We all know the brewers at Phillips pretty much have ADHD when it comes to seasonal beers—they’ll make the most amazing seasonal beer you’ve ever tasted and after a month it gone and they never make it again.
The saving grace for those who love these beers has been the annual Snowcase, but if you weren’t aware, they aren’t making it this year. 😦
However, this year it seems that they have actually decided to re-brew a few of people’s favourite beers, like last year’s Scarface Cranberry Orange Wit and mostly recently the long-running Trainwreck Barleywine.
I hear they will be releasing a lot of seasonals this winter, so here’s the one’s I would most like to see:
Twisted Oak Stillage Barrel Reserve Scotch Ale
This 6.8% barrel-aged scotch ale is one of my favourite examples of the style. It’s has deep and complex flavours well suited for a winter palate and the barrel aging means you don’t get the harsh boozy edge than many scotch ales have. They even made a rye barrel version of it once. That might be too much to ask for.
Cabin Fever Imperial Black IPA
Everyone has a black IPA these days (or Cascadian dark ale), but Phillips have been doing them for years. In fact, many believe that Matt Phillips may have been one of the first to brew the style with his Black Toque India Dark Ale. Since then they also had The Puzzler Belgian Black IPA, which was featured in the 2015 Showcase. Those were both amazing beers, but I’d really like them to remake Cabin Fever, which is basically the imperial version (8.5%). What can I say, I like my high ABV!
Black Jackal Imperial Coffee Stout
I just reviewed the new C12 espresso stout and praised it because the added coffee doesn’t overpower the natural coffee taste of the malt. Well, Black Jackal is the opposite of this. It’s like drinking alcoholic espresso and it’s absolutely amazing. It rings in at 8%, but the alcohol is well concealed, which is dangerous…
Polaris Milk Stout
This is such a rich and velvety milk stout. Ever since it went out of production I’ve not been able to find anything on par with it. They all seem to have coffee added. Just let a milk stout be a damn milk stout!
The Hammer Imperial Russian Stout (barrel aged)
I love a good Russian imperial stout and along with Driftwood’s Singularity and Gigantic’s Most Most Premium, this is one of the best out there. The barrel aged version is the better variant, as the process removes some of the harsh aroma and tastes that you can sometimes get and adds a nice bourbon finish to boot.
Krampusnacht Spiced Seasonal Ale
This decadent holiday beer was spiced with grains of paradise, cinnamon, and nutmeg and was boozy as hell at 9.5%. It’s also got a pretty sweet Krampus label, which really appeals to the metalhead in me. I think I drank a whole growler last Christmas day!
Anxiety Beetroot Ale
Sounds weird, I know, but this beetroot ale was actually fantastic. The beetroot flavour was very subtle and was accompanied by some coriander and orange. It was 8% but was very light and easy to drink.