Beer of the Weekend #640: Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass The Beer

I thought Hanukkah began at sundown today and was saving Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass The Beer, brewed by the Shmaltz Brewing Company of Clifton Park, New York, for the occasion. It started at sundown yesterday. Oops.

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. No freshness date, but “2014 First Edition” is written on the neck label, so I assume it will become a tradition.

Appearance: Pours a mahogany color in a pint glass. A finger of dense, buttery, tan head dissipates very slowly. The skim that remains resembles the thick foam left on a nitro stout.

Smell: Sweet and malty. Toasted malt, caramel, toffee, cocoa, and a little dark fruit.

Taste: The mouthfeel is full and velvety smooth. The bitterness is quite aggressive in the first sip, but the taste buds adjust and the malts come out. Toasted malt, caramel, earthy hops, a little rye, nuttiness, a touch of toffee, a little dark fruit, honey, a little cocoa, and licorice. The alcohol is almost totally masked.

Drinkability: It is decent, tasty, and drinkable. It is a solid addition to the many traditional holiday seasonals.

Fun facts about Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass The Beer:

-Style: It is called “Dark Ale” on the label, but BA classifies it as “Winter Warmer.”

-Price: $2.99/bottle at John’s Grocery.

-Alcohol content: 8 percent ABV.

The Quiet Man’s grade: B+.

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