Monday, January 17, 2011
Cozy up on a chillly, rainy night with a winter warmer and a game of Scrabble. Winter warmers, according to Beeradvocate, feature "Big malt presence, both in flavor and body. The color ranges from brownish reds to nearly pitch black. Hop bitterness is generally low, leveled and balanced, but hop character can be pronounced. Alcohol warmth is not uncommon." I became interested in sampling a warmer after reading this New Year's (Alcoholic) Resolution article on Page 18 of the latest Athens Food and Culture. Sam Smith features gorgeous label art in a 550mL bottle with gold foil atop. We tried both the Winter Welcome (delish) and the Taddy Porter. The porter is very dark with a great yet subtle chocolate flavor. I suggest both warmly.