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Sessionable stouts

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

  1. Chinon01

    Chinon01 Savant (485) Pennsylvania Jan 23, 2007

    Really?! Irish Dry Stout almost by definition is. Guinness, Victory Donnybrook, Sly Fox O'Reilly, etc are all around or below 4% abv.
  2. lic217

    lic217 Advocate (630) Connecticut Aug 10, 2010 Beer Trader

    Wolaver's oatmeal stout and ipswich oatmeal stout are both cheap and low ABV stouts. They are also fantastic.
  3. huysmans

    huysmans Savant (415) New Jersey Dec 5, 2007

    Another vote for Sam Smith Organic Chocolate Stout. One of the few stouts I could see myself drinking more than one of in a row.
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  4. lic217

    lic217 Advocate (630) Connecticut Aug 10, 2010 Beer Trader

    I love that beer, but for me it would be too sweet to drink more then a couple, but that is just personal preference. On a side note I could drink there taddy porter or oatmeal stout all day long.
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  5. Bear1964

    Bear1964 Savant (420) Nebraska Dec 12, 2012

    The Taddy Porter and Organic Chocolate Stout are both solid choices, taste great and will get you well into the night.
  6. Stinger80OH

    Stinger80OH Advocate (730) Ohio Nov 11, 2011 Beer Trader

  7. papaholmz

    papaholmz Savant (250) South Carolina Nov 7, 2012 Beer Trader

    If I wanted a session, I'd choose some porters instead of stouts. Founder's Porter is a good choice.
    bilboTbaggins likes this.
  8. Sarge3130

    Sarge3130 Advocate (540) Pennsylvania May 13, 2012 Beer Trader

    FSW Velvet Merlin or SN Stout
  9. Magic Hat Heart of Darkness
  10. Young's Double Chocolate is pretty sessionable. Maybe not 6-pack sessionable, but 2 or 3 for sure. I think if you're aiming to drink a sixer, a Dry Irish is your best bet, to avoid cloying sweetness. Or you could mix and match and throw a tripel in with 5 stouts to counter the sweetness.
  11. Hanzo

    Hanzo Champion (975) Virginia Feb 27, 2012

    If 7% is your session beer level I want to party with you.
    Dools9 likes this.
  12. Focusf111

    Focusf111 Savant (340) Vermont Jun 21, 2012

    Left Hand's milk stout and magichat's Heart of Darkness are the two that come to mind
    djsmith1174 likes this.
  13. I agree with you 100%. I just picked up another 4 pack of Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout for $12 this weekend. I could drink these all the time if not for simple fact of high cost. Just to mix things up I've tossed in a 6 pack of Tsingtao.
  14. lic217

    lic217 Advocate (630) Connecticut Aug 10, 2010 Beer Trader

    I had no idea Ipswich was so high.
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  15. ndepriest

    ndepriest Savant (415) Georgia Feb 21, 2012 Beer Trader

    Murphy's Irish Stout is only 4% and damn tasty. I've had multiple bottles (well, cans) on multiple occasions.
  16. Gmann

    Gmann Advocate (540) New York Aug 13, 2006

    Long Ireland's breakfast stout. Clocking in at a whopping 3.5% ABV and has an excellent coffee flavor.
  17. lackenhauser

    lackenhauser Champion (795) Maryland Dec 10, 2002 Subscriber Beer Trader

    Hook Norton from the UK. More flavor at 4% then you'll know what to do with.
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  18. mecummins

    mecummins Savant (425) Illinois Nov 16, 2012

    Ha! I would so disappoint you. I'm such a light weight. I was going for a stout with more of moderate ABV than a true session beer. Quite honestly, I've never wanted to drink more than 2 stouts in a row ever (and even I could do a 7% twice). Session beers, for me at least, are beers that don't fill you up quickly like a good stout should.
  19. VaTechPhilly

    VaTechPhilly Advocate (510) New York Oct 28, 2010 Beer Trader

  20. tai4ji2x

    tai4ji2x Advocate (665) Massachusetts Aug 10, 2007 Beer Trader

    lol, don't encourage them, ron... as you already know by now, we 'murikans aren't very good at nuances of language (ie, the difference between "session beer" and "sessionable beer").
  21. Sponan

    Sponan Savant (385) Tennessee Jan 20, 2008

    3.7% beer typically does not rate highly on BA.
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  22. Beefytits4

    Beefytits4 Savant (495) Illinois Nov 2, 2011

    Another vote for Sierra Nevada Stout!! love the stuff!
  23. wd09601

    wd09601 Aficionado (185) Maryland Jul 29, 2012

    So smooth I could drink it all day.
  24. dwoolley1

    dwoolley1 Advocate (660) New York Dec 16, 2009 Beer Trader

    Guinness also
  25. NABS

    NABS Aficionado (205) Ohio May 11, 2011

    I've always said Stockyard Oatmeal Stout as the answer to this question, with Milk Stout Nitro another good choice, but after finally getting in to trading, I have to include Velvet Merlin and Moo Hoo. All 4 are amazing(ly sessionable)!
  26. Jaycase

    Jaycase Poobah (1,025) Illinois Jan 13, 2007 Beer Trader

    FW Velvet Merlin. So freakin good.
  27. flying dog pearl necklace oyster stout
    smuttynose robust porter.
  28. Murphy's, Guinness, Sam Adams Cream Stout. All under 5%.
  29. Tut

    Tut Savant (495) New York Sep 23, 2004

    Nitro emasculation makes it go down bland(and boring).
  30. Lutter

    Lutter Advocate (660) Texas Jun 30, 2010

    Deschutes Obsidian Stout
  31. HumphreyLee

    HumphreyLee Advocate (520) Pennsylvania Jan 15, 2011 Subscriber

    It's a little high at 6% for session, but I think I could knock down a few Old Dominion Oak Barrel Stouts in a row in a session-like manner.
  32. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Advocate (515) California Jan 1, 2011 Beer Trader

    Chicory Stout and Old No. 38 ftw!!!
  33. Casedogg43

    Casedogg43 Advocate (525) Indiana Jan 4, 2012 Beer Trader

    Buffalo sweat
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  34. Alewerks Coffeehouse stout is a good session brew, albeit limited distribution. Left Hand is a good choice as mentioned previously.
  35. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Advocate (625) Ohio Jul 4, 2008

    I must concur, my only wish is that they'd make it a sixer...been hooked on Chicory from the 1st sip
  36. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Advocate (625) Ohio Jul 4, 2008

    Great stuff...the 4-pack cans for $13.99 is a bit steep now if they were pints like the Dale's I'd feel a lil better about it.
  37. velvet merlin
  38. Uniobrew31

    Uniobrew31 Advocate (705) Pennsylvania Jan 16, 2012 Beer Trader

    ⬅This one!!!
  39. Not sure where you live, so I'll try to suggest beers that I THINK are well distributed and under 5% abv.

    Murphy's Irish Stout 4%
    Sam Adams Cream Stout 4.9%
    O'Hara's Irish Stout 4.3% (although I haven't seen this in bottles in my area for quite awhile)

    Wow, this was harder than I thought. I'll echo some of the posts above though in that I'd LOVE Victory to bottle Donnybrook. In addition to that, Beamish was by far my favorite widely distributed Irish Dry Stout. Someone mentioned it, but I thought they no long didn't distributed to the US?
  40. Moose90

    Moose90 Advocate (740) Washington Nov 25, 2012 Beer Trader

    Great beer yes, but its a one and done for me.

    I like Murphy's as a drink all nighter stout.