As winter settles in and we need to pack on pounds for warmth, it’s time to head for the nearest brewpub or beer store to try out the season’s winter beers and ales.

The problem (well, not really a problem, it’s more of an issue) is that there are just so dang many of them that you could never hope to sample them all—although it would certainly be a lot of fun to try. Especially since even the names of these beers can lead to a warm, fuzzy feeling of seasonal happiness: Sled Crasher, Ho Ho Homo Erectus, Blitzen.

Happily, everyone from newspaper columnists to bloggers to our own Chowhound community is posting their impressions to help quaffers separate the unpalatable chaff from the delicious wheat.

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