From the Beer Exchange: Uinta Rise and Pine Dark Ale
The exchange selections continue! This selection is a unique winter beer brewed in an ode to the evergreens. Uinta sought out to create flavors that remind us all of the forest in the winter. Pine cones, snow-capped trees, and the crackling of a fire – sounds great, right? Check it out.
Appearance: Black. Surprisingly black even for a dark ale. A lot of head, as you can see from the picture.
Aroma: Biscuits, caramel, and Christmas tree – as if you just opened up the chest full of Christmas decorations for the first time of the year.
Taste: Coffee and bitter chocolate, with sweet malty notes in the back end that linger. Can’t taste the pine too much, but you can taste hops throughout.
Mouthfeel: Deceivingly creamy to start, but a dry mouthfeel in the end with a lingering aftertaste.
Overall: The beer tastes good. I expected more pine in the taste of the beer and was surprised by the dark color and taste of the suds. I was looking for more Christmas flavors from the name and appearance of what they were selling. While they did disappoint on that end, I will have no trouble drinking the other can.
Cheese: Black Truffle Moliterno
Entree: Roasted Pork Loin with Maple Bacon Brussel Sprouts
Cigar: Liga Privada No. 9