The first It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Beer selection for 2015 is Magic Hat's Winter Mingle. One of the things I like about Magic Hat is that they switch up the beers in their seasonal samplers every year. Winter Mingle is a vanilla stout, and it's new this year in their Winterland Variety Pak, along with the Vinyl Amber Lager. Stouts and porters are my favorite types of beers, so I like the Winter Mingle. It's not as heavy as a lot of stouts, and the vanilla is there, but not overpowering. Sometimes vanilla stouts can be too sweet, but this one isn't. If anything, it's a little bit more bitter than I would prefer in a stout.
Name: Winter Mingle
Brewery: Magic Hat
Location: South Burlington, Vermont
Good for drinking if: you're still full from Thanksgiving five days later, but you want to drink a stout that won't make you want to vomit.
Rating (out of 5 stars): 4