6. Cigar City Big Sound Scotch Ale
Style: Scotch ale
Alcohol by volume: 8.5%
Wait, this was released in September? Well yes, but it's typically released around this time of year and often in multiple special releases that include a bourbon-barrel-aged version. Dark brown with notes of toffee and coffee in the aroma, this wee heavy warmer comes through with flavors of dark fruits such as cherry before getting decidedly maltier. There's a whole lot of toffee, coffee and toasted bread in the finish, making this a roasty end to any long winter's night. Even if you're still sitting on the fall 2012, that 750-milliliter wine bottle should be ready for snifters by this time.