On the twelfth day of Christmas my advent calendar brought to me…
Black Christmas from Parallel 49 Brewing a 6.5% Christmas Dark Ale (CDA).
Black Christmas is deep coffee brown colour with a hint of red. It has good clarity and subtle cream coloured lacing with just a skim of head. There is a resiny hop forward nose on this CDA. First sip is a bit bitter and it feels kind of thin. As you drink this ale continues to be pretty light bodied but you get a nice hoppiness balanced by some roasted malt taste. The finish also echoes the hops in this ale being a bit dry and bitter. Overall I do not get a lot of seasonal tastes from this dark ale but it is quite drinkable nonetheless.
These reviews are tougher for me since as a dark ale I like Black Christmas but would I recommend this over other Christmas seasonals, probably not.
I am giving six candy canes out of a possible ten.