Gingerbread Ale is a spiced holiday porter. Not surprisingly, it is brewed with ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon. Of course, being a Bison brew, the spices and hops are all organic. This is a fall seasonal that I picked up in early November. Meant to save it for Christmas, but I'm just now getting to it.
This beer is a dark, cola brown color and is nearly opaque. Only a small sliver of light is visible near the bottom edge of the glass. It is capped by a thin, creamy, off-white head.
Gingerbread Ale pretty much smells exactly like gingerbread dough. The aroma is dominated by a robust, spicy malt featuring plenty of nutmeg and a sweet molasses touch. As it warms, the molasses softens into a warm brown sugar scent. No sign of hops in the aroma.
Taste & Feel
Again, no surprises. The flavor is sweet and spicy, with molasses and nutmeg being the key players. The flavor is consistent from start to finish, leaving a spicy aftertaste after the sweetness disappears. It's a medium-bodied brew, with a a creamy base that lies just beneath its spicy bite.
A pretty solid holiday ale. The flavor begs for a dessert to accompany it, as the spicy notes can be a bit much on their own. Grab something sweet, and a couple of these to wash it down. I'd give it a B+.
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