Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Glacier Pilot Winter Warmer, Lang Creek Brewery, Marion Montana
Our next beer arrives from Marion, Montana - I had it last year, but don't remember it too well, so let's refresh....
It pours nearly opaque with a tight head.
The aroma has big notes of vanilla malt, there is sweetness and mild caramel.
In the taste, the vanilla is very aggressive at first, but is fades to sweet malt. Mild roastiness takes over in the body. The sweetness seems to build throughout the beer. There is mild bitterness, but not enough to balance the sweetness.
The aftertaste is roasty malt sweetness with tones of caramel.
This is an interesting winter warmer, but it tends toward the sweet side. If you are a fan of the vanilla/caramel malt beers, this is a decent one to try. I think it makes for a nice desert or stand alone late evening beer. I'm unable to access their website right now for details, but will try again to see if it's online tomorrow -
I found mine at Belmont Station here in Portland. I've seen it at a few stores, so I think their distribution is decent for the Northwest.