Although we’re still getting some random 55+ degree days during November here in Pennsylvania, it is officially dark beer season! While the fall months certainly help usher in darker styles, this is the time of year that menus and stores begin to fill up with delicious dark liquids worth trying. To help spread the word and offer some guidance into the world of dark beers, we’ve thrown together a list of delicious brews worth trying…if you can find them!
Guinness Over The Moon Milk Stout
Milk Stout | 5.3%
Over The Moon Milk Stout is an original creation from the Guinness Open Gate Brewery Taproom in Baltimore and has quickly become a top performer. Smooth and sweet, this beer has classic milk stout creaminess filled with flavor combinations of espresso and chocolate. It all comes together as a delicious beer.
Cape May King Porter Stomp
Baltic Porter | 7.4%
Cape May Brewing Company’s King Porter Stomp is a heavier porter at 7.4% ABV and delivers a full flavor profile. This beer is medium-bodied and has a creamy aroma. There is a heavy focus on chocolate flavor, which rounds out a nice robust profile.
Shiner Holiday Cheer
Dunkelweizen | 5.4%
Shiner Holiday Cheer is one of the brewery’s staple seasonal options. This dunkelweizen takes a darker German style and incorporates Texas peaches and roasted pecans into the brewing process. This brings out amazing flavors that are perfect in front of a fire during the winter season.
Firestone Walker Coconut Merlin
Milk Stout | 5.5%
Coconut Mocha Merlin from Firestone Walker has an amazing milk stout foundation that generates roasty and nutty dark beer flavors. What really sets this beer apart is the infusion of coconut, giving it a unique twist that taps into the creaminess of a milk stout’s profile.
Sly Fox Softly Falling Darkness
Oatmeal Stout | 5.9%
Softly Falling Darnkess is an oatmeal stout that offers a bold malt profile that is balanced by a rich infusion of oats. The beer’s flavor profile is bolstered by dark chocolate, which gives it a silky smooth profile for a delicious tasting beer.
Saranac Caramel Porter
Porter | 5.4%
Saranac’s Caramel Porter taps into the rich robust flavors that come from the traditional porter style, but the brewery incorporates chocolate and caramel malts into the brew to add a twist. The result is a rich flavor profile that offers a nicely balanced sweet and roasty beer that’s easy-drinking.