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The Sly Fox Christmas Ale, Weyerbacher Slam Dunkel, Founders Curmudgeon & 21st Amendment Fireside Chat Winter Spiced Ale: A Review

21st amendment Fireside Chat ale 1 153x300 The Sly Fox Christmas Ale, Weyerbacher Slam Dunkel, Founders Curmudgeon & 21st Amendment Fireside Chat Winter Spiced Ale:  A ReviewBy Kevin Hussey & Matt Goldstein

The Sly Fox Christmas Ale:

 is back for another year.  After a successful run in 2008 & 2009, the Sly Fox brewery did not disappoint this year.  With 16 IBU’s and 6.50% ABV, the 2010 Slyfox Christmas Ale has hints of peppermint, ginger, nutmeg and a semi-sour taste.  Red in color, this Christmas ale has a great bite and aromatic hops.   “If this one doesn’t get you into the Christmas spirit, you truly are a Scrooge.” 

The Weyerbacher Slam Dunkel

 Weizenbock is a double dunkelweizen and one our favorite styles.  After a very successful small batch release in 2007, the popularity of the double dunkel forced Weyerbacher to make the Slam Dunkel a regular seasonal brew.  The Slam Dunkel is malty, sweet, with hints of fruit.  Having a sweet nose and good bite, the Weyerbacher Slam Dunkel is an unfiltered 7.00% ABV and made with Weihenstephen yeast and more than 50% wheat malt.   This is a classic weizenbock!

The Founders Curmudgeon Oak Aged Old Ale

 is brewed with molasses and heavy malts.  With 50 IBU’s and 9.80% ABV, the Founders Curmudgeon is a thick reddish brown color with a scent of sweet malt.  Although not to carbonated, the Curmudgeon has a final kick in the finish needed for an excellent brew.  The flavor is an awesome malt, with sweet hints of fruit, and then dries up a bit in the finish.  Can Founders do no wrong?  The Curmudgeon is a perfect old ale…

The 21st Amendment Fireside Chat Winter Spice Ale

 is an ode to FDR’s depression era radio addresses which were like a “kick in the butt and a hug at the same time.  At 45 IBU’s and 7.90% ABV, the Fireside Chat Ale is a ruby red color with a light Belgian nose.  This winter ale has a smoky flavor and great kick.  Made with pale, Munich, wheat and chocolate malts, balanced with magnum and Goldings hops and top fermenting yeast, the 21st Amendment Fireside Chat Winter Spiced Ale has spices and cocoa added.  A is a solid winter ale.     

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2 comments to The Sly Fox Christmas Ale, Weyerbacher Slam Dunkel, Founders Curmudgeon & 21st Amendment Fireside Chat Winter Spiced Ale: A Review

  • Tim Rodgers

    Does Billy Beer make a “Malaise Speech” Ale? Just wondering…

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    Matt Goldstein Reply:

    How about a Mission Accomplished Lager?

    [Reply]

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