For one reason or another, most of the holiday themed beverages I’ve come across this season play on theme of being “naughty.” Don’t “nice” people want drinks, too?
Beer Name: Naughty 90 Oaked Ale
Brewery: Toppling Goliath Brewing Company (Decorah, IA)
Style: Oaked Ale
Description: Brewed on a 90 minute hop schedule, the beer was then aged on a bed of oak before bottling.
Appearance: Light brown body with a full, lively head of tan bubbles.
Smell: Faintly sweet with a light oaky presence in the background.
Taste: Sweet at the start, followed very quickly by toasted malts and moderate-to-strong oak notes. End notes of toasted malt and oak linger long after the sip.
Mouthfeel: Close to medium-bodied with fairly aggressive carbonation.
Hype: Maybe a little for me since the brewery is a fairly new addition to my local distribution.
Overall: I was not a fan of this, and I am torn between saying one way or the other whether it was my personal tastes or the beer itself. It seemed way over carbonated for the style and taste profile which almost makes me suspect an off-bottle. Unfortunately my review lineup is pretty set at this point, so my thoughts on this stand. I know which list I’m putting this one on.