Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by BeerDummy, Mar 10, 2014.
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I second this suggestion, "Anderson Valley's Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout is really tasty and lower ABV."
If you ever see Victory's Donnybrook Stout, give it a try. One of the easiest drinking beers I've ever had, regardless of style. It's only 3.7% as well, so you can put down a few without much worry about getting over intoxicated.
Lost Coast's 8 Ball Oatmeal Stour is very nice.
Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout
Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro (in bottles)
Not at all. I find that DuckRabbit baltic porter is very similar to what OP is looking for. All the flavors of a high quality stout with a slightly lighter body.
Ska Steel Toe. Tallgrass vanilla bean buffalo sweat. Those are a couple of easy drinkers I have access to here in Kansas.
Thanks everyone, there's 12x more out there than i was aware of and it all sounds awesome. i'm fucked.
I wasnt aware of the whole "milk" style, good christ that sounds delicious.
Give Harviestoun Old Engine Oil porter a go, or even Maui Coconut Porter
Sam smith organic chocolate stout and guinness extra stout. =)
Summit Oatmeal Stout delicious easy to drink but only on tap
Modern Times Black House is an easy drinker for sure. Tasty too.
I second this, awesome beer. Wish they bottled it!
Easy drinking stouts I have tried and considered great session stouts are Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout, Velvet Merlin, Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout, Old No. 38. But I love an imperial stout!
You might consider looking into Black Ales, which don't seem to ne listed as a style on this site so I don't know how to give you a taste and mouthfeel description, but one that I really like is New Belgium's 1554 Enlightened Ale. http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/192/1914/ This one might have less roasted grain flavor than what is in a stout, but it is easily found and is delicious.
It may have been because of a long day at work, but I just had 2 Weyerbacher Heresy's that went down very easily. Very tasty, smooth, easy-drinking barrel aged stout
I feel like I suggest Sam Smith's Organic Chocolate stout every other day to someone, but I'll second that offering in here again. That and Young's Double Chocolate. So easy to drink, the both of them, and they're both light and right around 5% ABV.
Also try O'Hara's Irish Dry. Bit better than Guinness or Murphys, I think. Easy drinker if I've ever had one.
Guinness Foreign Extra is superior to regular Guinness and might be what you're looking for. Others said Sierra Nevada and Sam Smith Oatmeal which are both really good recommendations.
Many good responses and I'd just be repeating quite a few but I have to state that Tallgrass's Buffalo Sweat is one tasty, year round stout. Love it and it's always in the fridge.
Some of my favourite English session stouts I haven't seen anyone recommended here: Hook Norton Double Stout, Shepherd Neame Double Stout, Fuller's Black Cab Stout.
I can't think of a lighter bodied stout than the beer that comes out of the ubiquitous Guinness tap.
yup...i was originally just wondering if there was a stout similiar in light-bodiness but actually being good instead of just passable.
Dig it. I recently had Founders Oatmeal Stout on tap. I had never seen or heard of that beer before. I have plenty of their breakfast stout and their porter, but not their oatmeal stout. Anyway, it clocks in around 4.5% abv. and is extremely easy drinking. Search that one out if you can.
This right here. I had it this past weekend as well. I was super impressed by it. My pint went down in near record time. It was a great beer.
Also try O'Hara's Irish Dry. Bit better than Guinness or Murphys, I think. Easy drinker if I've ever had one.[/quote]
+1 for O'Hara's.
Very good sessionable stout. Just picked some up for St. Pats Day.
lakefront fuel café and some finches secret stache stout for the lighter side with some flavor if they are available in your area.
Mackeson's XXX Stout 4.9%abv
Hold on. OP is in my hood, so I'll just state what is easily available around town. Forget Deschutes, Terrapin, and FFF; those just aren't happening.
Go for these:
Bell's Kalamazoo (a few of you mentioned it already. It is the very definition of an easy drinking stout)
Anderson Valley Barney Flats
Butternuts Moo Thunder (tasty for what it is; easy to find in NY and super cheap)
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout
FW Velvet Merlin
New Holland The Poet (my go-to oatmeal stout)
Sixpoint Otis (draft only, but it's my favorite offering from them)
Nice, thanks. i pass the Sam Smiths every day, maybe the Butternuts too. I'll keep an eye out for New Holland.
God dammit there are too many beers i need to go try. I'm swimming in fucking beer.
Poor you. Part of the fun is trying these for the first time. I'm still in the discovery phase myself, as I currently have 16 beers in the fridge or cellaring in my closet, and of those 16 I've only ever had 1 of them, and it was a BCBCS, which I had only once on tap.
Marquis' point was that he feels there is no difference between a stout and a porter, but we've had those debates before and I really don't think this is an appropriate place to have that debate again. It's not my intention to start it, so if you or the OP want to review the issue I would highly recommend reading through these discussion threads:
(For anyone who is tempted to debate this here, it's highly doubtful any point will be raised that wasn't already discussed to death in the threads above, so save yourself the trouble. Besides, it doesn't really help the OP.)
My takeaway is that I'd hate for the OP to avoid either stouts or porters due to a pre-conceived notion about them, because even if you think there's a difference, there are many beers that break the rules and the OP could miss out some great beers.
I really enjoyed Elysian split shot(5.6%)..I downed that pint really easily
Guinness is what I think of when I think easy drinking stout.
Though its not a stout try Founders Porter, its delicious.
Jack's Abby Framminghammer. Labeles as a Baltic Porter, but if you told me it was just a smooth stout I'd be hard pressed to argue.
It tasted too much liek a chocolate milk shake for my liking, fist sip was lovely though.
Oatmeal + Milk Stouts (also known as sweet stouts) are generally easier drinking than other stouts because oats and lactose sugars have a smoothing rounded quality. This subdues some of the intense roast that stouts generally have. Otherwise, just like people have been saying, porters are easier drinking than most stouts. They are actually the father of the stout style!
Try LH Milk Stout/Nitro or New Holland Poet. Edmund Fitzgerald is a excellent porter to try as well. Founders makes a delicious porter but it is rather rich in comparison with other porters.
To me, most stouts up to 6% abv are relatively easy drinking stouts.
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