I open door number three to find…
Russell Brewing Company’s Naughty & Spiced Porter a 6.5% ABV beer that is “spiced with seasonal spices then aged on oak chips”.
First things first I have to say I love their bottle design and beer name. Naughty & Spiced pours a deep reddish chestnut colour with some cream coloured head that has so-so retention. There is caramel and vanilla coming through on the nose. As it warms you get more of a cold coffee element. For a porter it is pretty light bodied and I expected more of the sweetness from the nose to come through in the flavour. There is a roasty bitterness to the finish and a slight earthiness that seems to come from the oaking. All in all a very drinkable porter but I am not bowled over by the Christmas-ness of this beer.
Naughty & Nice comes in at a six candy cane beer on my Christmas scale.