The Beer Lover’s Christmas List

It’s that time of year again – Christmas cheer, family gatherings, mom’s home-cooked food, and sibling fights.  Why not celebrate the holidays with some wonderful Christmas beer?  If you are looking for the perfect gift to bring for your family gathering – look no further!  These beers celebrate the holiday and make the absolutely perfect gift for a beer geek.  Do yourself a favor and skip the gift certificate to McFundays; give some actual Christmas cheer in a bottle and be remembered as the person who gave the cool gift this year.
Here is the Official ArkansasBeerBlog Beer Geek Christmas Wish List:

Scaldis Noel
ABV: 12%
Retail: $14.66 per four pack
Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Don’t take the little size of this beer for granted – it packs a big punch at 12% abv.  This beer geek’s dream beer comes in a beautifully wrapped bottle making it a perfect stocking stuffer.   Noel pours a ruby copper color and gives your nose whiffs of caramel, nutmeg, cinnamon, ripe peach, and a bit of alcohol.  Think of those winter childhood memories as you sip this beer and taste sweet rummy notes, baked fruit, burnt sugar, and warm Christmas spices.  We think this is the perfect beer to serve at room temperature and in a snifter – don’t treat this beer like a Lager!  It would serve as wonderful replacement for an after dinner cognac. This beer will really warm you up and may be the perfect accompaniment in front of the fire.

St. Bernardus Christmas Ale
ABV: 10%
Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Retail: $9.55 per 750ml bottle
A corked beer is synonymous with a beautifully wrapped present, especially when the contents comprise of a St. Bernardus creation. Uncorked, this ale pours a very dark brown color with a trace of red when held to the light. The thick, foamy head is present from the first pour, which is what you would expect from a Belgian. The Santa hat-wearing monk on the label leads you to believe this is another presumptuous, spicy holiday-cheer beer. This is not exactly the case. Instead, this beer smells of caramel, cloves, and dark, raisiny figgy fruit. The taste gives you dark fruit as well as tree fruit, brown sugar, caramel and classic bready malt backbone. Hints of spice legitimize the label. The high ABV is subtle, but provides a great warming quality. If Santa brewed beer during his off-season, this would be his showcase.  Thanks to our friend Travis Lea for the input on this review.

Choc Winter Stout
Abv: 6.5%
Style: American Stout
Retail: $7.91 per six pack
Our neighbors from Krebs, Oklahoma can make some delicious beer.  They have clearly shown this yet again with their seasonal offering – hitting all the high notes you’d want from a tasty winter stout.  This is the perfect gift for anyone who loves stouts – plus and a six pack would look great in blue wrapping paper.  The beer pours a beautiful dark-as-night color and has a two fingered head that retains well.  You’ll pick up cocoa, dry and earthy hops, espresso and melted milk chocolate in the nose.  The taste follows the nose with loads of coffee and chocolate, clean hops to add a wonderful balance, and all this wrapped in a velvety thick mouth feel.  What more could you ask for in a winter stout?

Moylan’s White Christmas Winter Lager
ABV: 6%
Style: Herbed/Spiced Beer
Retail: $4.79 per bomber
This balanced lager provides the spicy flavors of Christmas. A clear pale-copper pour leads to above average head retention and good lacing. This beer smells of light spice notes, oranges, and coriander.  The taste leads with a great malt backbone. Orange zest, cinnamon, coriander, ginger notes, and a faint hop bitterness balance out this festive lager. A perfect level of carbonation provides a full mouthfeel. This beer is the spirit of Christmas in a bottle.  Grab a bomber of this Winter Lager out of the refrigerator and let it warm by the fire while you try on the new sweater Aunt Jane bought you.

You can find these wonderful holiday beers at the following cheerful locations:

Scaldis Noel:
Colonial Wines & Spirits – Little Rock
The Capital Hotel (on Draft) – Little Rock
The Bottle – Fayetteville
Macadoodles – Springdale
Crush Wine Bar – North Little Rock
Flying Saucer – Little Rock
Springhill Wine & Spirits – North Little Rock
The Wine Rack & Spirits Shoppe – Hot Springs

St. Bernardus Christmas Ale:
Colonial Wines & Spirits – Little Rock
Liquor Mart & Wine Shop – Fort Smith
Lake Liquor – Maumelle
The Bottle – Fayetteville
Macadoodles – Springdale
Crush Wine Bar – North Little Rock
Springhill Wine & Spirits – North Little Rock
The Wine Rack & Spirits Shoppe – Hot Springs

Choc Winter Stout:
Colonial Wines & Spirits – Little Rock
Boulevard Wine & Spirits – Maumelle
The Well – Fort Smith
The Vineyard – Fort Smith
Midtown Package Store – Mountain Home
Popatop – University – Little Rock
Lake Liquor – Maumelle
Empire Liquor – Fort Smith
Liquor Mart & Wine Shop – Fort Smith
Springhill Wine & Spirits – North Little Rock
Shamrock Liquor Warehouse – Fort Smith
Ace Liqour – Cabot
Sullivant’s Liquor – Little Rock
The Wine Rack & Spirits Shoppe – Hot Springs

Moylan’s White Christmas Winter Lager:
Colonial Wines & Spirits – Little Rock
Popatop – University – Little Rock
Beef O’ Brady’s – Fort Smith
Liquor Mart & Wine Shop – Fort Smith
Lake Liquor – Maumelle
Hillcrest Liquor and Fine Wines – Little Rock
Empire Liquor – Fort Smith
The Bottle – Fayetteville
Lucky’s Liquor – Fort Smith
Liquor World – Fayetteville
Shamrock Liquor Warehouse – Fort Smith
Country Club Liquor – Gassville
Premier Wine & Spirits – Fayetteville
Jack’s Package Store – Mountain Home
Fianna Village Liquors – Fort Smith
Ace Liqour – Cabot
On the Border Liquor – Fort Smith
Tontitown Liquor Store – Tontitown
The Wine Rack & Spirits Shoppe – Hot Springs

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