A sly Bart Towel forum member spotted the LCBOs Winter Warmers 2011 list online yesterday, so it only seemed appropriate to pass on the information as these lists bring some of the most exciting beers into Ontario (especially the Winter list, which is often filled with imperial stouts, barley wines and Belgian ales).
- LCBO 187005 LAVA, Smoked Imperial Stout – 500 ml – Iceland
- LCBO 171413 St Ambroise Russian Imperial Stout – 341 ml – Quebec
- LCBO 264341 Nogne 0 Imperial Stout – 500 ml – Norway
- LCBO 188870 Box Steam Dark & Handsome (Old Ale) – England
- LCBO 090845 Great Lakes Winter Ale – 750 ml – Ontario
- LCBO 186999 Traquair Jacobite Ale – 330 ml – Scotland
- LCBO 135194 Southern Tier Creme Brulee Stout – 650 ml – New York
- LCBO 250944 Brooklyn Monster Ale – 355 ml – New York
- LCBO 264358 Charlevoix Dominus Vobiscum Double – 500 ml – Quebec
- LCBO 250472 Affligem Tripel – 330 ml – Belgium
- LCBO 270405 Dieu du Ciel! Solstice D’Hiver – 4 x 341 – Quebec
- LCBO 222236 Lake of Bays Mocha Porter – 750 ml – Ontario
- LCBO 054106 Trafalgar Smoked Oatmeal Stout – 650 ml – Ontario
A grand total of four beers that have not appeared in the LCBO before, three of which most serious beer drinkers have likely tried (there was a Nogne O private order a few years back, while the Brooklyn Monster Ale and Charlevoix Double aren’t exactly hard to find in the States and Quebec, respectively). The reappearance of Trafalgar is disheartening, much like Aunt Judy giving you underwear for Christmas after giving you a $100 cheque last year. But all those repeats? Damn, they are pretty good beers! Three wonderful imperial stouts that will be perfect for snowy days. (The Creme Brulee is the loser of the bunch. Didn’t buy any last year and won’t this year.) The Jacobite was at a fantastic price point last year, which will hopefully continue (I will update this post when I find out prices). The Dark & Handsome is a welcome addition, mainly because it’s an old ale and that is a style I want to drink more of. Should be another good season for beer!