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Today is one of the coldest days of the year. It was -20 out this morning with a windchill making it feel like -30.

The solution?

Bundle up in a blanket and have a nice strong, dark beer. May I suggest the Lost River Baltic Porter by Bellwoods Brewery?

We shared this brew between us on a similar cold day. I used a balloon glass and Shawna used her Beer Drinking Ladies glass.

As a fun note, this beer won the gold medal at the Canadian Brewing Awards in 2012.

The beer sits at a heavy 8.5% ABV and is currently not available. When it is available you can get it at the Bellwoods retail store and in Bellwoods brewery on tap.

Appearance: Dark brown almost black. Thin brown head.
Aroma: Espresso for sure. Very strong. Also get chocolate and roasted malts.
Taste: Creamy soft mouth feel. Chocolate and roasted malts hit first then roasted nuts. There is a hint of vanilla.
Aftertaste:  The strong smokey malts.
Overall: This is a perfect beer for the winter. It is absolutely delicious.

Kole McRae

Founder of Toronto Booze Hound. He can be seen drinking almost anything in the wild from beer to rum. Try not to startle him, he may use humour as a self defence method.

Email: kole@torontoboozehound.com