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8 decadent beers for winter sipping

Whether it’s an intimate Valentine’s Day celebration or simply a cold, snowy evening, the perfect time to sip these sumptuous beers is now.
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1. Perrin No Rules Vietnamese Porter
Brewed with coconut, cinnamon and turbinado sugar, this brew’s warm coconut, latte and hints of spicy cinnamon—all immersed in a mellow bourbon glow—make it an after-dinner dream.

2. Genesee Salted Caramel Chocolate Porter
We’re suckers for salted caramel and this porter hits the spot with butterscotch, perceptible salinity and chocolate tones. Best of all, there’s roasty bitterness at the finish to bring it back down to earth.

3. Manayunk Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Porter
This dark hickory sip pours over the tongue like a rich melted peanut butter cup; a bit of dark chocolate emerges in the center and deepens the flavor. For all the luxurious sweetness, restrained roasted grain notes remind you it’s definitely a beer.

4. Moonlight Meadery Kurt’s Apple Pie
Known as a cyser, this apple mead’s bustling efferves-cence ripples flavors of baked apple and rich honey over the taste buds, leaving a luscious sweetness in the mouth long after the finish.

5. Mikkeller Michelle Beer Geek Vanilla Shake
Smooth vanilla and creamy Kahlúa-like liqueur blanket the tongue. Dark roasted coffee rumbles toward a firm bitter conclusion, leaving sweet chocolate in its wake.

6. Modern Times Monsters’ Park Aged in Bourbon Barrels with Coconut & Cocoa Nibs
This variant of Modern Times’ popular imperial stout opens with rich dark chocolate and warm coconut on the lips; a 13% ABV translates to a glowing swallow, but a silky mouthfeel and lingering cocoa temper the booze. Grab a bottle when it’s released in March.

7. Red Brick Divine Bovine
This chai-spiced milk stout’s savory blend of roasted coffee beans, hazelnut and chai join milky sweetness to smooth over the tongue and tempt another sip.

8. Stone Xocoveza for the Holidays & the New Year
This cult-status beer is back for the winter, packed with deep, nuanced cinnamon, chocolate and vanilla, punctuated by a cresting chile heat.

 

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