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Sessionable stouts

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by raczkowski, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. raczkowski

    raczkowski Savant (440) Florida May 16, 2011 Beer Trader

    Going to a party tomorrow night after traveling this afternoon and into tomorrow. Wanting to take a six pack of stouts to the party but want to have multiples. Any suggestions? I was thinking left hand milk stout or nitro but am open to any low ABV stouts that I can drink all night long. Thanks!
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  2. Rollzroyce21

    Rollzroyce21 Champion (870) California Oct 24, 2009 Beer Trader

    Milk stout nitro was the first thing that popped into my head when I read the title. Also Terrapin's Moo Yoo and Firestone Walker's Velvet Merlin might be doable, though not sure what the availability's like in your neck of the woods.
  3. MADPolo

    MADPolo Savant (465) Alabama Dec 19, 2012

    Terrapin Moo-Hoo or Left Hand Milk Stout. You really can't go wrong with either of those!
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  4. I think Oatmeal Stouts are frequently in the 4 to 4.5 ABV range.
  5. tectactoe

    tectactoe Champion (870) Michigan Mar 20, 2012 Verified

    New Holland's "The Poet" is probably my favorite, easily-sessionable stout.

    EDIT: looks like you can't get that in FLA. You know, Sierra Nevada's Stout is not a bad option, either.
  6. Most Irish dry stouts should fit. Brooklyn started bottling theirs.
  7. Not sure if you get it, but Moo Thunder from Butternuts is a nice sessionable, canned option.
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  8. elchingen

    elchingen Aficionado (225) Georgia Aug 16, 2009

    Beamish Irish Stout.
    Low ABV, not overly sweet nor highly hopped so shouldn't create palate fatigue. Nitro smoothness makes it go down easy.
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  9. Yeah, I've been eyeing Brooklyn's Irish Dry Stout lately whenever I go beer shopping, myself. Only 4.7% abv, too, "...among the lightest beers we make..." says their webpage for it.
  10. screamking

    screamking Savant (405) Ohio Jan 20, 2013 Beer Trader

    If you get bells... Kalamazoo stout is very nice.
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  11. Acforster2

    Acforster2 Savant (380) Florida Jan 17, 2011 Beer Trader

    Samuel Smith oatmeal stout is not only a great low abv stout. It is one of the best beers that I've ever had.
  12. If you have access, Fuller's Black Cab stout is nicely serviceable at 4.5% abv.
  13. mecummins

    mecummins Savant (425) Illinois Nov 16, 2012

    Can you get Ipswich Oatmeal Stout in FL? If so, try that. Very tasty and has a 7% AVB.
  14. loafinaround

    loafinaround Savant (415) New York Jul 16, 2011 Verified

    killigan's milk stout is also good... practically identical to left hand nitro, IMO, so which ever is available.
    For a desserty stout, samuel smith organic chocolate is not too boozy (5%), and is apparently not even that high in calories, if you believe random online sources...
  15. I think Chicory Stout is one of DFH's best regular rotation beers there are, period. That rings in at like 5.2%
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  16. I know it says "Stout" but as you are in FL I would just pick up some CCB Jose Marti Porter and be done with it, that stuff is delicious.
  17. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Initiate (0) New York Jan 11, 2013

    SierraNevada, at 5.6 and highly quaffable, is a good call
  18. denver10

    denver10 Poobah (1,055) New Mexico Nov 17, 2010

    Another vote for Left Hand's Milk Stout, Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout, and Ipswich Oatmeal Stout.

    Not mentioned, Deschutes's Obsidian Stout. If open to porters, Deschutes's Black Butte.
  19. The bar I work for had it on tap last year around St. Paddy's Day, & I thought at the time it was, like 3.8% or something. They're know for screwing up that kind of info, though.
  20. LostTraveler

    LostTraveler Savant (395) Maine Oct 28, 2011

    Not a stout but Smuttynose Robust Porter is great sessionable beer.
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  21. patto1ro

    patto1ro Advocate (620) Netherlands Apr 26, 2004

    Courage Russian Stout. Could drink that all day.
  22. vacax

    vacax Advocate (675) California Jun 3, 2008 Beer Trader

    "Sessionable stout" is an oxymoron.
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  24. Even Sweetheart Stout (2%) or Mackeson Stout (3%) - both well under UK "session beer" criteria, and less alcohol than standard US "light beers".
  25. teal

    teal Aficionado (195) Wisconsin May 3, 2012

    Buffalo Sweat
    Left Hand Milk (Nitro or otherwise)
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  26. In the interests of pan-atlantic relations, could we please have Marquis define the appropriate abv of "Sessionable stouts", then add 1.276% and use that as an upper limit?
  27. dcs1548

    dcs1548 Savant (375) Virginia Nov 6, 2011

    Samuel Smith Taddy Porter and Organic Chocolate Stout are great, and as mentioned before the Brooklyn Irish Dry Stout is another awesome beer, too.
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  28. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Advocate (685) Massachusetts Mar 29, 2007 Beer Trader

    Same family, Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter is generally a crowd pleaser.
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  29. sixerofelixir

    sixerofelixir Savant (410) Ohio Oct 27, 2009

    AV Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout is a very nice, easy-drinking stout.
  30. SawDog505

    SawDog505 Poobah (1,045) New Hampshire Apr 9, 2010 Beer Trader

    Shakespeare from Rogue is one large tasting stout and the abv isn't huge. Left hand is solid also.
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  31. TychoNDC

    TychoNDC Savant (475) Colorado Jan 7, 2013

    Another vote for Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout. Frankly any good oatmeal stout is a good call. Left Hand Nitro Milk is also light enough to be sessionable.

    Blue Point makes a pretty good oatmeal stout (at least when I last had it on tap), but I'm not sure it comes in 12oz-ers.
  32. It's not the alcohol content that makes stouts unsessionable for me, its the sugar from the malt.. if i have more than one im usually done for!
  33. Sessionable?......... Guinness draught, not to be confused with "sensational" though.
  34. TheBrewViking

    TheBrewViking Savant (370) Alaska Dec 13, 2010 Beer Trader

    Ten Fidy I could drink that stuff all night long. and it comes in cans....totally sessionable
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  35. hopsputin

    hopsputin Advocate (710) New Jersey Apr 1, 2012 Verified

    Came on here to say samuel smith oatmeal stout. would be a great choice
  36. cyrushire

    cyrushire Champion (855) Florida May 25, 2012 Beer Trader

    easier said than done. ccb stuff goes quickly, even in Florida
  37. Sipping on Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat right now. Very sessionable. The Vanilla Bean version is pretty darn good as well.
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  38. bifrost17

    bifrost17 Initiate (0) Washington Dec 16, 2011

    Sierra Nevada Stout ALLLLL DAY!!!
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  39. Dennoman

    Dennoman Advocate (525) Belgium Aug 20, 2011

    This. Had it among a serious impy line-up and it held up wonderfully.

    Also: give the porters some love and go for a Fuller's London Porter or a Founders Porter!
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