Tannen Bomb was one of my Advent Calendar picks in December, a sweet, malty holiday ale from Golden Valley Brewery here in Oregon. It’s nice and warming at 8% alcohol by volume without being head-splitting strong.
Appearance: Orange, mostly clear, with a bit of head that also has a tint of orange.
Smell: Sweet alcohol, carrots (because orange is on my mind?), sugar as if from fruit… cloying. A little hop at the back.
Taste: An herbal hop flavor right off—surprising from the smell. Next is alcohol—bitter yet mellow, a little warm. Buttery. Malt is light-ish and has a bit of tang. Bitter at the end.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied bolstered by the alcohol. A little astringency. Fairly smooth.
Overall, a tasty holiday brew, very sweet in the nose. I’ll look for it against next holiday season.