Review: Starr Hill Warm Up and Double Bass

Two new seasonals (actually wrapping up their residency this month) from Starr Hill. Check them out while you can!

Starr Hill Warm Up Winter Ale – This amber ale is spiked with cinnamon, cocoa, nutmeg and vanilla for wintertime drinking, but the proportions feel all wrong on my palate. Slightly sour and desperately lacking in malty sweetness, the beer showcases all the spices but is missing the backbone on which to place them. 6.1% abv. C-

Starr Hill Double Bass Double Chocolate Stout – For a stout that’s dosed with cocoa beans and features chocolate bars on the label, Double Bass is awfully tame. The body has more acidity than you’d expect, laced with relatively mild chocolate notes and some vanilla. A very light dusting of hops add a touch of bitterness, but the finish evolves from a pure chocolate character to something more akin to chocolate orange. No matter, I like it all the same. 7.8% abv. B+

about $15 per 12-pack / starrhill.com

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