Tuesday, December 23, 2014

'Tis the season to drink porters!

As you all know, we at This Drunk Bitch hate the winter. Like, really REALLY hate it. The cold, the wind, the absence of the sun...it's all dreadful.

But for me, there is a bright spot in this otherwise bleak, dead, wintry wasteland. All of the best dark beers are in season, especially my beloved porters.

I've been a huge fan over the last few weeks of the Magic Hat Winterland Variety 24 pack. I'm always a fan of variety packs because I hate committing to just one beer, especially if I haven't tried it yet. I know, I know- Magic Hat is kind of mainstream, but good beer is good beer!

So, inside this variety pack is quite possibly my new favorite porter: Starlit Star Anise Porter. It has a nice strong anise-forward nose, and then the taste is a really nice mild anise flavor at the front and then progresses toward a silky, dark chocolatey finish. What I really love about this beer is that it could have been too sweet, it could have been too much spice, or it could have tasted like straight up black licorice (fucking GAG), but it didn't. It's super balanced and mild in flavor, and the anise plays perfectly off of its texbook porter backdrop. I will definitely be bringing a case of this to get drunk with my family on Christmas day.

The rest of the beers in the variety pack are pretty delicious too. If porters aren't your thing, you can try my second favorite, Snow Roller Hoppy Brown Ale. It still encompasses the flavors of the holidays, just with a little more of that hoppy bite we all love, and it's a bit lighter-bodied and less viscous than the porter.

So go out and pick up this great variety pack, and share it with someone you love this holiday season. Or drink it all yourself. I don't know your life.

Stay drunk, bitches!

...and Merry Fucking Christmas!

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