Two years ago, the mad scientists at BrewDog brewed a extra-small-batch prototype beer, and then locked it away to age in whiskey barrels. Black Eyed King Imp is the result of that delicate process, and is finally ready for consumption. With huge chocolate, roasty bitter espresso, and of course warming whiskey notes, it's yet another bold notch on the Scottish brewers belts. Be just as patient as the brewers if you get ahold of this 11.8% bad boy, it's meant to be savored.
Retailers might be telling you it's time for Christmas beers, but if you're not quite ready to take that leap just yet, there are plenty of quality fall beers still in season. Sensi Harvest from Sixpoint Brewing is a great choice, featuring fresh picked hops brewed directly into the beer within 24 hours of being plucked from the bine. This approachable Pale Ale is only 4.7%, and might be the ultimate farm-to-table beer.
Pioneers in the now trendy space of brewing beer in oak barrels, Firestone Walker continue to stay ahead of the pack. Their XVIII Anniversary Ale, an annual release that began in 2006 on the 10th Anniversary of the brewery, is yet again a tasty, remarkable brew. The process includes blending together 227 oak barrels containing 9 different beers. The taste is as complex as the process, and somehow ends being incredibly smooth and balanced. A 13% ABV treat thats rich taste nearly matches the breweries rich history.