When I normally think of a winter seasonal, I think of something dark, sweet, and spicy. Magic Hat (South Burlington, Vermont) brings all of that and more with hoppy punch in their winter seasonal, Roxy Rolles amber.
Roxy has a very deep amber color and a nice creamy body which make it a good fit to warm yourself on those chilly winter evenings. What sets this beer apart from most winter beers I’ve had is the intense hop character, both in the aroma and in the initial flavor. It hits you right off the bat. Once the beer clears your throat you get a nice hint of malty sweetness.
This is a very tasty beer that I think is an excellent change of pace from many of the sweeter and heartier stouts and spiced beers that are popular in the winter months.