Every three months I do a summary of the best beers I reviewed over the last quarter. The last few “best beer” articles have been very IPA-heavy so I was determined to focus my winter reviews on some more diverse and malt-forward styles. Mission accomplished, my favorite beers of winter are all bold and boozy, and only one is an IPA. As always, all of these beers take up permanent residence on my Favorite Beers list and the links provided below lead to the full reviews. If you have any suggestions for beers I might have missed feel free to pass them along. Cheers!
Foundation Forge: A stellar imperial stout. Robust roasted malt flavor, smooth and almost no boozy burn despite the big ABV. Foundation is known for their IPAs but this is a top-notch dark ale.
Ommegang Three Philosophers: A classic beer for a reason. Huge flavors from the malts and the expressive Abbey-style yeast strain, big and boozy but still smooth and drinkable. One of my favorite quads.
Allagash Interlude: While they make stellar beers up and down the lineup, Allagash Brewing’s barrel aged and wild ales show a true mastery of the craft. Interlude is a mixture of a traditional saison, Brettanomyces fermented ale and an ale aged in red wine barrels. Complex and delicious.
Night Shift The 87: Night Shift decided to rework the recipe of their flagship DIPA and the results are phenomenal. Huge hop flavor and aroma and incredibly easy to drink for a bigger beer. Everything you want in a New England Style DIPA.