Below you’ll find the top 10 most-searched winter beers on BeerMenus. The take home: big Imperial Stouts—barrel-aged and otherwise—dominate the list, while a couple old holiday standbys are holding on strong.


  1. Goose Island Bourbon County Stout
  2. Great Lakes Christmas Ale
  3. Troegs Mad Elf
  4. Westbrook/Evil Twin Imperial Mexican Biscotti Break
  5. Oskar Blues Death By Coconut
  6. Oskar Blues Barrel-Aged Ten Fidy
  7. Dogfish Head World Wide Stout
  8. Firestone Walker Anniversary XX 2016
  9. Omnipollo Yellow Belly Sundae
  10. Lagunitas High West-ified Imperial Coffee Stout

BeerMenus' Picks: Will, Co-Founder

Anchor Christmas Ale [find it]

The holidays are full of tradition in my family, and one of my traditions is snagging a bottle of Anchor Christmas Ale to bring home for the holidays. I enjoy paying tribute to Fritz Maytag, the founder of Anchor and pioneer of craft beer in the US. I also enjoy seeing the artwork, which is different every year.


Goose Island Bourbon County Stout [find it]

I also seek out Goose Island Bourbon County Stout each year. This beer has been one of the highest searched beers on BeerMenus since we launched and the popularity is warranted. At >13% ABV (depending on the year), a 12oz bottle is perfect for splitting with a friend and slowly sipping out of a snifter. This beer has great complex roast and barrel character, while being one of the smoothest Bourbon Barrel-Aged beers on the market. For the more extreme craft beer fanatics out there, you can also track down the even harder to find variations: Regal Rye, Coffee, Barleywine, Proprietor's, and Rare.


About The Author

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Will Stephens is the Co-Founder of BeerMenus. He's a Certified Cicerone®, regularly proctors Certified Cicerone® exams, is the co-organizer of the Road to Cicerone Q&A series, is a regular homebrewer whose beers frequently pop up on the BeerMenus HQ page, and a huge proponent of dry-hopping cold-brew coffee.