Saturday, March 14, 2015

Smithwick's Winter Spirit

This 4.5% ABV Smithwick's winter ale is made by Guinness of Dublin, Ireland.  It came in a winter sampler pack.

The beer pours a dark brown and amber in color. There is a tall, thick and somewhat creamy head of off-white to extremely light tan head. The aroma is mild, some toasted, roasted, caramel malt. The taste is as the aroma, mild, roasted and toasted malt, just a hint of smokey peat. The finish is lightly bitter and dry, and the beer drinks quite easy. I like the light smokiness that it has, it blends well with its malt, but calling this “full bodied” is a misnomer.  If its flavors were stepped up a notch and it was more full-bodied in actuality, it would be very good. As it is, it is merely moderately pleasant, and it does grow on you as you drink it.

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