Top Brews to Get Over Winter Blues!

A picture from the Beer Yeti Blog on the top Winter brews for Christmas, including, Little Valley Brewery Stoodley Stout, The Colonsay Brewery, St. Austell - Mena Dhu Stout, Innis & Gunn - Red Blood Sky Rum Barrel Red Beer, Traquair House - Jacobite, Loch Lomond Brewery - Silkie StoutSo the first frost is here and the nights are well and truly drawing in. Your face hurts when you go outside but that doesn’t stop many of us, especially at the thought of that crackling log fire at our local inn or tavern! But for those nights that we choose to hibernate in the warmth of our own homes we’ve got the top brews to see us through the winter blues!


Little Valley Brewery Stoodley Stout – 4.8% abv

From that legendary Yorkshire brewery that’s vegan too! 🙂

A picture from the Beer Yeti Blog on the top Winter brews for Christmas, including, Little Valley Brewery Stoodley Stout, The Colonsay Brewery, St. Austell - Mena Dhu Stout, Innis & Gunn - Red Blood Sky Rum Barrel Red Beer, Traquair House - Jacobite, Loch Lomond Brewery - Silkie Stout

Appearance: Deep, dark jet black, with a ruby glow and a thick brown head that stays with you and leaves plenty of lacing.

Aroma: Dark roasted coffee malts, with a hint of chocolate and slight oaty underlay.

Flavour: A rich blast of coffee, with a slightly smooth sweetness, followed by a dash of chocolate and orange peel.

Very well balanced!

Available to purchase here!

For more info, check out their WebsiteFacebookTwitter & Instagram.


The Colonsay Brewery – 80/- 4.2% abv

Brewed on the smallest island in the world with its own brewery, this classic Scots ale is as dark and brooding as the storms which sweep across their remote Atlantic outcrop.

A picture from the Beer Yeti Blog on the top Winter brews for Christmas, including, Little Valley Brewery Stoodley Stout, The Colonsay Brewery, St. Austell - Mena Dhu Stout, Innis & Gunn - Red Blood Sky Rum Barrel Red Beer, Traquair House - Jacobite, Loch Lomond Brewery - Silkie Stout

Appearance: Deep, dark black, with a reddish tinge, slowly bubbling as if it were a volcano at the bottom of the abyss and a slightly off-white head that slowly fizzles away to leave lacing.

Aroma: Quite sweet, with a hint of marzipan, finished off with a light, sour, cherry ending and a touch of coffee.

Flavour: A malty mix of chocolate and dry coffee, polished off with a hint of sea salt.

The perfect brew to warm you up as the storm sets in!

Available to purchase here!

For more info, check out their Website, Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.


St. Austell Brewery – Mena Dhu Stout 4.5% abv

Meaning “Black Hill”, this is a six malt Cornish Stout.

A picture from the Beer Yeti Blog on the top Winter brews for Christmas, including, Little Valley Brewery Stoodley Stout, The Colonsay Brewery, St. Austell - Mena Dhu Stout, Innis & Gunn - Red Blood Sky Rum Barrel Red Beer, Traquair House - Jacobite, Loch Lomond Brewery - Silkie Stout

Appearance: Deep black, with a dense, brownish fluffy head.

Aroma: Bold notes of rich coffee and dark roasted malts, with a hint of smoke and oak.

Flavour: The rich roasted malts and smokiness of the aroma are followed through into the flavour. This is complimented by a dash of sweet fruitiness, liquorice and a slightly bitter, powdered chocolate-truffle finish.

A very rich brew and incredibly smooth too!

Available to purchase here, via their telesales team on 0345 241 1122 and also readily available in selected supermarkets.

For more info, check out their Website, Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.


Innis & Gunn – Red Blood Sky (Rum Barrel Red Beer) 6.8% abv

“Blood red sky sets a scene. Warm Caribbean sand, flickering candles, cold beer and anticipation of the night to come. From this place came the inspiration for this brew.”

Appearance: Reddish-brown, with a slightly off-white, thick, fluffy head.

Aroma: Rich and malty, with a hint of vanilla and a slightly sherry-like, rich, fruity mix and a rustic, slightly oaky underlay.

Flavour: Malty, with a hint of winter berry fruit, a delicate touch of vanilla, counterbalanced by a bitter rum and raisin finish that leaves a craving burn at the back of your throat, begging you to take another sip!

Very warming and a cracking brew!

Available to purchase here!

For more info, check out their Website, Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.


Traquair House – Jacobite 8% abv

First brewed in 1965, this ale was named in the Top 50 World Beers in the International Beer Competition twice!

A picture from the Beer Yeti Blog on the top Winter brews for Christmas, including, Little Valley Brewery Stoodley Stout, The Colonsay Brewery, St. Austell - Mena Dhu Stout, Innis & Gunn - Red Blood Sky Rum Barrel Red Beer, Traquair House - Jacobite, Loch Lomond Brewery - Silkie Stout

Appearance: Dark with a slight reddy glow, fair few bubbles and a moderate head.

Aroma: Plum, molasses and a hint of vanilla, complimented by a dash of spice, ginger and coriander.

Flavour: Rich and fruity, almost like a warm fruit salad, followed by a sweet maltiness and a slightly oaky, bitter finish, creating a brew comparable to a fine sherry.

Potent, slightly boozy and warming but very easy to drink!

Available to purchase here!

For more info, check out their Website, Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.


Loch Lomond Brewery – Silkie Stout 5% abv

“Silkies (or selkies) are mythological creatures found in Scottish folklore. Silkies are said to live as seals in the sea but shed their skin to become human on land to find a loved one. The word derives from earlier Scots selich meaning seal.”

A picture from the Beer Yeti Blog on the top Winter brews for Christmas, including, Little Valley Brewery Stoodley Stout, The Colonsay Brewery, St. Austell - Mena Dhu Stout, Innis & Gunn - Red Blood Sky Rum Barrel Red Beer, Traquair House - Jacobite, Loch Lomond Brewery - Silkie Stout

Appearance: Jet black, with a brown frothy head.

Aroma: Chocolate, with a dash of orange that works really well together. This perfectly combines with a cracking mix of coffee and burnt malt.

Flavour: A bold hit of bitter coffee, followed by a hint of chocolate and orange peel in the background, creating a silky smooth finish.

Exceptionally smooth and very complex.

Available to purchase here!

For more info, check out their Website, Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.


So there you have it, some real crackers to see you through in the run up to Christmas!

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