Saint Arnold Brewing from Texas makes a malty Christmas Ale, so when I saw their hoppy, spiced version Sailing Santa I had to try it.
Sailing Santa pours orange-auburn with a white head of foam. Spices hit your nose on sniffing this brew. I smell ginger, cloves, cinnamon, and dried orange peels. The taste is all those spices, on a zingy hop base. Hops and a lot of ginger give a
Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. of Fort Worth, Texas makes a Bourbon barrel aged English-Style Dark Ale they simple call, Winter Warmer. I call it delicious. I’m reviewing a bottle from 2012 that has been aging 2 years.
This bourbon winter warmer pours dark mahogany with a thick tan head that has long staying power. One whiff and you
Lakewood Brewing Co. of Garland, Texas was thinking of the lucky few who receive a holiday bonus check. Maybe you’re not one of them, but with Holiday Bonus festive Porter you can feel like it.
Holiday bonus or is dark dark brown with a very light tan then head. It’s smells of sweet burnt candy sugar, caramel malts and chocolate. The flavors overflow as it warms. Semi-sweet chocolate, orange, berries, all with a bitter roast malt porter finish. It is 41 IBU, but the chocolate roast malts up the bitterness of the hops. The alcohol registers at 6.6% and seems fair.
Lakewood Brewing has only been in operation since August of 2012, yet are producing an interesting line of beers. Holiday Bonus was a nice treat for a porter with a twist.