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Well, the holiday season is winding down, but there are still a TON of local holiday brews to be had. I was in Grocery Outlet this afternoon and spied a bomber of Alameda Brewing Company's Nightbeer Before Christmas. Less than $8 for the bottle. Deal!
The beer is a barrel-aged imperial brown ale. The label says it was aged in whiskey, bourbon and rum barrels. ABV comes in at a healthy 9.5%.
The beer poured from bomber into my tulip snifter an opaque, dark, dark brown--virtually black--color with a minimal, tan head. The head rose up to about a 1/2 inch tall and dissipated quickly. Sparse lacing was left behind.
Aroma was molasses, brown sugar, rum and over-ripe, dark fruit.
Taste was big on whiskey and rum right up front, but very smooth. Bitter dark chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Ripe cherries and raisins. Nice bitter hops in the finish.
Full mouthfeel with medium to low carbonation. A bit of chewiness to it. Lots of smooth, pleasant booziness, but no alcohol harsh.
What a great holiday brew! Delicious and with all kinds of complex flavors that just kept on giving as the beer warmed up. I love this stuff! Nightbeer Before Christmas gets a BeerGuyPDX rating of 3 1/2 crushed cans out of 4.