A product of Magic Hat, Winter Mingle states “A PERFORMANCE IN EVERY BOTTLE” on each rear label.

In essence true to its word, this beer’s performance can be described in three acts.

Act No. 1: the scent. Roasted and nutty, with a trace of cocoa.

Act No. 2: the taste. Malty and sweet, evidence of the advertised vanilla.

Act No. 3: the aftertaste. Akin to coffee and bitter, with a commendable sense of finality.

Winter Mingle is solid. Stout aficionados may not be entirely satisfied, but it’s not the worst thing to find under your tree.