Today we’re heading back to Largo’s Barley Mow Brewing, and my current gripe is the distinct lack of occult darkness evident in their seasonal cans. It’s difficult to go from the grim spectre of death evident in the label art of something like The Huntsman to other cans that are, dare I say, friendly?
Some are even cozy, like Tinsel (Amber Ale, 7.4% ABV, 47 IBU).
Tinsel is Barley Mow’s entry into the rapidly growing winter ale category, and it couldn’t be any more different than many of their more macabre year-round beers.
Instead of making a heavily-spiced imperial Winter Warmer that tasted like burning and could substitute for Pennzoil in NASCAR if needed, Barley Mow started with an amber ale and went from there. By the way, I would love to try the amber ale on its own, since it had a great, caramel sweetness, almost like one of those German caramel wafer cookies.
They added holiday spices (there’s definitely nutmeg there) and some Fresh from Florida wildflower honey for an added depth, and it works wonderfully. The spices are quite noticeable and deliver a warmth to the brew that is really delicious.
The beer has a lot of great flavor without being excessively heavy or cloying, perfect for what this state calls winter. It’s definitely a release to look forward to every year.
But the next can they release had better be dripping with blood or something.
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