When in Michigan for Thanksgiving, we are going to get into another brew from Heavy Sea Brewery. The beer is their winter seasonal and it is called Winter Bock. If you read my earlier blog on their flagship beer, you know the history of this brewery. If you have not, please read the first part of that beer post. Let us get into the beer.
This winter bock has a dark amber color. There is a little earthy to a bit nutty malty smell. The taste has a ton going on the beer. It has a nutty, earthly, and malty taste. It is pretty drinkable beer.
Here is a description from the beer bottle:
With a full ruby hue, rich malty character, and earthy hop aroma. Winter Storm is an original– an Imperial ESB for the winter months. 7.5% Alc./Vol.
Here is a description from their website (www.hsbeer.com):
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Winter Storm may be Hugh’s favorite beer in the Heavy Seas catalogue. Our winter ale draws on hops from the West Coast and the UK for its pronounced bitterness. A mix of pale and darker malts give it its tawny color and its bigger body. True to the style, Winter Storm’s aroma is nutty malts and earthy hops. This is a perfect fall beer, especially because of its warming qualities.BEER DETAILS
- Style: Imperial Extra Special Bitter (ESB)
- ABV: 7.5%
- IBUs: 50
- Availability: October-December
- Hops: Warrior, UK Goldings, UK Fuggles, Cascade, Centennial
- Malts: 2-row, Crystal, Caramalt, Chocolate MaltSUGGESTIONS
- Food Pairings: Brie or Havarti cheese, pan-seared steak, barbecued pork
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Closing, this beer is awesome and it got me in trouble, which I am still recovering from two days later. This Winter Storm is extremely drinkable for being 7.5% ABV. There is a ton going on this beer. I really enjoyed this beer and I wished I could have brought some back from Michigan. I am happy to see them around Michigan stores but I wish they were in my Chicago liquor stores. At least, they are getting closer and it is reason to go back to Michigan. This is what ESB should taste like not what I have been drinking here in the Chicago area or wherever. I recommend you trying this beer at least once. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser