The first time Niles brought me a Founder’s Breakfast Stout, I examined the label: “It says, ‘Double Chocolate Coffee Oatmeal Stout.’ I like ALL those words!” I told him.

This is my favorite time of year, when the dark, sweet, delicious high gravity beers start coming around. I love them so much, but I can’t drink a 9% imperial stout when it’s hot outside. But when the chill sets in, when it’s dark and windy and cold and forbidding outside, nothing warms my heart like a good thick stout or porter. I wait all winter long for Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout to show up, and my heart always breaks a little when the keg at the Small Bar is finally tapped. And there are plenty more out there! This is just a short list of my personal favorites.