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Beer Advent Calendar – Day 9: Phantom Punch Winter Stout presented by Adam & Sarah


Beer Advent Calendar – Day 9: Phantom Punch Winter Stout presented by Adam & Sarah

To celebrate the Holiday Season, and have teamed up with beer bloggers around the country to host the first annual beer bloggers advent calendar. This is the season of sharing and we intend to share our love of beer with you. 31 Bloggers Blogging – click here for the running list of beers/bloggers.

Let’s see who is spreading holiday cheer today!

Bloggers: Adam Meuse & Sarah Stewart
Blog Name: Brew England
Twitter/Facebook/Untappd: @BrewEngland / / BrewEngland
Beer: Phantom Punch Winter Stout
Brewery: Baxter Brewing Co. Lewiston, ME
Beer Details:

  • Style: Extra Stout
  • ABV: 6.8%

Commercial Description:

Baxter has named its winter stout in celebration of Lewiston’s 1965 Ali/Liston heavyweight championship. “Phantom Punch” is a Foreign Extra Stout with a hearty 6.8% ABV; enough to warm up winter gatherings, but not too much to prevent sipping a few by the fire. Its deep black hue and rich tan head compliment the full, but not overly-heavy body. Roasted and toasted malts dominate the flavor, with hints of caramel and strong notes of chocolate.

Meanwhile, roasted organic cocoa nibs reinforce the malty chocolate flavors, while real vanilla beans suggest a touch of sweetness without weighing down the brew. Lastly, Phantom Punch has just enough British hops to balance the stout’s maltiness, but this is Baxter’s least hoppy beer to-date.

Pairs well with: Mexican mole dishes and barbecue, grilled meats, rich creamy cheeses like Gouda or tomme and, of course, chocolate; whether is cookies, candy or cake.

Why we selected the Baxter Brewing Co. Phantom Punch Winter Stout:
If you’re visited our website or have followed us on social media, you’ll know that we are huge fans of Baxter Brewing Co. We’ve visited their brewery twice and have had a great time while we’re there.

The Phantom Punch Winter Stout is the third installment of their new seasonal line, and each one seems to be getting better. The stout packs an extra little punch at 6.8% ABV, so it will help you keep warm in the cold winter months. The beer has a great blend of cocoa and vanilla, which gives it a nice sweetness that will help you pull more off the six pack ring. It features a great two fingered, chocolate colored head that clings to the glass all the way until the end, leaving a great lacing behind.

About BrewEngland:
We’re dedicated to blogging about the breweries, brewpubs, and brews of New England! Please check us out at

About Baxter Brewing Company:
Baxter Brewing Co. is a Maine-based micro craft brewery which is the first brewery of its kind in the state to can all of its beer. Located in the up-and-coming community of Lewiston/Auburn, Maine, Baxter Brewing Co. currently distributes its quality, flavorful and unique craft beers statewide both in six-pack and on draft. Learn more at

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