A few weeks ago we shared eight delicious holiday beers that’ll be warming our souls as the weather gets colder. But we’re feeling generous this time of year, so we figured, why not crack open seven more? Seasons drinkings, er, greetings!
1. Mother Earth Brewing Co. Silent Night An imperial stout aged in oak barrels, Silent Night pours black with roasted coffee bean, chocolate and dried fruit notes. Oak aging makes its presence known in the mouthfeel. Finishes with a boozy, bourbon burn in the chest. This beer will warm up any cold night and should be consumed while watching slowly falling snow.
2. Alaskan Brewing Co. Perseverance A Russian imperial stout with a twist—it is brewed with Alaskan birch syrup. The special ingredient imparts an earthy and tart mouthfeel to the creamy roasted RIS style. Unfortunately, only those who live west of the Mississippi can enjoy this stellar brew, which is not currently distributed on the East Coast.
3. Great Lakes Brewing Co. Christmas Ale A highly sought-after seasonal beer, this winter warmer pours copper with a thick head. Notes of caramel and cinnamon are rounded out by a sweet malty backbone. A hint of honey masks the 7.5 percent alcohol by volume. This is a complex beer.
4. Deschutes Brewery Jubelale More along the lines of an amber or red ale that has been doctored than most winter warmers, Jubelale smells like a spiced-up rum punch with minty pine, sweet clove and chewy dried fruit notes. But it doesn’t let all of that overrun the huge malty body. Good stuff.
5. Full Sail Brewing Co. Wassail This beer pours mahogany yet with very hoppy aromas. Dark chocolate and caramel malts curb any bitterness one might expect from the hops. Some might detect gingerbread and some brown sugar. A very solid winter warmer.
6. Ridgeway Brewing Reindeer’s Revolt This beer pours copper with sweet caramel notes. The thin head and even thinner body aligns this beer more with English ales like ESBs. Very biscuity mouthfeel with a melted toffee finish. Suitable for any thirsty reindeer—or man.
7. Bell’s Brewery Christmas Ale Pours mahogany with a thick white head that quickly dissipates. Lots of dried cherry, date and fig notes. A prickly carbonation for a dark, robust ale. While technically a Scottish ale, this one comes across more like a slightly tart and fruity pale ale. If you know what we mean.