There’s no way it’s just 6.7% ABV. I won’t believe it.
Here’s a simple rule, for Winter Warmers, Doubles, Imperials and other Strong Ales: Beer shouldn’t sear your nostrils or your mouth. What’s really at fault here are my expectations and the thought that here’s supposed to be a warming booziness. Instead for some reason it’s cold. Real cold that shoots straight from the glass up the nose and doesn’t improve with the first or second sip.
Toffee, pomegranate juice and rubbing alcohol mix awkwardly in a fine mahogany glaze.
It’s Chimay Première without the distribution or the flavor.
Beeradvocate Rating: 85
ratebeer Rating: 73
Hayward Abbey Rating: 72