I had a crazy long day at work. Got home, made a quick dinner with the wife, and sat down to watch a movie called The Yards. Weird movie.
Now it’s beering time. I’ve been thinking about my new stash all day long. Which beer would I go with tonight? Should I go bonkers and try one of the best ones, or start out slow?
Well, turns out that I ended up just grabbing the first beer I saw when I opened the fridge: Heavy Seas Winter Storm Category 5 Ale. OH, and as luck would have it, I have this bad-ass Heavy Seas pint glass on hand! WOOOOOOOT!
This little guy is a 7.5% ABV Extra Special Bitter (ESB). I’ve only had a couple of ESBs before – they were both pretty mild. This Category 5 is quite bitter. Piney! Some malty sweetness is present, but not much. Long piney aftertaste.
The brew is smooth. Low carbonation. The brew is pretty – a reddish amber color.
Given my limited experience with ESBs, Im having a tough time judging this beer. I will say if you’re a hop-head, you’d probably love this.
A final thought to close out the review. I wish there was some kind of standard for a winter beer. Seems like breweries can slap a winter theme & winter related name on a beer and BINGO BANGO, a new winter beer (regardless of style or flavors).
Shouldn’t a winter beer taste like winter (spicy)? Who’s with me?