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Beginner Stout

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Jacurdy60, Feb 1, 2013.

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  1. Jacurdy60

    Jacurdy60 Jan 23, 2013 Massachusetts

    I'm trying to make my friend appreciate a good stout. What would be a smooth, drinkable stout that I could start him out on? I'm thinking an oatmeal stout because of the sweetness, but I'd like to hear your opinions.
  2. ucfalum08

    ucfalum08 Jan 20, 2013 Florida

    I'm really enjoying SN Narwhal. I seem to remember Young's Double Chocolate being easy to drink.
  3. BlueRogue

    BlueRogue May 1, 2011 Maine

    Samuel Adams Cream Stout is what set me on the right path.
  4. Roger85

    Roger85 Aug 24, 2012 Illinois
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    Left Hand Milk Stout. Good stuff, and great for someone just trying to get into them.
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  5. FosterJM

    FosterJM Nov 16, 2009 California
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    In Alabama?
    From Seekabrew.com

    Ballast Point Sea Monster
    Great Divide Yeti
    Green Flash Double Stout
    North Coast old Raspy
    Sierra Nevada Stout
    TallGrass Buffalo Sweat
    Terrapin wake n bake

  6. teal

    teal May 3, 2012 Wisconsin

    Buffalo Sweat is my #1 stout and it's not going to kill him. And I'll throw in the obligatory Guinness reference too.

    Sweat, Left Hand Milk (if you can get it) and then Guinness - but I don't subscribe to the idea of "beginner beers" - just beers you like. Girlfriend tried her first stout other than Guinness last night. Old Rasputin. Loved it and she's typically a "white dessert wine" drinker. Get a pile of them - try them all. Never know what's going to hit a guy's taste buds and work for him.
  7. --Dom--

    --Dom-- Dec 22, 2012 Missouri

    Those are all amazing beers and I enjoy almost all of them.... however I think if you gave most them to a newbie, except for maybe the sierra nevada, their head might explode........ That being said +1 on the left hand milk stout, probably a brew that could be easily appreciated by an uninitiated palate.
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  8. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina
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    Youngs Double Chocolate
    Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout or Imperial Stout -- the British malts make them really slick and drinkable. perfect for a newbie
  9. arniepnminne

    arniepnminne Jun 2, 2010 Minnesota
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    I'd say Bells Special Double Cream and Kalamazoo stout. Not sure if you get Bells in AL. If not, BM and I can send you some.
  10. Jacurdy60

    Jacurdy60 Jan 23, 2013 Massachusetts

    Old Rasputin is exceptional. I'd marry my girlfriend in a heartbeat if she enjoyed stouts.
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  11. IcemanCometh

    IcemanCometh Sep 6, 2012 Massachusetts

    Ten Fidy and/or Old Rasputin and you will be a stout lover for life!
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  12. Mfedonczak

    Mfedonczak Aug 18, 2008 Texas

    I would go with one of the following:

    Guinness Foreign Export Stout
    Bells Kalamazoo Stout
    SN Stout
    Left Hand Milk Stout
    Bells Double Cream Stout.

    I would avoid any imperial stouts for a newbie.
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  13. fullmetal1381

    fullmetal1381 Jul 30, 2011 Florida

    +1 on Bell's Double Cream, but every time someone asks a stout question, my answer includes Ten FIDY. Young's is the beer you give someone who wants to give up on stouts, IMO.
  14. BleepBloopBlap

    BleepBloopBlap Aug 19, 2011 Massachusetts

    Bear republic black bear stout
  15. paulytasker

    paulytasker May 16, 2012 New York
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    Agreed...Sammy Smith Oatmeal launched many of my friends into the world of Stouts.
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  16. 19etz55

    19etz55 Aug 12, 2007 New Jersey

    Murphy's or Guiness are good starters. Pretty mild and fun to watch the head develope. A great Chocolate Stout is Harpoon's. Not too strong and a lot of chocolate flavor. I would avoid the Imperial stouts as they tend to be heavy and VERY strong! Like Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout. Although if you get to the point where you enjoy very strong brews this is the one for stouts!
  17. Zorro

    Zorro Dec 25, 2003 California

    Guinness or Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout.

    Both are mild enough for a new fan yet interesting enough to make them want more.
  18. OMsweetOM

    OMsweetOM Feb 1, 2011 California

  19. Reinbeck11

    Reinbeck11 Aug 15, 2012 Iowa

    Sam Smith's Oatmeal I don't think there is a more agreeable beer out there.
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  20. mondegreen

    mondegreen Nov 4, 2009 Georgia

    ^what he said. Specifically the nitro bottles. Ridiculously drinkable.
  21. TongoRad

    TongoRad Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    I like those suggestions, but will venture outside the box just a bit and add Samuel Smith Taddy Porter and Anchor Porter. (I didn't see either Sam Smith or Merchant duVin on seekabrew, though).
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  22. Steamer

    Steamer Dec 13, 2012 Missouri

    I'd go with LH milk stout also. It's what got me hooked!
  23. ja1022

    ja1022 Sep 27, 2009 Indiana

    A good gateway to stouts are some easy drinking porters like Founders Porter or Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald.
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  24. pressedmeat

    pressedmeat Jan 7, 2013 New Jersey

    Sam Smith oatmeal just started a friend of mine, also. Left hand milk stout, or their nitro is good to start with.
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  25. CellarGimp

    CellarGimp Sep 14, 2011 Missouri

    Four Hands Chocolate Milk Stout if you can get it.
    Kalamazoo. Schlafly Oatmeal. Sam Smiths Oatmeal. All good intros. And very respectable for the initiated too.
  26. HOP_KING

    HOP_KING Jan 30, 2013 Illinois

    What the hell is a beginner stout. Buy a few easy to find, highly rated stouts and drink them. OMG.

    CORKSCREWFISH Apr 22, 2011 Illinois

  28. lemongelo

    lemongelo Jan 14, 2008 North Carolina

    Milk Stouts...always think as mild as possible when introducing to new styles. Guinness is a great one too because of the nitrogen. It is so light. Also environment is important. If you open a stout on top of a mountain its significantly better.
  29. Steve_Oldrati

    Steve_Oldrati Nov 1, 2012 Pennsylvania
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  30. robwater

    robwater Jan 14, 2012 Colorado

    LH Milk Stout Nitro. Entry. Exit. Beginner. Expert... Just a tasty brew. And a great hangover beer.
  31. kempshark

    kempshark Jul 22, 2009 Florida

    I agree with the Left Hand Milk Stout. I also really liked Young's, but that begs a question. Are you going to get him to taste this from bottle or on tap? I think Young's is okay (don't like it like I used to), but in the can it has almost no flavor. On tap Young's is creamy but (at least now) lacking in flavor.....Left Hand is a little better (especially Nitro), but I had some Summit Oatmeal Stout (also nitro) that blew it away. Personally I would recommend Stone Chocolate Stout (regular not Double Chocolate Stout) as a very good chocolately fairly mild stout.

    Also, if you're doing the sample in bottle form, I would highly recommend Anderson Valley Barney Flats as a good introductory stout. Bell's Double Ceam Stout is also a very smooth choice. If he is new to the stout world I would start with something creamy and fairly sweet if that is what he is into. I personally like Oskar Blues Ten Fidy, but unless you have access to it on tap I wouldn't have him try that anytime soon. Don't discard having him try some porters also. These days the terms stout and porter are almost interchangeable......plus many of the porters are a little more mild.
  32. kempshark

    kempshark Jul 22, 2009 Florida

    True, I forgot about Moo Hoo....a little more flavor than Left Hand, Barney Flats or Bell's Double Cream, but it is a viable alternative. If he is really into coffee flavors then it opens a whole new can of worms!! :)
  33. pressedmeat

    pressedmeat Jan 7, 2013 New Jersey

    You're not kidding, man oh man are there some good ones to try.
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