Drinking away the cold.

Despite what the temps are outside, the calender still says its winter. The weather folk say we are due another winter blast come this weekend. There is no better way to deal the cold than curling up next to a toasty fire with a nice strong brew. Heres a few beers worthy of drinking away the winter months:

Brewery: Lagunitas
Beer: Hairy Eyeball Ale
Style: American Strong Ale
ABV: 8.8%
Rating out of 5: 4.05
Reviewed on: 02-13-2009

Appearance: Dark mahogany. Off white head. Falls to a ring. Leaves lacing down the glass.

Smell: Hint of roast coffee and chocolate. There’s some herbal pine. Thats followed by figs, raisins, and a touch of spice.

Taste: Initial taste of sweet caramel. Thats followed by figs and raisin. The finish is dry and bitter with notes of orange and pine.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and velvety smooth.

This a great brew. A perfect choice for a cold weather sipper. Another top notch brew from the folks at Lagunitas.


Brewery: Oskar Blues Grill and Brewery
Beer: Ten Fiddy
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
ABV: 10%
Rating out of 5: 4.4
Reviewed on: 12-21-2008

Appearance: Opaque black… Light refuses to penetrate… A black hole in my snifter! Short lived milk chocolate head drops to a ring and leaves plenty of lacing.

Smell: Loads of dark roasted coffee and chocolate. Some minty hops and touch of molasses in the background.

Taste: Roast coffee upfront, followed by dark chocolate. Behind the Roast – dark fruit flavors. Black Currant and raisin flavors show up. In the finish – sweet roastiness, minty hops,and liquorice in the background.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, viscous, with a low carbonization.

This is one heck of a complex beer. This may go down as my favorite Russian Imperial Stout to date.


Brewery: Avery Brewing Company
Beer: Old Jubilation
Style: Winter warmer
ABV: 8%
Rating out of 5: 4.25
Reviewed on: 02-26-2009

Appearance: Deep Dark Mahogany. Tan head. Head falls to a ring and leaves some lacing down the glass.

Smell: Roasty and toasty. Touch of coffee and chocolate. Hint of floral/mint hops in the background.

Taste: Malt upfront. Roast malt – subdued porter/stout quality. Plenty of malty sweetness throughout, along with a solid backing of hop bitterness. Middle has notes of raisons and nuts. Finish is solidly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and velvety.

This a nice winter warmer. Its well balanced and drinkable for its strength. A wonderful brew to pass the winter months with.

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~ by thebrewgeek on Friday, February 27, 2009.

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