The tasting: Deep reddish-brown in color, with a tan head that dissipates very slowly, leaving lots of sticky lacing on the glass. Aroma of bread, vanilla, toffee, mild grapefruit and a hint of alcohol. Taste starts with light grapefruit bitterness. In the middle, malty flavors of biscuit and caramel come through. There's also a light tang in the middle, which is quite nice. It has moderate hop bitterness throughout and light alcohol is present in the middle. Festeroo is light to medium bodied, has a resinous mouth feel, and finishes semi-dry with a touch of spice.
4 star. Really good! I want this again! Festeroo is very nicely balanced. It has great hoppy notes and plenty delicious malt flavors. It's hard to define what makes a winter beer a winter beer. It's largely a personal choice. For me, this beer fits the bill. I need to check out some more of Hop Valley's beers. So far, I've been very impressed.