Straight out of Johnston county’s first legal brewery, we have JoCo White Winter Belgian Dubbel by Deep River Brewing. If you’re a true OG JoCo playa, you know that the county isn’t exactly known for its white winters. However, they do have the famous Johnston county white sweet potato, of which over 200 pounds were used in brewing this ale. If that wasn’t peculiar enough, the brewers at Deep River also decided to toss in a few buckets of toasted marshmallows. No wonder the yeti on the can looks so confused.
Adding to the confusion, White Winter pours a dark amber with a redish, ruby tint. The head is nearly nonexistent, giving it the look and feel of a glass of wine. The aroma is predominantly dark fruit with cinnamon, nutmeg, and other baking spices. There is also a light hint of vanilla and bourbon.
The flavor profile begins with an intensely tart cherry flavor that transitions into a mild hop spice. This leads into a bready base with a subtle sweet potato aspect. Cinnamon and other spices close into a sweetly astringent aftertaste. The body is on the lighter side for a dubbel with an almost fuzzy texture from the carbonation.
JoCo White Winter is an interesting take on the Belgian style, from its out of the ordinary ingredients to its counterintuitive appearance to its surprisingly tart flavor and “fuzzy” texture. Deep River is definitely playing by its own rules with this one. Purists may not be impressed, but adventurous drinkers shouldn’t pass up the opportunity to experience a Johnston county White Winter.
- Appearance: Dark Amber, Ruby / Virtually Nonexistent Head
- Aroma: Dark Fruit, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Vanilla, Light Bourbon
- Flavor: Tart Cherry, Hop Spice, Bread, Subtle Sweet Potato, Cinnamon, Light Sweetness
- Mouthfeel: Medium Body / Light, Fuzzy Texture
- ABV: 7.8%