It's Christmas Day, which means that 2020 is quickly coming to an end. It also means that #52BottlesOfBeer is coming to an end. In fact, THIS is the LAST bottle of beer for 2020!
I can't think of a better day to enjoy a tip and sip, to be honest- and Mt. Begbie Brewing provides us with a suitable send-off...
The label is absolutely adorable. I love that it uses the "ugly Christmas sweater" motif. It's full of whimsy, cheer, and lighthearted humour. It looks cozy and comfortable as well.
Stoked Winter Ale has a deep, coffee colour, and a gorgeous (if at times overly large) cream coloured head of foam. In fact, the head of foam when I poured it, was almost the same as that from a good stout. The contrast of the two created a nice, warm look that made me think of ski lodges, and cracking fireplaces.
Most seasonal beers tend to be heavy on the seasonal flavour- Halloween ones tend to be heavy on the pumpkin flavour, and Christmas ones tend to be fairly heavy on the gingerbread flavour. This brew isn't. The gingerbread flavour is actually quiet smooth and mellow. It's not the main flavour- it's just there. Adding to the actual taste of the ale, rather than overwriting it. I loved that approach. Of the flavoured beers overall, I'd have to say that this one by Mt. Begbie is the most subtle with its flavouring.
I sat down beside a YouTube video of a cracking fire on the TV, stretched out my legs, closed my eyes... and could imagine myself at a rustic cabin beside the fire place after a enjoyable day trekking through the snow covered hills. A most enjoyable experience and beer. I'm glad I was able to finish #52BottlesOfBeer with this lovely brew. A warm "Good".