Sunday, December 16, 2012

Oh! Tannenbaumer!

Adam Rader has done it again.

On the heels of his highly regarded Double-Chocolate Imperial Stout, Ottawa's Mill Street Brew Pub head brewer has concocted another gem of a limited seasonal.
Tannenbaumer English Ale
Mill Street Brew Pub (Ottawa only)
$6.75, 14-oz glass; $16.50, 64-oz growler (incl. deposit)
7.2% ABV
My rating: 4.5
Toffee-amber in colour with a fine, white head that dissipates early, I found the nose similar to their Hallowe'en seasonal, Nightmare on Mill Street. But this ale offers more cinnamon and vanilla on the nose, and there is no nutmeg used. In the mouth, I found the ale creamy but dry, with a touch of honey and a slow-burning finish. The alcohol comes through in the aftertaste, but it's well-balanced.

Only nine kegs of this seasonal were made, so I'd recommend that you get to Mill Street and try it sooner rather than later. You might be sorry if you delay.

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