Scotch ale, 9.3% ABV
This 2015 GABF bronze medal winner is an outstanding take on a Scottish wee heavy. It pours a deep, hazy brown with a beautiful head, and has an enticing bouquet of toffee and malts. At first sip you are greeted with a forward malty profile that is sweet, without being overpowering, and gives off notes of caramel and butterscotch. This is a big beer, so you get a light boozy finish, but don’t underestimate it, because it will catch up to you in the end.
Winter ale, 10% ABV
With the holiday season quickly approaching, this is a good time to pick up Holiday from Rogness Brewing. It pours a warm, deep, mahogany color and gives off an evocative aroma of cinnamon, allspice, and roasted malts. The inspiration for this ale was actually oatmeal raisin cookies, and it packs all their satisfying flavors (minus the oat maltiness), making it a wonderful dessert beer.