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The other day I had a cold-weather craving for a dark beer. I looked in the fridge and, boom, there it was, just the thing. Other black beauties stared back at me, don't get me wrong, including a stout from Bell's Brewery in Michigan and various porters. They would have sufficed. But this fridge surprise promised what I sought, a rounded, creamy maltiness and a strong note of licorice. Rich mahogany in colour, it offers up soft fruit, mainly banana, along with that malty sweetness and a bitter, balanced touch from the hops. The 6.5-per-cent alcohol is well integrated. Various prices around the country.

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Beppi Crosariol writes about wine and spirits in the Globe Life and Style sections.He has been The Globe's wine and spirits columnist for more than 10 years. In the late 1990s, he also wrote a food trends column called The Biting Edge.Beppi used to cover business law for ROB and previously edited the paper's weekly technology section. More


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