bottles packs and growlers

Avery’s Old Jubilation Ale (Picked up at Bottles Packs and Growlers in Philadelphia). A 3 of 4. Nice deep red/brown color and smells just about perfect - some great nuttiness, spice, earthiness and some caramel malt sweetness. Drinks quite easily although is worth taking your time and sipping - there’s a lot going on in the body. Quite well-balanced - the booze is nearly completely hidden, despite it having a warming quality after a few sips. A great winter warmer.

Duclaw’s Cocoa Fuego (Picked up at Bottles Packs and Growlers in Philadelphia). A 3 of 4. A deep reddish brown/black color tips this beer’s hand. Smells faintly vegetal and spicy and of some nice sweet cocoa. Up front, this drinks like a relatively standard light chocolate stout with some spice and bittersweet chocolate notes. Then the spice comes in - more vegetal than pure heat, but this is clear that it has chiles in it. This is quite good - the heat is well-contained and plays off the chocolate well - like a great mole. Nice.

Cisco Brewers’ Winter Shredder (Picked up at Bottles Packs and Growlers in Philadelphia). A 2 of 4. Smells of quite a lot of spice and toast. The body is quite bitter and astringent from the spice - although some toasted malt notes come in midway through. There’s some nice earthiness to this, but the bitterness is a bit much in a relatively thin body, particularly alongside the alcohol.