This seasonal English Dark Mild Ale slipped through the holiday cracks at Drinkhacker HQ, but we’re trying to atone and get a quick review up while it’s still on the market. (It should be readily available for at least another month or so.)
Surprisingly mild-bodied, it’s somewhat woody on the nose, exhibiting some mild baking/Christmas spice — a touch of cinnamon and clove, but very restrained. The body offers roasted nuts, a rounded maltiness with a restrained bittersweet finish. Surprisingly easygoing, with only a touch of cocoa powder and coffee grounds in the end to recall anything to do with Guinness as most of the world knows it.
5.6% abv. Sold in 11.2 oz. bottles (that’s generous?).
B / part of the Guinness Winter Variety Pack ($14 per 12 bottles) / guinness.com
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