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What seasonals are you drinking this winter?

My favorite month of the year is almost up. I really enjoyed the Paulaner Octoberfest. I could drink it all winter long but I just went to total wine and got the last three bottles on the shelf. Spatan Octoberfest was also very good. Sam's was lighter. Didn't care for Brooklyn's Post Road but liked their traditional Octoberfest brew. Did not like Leinenkugel's although the Sunset Wheat is my summer beer along with a few buckets of Sol. Sadly, I cannot get anymore of the october style Marzen's. I enjoy Trogges Troggenator Doublebock but am a little burned out of it. I don't mind Dunde's Honey something that I picked a 12-pack up of last week. It's an easy beer with a simple finish. I consistently try different beers based on suggestions of this board so I am interested to hear what's new or should be in the fridge when sitting around the chiminaya this winter. What should be avoided?

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  1. I generally can't wait for winter so i can get my hands on 12packs of Harpoon Winter Warmers. I've seen them recently and am planning on picking some up ASAP. I like to make a black and tan with the winterwarmers and float Guiness on top. Makes a sort of Gingerbread type of drink. I drink this regularly around the holidays so not it kind of remids me of them. Also, Winter is good for Scotch Ales- McCewens (sp?)- and got to love a 4 pack of Youngs Double Chocolate Stout in the winter and stouts in general. Guiness, Murphy's, and Beamish.

    1. Had my first 2008 Sierra Nevada Celebration ale last night, I was highly excited to see it on the shelf this early. It was better than I remembered it or I just haven't had a good ipa in a while. Usually don't see it in the stores until november.

      1. Looking forward as always to the Sierra Celebration...beautfully bitter and luscious. I distinctly remember it once being somewhat fuller bodied than in recent years, but it's still great.
        Definitely in agreement also on the Scotch Ales, it's a favorite style of mine and a direct opposite (bitterness-wise) from the IPAs and Sierra Celebration. Traquair House is, to me, the definition of a Scotch Ale...It has an amazing richness and complexity ...I wish it were'nt so expensive though.
        As far as commercially brewed winter warmers, there are a few I enjoy. I always liked Geary's and enjoy Samuel Smith's very much. I tend not to like the ones that have spices added to them...I would rather have a well aged, high gravity ale with a good amount of malty richness.
        I also managed to get three batches of home-made Winter Warmer brewed up back in April and May and look forward to tapping those in the coming months as well. I got a late start on them, but they should be pretty fine by the end of November.

        1. I start drinking really strong beers in the winter. Two of my favorites are Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout and Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine. Both are 10% ABV monsters that you can buy in 6 packs for very reasonable prices (around $11 this year). They're the perfect thing to warm you up on a cold winter day.

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          1. re: afty698

            BBCS is available now. Bigfoot arrives in Feb.

            1. re: Jim Dorsch

              I know! It made my day when I saw the Black Chocolate Stout in my local liquor store the other day.

              1. re: Jim Dorsch

                I have a few Bigfeet - :) - that I have had in the cellar for about 8 months. Just cracked one open and it tastes pretty much the same as it did 8 months ago. I think I'll let it go another year.

                Little. T
                www.adamsbeerblog.com

                1. re: Little T.

                  I recall hearing that the folks at the brewery like Bigfoot fresh, when the hop oils still coat the lips. have a hard time arguing with that viewpoint!

                  1. re: Jim Dorsch

                    I think that Bigfoot is brewed with that in mind, that is, drinking it fresh. The strength and hop level of the beer (along with the fact that it is alive in the bottle with yeast) contribute to its keeping qualities so it does keep quite well.
                    As much as I am VERY big on aged beers (especially big beers), I have to agree that Bigfoot really is probably at it's very best when it leaves the brewery. The mellowing out from cellaring the bottles doesn't hurt the brew, but like most beers made nowadays, I don't think Bigfoot is designed for aging beyond what it gets at the brewery. However you slice it though...it is great stuff. One of my all time favorites, and good year after year.

            2. Hacker Pshorr Octoberfest and Southern Tier Pumpkin so far have been my favs this month. Leines summer reminded me of fruity pebbles cereal. I am looking forward to the winter beers: the stouts made by Youngs, Rogue, and North Coast, the revitalization of all the trappist beers, and the Scaldis Noel is one of my fav. all time seasonals. Hope I can find it somewhere around town.