initial flavors of roasted malt and dark fruit appear on the first sips. A closer examination reveals the juniper berry midway and it leads into a long, dry finish. Burnt malt and dark chocolate are also tasted towards the back.

Hinterland Winterland is produced by the Green Bay Brewing Co. At the brewery there is an attached restaurant named Hinterland. A second Hinterland Gastropub is located in Milwaukee’s downtown Third Ward. Having eaten at the Milwaukee restaurant I can vouch that the food there is quite amazing and definitely worth a visit.

Likewise, if you’re a fan of porters, Winterland is certainly worth trying. The juniper berry is not overpowering and it adds a unique and unexpected twist to the flavor of a traditionally brewed porter.

 

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