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Little Known Stouts

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by mvdillman, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. mvdillman

    mvdillman Savant (300) Indiana Dec 30, 2012 Verified

    I've been on a real stout kick lately and was just wondering what some good stouts are that I may not have heard of.
    Let the suggestions begin!

  2. mvdillman

    mvdillman Savant (300) Indiana Dec 30, 2012 Verified

    And suggestions that aren't super rare would be appreciated.
  3. Here some that are easy to find (dependent upon where you are) and aren't outrageously priced.

    Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
    Stone IRS
    Epic Big Bad Baptist
    Alesmith Speedway Stout
    Clown Shoes Blaecorn Unidragon
    sarch, MGambleWWS, Squidly and 5 others like this.
  4. New Holland Night Tripper
  5. tectactoe

    tectactoe Champion (870) Michigan Mar 20, 2012 Verified

    New Holland's "The Poet" is a great, sessionable oatmeal stout.
    Squidly, Falcone, planbee and 7 others like this.
  6. Scotchboy

    Scotchboy Advocate (510) Idaho Dec 7, 2010

    For straight up American Stout (not Double/Imperial), I love Obsidian from Deschutes.
    sarch, StoutChaser7D, Falcone and 6 others like this.
  7. ShanePB

    ShanePB Poobah (1,000) Pennsylvania Sep 6, 2010 Verified

    Dominion Oak Barrel Stout is good, cheap and easy to find.

    EDIT: Looking at your location, it won't make it to you. Oops. Sorry.
    a74gent, ant880 and MarkIntihar like this.
  8. fortsambo

    fortsambo Savant (305) Colorado Feb 14, 2011 Verified

    I'll second Big Bad Baptist. You may have heard of it, but if not it's my pick for best shelf beer around me. One of the best $12 beers you can buy.
    sarch, denver10, Nectar and 3 others like this.
  9. mmikey8

    mmikey8 Savant (395) California Aug 2, 2012 Verified

    Old World Russian Imperial Stout (only Brew Dog beer I like)
    Lost Abbey Serpent Stout
    Ballast Point Sea Monster
  10. ant880

    ant880 Advocate (645) New York Nov 7, 2010

    Not sure if these are blatantly obvious ones that you have heard of, but they arent talked about ad naseum here so I figured I would mention: Sam Smith Oatmeal and Sam Smith Imperial are both exceptional. I was also once extra'd a Lilja's Sasquatch Stout from Sand Creek Brewing that I thought was just a very good, smooth example of an American stout
  11. SadMachine

    SadMachine Champion (765) New Jersey Mar 14, 2011 Verified

    Stone IRS is probably one of the top 10 beers I've ever had and it's super easy to find (at quite cheap considering the quality), at least where I am. If you can find it pick up a few bombers, you won't be disappointed!
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  12. One that I haven't heard mentioned here. Not Little Known (in fact it's Legendary in NC) but I find that most people out of state have not heard of it. Olde Hickory The Event Horizon. One of the most complex stouts you will come across.
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  13. Skagit River Trumpeter Imperial Stout.
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  14. mmikey8

    mmikey8 Savant (395) California Aug 2, 2012 Verified

    I picked one of these up in a trade and it was really good. Can't wait to get my hands on more.
  15. LeRose

    LeRose Advocate (650) Massachusetts Nov 24, 2011 Verified

    The category of what you haven't heard of is a little vague... I don't know if this helps or not, but if you do a BA site search for stout, then filter out the retired stouts, there's over 3000 results to sift through. There's probably other ways to filter the results since that is hardly a narrow field!

    Looks like you've had Founders Breakfast Stout, BCBS, and 3F Blot out the Sun from your reviews.

    Lots of stouts - trial and error is pretty fun. Expensive, but fun...

    Clown Shoes Vampire Slayer is one I like that is maybe off the beaten path. It isn't close to rare where I live, but I don't know if they distribute in your area. (+1 to Ipswich Oatmeal too)
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  16. ldhughes3

    ldhughes3 Advocate (670) Louisiana Jan 4, 2013 Verified

    southern star buried hatchet is pretty good and it comes in a can! my personal favorite is oskar blues ten fidy
    MisterGrizz likes this.
  17. mvdillman

    mvdillman Savant (300) Indiana Dec 30, 2012 Verified

    I wanted to avoid BA's top stout list and just wanted to hear from people's experiences so I can get a good idea then do some research off of their opinions. Some of these sound great though. Def gonna try and get my hands on some through trades!
  18. fredmugs

    fredmugs Poobah (1,195) Indiana Aug 11, 2012 Verified

    Thanks! I've never heard of any of those stouts. :rolleyes:
  19. mecummins

    mecummins Savant (425) Illinois Nov 16, 2012

    Second this. Also, McGovern's Oatmeal Stout is pretty good. If you want to try a great milk stout, try Left Hand's Nitro.
    gpawned likes this.
  20. MSandahl23

    MSandahl23 Advocate (555) Indiana Mar 29, 2012

    If you ever venture to Indianapolis, go to black acre and try their Beard Tax RIS....you won't regret it...and then take a growler home with you....
  21. Auror

    Auror Advocate (695) Massachusetts Jan 1, 2010 Verified

    Looks like you get Thirsty Dog in Indiana, so I recommend Siberian Night.
    meanmutt, Scotchboy and powz87 like this.
  22. Well, there's a chance that a person just getting on his/her first stout kick might not have heard of a few of them. Hopefully I didn't offend the OP...definitely wasn't trying to do so.
    KWMiles and LeRose like this.
  23. Nectar

    Nectar Savant (310) New Jersey Jan 17, 2013

    River horse oatmeal stout was pretty good.
    Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company was good as well, if you can get it where you are
  24. mvdillman

    mvdillman Savant (300) Indiana Dec 30, 2012 Verified

    Not offended at all

    I just appreciate how civil people are on this website.
  25. Lion Stout
    Mackeson XXX Stout
    Dragon Stout
    sarch likes this.
  26. LeRose

    LeRose Advocate (650) Massachusetts Nov 24, 2011 Verified

    Got that - just wanted to point out its there - fun to poke through (but that's me)!
  27. patto1ro

    patto1ro Advocate (510) Netherlands Apr 26, 2004

    These are some I like that aren't that well known:

    Kernal Export Stout
    De Molen Tsarina Esra
    Emelisse Expresso Stout
    Van Vollenhoven's Stout
    Limfjords Porter
    Pretty Things EIP (disclaimer: I was involved in the making of this beer)
  28. Thought Mackeson was no longer with us-a great one, though, the definitive milk stout.

    I'm partial to Left Hand Milk (I prefer the nitro version) and Bar Harbor Cadillac Mountain myself.
  29. fearfactory

    fearfactory Savant (485) Massachusetts Aug 12, 2012 Verified

    Marooned On Hog Island - 21st Amendment Brewery, one of my new favs. Very smooth & creamy, and a nice price point.
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  30. powz87

    powz87 Savant (410) Illinois Jan 18, 2012

    what about new holland dragons milk. its an easy to find BA stout thats not to pricey
  31. FosterJM

    FosterJM Champion (870) California Nov 16, 2009 Verified

    Uinta Labryinth Black Ale.

  32. TWStandley

    TWStandley Champion (785) Massachusetts Jan 15, 2008 Verified

    Ipswich Oatmeal Stout is incredible, and IMO, even with a decent BA rating, vastly under-rated. If you are looking for a true oatmeal stout, look no further.
  33. Personally love new holland's dragons milk
  34. this guy/gal speaks the truth
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  35. KWMiles

    KWMiles Initiate (0) Minnesota Oct 23, 2012

    Good thing this isn't your thread, brosef. o_O
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  36. bifrost17

    bifrost17 Initiate (0) Washington Dec 16, 2011

    I don't know if it's been mentioned.....feeling too lazy to sift through the other replies, but Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal stout is so damn good.
    keithmurray likes this.
  37. StuartCarter

    StuartCarter Savant (485) Alabama Apr 25, 2006

    HipsteRIS. It's an obscure one you've never heard of :p
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  38. powz87

    powz87 Savant (410) Illinois Jan 18, 2012

    its was the first Barrel aged beer i had i think. Now the have and Oak and a Bourbon barrel version. Where i live they have it in a bomber as well as a 4 pack. i wanna say its around 15 dollars
  39. Beerpharmer

    Beerpharmer Zealot (95) New Jersey Apr 22, 2010

    Lefthand Milk Stout is a personal favorite of mine. The nitro variation is enjoyable as well. It made me not hate nitro
    denver10 likes this.