Imperial Stout, 13.9%
Distribution: Georgia or hit up their Beer Finder.
Georgia’s beer scene continues to progress thanks to all the laws becoming more forgiving, especially for distribution. And the once regularly controversial Scofflaw--brandishing a shit-talking goat mascot--is one of the reasons why. In recent times, this West Midtown Atlanta brewer has let up on justifying its rebellious moniker and focused more on diversifying its stellar lineup. With brewing duties handled by the legendary Travis Herman, bourgeoning craftsman Joel Franklin, and the rest of their talented herd, their IPAs have been kicking ass, but now they’ve evidently mastered the dark side with their complex, coffee-noted, barrel-aged Absentium.
Embracing the sea of accolades from the original, Scofflaw is blessing their fans’ patronage with six variations on Black Friday including Rum Coconut, Hazelnut, Maple, Vanilla, Coffee Maple, and—get this— Double Barrel Vanilla Maple Absentium. The latter is aged six months in vanilla bourbon barrels, transferred to maple bourbon barrels for 12 months, and then completed with more vanilla beans added to the batch. Crazy! As usual, they live on the edge by juuuuuust making the ABV state limit set at 14%. You gotta love it. --AS