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Hoppin’ Frog Frosted Frog (Van Wink)

Hoppin Frog BA Frosted Frog8.6% ABV. Barrel aged version of the Frosted Frog Winter Warmer from Hoppin’ Frog Brewery in Akron, OH. I had an opportunity to try this one thanks to a buddy who waited outside the brewery on the Hoppin’ Frog BOIS Van Wink release day in the cold after the Thanksgiving holiday for several hours last year! I was eager to try this one as I am partial to the regular Frosted Frog winter warmer which is a chockfull of Christmas spices when compared to other traditional winter warmer beers. What was more was that this version was aged in Pappy Van Winkle barrels. Pours a dark mahogany color leaving no head behind which was a mild letdown. Aromas are covered in cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and mild undertones of bourbon. This is also reminiscent of holiday scented burning sticks. The flavors do not sway far away from what the aromatics suggested. Like one person stated, it is like a gingersnap cookie soaked in a whiskey barrel. The whiskey is a light nuance and the spices are the Christmas season on steroids which doesn’t necessarily mean it is pleasant. There are several missing elements in this beer. It felt as if the brewers poured bourbon directly on top of the regular Frosted Frog beer which is a bit off-putting in terms of cohesiveness. The flavors didn’t simply marry well together here. There is an oily medium body along with a rye malt finish
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