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

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