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Winter is Coming- 13 February 2015
As the winter doesn't seem to be leaving us any time soon, we've still got time to savour some great winter seasonals while the cold is still around. Up for discussion, we've got Flying Dog's K9 cruiser, O'Hara's Winter Star and Anderson Valley's Winter Solstice.

Maryland's Flying Dog is known for its quirky beers and this winter seasonal is no different. As with several other winter seasonals, the recipe changes slightly from year to year, so we never really know what we're going to get in the end. What we do know, is that it's a strong, dark ale, brewed to 7.4% ABV. It's got a nice off-white fluffy head and aromas of roasted hazelnuts, fruit cake and plums. The mouthfeel is quite full and just on the pleasant side of syrupy. It finishes with clove spiciness and nice alcohol warmth.

O'Hara's Winter Star is described as a spiced amber ale and features coconut, cinnamon and orange essence. It pours a nice deep copper colour with good sized white head. There's a good dose of cinnamon on the nose with a sweet malty, caramel base. Some citrus is found on the palate from the orange essence with smooth spicy notes on the finish. At 4.3% ABV it's a lighter, more refreshing style than our last beer and a great alternative to the darker, heavier winter styles.

Our last beer comes from California's Anderson Valley. "Winter Solstice" is strong spiced ale, which pours dark amber with a modest, tan head. The nose is quite rich and complex with plenty of ginger, cinnamon, muscovado and dried fruit in abundance. On the palate there's a nutty breadiness which underlies sweet cherry and cinnamon spice. This is the perfect match for a hearty winter stew, and just the thing to warm you up on the last of these cold, winter nights.

Tags :  Winterseasonalbeer
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