Boston Beer founder Jim Koch describes this long-awaited beer as a deep golden, bubbly ale with a fruity aroma and contains 10.3 percent alcohol, more than twice that in a Sam Adams Boston Lager.
He goes on to say, "The flavor idiom would be sort of in between a champagne, a dessert wine, and maybe a Sam Adams Noble Pils. You get some of the body and mouthfeel of a beer, some of the hop character of a beer, but it's very dry and acidic without being thin. And then it has some of the fruitiness -- pear, apple, peach, apricot notes -- of a dessert wine."
Starr Hill The Gift Winterbock Lager is their first high gravity offering ($10.99 per 4 pak) and is described as follows:
A German-style Hellerbock with a few twists, is Starr Hill's holiday offering. The beautiful golden color only hints at the fire inside. Made with two-row and Munich malts and balanced with German noble hops, The Gift is the perfect accompaniment to any holiday event or festivity.
Also look for two new arrivals from New Belgium, Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale (6 packs) and Lips of Faith Vrienden Ale (22 oz with Brettnoyces for you sour heads).
I am off to my nearest Wine and Spirits store. Cheers!
Posted by Smitty at 8:45 AM