Leinenkugel's Fireside Nut Brown
Change is an interesting an exciting thing. I received word today that I have been accepted for a job in Colorado, for which I will be moving at the start of next week. Because of this, my reviews will take an unexpected shift: from Wisconsin brews to Colorado brews. Like Lys, I must alter my initial goal, but I hope nobody minds to much.
But on to more important things, like today’s beer.
The Fireside Nut Brown is Leinenkugel’s winter season, and for some reason, it was released month early. You won’t hear this guy complain.
Ales are generally not very bitter (if you don’t include India pale ales, which is completely different beast), and brown ales are no exception. The Fireside Nut Brown has a dark amber color and a full, rich flavor. The nuttiness is very apparent, tasting like roasted hazelnuts and caramelized sugar. An added treat to the beer is the sweet, mellow finish that lasts however long you want to take before your next drink (which most likely won’t be very long).
Think of the roasted nuts that you get at fairs and amusement parks. They are chewy, warm, sweet, and delicious. The Fireside has similar qualities, being heavier on the tongue and has a sweetness that really coats your mouth. The beer a creamy delight throughout the entire experience.
It feels a little early to enjoy the Brown. It feels likes there needs to be snow on the ground, a snowball fight to be returning from, and frost on the windows. Like I mentioned before, I’m not complaining, but after a warm, late summer day like today, I still want a beer like yesterday’s.