Last Sunday my sister and I hosted a Winter Solstice Party at our parents home in Vernon. It was also an ugly sweater party, and a potluck. For my contribution, I decided to make a wassail, being the anglophile that I am and the appropriate time of year for one! I used this recipe and found that it quite met my expectations. Making it was rather fun, and drinking it was even more fun. It must be admitted that not everyone was a fan of it, but then again not everyone had the blood of their English ancestors pulsing through their veins, eager to taste that frothy spiced cider and brandy again.
During the party I also tasted a peanut butter stout, which had been pointed out to me at the local BC Liquor Store by an employee who knew I explored beer and was eager for my opinion on the brew. I tasted it with my friend Ian and we recorded some tasting notes.
Dead Frog Nutty Uncle Peanut Butter Stout
Nose: roasted barley, coffee, very dark chocolate toffee liquor sauce.
Palate: soft and creamy with mild hops, then becoming rich with bitter cream soda (Italian soda style).
Finish: hoppy with a faint hint of peanut butter.
Rating: 3/5, Good. The name is a bit misleading but a good stout nonetheless.
Unfortunately we did not take a photo of the wassail during its prime, and after being left on the warm element all evening the frothy egg whites cooked and turned into a nasty form of scrambled eggs.
Happy belated Solstice and a very Merry Christmas to all my readers!