Garrison Brewing Company All Lit Up – Christmas / Winter Specialty Spiced Beer at 7% ABV

Garrison Brewing Company All Lit Up Christmas / Winter Specialty Spiced Beer at 7% ABV (C$3.75 at NLC Stavanger, 473 ml, packaged on 6-Nov-2018, acquired 20-Dec-2018, reviewed 29-Dec-2018)

Appearance: clear medium amber with one finger of fluffy beige head diminishing rapidly to a thin cap, minimal spotty lacing. (3/5) Aroma: cloves, brown sugar, dark fruit, toffee. (8/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate bitter, mild spice. (8/10) Medium-full body, moderate carbonation, sweet medium duration mildly warming finish. (4/5)

Definitely a Winter Warmer / Christmas beer, with cloves and brown (OK, fine, Demerera) sugar dominating the nose, and a warming that seems equal parts alcohol and spices. Not my favourite style by any means, but this one threads a path between spice bomb and booziness, ending up even-handed and enjoyable. (15/20)

7.5/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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