A winter treat (Wassail) dating from pre-Christian times. Celebrates the Winter Solstice.
Right off the bat I knew that Auld Acquaintance wasn’t your average Winter Warmer. First off, AA pours a light caramel color with nothing more than a film of cola-colored foam. The head starts mellow and stays mellow for the entire drinking process. Lacing is present and slides down the side of your glass as you drink.
Secondly, the nose isn’t as big as usual. Ginger, nutmeg and roasted barley are all present, but that’s about it.
This is where things start to get more “traditional”, but it’s still not ideal. I definitely picked up ginger, but it wasn’t too overpowering. A maltiness fills the little room that is left in the flavor. As the beer warms the ginger mellows out and it tastes more like a standard Amber Ale.
Mouthfeel is medium-to-light with a slight drying. Carbonation is noticeable here and leaves a little tingly bite on my tongue.
Auld Acquaintance is a lot easier drinking than I expected. It essentially tastes like an Amber Ale brewed with ginger. This would be a good transitionary beer from autumn’s pumpkin and Oktoberfest beers to winter’s spicy Winter Warmers.
Overall: 6.5 out of 10
As a WINTER WARMER: 6 out of 10
FOR FANS OF: Samuel Adams OLD FEZZIWIG ALE, Boulder Beer NEVER SUMMER ALE, Pyramid SNOW CAP,