Juno is going to be a nasty one. More than two feet of snow and winds reaching 50 mph are predicted, so leaving your house in the next 24 hours is out of the question.
The silver lining to being home-bound for a full day? A cozy fire, a Netflix account and a good supply of dark beers, for starters.
On snowy nights like these, we like a full-bodied beer that warms from the inside out. Beers that pour a deep, dark brown or black are not always as strong as they appear. Many IPA-style brews are wheat colored but have a serious bite to them. These dark crafts are smooth and robust, some even sweet.
Make sure to grab some good quality dark chocolate on your last minute shopping trip. Porters and stouts love chocolate.
Einstök Ölger Icelandic Toasted Porter
Tasting notes: With clear notes of espresso, dark chocolate and a hint of authentic Icelandic coffee, this Porter is dark and rich, offering a medium body that is robust, yet smooth on the palate and easy to drink. There’s no need to be afraid of the dark anymore. Einstok Toasted Porter from Viking Olgerd is an Porter style beer, very dark in color, is slightly happy, has an ABV of 6%.
Food pairing: This porter is best paired with barbecue, smoked meats and also buttery cheeses such as Brie, Gouda, Havarti and Swiss. Chocolate desserts will stand out the most.
If you like this, try: Midnight Sun Arctic Rhino, Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale, Ass Kissed Smoker Porter, Yuengling Dark Brewed Porter, Yuengling original Black and Tan.
Harveistoun Old Engine Oil
Style: English Porter
Tasting notes: A superb, rich, full-bodied beer derived from a 1970’s home brewing recipe. Wickedly smooth chocolate dominates the flavor, which is nicely balanced by the bitterness of the hops. It’s very dark in color, slightly hoppy and has an ABV of 6%.
Food pairing: This English Porter style beer is best paired with buttery style cheeses such as Brie, Gouda, Havarti and Swiss and digestives for dessert.
If you like this, try: Dark Island, Coniston Old Man Ale, Harviestoun Ola Dubh – 16 year old, Harviestoun Ola Dubh – 12 year old, Harviestoun Ola Dubh – 18 year old.
North Coast Old Rasputin
Style: Imperial Stout
Tasting notes: A rich, intense brew with big complex flavors and a warming finish. North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Company is an Imperial Stout style beer, black in color, slightly hoppy, has an ABV of 9%.
Food pairing: It can easily overpower many dishes, so go for something bold like foie gras, smoked meat, aged cheddar or Gouda. For dessert, try dark chocolate or mousse.
If you like this, try: Perennial Fantastic Voyage, Left Hand Wake Up Dead Imperial Stout, Quimera Imperial Stout, Victory Storm King Imperial Stout, Weyerbacher Old Heathen.
McEwan’s Scotch AleMcEwan’s Scotch Ale
Style: Scotch Ale
Tasting notes: Deep brown color with a chocolate and caramel body with a lingering sweet finish. Lightly hopped, with an ABV of 8%.
Food pairing: This Scotch Ale style beer is best paired with roasted beef or smoked salmon, and also buttery cheeses like Brie, Gouda, Havarti and Swiss. It’s heavenly with sticky toffee pudding.
If you like this, try: Hoppin’ Frog Barrel Aged Outta Killer, Thirsty Dog Wulver, Oskar Blues Old Chub, SVYTURYS Old Port Ale.
Keegan Ales Mother’s Milk
Style: Sweet Stout
Tasting notes: Mother’s Milk, as the name implies, is a dark and creamy milk stout. The hints of oatmeal, chocolate, and of course milk, makes Mother’s Milk remarkably smooth and silky for a classic finish. Black in color with an ABV of 5.7%.
Food pairing: Definitely dessert, specifically dark chocolate. Also makes a great beer float with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
If you like this, try: Farsons Lacto Stout, Blue Point Oatmeal Stout, Ass Kisser Chocolate Box, Dark Horse Too Cream Stout, Brochenridge 72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout.
Style: Foreign stout
Tasting notes: The dark caramel, large dense headed brew, is unique due to its sweet notes of chocolate and coffee interspersed into a foundation of dark roasted barley. Symbolic black to denote leadership, power, focus and strength, is dominant in the labeling as the lion journeys in the twilight unafraid, unbowed and unchallenged. Lion Stout from Lion Breweries in New Zealand is a foreign stout style beer, pours black and has an ABV of 8%.
Food pairing: This foreign stout style beer is best paired with grilled and smoked meats and goes great with chocolate and espresso.
If you like this, try: Elysian Dragonstooth Stout, Dolle Extra Export Stout, Ridgeway Lump Of Coal, Dragon Stout, Coopers Best Extra Stout.