I'd have to put the Stone Imperial Russian Stout and the Alaskan Baltic Porter Ale on the list of good fall beers.
Stone Imperial Russian Stout, Stone Brewing Co. Escondido, CA, 10.50% ABV
The Imperial Russian Stout Limited Release 2009 from Stone Brewing Company in Escondido, California pours out jet black in color with no light getting through and is topped with a viscous, dense mocha head that has no plans on going anywhere anytime soon. On the nose aromas of licorice, freshly roasted coffee, dried dark berries, some charcoal and a touch of sweetness that is almost vanilla like. Syrupy in the mouth with big coffee flavors, roasted grain, licorice, chocolate and hints of smoke. Full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Beautiful lacing. Viscous, syrupy mouthfeel with hints of creaminess. The finish goes on forever with spectacular roast goodness and just a little alcohol warmth. This is one of the best, if not the best, Imperial Russian Stouts available. If you see it on the shelf in the store buy it. You will not be disappointed.
Alaskan Baltic Porter Ale, Alaskan brewing Co. Juneau, AK, 9.80% ABV
The Baltic Porter Ale 2009 from Alaskan Brewing Company in Juneau, Alaska pours out a very deep brown, almost black, in color with a thick, rich, tan head that hangs around for a while. This ale is brewed with cherries, brown sugar, vanilla beans and oak chips. On the nose these come though as a waft of slightly sweet cherry with hints of vanilla, chocolate and coffee. Complex in the mouth with flavors of roasted grain infused with a hint of ripe dried fruit, some sweetness and tinges of vanilla coffee and bittersweet chocolate ganache. Full side of medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Lovely lacing. Slight syrup to the mouthfeel. Extended finish layered with flavor after flavor. It really is quite hard to tell this is 9.80% ABV. An incredible beer that I immensely enjoyed.