I was in the mood for something different so I reached into my trusty beer closet and came out with a little something I picked up earlier this year – Bride Maker by Jack’s Abby Brewing.
Beer Name: Bride Maker
Brewer: Jack’s Abby Brewing
Style: (Barley) Lager Wine
Description: I picked up this bottle right from the source back in April, but it had been bottled on 09/12/2014.
Pour Info: Poured from a refrigerated 0.5 L bottle into that snifter glass which has been getting so much action this year.
Appearance: Poured a brownish caramel body. Not much head to speak of.
Smell: Malty and sweet with some serious rum notes.
Taste: This big beer certainly delivered some big tastes. Primarily sweet and malty, these base flavores mixed with caramel, toffee, rum, and dark fruits before coming to a moderately hot, boozy finish. These all blended together really well to make this a dangerously smooth drinking beer despite all the intensity. Really lent itself to being slowly savored and enjoyed.
Mouth Feel: It had syrupy, thickish body that felt kind of slick. Minimal carbonation.
Hype Factor: Moderate. This was a beer I got to try at last year’s Extreme Beer Fest, but not necessarily appreciate since I had it at the end of my session.
Overall: A very tasty beer, but a slow sipper for sure! I really liked the sweet flavors of the beer and the warming effect the finish had. Excellent beer for a cold December evening.