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Easy drinking Stouts

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by BeerDummy, Mar 10, 2014.

  1. BeerDummy

    BeerDummy Zealot (90) New York Feb 26, 2014

    Beerdummy noob question number 5:

    Are there any easy-drinking stouts out there, or are they all by their very nature thick and 'slow,' so to speak?

    Dont get me wrong, I love these, and always have lots of goodies on hand (breakfast stout, ten fidy, etc)., but I have to be in the mood for them.

    I enjoy Guiness Dry Stout (what you would find on tap in a bar), not b/c of the flavor but b/c its the most desirable and drinkable choice amongst bud, coors, etc if im in a shit bar.

    I'm just wondering if there are any quality stouts out there with a lighter body, or do they not exist?

    Thanks for your input and patience.
  2. Harnkus

    Harnkus Savant (395) New York Oct 31, 2013

    Sierra Nevada kills it with thier stout. To me, that's what stouts are. Bell's Kalamazoo is another. Anchor Porter also comes to mind.
  3. GreesyFizeek

    GreesyFizeek Champion (985) New York Mar 6, 2013 Beer Trader

    An easy drinking stout is often, but not always, a porter.

    In that regard, I'd recommend Edmund Fitzgerald from Great Lakes. For something across the ocean, Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter is excellent.

    For actual stouts, Magic Hat Heart of Darkness is lighter, but still full of great flavor, and is one of the few bright spots in their lineup.
  4. Sierra Nevada Stout, and Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout come to mind right away.

    This is also a good point.
  5. BH712

    BH712 Savant (475) District of Columbia Jan 29, 2014 Verified

    Ever tried Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout? Also really any milk/sweet stout would work - Sam Adams Cream, Left Hand Milk, Duck Rabbit Milk, and so on. They aren't as cloying and heavy as Creme Brulee or others like it.
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  6. JuniperJesus

    JuniperJesus Savant (450) Illinois Feb 26, 2011

    I've been looking for a regular stout ever since Goose Island stopped brewing their Oatmeal Stout. The closest I've come to drinking any stout regularly has been Deschutes' Obsidian.
  7. BeerDummy

    BeerDummy Zealot (90) New York Feb 26, 2014

    nice, ive been seeing the bells around but have been avoiding b/c like i said, i have a few stouts on hand already that i dont get to right away.

    i will check it out.
  8. Murphy's Irish Stout. A step above Guinness. Very easy to drink, readily available.
  9. bcp5296d

    bcp5296d Advocate (655) North Carolina Aug 7, 2012 Beer Trader

    try a really good baltic porter.
  10. BeerDummy

    BeerDummy Zealot (90) New York Feb 26, 2014

    not yet, but i'll give it a whirl on your recommendation. i always pass by it in trader joe's (talking about sam smith's)
  11. meb3476

    meb3476 Savant (475) Massachusetts Apr 1, 2013 Beer Trader

    Wolaver's Oatmel Stout is very easy to drink.
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  12. LMT

    LMT Savant (375) Virginia Oct 15, 2009

    If we're including porters too, then Fuller's London Porter is worth a try.

    Lower ABV, but one of the tastier "easy drinking" porters out there.
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  13. GreesyFizeek

    GreesyFizeek Champion (985) New York Mar 6, 2013 Beer Trader

    I'll also throw Southern Tier 2XStout or Three Heads Big Head Stout in the ring. Where are you located?
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  14. BeerDummy

    BeerDummy Zealot (90) New York Feb 26, 2014


    looks like i'll be hitting the beer shop up tonight.
  15. Rhf9120

    Rhf9120 Savant (345) Rhode Island Jan 4, 2014

    I was also going to recommend 2XStout great stout and very drinkable.
  16. Harnkus

    Harnkus Savant (395) New York Oct 31, 2013

    I think you may have missed the point
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  17. jamis

    jamis Savant (385) Massachusetts Nov 30, 2008 Beer Trader

    I tend to prefer the 'thick and slow' variety so my perception may be off.... but I tend to find milk stouts pretty easy to drink (on the lighter side, lower ABV, though usually more sweet).

    Give Left Hand Nitro and/or Milk stouts a try.
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  18. michman

    michman Savant (310) Illinois Oct 14, 2005

    left hand milk stout, Bells Kzoo stout, sierra nevada. there are tons of easy drinking lower ABV stouts out there.
  19. GreesyFizeek

    GreesyFizeek Champion (985) New York Mar 6, 2013 Beer Trader

    Three Heads is a Rochester brewery, but I think it's possible you'd see them in NYC.
  20. Jnashed

    Jnashed Savant (310) Virginia Feb 14, 2014

    Three Flyods Moloko is a revelation....
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  21. BeerDummy

    BeerDummy Zealot (90) New York Feb 26, 2014

    you guys are speaking my language with lower abv stouts...aside from those, i always seem to have a fridge full of high abv ipa's that i try to save for weekends.
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  22. Kendo

    Kendo Advocate (535) New York Dec 23, 2005

    This is also the season for Irish Dry Stouts - i.e., stouts brewed (allegedly) in the Guinness/Murphy's/Beamish tradition. Brooklyn brews a good one and even Saranac's version is solid and both should be easy to find in NYC.
  23. GreesyFizeek

    GreesyFizeek Champion (985) New York Mar 6, 2013 Beer Trader

    I'd also suggest Mean Old Tom by Maine Brewing Co.
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  24. HRamz3

    HRamz3 Advocate (630) Pitcairn Feb 9, 2010

    You nailed it. SN Stout.

    I was pondering over various offerings, then read your post and went "bingo".
  25. waxman

    waxman Initiate (15) North Carolina Sep 20, 2013

    try Terrapin Moo-Hoo Chocolate Milk Stout

    smooth like a lager.

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  26. Jlabs

    Jlabs Champion (915) New York Nov 11, 2013 Beer Trader

    LHB Milk Stout Nitro
  27. North Coast old #38. +1 Heart of Darkness. Most of the Dark Horse winter one's (excepting Plead the 5th, which is an absolutely fantastic Imperial, and may qualify as easy drinking for that style). One oatmeal and tres blueberries are standouts.
  28. Beertsipper

    Beertsipper Savant (480) New York Nov 18, 2008

    If you are lactose intolerant, be careful with the milk stouts.

    Sierra Nevada
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  29. Victory Baltic Thunder, though a porter, is very easy to drink. Good luck finding it outside the brewpub tho.
  30. As stout is a short form of "stout porter" it's difficult to see your point.
  31. RobinLee

    RobinLee Advocate (620) Wisconsin Feb 15, 2012 Beer Trader

    FW Velvet Merlin, Great Lakes Edmund Fitz, Founders Porter, Sierra Nevada Porter. All more or less easily found, good pricing, and delicious.
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  32. Matthew1788

    Matthew1788 Savant (440) Ohio Feb 23, 2013

    Not a stout but a porter, Edmund Fitz is fantastic. Easy drinking, and a lower abv, quite flavorful as well.
  33. GreesyFizeek

    GreesyFizeek Champion (985) New York Mar 6, 2013 Beer Trader

    I was being slightly facetious. I was trying to say that if you are looking for a beer that has stout-like characteristics, but is easy-drinking, a porter is a good option.
  34. kylelenk

    kylelenk Savant (415) Michigan Apr 17, 2012

    Instead of naming individual choices I'd recommend the following styles:

    1) Nitro- Almost everything on nitro is bound to be rather light on the mouthfeel and easy drinking. Even some of the heavier, barrel aged nitro stouts (BA Frangelic Stout on Nitro) mask the heavier body and ABV. That being said, most nitro stouts I've found have always been in the 4%-6% range and are quite easy drinking. Only downfall is that they're almost exclusively beers that come on tap and not bottled.

    2) Irish or Dry- You're more apt to find these in the spring around St. Patty's but most in the category are similarly found between 4%-6%. These stouts are often named dry due to the lack of robust flavor and smaller ABVs. Would recommend Short's Uncle Steve's, Brooklyn Irish Stout, Deschutes Obsidian.

    3) Milk/Sweet/Cream- These can sometimes have a heavier mouthfeel to them although the addition of lactose sugar makes them quite enjoyable. Would recommend Left Hand Milk Stout, Sam Adam's Cream Stout, and St Peter's Cream Stout.
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  35. bubseymour

    bubseymour Champion (820) Maryland Oct 30, 2010 Beer Trader

    Sam Smith varieties of stout and porter (most all are around 5% and even there Imperial clocks in at only 7%).

    Anderson Valley's Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout is really tasty and lower ABV.
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  36. I'll have to echo some suggestions and say Deschutes Obsidian, Sierra Nevada Stout, and Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin; these are my go-to's.

    As much of a HUGE Deschutes fan as I am, I think Velvet Merlin totally rocks and SN isn't too far behind in my book. Also as stated above and will be stated plenty more times, don't rule out porters. A stout is just a "stout porter" (strong porter), and most porters feature medium-light bodies and reasonable ABVs yet are chocked full of flavor. Deschutes Black Butte Porter is one of my all-time favorite brews!
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  37. fatboy91

    fatboy91 Aficionado (235) Illinois Apr 26, 2012

    Definitely check out Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat. Very easy drinking stout at 5% ABV. Also comes in a vanilla bean variation for a bit more sweetness.
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  38. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Poobah (1,015) Michigan Jun 18, 2012 Verified

    Easy drinking stouts = porters.

    Then again I'm one of few who actually draw a line between porters and stouts, so.
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  39. kristougher

    kristougher Advocate (540) North Carolina Jun 27, 2013 Beer Trader

    duck rabbit milk stout