Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas Pū'ali koa!

Well the big day is finally here! Merry Christmas Pū'ali koa!

Today, I hope you are surrounded by great friends, good family and a few stiff drinks to lubricate the setting!

I want to share a beer that my SWMBO picked out for me.... She thought I needed something festive to share for this very special day!

Criminally Bad Elf pours iridescent amber with a white head that settled all too quickly. It is crystal clear, perfect for viewing Christmas Tree Lights.

The nose is somewhat flat with a muddy hop aroma and sweet leathery malt.

First sip, very full body with tons of residual sugar. There could be a bit more bitterness to cover some of the sweetness. This is almost a syrupy hoppy.... Goodness. This is a pretty tasty brew.

There is much burnt sugar and roasted wheat. I find caramel and an intriguing grassiness that comes right at the end. Every sip brings mouth filling flavors and complexity. If I didn’t know better, I’d say that you can even taste this brew with your teeth!

Nursing along this 10.5% Barley-wine, before lunch, and not having had breakfast, I must say it’s giving a bit of a warming, heady feeling, perfect for Christmas morning after the symphony of wrapping paper destruction.

An occasional hard swirling of the beer in the glass keeps the aromas flowing as they settle down and don’t really release themselves.

I served myself this beer WAY too cold, and once it had a time to warm up, the flavors didn’t change as they sometimes do, but became more pronounced and very enjoyable.

I don’t care if Christmas is a day that you celebrate your religion, your family or if it just means presents... And even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, I hope your day is wonderful.

Remember, it’s every host’s duty to keep the guests in the Christmas “Spirits”... That includes good beer!

Merry Christmas everyone!

~Cheers!

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