The Twelve Beers of Christmas- V

Whistler Winter Warmer!

Now you may heard that the Whistler ski area is a half decent winter sport recreation area.  So it should only follow suit that their namesake brewery, the Whistler Brewing Company, make a winter beer- Winter Dunkel.  Apres-ski, you’re going to want to have a solid, tasty beer to take the edge off.

Winter Dunkel is a bit of a hybrid, really.  A dark wheat beer with chocolate malts and splash of organic chocolate, as well as some orange zest and coriander.  The result?  It pours out a beautiful dark chestnut brown with a persistent, tight light tan head.  The smell immediately reminds me of hot chocolate powder, which has me thinking festive season.  Flavors of hot chocolate, coffee and orange brandy put me (happily) in mind of a Terry’s  Chocolate Orange.  The finish is a bit spicy with some dark chocolate, orange rind and orange liqueur.

This beer is made for a snowy winter evening.  Fireplace, comfy chair, Winter Dunkel- I think you know where I’m going with this.

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