Drink this: Night Warden, a whiskey barrel-aged stout, from Avery Brewing Co.

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Michael J. Casey

With a pile of mocha-tinged foam on top, it looks more chocolate brown than stout black. But looks can be deceiving, and the first whiff of Night Warden comes loaded with creamy vanilla. You’ll find even more in the mouth, swirling between flavors of warm whiskey and gooey caramel. There’s a tinge of coffee roast, but not too much. The alcohol follows suit: You smell and taste the wood-soaked staves with every sip, but at 8.2% ABV, Night Warden won’t scorch on the way down.