I love October so the 31st has always been a bittersweet day for me. Halloween is my favorite holiday but November has always been a bit of a downer. Lucky for me there is the Celtic holiday of samhain (or samhein - pronounced SAH win)!
Drinking, dressing like dead things, and setting fires has always seemed like a good idea at this time of year. Speaking of drinking and burnt things... how about a nice fall seasonal?
Magic Hat Brewing Company - Odd Notion (Fall 2009)
Beer Type: Belgian Dark Ale
Appearance: 12 oz. brown bottle with a black Magic Hat label and a skeleton on it. Beer is dark! Really dark brown with some red hues and a biege head.
Smell: Lots of burnt stuff. Almost like a barbecue. Dark, roasted, sweet, smells.
First Drink: Just as dark as the smell with a heavy earthy flavor, quickly followed with a sweet malt or chocolate milk flavor.
Mouthfeel: Not as heavy as I would expect from the smell and color. More of a medium body that goes down smooth.
Last Drink: A hint of whiskey now, perhaps some dried fruits, and a lot more smoke. Odd ...
Drinkability: This is a Fall seasonal I am drinking in the Winter and it still tastes amazing. Wow!
Notes: Quite unlike any beer I can name and the flavor is one I will remember. Thanks Magic Hat!!
Verdict: 4.25 out of 5. Too bad this is a one time seasonal brew, I could get used to drinking this.
Links: Beer Advocate and Magic Hat Brewing Company.
Hope you too can enjoy the end of October with a good drink, good company, and safe journeys.