The cold days of February call for strong, dark beers like stout. Here are five to try:
Burnt Hickory Big Shanty — This year-round graham cracker stout from Kennesaw is 9% alcohol, and brewed with honey, cinnamon and graham cracker crumbs. It’s both sweet and strong, with pronounced hop bitterness. It makes a fun pairing with desserts.
Monday Night Vanilla Dark Subject Matter — The latest chapter in the Dark Subject Matter series is vanilla. The 12% alcohol American imperial stout is brewed with Munich and chocolate malts, and the lingering taste of vanilla beans works exceptionally well with that combo.
North Coast Old Rasputin Russian imperial stout — One of my all-time favorite beers, Old Rasputin is at once malty, roasty and bittersweet, with notes of dark fruit, dark chocolate and black coffee. At 9% alcohol, it’s strong, but delightful.
Rogue Ales Shakespeare stout — At 5.7% alcohol, this English-style oatmeal stout is not as big as the rest of the beers on this list. But, with chocolate and Munich malts, rolled oats, roasted barley and Cascade hops, it’s an influential classic that’s available year-round in bottles, and on nitro draft.
Wild Heaven Czary Not Czary Russian imperial stout — This big, black and tan, brewery-only release is made with roasted barley, Golden Promise and chocolate malts, and Noble hops. At 9.5% alcohol, it’s dangerously drinkable, with toffee, coffee, burnt orange and herbal notes. Grab some soon, before it’s all gone.
Wake-n-Bake Off tickets, $20, include a limited-edition mug, one pour of Wake-n-Bake stout and food tastings from local restaurants. A portion of proceeds benefit Giving Kitchen. terrapinbeer.com/events/wake-n-bake-off. Terrapin’s Atlanta brewery and taproom, located at the Battery, will hold its Wake-n-Bake Off Feb. 27.
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