The latest installment in Upslope Brewing's Lee Hill Series could very well be the best. Upslope Barrel Aged Milk Stout is an imperial stout brewed using premium malt and lactose sugar. It's then placed in Maryland-style rye whiskey barrels for seven months. The result is a rich, complex beer with notes of cocoa, vanilla, and cinnamon — elegantly packaged in slim, 19.2oz cans.
A preferred choice during the winter months, an English style Barleywine provides warmth and flavor to help ward off freezing temperatures. Mash from The Bruery not only fits that description, but was also aged in bourbon barrels to make is even more attractive. It's sweet but not cloying with flavors like dark fruits, caramel, vanilla, toasted coconut, and toffee. Overall, it's a big beer. And at 12.5% ABV, it's a warming nightcap that's sure to thaw the iciest of palates.
The Mad Scientists at Sixpoint are at it again with their latest offering Sixpoint C.R.E.A.M. The new release is brewed with a blend of pilsner and two-row pale and crystal malts. It's then stored cool and blended with cold-brewed coffee from the good folks at Stumptown Coffee Roasters. It's a blonde ale but exudes all the aromas you'd expect from a great cup of Joe. Packaged in the signature Sixpoint slim 12 oz. cans at 7.2% ABV.