Hoyne Gratitude Winter Warmer 2014

beer-gratitudeBrewer: Hoyne Brewery, Victoria BC
Style: Winter Ale
ABV: 9%

Description: Hoyne is back with there third annual Gratitude Winter Warmer, which began as a holiday expression of gratitude to all those who’ve supported them. As with previous years releases, this special limited-release comes in individual bombers wrapped in paper.

Tasting Notes: This is the third sampling I’ve done of Gratitude, and I have noted that the recipe has been changing over the years. Either that, or my tastes have been evolving and I’ve been noticing different things. In any case, this year’s offering seemed lighter than the previous two. While it maintains its smooth malty base, a hint of spice and a very well-balanced character, it was more reminiscent of a Marzen to me than a Christmas ale (though I did get some traces of Urbock as well). For the third time, a big hit and one I would like to try again before it goes out of stock!

Appearance: Dark amber, clear, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Rich malt, minerality, mild sugars, allspice, mild hops
Taste: Smooth malt, mild tang, hint of sweetness, brown sugar, allspice
Aftertaste: Lingering tang and minerality, lingering spice palate
Overall: 8.75/10

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