ABV: 6.5%, IBU: 22
The label promises an “Ale brewed with cocoa nibs, vanilla, raisins, brown sugar & natural flavors.” That leads some to think the beer might be too sweet. Fear not—Indeed deftly combines these ingredients into a supremely balanced and delicious brew. It’s full-bodied, yet doesn’t feel heavy. When first poured, bittersweet chocolate, and toffee flavors jump out. As it warms, the vanilla expresses itself along with black cherry fruit flavors. Smooth and complex, this is the rare “winter warmer” that will lead you to want a second glass. This would be great with bread pudding, preferably in front of a crackling fire.