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No-Li is introducing a new year-round porter to its canned lineup, and releasing four bottled barrel-aged beers in honor of the Olympics.

Falls Porter, a recipe that’s been three years in the making, goes on tap at the pub today and will soon show up in stores in six-packs of 12-ounce cans.

At 6.1 percent alcohol by volume and 39 International Bitterness Units, it’s easy-drinking but flavorful with a body boosted by Munich malt and flaked oats. There are chocolate notes up front along with a slight sweetness and some silkiness from the oats, balanced by a roasty coffee character that builds into a dry finish.

“We felt that our lineup was missing something, a full-bodied ale that doesn’t knock you on your ass,” says lead brewer Ryan Brookhart. “No-Li Falls Porter is that something.”

On the other hand, the Barrel-Aged Winter Games series is full of heavy hitters – four big beers that go on sale Saturday in limited 22-ounce bottles at the pub only (at $14.99 each). They include:

Jamaican Bobsled: A winter warmer (7.5 percent ABV) aged for more than two years in a Dry Fly wheat whiskey barrel for an oaky body and caramel finish.

Yard Sale: Named after the slang phrase for a skiing wipeout that leaves gear scattered around, this imperial red ale (8.2) was aged for three years in three separate wheat whiskey barrels, then blended for peak flavor.

Big Stone: The tribute to curling consists of Wrecking Ball imperial stout (9.5) that spent two and a half years in a bourbon barrel, developing its chocolate character.

Torchlight: A burly barleywine (10.5) that’s been aging in wheat whiskey barrels since the last Winter Olympics four years ago.

There are only about 120 bottles of each beer, so it likely won’t be long before their closing ceremonies. Llimited amounts also will rotate on tap at the pub through the month.     

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