OK, Christmas is over but if you’re like me you’re still enjoying your stash of Christmas beers. The cold weather arrived late this year in Georgia (we had 70s throughout December), and as I like to enjoy winter seasonals when its actually winter, I’m still drinking mine. That said, I did squeak in a bottle of Jekyll Redneck Christmas Stout before Christmas. It’s the preferred beer of Rudolph the Redneck reindeer, and its kind of growing on me, too.
Jekyll Redneck Christmas Stout was one of two interesting beers I’ve enjoyed this winter that included peppermint as an ingredient. The other was Ballast Point Peppermint Victory at Sea, and it was quite different from the Jekyll beer. Jekyll is located in Alpharetta, Georgia, right around the corner from my office, so I’m pulling for the home team, though I did enjoy both beers. They’re both quite good, though surprisingly the Ballast Point was $2 less than the Jekyll.
From the brewery website:
This Stout is comprised with a little bit of everything – tones of chocolate & roasted malts along with hints of coffee & cream texture from oats. The medium hop bitterness supports the robust flavors which display the complex layers. Add mocha coffee & peppermint and it magnifies the roast & chocolate.
Malts Maris Otter, Chocolate, R. Barley
Hops Magnum, Cascade, Nugget
Jekyll Redneck Christmas Stout has an alcohol content of 8% by volume with 58 IBUs. I paid $11.99 for a 22-ounce bomber bottle at Total Wine, which is $2 more than the beer should be priced.
Jekyll Redneck Christmas Stout pours to a jet black color with a thick creamy tan head of foam and a robust roasty nose laced with bright peppermint. A thick layer of Brussels Lace forms on the sides of my glass and follows the liquid all the way to the bottom. Taking a sip the beer has huge roasty notes up front, mostly coffee like really with dark chocolate notes and bright peppermint poking through. The peppermint is not sweet like a candy cane though but rather just leafy minty.
The beer finishes very roasty bitter and a tad creamy. All in all, this is a wonderful holiday beer sort of like an Andy’s chocolate mint if you will, taken with a cup of coffee and much more roasty. Intensely roasty even. I just love the way the beer is permeated with bright mint against dark roast.
I would give this beer 5 stars overall but I will take off a half star for the overpricing. Still, I would be lying to you if I said I wouldn’t buy it again, because next year I surely will. Kudos for the neat label and calling it a Christmas beer. Then too, It was a sheer delight enjoyed in front of my Christmas tree while watching Rudolph. The Red-Nosed (not the Red-Necked) Reindeer.
And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.
*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.