Stegmaier Winter Warmer

Lion Brewery
Wilkes-Barre, PA
Stegmaier Winter Warmer

I’m a little embarrassed to find some winter seasonals still lurking in the beer hold – it means I’ve not been posting (or drinking) enough. That said, spring has yet to rear it’s much anticipated head as of yet so a Winter Warmer may be just the ticket this evening.

Perfect clarity shows some very slow carbonation ascending to a quarter-inch of jaundiced tan head. The color is a spectacular garnet with slightly burnt ruby tints.

The nose is mostly malt, but spicy: cinnamon, nutmeg, and dried clove, as well as caraway bread and soft toffee.

The mouthfeel is excellent – full and complex. It starts off immediately with very chewy bread crusts which turn appropriately tart as though you’d just added some rind-heavy marmalade to your toast. What hopping is present is subtle, but it’s not missed as a docile alcohol warmth slowly awakes and adds just the right amount of tang.

I would not have believed this was a 7.2% beer. Very drinkable, very well-balanced, and not as cloying or palate-destroying as some bigger seasonal ales can be. Lion rarely disappoints. Kitty’s got claws!

Kitty also has rebus!

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