Style Profile: Barley Wine


We explore barley wine, an often misunderstood style that warms the throat—and heart. Illustration by David Witt As much as many of us wish it weren’t so, winter is on its way. Already there is a chill in the air and the long days are quickly losing their battle with the night. But the inevitable [...]

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The Bruery (Famille Rue) White Oak Wheatwine


The Bruery (Famille Rue) White Oak Wheatwine 11.5% ABV, 20 IBU Barrel-aged blended beer, say that five times fast. The Bruery’s take on this style of beer is sweet and fruity taking on characters from the bourbon barrels in which it was aged. Notes of vanilla and dark fruits rub off on this blended wheatwine. The Bruery [...]

Brasserie Artisanal de Rules La Rules Festival

HASKELLS_LaRulles Estivale

Brasserie Artisanal de Rules La Rules Festival 5.2% ABV If you have decided baking is a great way to lower your heating costs, but are scratching your head on a beer to pair with your baked goods we have a candidate for your consideration: La Rules Festival, a Belgian pale ale. With hops from America, yeast [...]

Dortmunder Actien-Brauerei Dortmunder Export


Dortmunder Actien-Brauerei GMBH DAB Dortmunder Export 5.0% ABV This isn’t your dad’s beer, but once you introduce him to it, it may well be. This Dortmunder Export is a great offering to challenge any of your light-beer drinking relatives or if you need a break from the big stouts. Upon pouring you will get a yellow, [...]

Blacklist Brewing Imperial Hefe with Grapefruit Zest


Blacklist Brewing Imperial Hefe with Grapefruit Zest 8.0% ABV Yearning for summer, you say? If Blacklist had a vote, it would be year round with their Imperial Hefe with Grapefruit Zest (they say so themselves). Get your corkscrew for this one, per warning on the bottle, as Blacklist doesn’t joke around with the cork and seal. [...]

Against The Grain Brewery Rico Sauvin


Against The Grain Brewery Rico Sauvin 8.2% ABV, IBU 70 While Rico looks like he belongs in a gang from The Warriors, the beer label that features his face belongs in your fridge. Against The Grain have created a Double IPA from the Nelson Sauvin hop. The smell and tastes are quite the journey. A soft [...]

Lagunitas Imperial Red


Lagunitas Imperial Red 7.8% ABV Making its return to stores is the first ale Lagunitas ever brewed, this time reincarnated in bomber format. The Red One pours a deep, vibrant copper and a lazy carbonation produces a pillowy, biscuit-white head. Never disappointing on the hop bill, the aroma is dominated by dank resinous hops with a [...]

Woodchuck Hopsation Hard Cider


Woodchuck Hopsation Hard Cider 6.9% ABV Beer drinkers, your cider is in. Yep, Woodchuck hopped up some cider for you. It pours a light straw-yellow, much like a pilsner, but the head does not linger long. Tight tiny champagne like bubbles continue to be released as you sip and agitate your glass. On the nose it [...]

Southern Tier Warlock


Southern Tier Warlock 8.6% ABV Making its second bottled release is the darker variation of Southern Tier’s popular Pumking. Billed as an imperial stout, this newfound holiday favorite pours a cola-colored brown with an off-white, thin head. The aroma is quite similar to that of Pumking—baked, sweet pumpkin that’s heavy on nutmeg and cinnamon with small [...]

Oskar Blues Brewery Old Chub Nitro

BACCHUS_Oskar Blues

Oskar Blues Brewery Old Chub Nitro 8% ABV “Brilliant” is the best adjective to describe this beer. Crack the can, pour vigorously, and be entertained as nitrogen bubbles meander to the top, swirling like a huge school of ocean fish swimming in unison. Once the head settles the beer is so black it actually absorbs [...]

Prearis Grand Cru 2013


Prearis Grand Cru 2013 9% ABV If brewers are authors and beers are their stories, then we have a wonderful sipper for your fireside reading. The Prearis Qaudrupel, having been aged in whiskey barrels, brings a wonderful complexity of flavors. At first it looks more like a dark brown ale; however as the aroma opens up, [...]

Dogfish Head Punkin Ale

CASANOVA_Dog Fish Head

Dogfish Head Punkin Ale 7% ABV, 28 IBU Named after one of the greatest events on TV, and I’m not talking about the super bowl or Olympics. This is Punkin Chunkin, a festival in Delaware where groups of people try and see how far they can launch pumpkins across a field. This pumpkin ale won first [...]

Sand Creek Brewing Oscar’s Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

BACCHUS_Sand Creek

Sand Creek Brewing Oscar’s Chocolate Oatmeal Stout 4.5% ABV I love when you can get a big, full bodied stout under 8%—that way you can enjoy a few with reduced guilt. Sand Creek from Black River Falls, WI, has a 4.5% chocolate oatmeal stout that is deep black with a luxurious tan head. Roasted malt, cocoa nibs, [...]

Evil Twin Imperial Doughnut Break


Evil Twin Imperial Doughnut Break 11.5% ABV Pours a jet-black allowing no light to come through the brew and produces a tight mocha head. The huge roasted malt bill gives it a sharp astringency, while further sniffs give way to notes of dark chocolate, a little bit of sweetness, and the hefty ABV. Upon sipping this [...]

Alesmith Brewing Wee Heavy Scotch Ale


Alesmith Brewing Wee Heavy Scotch Ale 10% ABV, 26 IBU The wee smell of booziness, a wee caramel sweetness, and some wee fruitiness are noticeable right off the bat. This wee heavy Scotch ale from Alesmith Brewing is brewed year-round and has won many accolades for the style. The large ABV that comes with this beer [...]