Winter Seasonal Beers may include barley wines, bocks, brown ales, porters, stouts, and strong ales. Generally, winter beers are higher in alcohol content, possess richer, fuller-bodied flavors, complex aromas, and in many cases a spicy, “warm” finish.
Some of the Winter Seasonal beers that we will stock throughout the season include:
Barley Wines are extra-strong ales (8-12% alcohol) that originated in England and are often aged up to 18 months. They offer a velvety texture, full-flavor, and a fruity/smoky palate.
Bock beers are of German origin (or made in a German style) and includes Maibock and Dopplebock. They are golden, tawny, or dark brown in color and traditionally is a sweet, relatively strong, lightly hopped lager.
Brown Ale range in color from deep amber to brown. Typically they display flavors of caramel, chocolate, malts, and nuts. Those from northeastern England tend to be strong and malty, while those from southern England are usually darker, sweeter, and lower in alcohol. Those from the U.S. are generally drier with a slight citrus aroma and a bitter finish.
Porter is a very dark, sometimes almost black, style of beer that is generally brewed with dark malts. The name “stout” for dark beer originated from strong porters that were called a “Stout Porter”.
Stout is a dark beer made using roasted malt or barley. Common stouts include sweet stouts, oatmeal stouts, and imperial stouts. They are strong beers that may offer a wide range of toasted hop and malt aromas. The history and development of Stout and Porter are intertwined, although Stout is the generic term for a very strong Porter.
Strong Ales must be 7% a.b.v. or higher. These beers are sometimes classified as double IPAs, barley wines, or old ale, and offer a wide range of aromas and flavors.