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Craft Beer's 10 Best Seasonal Porters and Stouts

Oskar Blues Ten Fidy
Alcohol by volume: 10.5% ABV

Know why people who love craft beer don't make jokes about beer in cans anymore? This brewery and this beer specifically have a lot to do with it.

When Oskar Blues started canning in the early 2000s, it did so as a sales gimmick to draw folks to its brewery and brewpub in Lyons, Colo. Since then, it's helped convince the craft beer world that lined cans are a great way to block out the light and keep beer fresh while leaving behind none of the metallic flavor of their trashier aluminum forebears.

It's also a big boomer compared with its Colorado neighbors in the silver, mountain-laden cans. The 10.5% alcohol content is right in the name and masks a whole lot of hop bitterness behind its roasted dark malt and chocolate-covered caramel flavor. Bitterness in mouth-puckering brews such as India pale ale is measured in international bittering units that usually top out at 100. Ten Fidy sits at 98 IBUs.

Midnight Sun Berzerker
Alcohol by volume: 12.7% ABV

We'll just go ahead and get the very NSFW "berzerker" clip from Kevin Smith's Clerks out of the way, as it has nothing to do with this beer but is inextricably tied to the word.

With that out of the way, we move on to Anchorage, Alaska, and one of the baddest imperial stouts in the land. This brew isn't masking its alcohol content but bathing it in the scent of whiskey, red wine, dark fruit and tobacco reminiscent of the smoke-filled basements that hosted holiday parties of yore. Aged in wine and whiskey barrels, Berzerker isn't there to candy coat your insides, but to give them a viking funeral. A crackling yule log puts of less heat than this potent warmer.

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