Saturday, February 25, 2012

Fireside Ale

Tonight I'm drinking Fireside Ale brewed by Weyerbacher Brewing Company in Easton, Pennsylvania. The label shows a roaring fire and calls this beer "an intriguing dark ale with a touch of smokiness".

Very malty caramel aroma with just a hint of smoke. The smoke is MUCH more apparent in the flavors. Plenty of roasted malt, char and ash along with it too. Quite the malt bomb--caramel, dark fruits and cocoa power stand up to the smoky flavors and work pretty nicely together. Thank God there is none of that meaty savory smokiness in this beer--such a turn off.

There is enough hoppy balance to offset the initial sweetness, and the carbonation is fairly high, also breaking up much of a hefty body. The 7.5% alcohol was not really noticeable at all. I was surprised to read it was that high after I had already finished the bottle. Not a bad beer. Check it out.

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