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Sessionable stouts

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

  1. jplopez21

    jplopez21 Advocate (660) Illinois Nov 14, 2012 Beer Trader

    magic hat heart of darkness
  2. Was at Avery's tasting room last month, and they had a milk stout at 3.7% that was very tasty.
  3. hoptualBrew

    hoptualBrew Advocate (630) Florida May 29, 2011 Beer Trader

    Sierra Nevada Stout, Mad River Extra Stout is amazing also
  4. Yes a great beer. World class, but i have made the mistake myself of drinking it all night long... Don't remember parts of the night... only that the beer was so good. Wouldn't call it sessionalble
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  5. Barney Flats bruv.
  6. jRocco2021

    jRocco2021 Savant (460) Wisconsin Mar 13, 2010 Beer Trader

    WTF?! only on BA could it take 21 post for someone to mention Guinness in a thread about low abv stouts. Doesn't anyone on this site appreciate the classics anymore?
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  7. Fish

    Fish Initiate (0) Oregon Dec 19, 2012

    One more nod for Samuel Smiths: Love the stuff!

    Ninkasi Oatis: At 7.2% this kicks my butt, but I've been sessioning it anyways and dealing with the consequences. This is one of the my favorites! Get some.
  8. Tut

    Tut Savant (495) New York Sep 23, 2004

    I honestly feel very sorry for you.
  9. Tut

    Tut Savant (495) New York Sep 23, 2004

    The simple reason it took so long is that most BA's consider Guinness a bland, mediocre stout.
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  10. Courage RIS and Ten Fidy?! How is a 10+% ABV imperial stout sessionable?

    Anyway, Sam Smiths oatmeal stout and FW Velvet Merlin get my vote. Delicious, low(er) ABV, inexpensive and tasty. How much more sessionable can you get than that?
  11. Mattyb79

    Mattyb79 Advocate (590) Virginia Dec 11, 2012 Beer Trader

    100% agree with the coffeehouse stout if it is available. Probably some of the best flavor for a lower ABV stout I've ever had.
  12. klaybie

    klaybie Savant (295) Illinois Nov 15, 2009

    SN Stout would be my first choice. I had a Ft Collins Chocolate Stout yesterday and at 5.3% it would be a good choice although the mouthfeel was a little thin.

    Also, Young's Double Chocolate Stout is always an option IMO.
  13. Nectar

    Nectar Savant (310) New Jersey Jan 17, 2013

    I'll 52nd Left Hand Nitro.
  14. Guinness hasn't been a classic for a long time.
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  15. Wouldn't classify the granddaddy of Imperials as a session stout. And I don't think I'd want to blow through six of them at a party. And what would that cost?

    More of a sipper in front of the fire.
  16. tai4ji2x

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

    to be fair, the OP is about sessionable stouts, not session stouts.
  17. I would say Bar Harbor's Cadillac Mountain Stout but its actually bigger than I remember it being and its smaller production, I believe. But it's damn good.
  18. I'd go with Samuel Adams Cream Stout, with Sierra Nevada Stout being the back up option. Both are very tasty brews, but not as filling or high in alcohol as many others.
  19. Although Guinness falls outside, (just) the limits of session beer it's still a beer intended and expected to be consumed in reasonably large quantities. A beer of which people could drink two or three pints in their lunch break and be able to work unimpaired for the rest of the day or could drink over several hours refilling the glass whenever it was empty without being wrecked by the end of proceedings.It's an ideal stout for this whereas some of the stouts mentioned above , however good they are , simply don't fit the sessionability bill.
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  20. joelwlcx

    joelwlcx Savant (430) Minnesota Apr 23, 2007

    Samuel Adams Cream Stout
    Goose Island Oatmeal Stout (Discontinued, Alaskan has an acceptable replacement)
    Guinness Extra Stout
    Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat
  21. Hoptimus-Prime

    Hoptimus-Prime Advocate (575) North Carolina Dec 7, 2012 Beer Trader

    Agreed on the Sam Smith's Organic chocolate stout!
    Also there's a good local stout I can drink a sixer of easily
  22. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poobah (1,045) New Jersey Jun 3, 2004 Beer Trader

    Ron (Pattinson- whom you quoted) was just looking to pull somebody's leg; it looks like he got yours ;)

    Me- I'm inclined to go with Samuel Smith's Oatmeal (though pricey over here), the Poet or Barney Flatts for stouts, and Sierra Nevada and Anchor for Porters if it's going to be a longer-type session.
  23. If so, I consider myself got.

    But I would not be surprised to see that as a serious answer.
  24. wd09601

    wd09601 Aficionado (185) Maryland Jul 29, 2012

    In lieu of feeling sorry for me, send beer to me.
  25. njhopspop

    njhopspop Savant (345) New Jersey Oct 17, 2010

    North Coast Old #38 Stout
  26. patto1ro

    patto1ro Advocate (620) Netherlands Apr 26, 2004 Subscriber

    That's what makes it funny.
  27. jesskidden

    jesskidden Champion (810) New Jersey Aug 10, 2005 Subscriber

    Well, they were* only 170 ml. bottles (less than 6 US oz.), took more than 3 of them just to fill an imperial pint glass! ;) (A "session" can last more than 24 hours, right?)

    * before the large economy-sized 9.3 oz. bottles from Wells & Young's​
  28. It's only available in select bars around NY and NJ and in growlers in their tasting room but Carton's Milk Stout is outstanding and is only 4%.

  29. Just had some Brooklyn Dry Irish Stout for the first time and it completely nailed being a sessionable stout. Not thin or watery and no burnt or bitter taste on the finish. Smooth, easy drinking goodness.
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  30. Tut

    Tut Savant (495) New York Sep 23, 2004

    I hate nitro beers, so I can't send some to you.
  31. kojevergas

    kojevergas Poobah (1,200) Colorado Aug 15, 2010 Beer Trader


    Yes, yes, I realize I'm asking for it.

    ...But I'm serious.
  32. jmgrub

    jmgrub Savant (475) California Nov 20, 2010

    6 Carnegie Porters.
  33. Tut

    Tut Savant (495) New York Sep 23, 2004

    I heartily agree.

    No nitro, and it shames Guinness!
  34. grrrah

    grrrah Savant (430) California Sep 21, 2009 Beer Trader

    FW Velvet Merlin
  35. Tut

    Tut Savant (495) New York Sep 23, 2004

    While Guinness may be a session beer due to it's low abv, it's far from the best choice. It's simply bland and uninteresting. Brooklyn Dry Irish Stout is flavorful and a far better alternative. There are plenty of other low abv craft stouts that are session stouts and have rich, hearty taste as well.
  36. Strangely enough Brooklyn Dry Irish stout was served in one of my local pubs recently.It's a good brew but we have plenty of local ones of similar quality but with the added advantage of being available on cask.
    When customers ask about these porters/stouts I tell them they are like Guinness but with taste.
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