Weasel Boy Brewing Company makes this holiday ale. It starts with their Blackfooted Porter, but with added gravity, Ohio honey, imported vanilla, and organic cocoa nibs.
It pours a clear-ish dark brown with a beige head that lasts a while.
The aroma on this beer is amazing. It would make a nice air freshener. It’s something like a smore and a cup of dark coffee at the same time. There is a definite marshmallow aroma, probably from the honey and vanilla. There is dark chocolate from the cocoa nibs. The malt adds a coffee note to it.
The flavor follows the aroma. It starts malty and somewhat mocha-like, then becomes more like a very dark chocolate with some marshmallow, finishing with a coffee-like bitterness. It’s a very satisfying experience. It’s not unlike having a glass of dark hot chocolate with marshmallow in it.
This is a new enough beer that Beer Advocate currently has only a few ratings, too few to give it a score. Most of the Beer Advocate reviews that exist as of this writing give it something in the 3.78 to 4.4 out of 5 range (something like 76-88 on a 100 scale). Rate Beer is in the same boat, with reviews ranging from 3.5 to 4 out of 5. I’m giving it a solid 8/10. A little sweeter and a little less bitter and this could easily jump to a 9 or a 10 for me. It definitely works as a holiday beer. It’s like sitting down in front of the fire with a cup of hot cocoa and marshmallow.
Sweet, Malty, Dry, or Bitter: Malty, slightly sweet
Spice Level: None
Hops Level: Low
Dominant Flavors: Malt, dark chocolate, and a hint of marshmallow
My Rating: 8/10