Proof that big beers are better in the winter. I first tried this in the dog days of summer, sitting around the pool quaffing a few. This was in the cooler, so we tried it. We all agreed it was a little too heavy, and went back to pale ales and lagers. But yesterday, on a cold, gray January afternoon, with a "Blue Norther" blustering in off the Great Plains, I cracked a cap off one of these again. Man, what a treat! Dark brown, sweet, nutty, hoppy, really sticks to your ribs. Definitely a winter warmer. If you read this review in the summertime, fret not, my friend--the weather will cool again, and you can go find this gem to sip on by the fire. Buy it if you see it.
Reviewed: January 24, 2004