Last week more Magic Hat beer appeared on my doorstep. Gotta love when that happens! This time around, it’s Magic Hat’s winter seasonal line-up including Encore IPA, Heart of Darkness and tonight’s brew of choice, Wooly ESB.
The Wooly is an extra special bitter that has spruce (yes, like the tree) added. It pours a golden amber color, which appears light and effervescent. It has some spicy smells, but not a lot of pine tree. In fact, pine is somewhat absent from the flavors as well. NOTE: I’m coming off a nasty head cold, and although I am no longer stuffed-up, the lingering effects could be impacting my senses.
Despite the lack of pine, the beer has a decent flavor profile. I’m getting some earthy hops balanced well with caramel malt. At 4.5% ABV, the bottle is nearly gone before I realized it!