December 08, 2010

Now on Tap - Winter Warmer

Now on tap: the 2010 release of our annual Winter Warmer. Typically maltier & sweeter than most releases, and flavored with seasonal herbs & spices, Winter Warmers are usually higher in alcohol, hence the "warming" aspect of these beers. This year's batch has big fruity malt flavors to restrain the alcohol presence, with a light hop regimen of American, English & German varities. We also added 40 lbs. of Italian plum puree during fermentation, which allowed more fermentable sugars to achieve the higher ABV, as well as provide some citrusy characteristics to the beer's already complex flavor. It was then gently spiced with whole Tellicherry peppercorns to add a hint of spice and further the beer's complexity. Considered to be the finest pepper in the world, these Indian peppercorns have a full, robust flavor often described as nearly fruity.

Brewer's specs:

Malt: Pale, Vienna, Caramel, Melanoidin & Crystal

Hops: Horizon, Hallertauer & East Kent Goldings

Fermented with McCoy's house ale yeast

SG 20.4P
8.3% ABV

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