9. Shipyard Brewing
Portland’s Shipyard Brewing added this hefty big brother of Pumpkinhead in 2009, and it proved much more crowd-pleasing than its sibling during our blind tasting. Most of us agreed that given the right context — a cold evening and a warm fire — this would be eminently enjoyable. The boozy esthers, toffee flavor, and viscous texture all contributed to a ruby port-effect.
Notable tasting note: “Smells exactly like the almond extract found in anise cookies.” -Meaghan Gardner