Brooklyn Brewing Company is another of my favorite breweries. They are not as experimental as Dogfish Head, for example, but they are a still damn fine brewery. Their beers tend to be in traditional styles, and do not stray too far from the tried and true. Brooklyn just does a damn fine job brewing those traditional styles, with a few misses here and there.
This is one of those misses. I will eventually review some of their better beers, but first up is the Brooklyn Winter Lager, which is a bit of a disappointment. I like my Christmas Ales to be full bodied, robust, and spicy, bringing to mind visions of sitting by a coal fire in a Dickensian Pub, and this beer doesn’t quite cut it. It is a malty Scottish style ale, which is admittedly not my favorite type of beer. In fairness, it is a decent enough example of a Scottish Ale, just not what I expect when the word “winter” is part of the packaging. It is not a bad beer by any stretch. I just expect more from Brooklyn Brewing. I will give it a 5.5/10