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Wholly cow, winter quarter is in full swing. There is snow on the peaks, ice speckled around campus, teachers assigning heavy workloads, and the abroad peeps have finally returned. It is the season of snow and ice and winter has finally come. So whether you are opening up a beer to stay warm and forget that your utility bills are due soon, or trying to relax and share some crazy, possibly regrettable, stories with friends, these heavy hitters will not let you down.
First one on the chopping block is the rare, and infamous Depravity (Black Gold) Peanut Butter Milk Stout by Renegade Brewing. This delicious, almost too good to be true, beer was created when the head brewer at Renegade bought some discount candy, Ill give you one guess to what it was, and threw them into a milk stout. The concoction was one that only Jekyll could have dreamed off, the smooth 10% ABV, imperial porter was an instant hit. Brewed with 1 lb. of peanut butter cups and 1 lb. of dehydrated peanut butter per keg this beer pours black, with sweet aromas of peanut butter, childhood regrets, chocolate, and coffee. It tastes exactly as it smells, and since it is brewed with lactose (hence the name milk stout) it has the consistency of a thick glass of milk. However, there is a reason that this sweet puppy is also known as Black Gold among the Denver bar scene. Renegade only releases a small amount of kegs once a year, on New Years Eve to select bars. Each bar receives one keg, and once they are out, it’s another year till it returns. I was lucky enough to get a glass at Historians off of Broadway, and I would encourage you to try and find a glass while you still can.
The next beer we are going to talk about comes from River North Brewing, one of the most creative breweries on the Denver scene. They specialize in Belgian style ales, with a creative twist. Much like the red headed stepchild no one in the family knows about, this beer was almost forgotten as well. The barrels at River North were uncovered earlier this year after being forgotten for over a year (15 months). Inside of them was an elixir comprised of their well-known Belgian Quad that was aged in Chardonnay barrels. Due to the longer than normal aging process the beer was cleverly named the Quad XO (extra old). This beer pours dark red with sweet notes of cherry and dark fruits. Its high ABV (11%) ensures that the one bomber will be enough to share with a friend, or keep for yourself, since it is so darn good. However, much the beer from Renegade, there was only a limited number of barrels made. It is sold in bomber form or out of the tap at select breweries. If you’re feeling adventurous, and have some extra cash to spend, River North encourages one to try and age the bomber for up to two years. Either way, this beer is sure to leave you elated and loquacious.
Finally, this last beer is an IPA for those who hate hops but also want to try and expand their beer knowledge/taste. The Electric Silk Oatmeal IPA from Declaration Brewing is a beer that has no idea what it wants to be, but in the best way. Just like most of us who are trying to figure out what we want to do after graduation. The beer pours a hazy orange color with a malty floral aroma. The taste is initially caramel sweet with an after taste of mangoes and tropical fruits that lead one away from the higher ABV of 8.2%. The texture is smooth due to the oatmeal component. Due to its initially sweet flavor and creamy texture, this beer is perfect for those hesitant toward hoppy beers but willing to try new things. Thankfully this beer is offered year around and can even be found in cans, so there is no pressing need to go hunting for it, unlike the others. Now go out there and grab winter by the horns! Work hard, play hard, stay warm, and know that no matter what you have one of these three possibilities waiting for you at the end of the day, if you can find them! Whether you are spending your days on the slopes, in the mountains, or watching re runs of the new House of Cards teaser, enjoy the next few weeks of winter quarter, enjoy responsibly!
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