278/1259) beerbistro: Old Time Gingerbread Porter by Oast House Brewers of Ontario: **1/2; 5.5%; full-on gingerbread nose; tastes of spice, primarily ginger; the traditional roasty chocolate notes one associates with porters hold off until the finish;
279/1260) Beer Academy: Holiday Dubbel by Six Pints Specialty Brewing Co. of Ontario: **1/2; 7.5%, 18 ibu; rich, herbal, nearly medicinal nose; rich, spiced fruitcake taste;
I purchased one of 280 wax dipped bottles to take home. It is lined up alongside some other delights of the season.
And another reason to love this time of year: