Best Non-Barrel Aged CO Stout?

Discussion in 'US - West' started by travis224, Oct 30, 2019.

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  1. Canada_Dan

    Canada_Dan (0) Jun 14, 2013 Colorado

    Sadly, stout month has come to an end. Some highlights for posterity.
    Outsiders by Outer Range was fantastic. Burr was also really good. I hope ORB continues making enough stouts (collab or not) to keep one or 2 on tap in the tasting room through winter.
    Enjoyed the balanced, Mexican chocolate-type flavors from Scoville stout by Crooked Stave. The other 2 I tried from them (marshmallow/blueberry) were overly sweet and less balanced I thought.
    The Denominations of Origin series from New Image has been excellent. Would be cool to do a side by side with all of them to pick out the subtle/not so subtle differences in the coffee. Very solid base beer.
    Casey has put out a few stouts, all of which I've enjoyed. I liked Stout Tribe more than Synthetic Substitution, realize they were both collabs. The more recent Vanilla Americano is easier drinking, 1/2 the abv. worth a try.
     
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  2. 3bthero

    3bthero (0) Dec 25, 2012 Colorado

    I wholeheartedly agree that the Denominations of Origin series has been fantastic, but only one (Brazil) featured coffee. Papua New Guinea featured vanilla beans and Ecuador featured cacao nibs and (Tahitian) vanilla beans. Personally, The Brazilian coffee version was my favorite.
     
  3. Canada_Dan

    Canada_Dan (0) Jun 14, 2013 Colorado

    Good call, I think I was hung up on the word origin thinking coffee beans. Cheers!
     
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  4. eppCOS

    eppCOS (1,094) Jun 27, 2015 Colorado
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    REFRESH Feed: Outer Range's Black Denim Stout (5.8%) is fantastic.
    Roast, impression of coffee (but I don't think has coffee), just awesome to my taste. Prefer it to Zonker stout right now.
    -_-
     
  5. ManBearPat

    ManBearPat (661) Dec 2, 2014 Colorado

    That’s quite the endorsement!
    Guessing it’s at least 50% more expensive though... hard to beat a 6er for $10 of Zonker imo
     
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  6. eppCOS

    eppCOS (1,094) Jun 27, 2015 Colorado
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    Yeah, if I was drinking more than one stout a day, that would definitely be a consideration.
    Zonker is such a good value. Even if I like Malpais (Cumbre) better by a bit. But the more ORB I drink, the more I appreciate their NON-IPA offerings. Cheers.
     
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  7. Domingo

    Domingo (1,294) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    I went looking for a non-BA, non-adjunct stout the other day. It's a pretty sparse market these days. Outside of LH Milk Stout I don't even know of a ubiquitous example from Colorado anymore. I was hoping for a local alternative to Kalamazoo, but I don't think there is one. At least a readily available example.
     
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  8. travis224

    travis224 (0) Jul 24, 2010 Colorado
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    Some CO brewery needs to get on the affordable 6-pack, non-adjunct, non-barrel aged, lower than 9% stout game. Luckily, LH's milk stout is still delicious and I like Finkel's oatmeal stout, but it's a little sweet for me. I'm kind of surprised Dry Dock or someone doesn't just package one in the fall and winter. Simple, classic, roasty. A brewery that knocks out excellent, classic styles like DD should fill this niche. I have to imagine that stouts like this are still fairly popular.
     
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  9. denver10

    denver10 (0) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico
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    Not Colorado and I am not much of a fan of it, but La Cumbre's Malpais Stout should be available.
     
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  10. Domingo

    Domingo (1,294) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    Malpais is a good beer for an export stout, but that's actually a style I don't love. It's a little sweet and unbalanced for my tastes. Maybe if it was dry hopped I'd be a fan. As-is, I don't really love it or most others.

    Sadly, I don't think American stouts are all that popular. The folks I've talked to about 'em say that they just don't sell. Ditto with their cousin, BIPA/CDA or whatever you wanna call it. Sierra Nevada Stout, the grandfather of the style, doesn't see distro in most/any mature beer markets.
    IMO, the best opportunity comes from Great Divide. Yeti is just an imperial version of that style. They've made "Baby Yeti" in the past, which is almost exactly what I'm looking for.
     
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  11. traction

    traction (0) Dec 4, 2010 Georgia
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    I'm not from CO but if I needed to think of non-BA stout ubiquitous to CO the answer is going to be Ten Fidy. It is pretty much always available here so I just assumed the same was true in CO.
     
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  12. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight (0) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Pretty sure its only barrel aged now.
     
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  13. traction

    traction (0) Dec 4, 2010 Georgia
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    Maybe it is old stock but the old 4-pack 12oz Ten Fidy is still all over the shelves here along with the BA stovepipes. IIRC Ten Fidy isn't even dated although maybe I am misremembering or they changed that?
     
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  14. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill (1,785) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    What?? Is that why I'm not seeing it for such a long time?? Big mistake if that's true.
     
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  15. denver10

    denver10 (0) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico
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    Looking at their website and it looks like Regular Ten Fidy remains, listed and pictured right next to the Barrel Aged Version.

    @Bitterbill, you might not be seeing it around because it is seasonal?
     
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  16. traction

    traction (0) Dec 4, 2010 Georgia
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    2019 has a ton of reviews on Untappd and according to the Oskar Blues site the 2020 version is coming in September:


    https://www.oskarblues.com/beer/ten-fidy/


    I can think of two stores off the top of my head I could grab a 4-pack right now. Distro must be uneven or they are just shelfturding in my area
     
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  17. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight (0) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    They've been dated as long as I can remember along with catch phrases.

    I haven't seen regular fidy anywhere for 2 years. Apparently I am shopping at the wrong places.
     
  18. Kman_Colorado

    Kman_Colorado (226) Aug 17, 2014 Colorado
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    Similar to my experience, but this year only. I was unable to find any regular. Granted I generally only visit two different stores so not like I hunt anything down.
     
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  19. ManBearPat

    ManBearPat (661) Dec 2, 2014 Colorado

    The ‘Stout’ at Stodgy Brewing is about 8% and absolutely incredible... great roast and semi sweet chocolate action with a subtle coffee note. I’d quite literally bathe in it if it were more socially acceptable in this area.


    Overall- Stodgy is a great addition to the beer scene here in Fort Collins... also had their hazy boi, which was definitely nailed. My babe had the Gose which she loved and I thought was a solid, traditional example of the style (though no one should look to me for an informed take on the style)... she also had the Wit and that was quite satisfying too. Outside of hitting the ground running beer quality wise, the space is really cool and they are immediately finding themselves at the top of the pile around here for outdoor seating. Really excited to see what these guys do going forward!
     
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  20. dauss

    dauss (868) Aug 9, 2003 Colorado

    Koffee Kream Extra returns today at Comrade Brewing. It used to be a year-round, but now a one time a year winter seasonal. A milk stout with a custom blend of coffee from Kaladi Coffee Roasters
     
  21. Jasonrm72

    Jasonrm72 (625) Apr 29, 2012 Colorado
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    Posted this in the upcoming imperial stout thread too, but it's worth repeating:
    The Dry Dock anniversary 25-15 imperial stout is a good one.
    I find it more on the malt/kinda sweet side, at least compared to hop-ish faves like Yeti
     
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  22. skivtjerry

    skivtjerry (697) Mar 10, 2006 Vermont

    Traction, you are getting TenFidy from the Brevard, NC brewery. What is available in CO might be different.
     
  23. FarmerTed

    FarmerTed (0) May 31, 2011 Colorado

    Best non-BA stout in CO? It ain't peanut butter Yeti. Yuck! I'll finish it, but fuck this beer. Bring back chocolate oak-aged Yeti for fuck's sake!
     
  24. ajmarohn

    ajmarohn (0) Nov 12, 2018 Colorado
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    Thank you, sir!!! Just saved me $10!!!
     
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  25. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight (0) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Mexican chocolate yeti sucked too. I miss the old yetis. Espresso oak especially. That beer was money.
     
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  26. DanInRealLife

    DanInRealLife (0) Jul 20, 2020 Colorado

    I think New Image is making some of the best non-BA stouts in the state right now. The entire Denomination of Origin series has been fantastic and the most recent Infinite Sequence: Canadian Coffee ranks among the best beers I've drank all year.
     
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  27. Domingo

    Domingo (1,294) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    I've been drinking this one lately. It's definitely much sweeter than Yeti, Ten Fidy, etc.
    It's almost like one of those big Bruery, Cigar City, or Avery stouts but without the adjuncts or barrels. There aren't a ton of beers like it, and it's good. Not sure what distro is like it, but they're selling 6-packs at South Dock. Their new canned pils (Cut & Run) makes for a killer contrast to it, too.
     
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  28. travis224

    travis224 (0) Jul 24, 2010 Colorado
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    Is the canned pils different from the one they usually serve in the taproom? Been waiting for them to can that for a while.
     
  29. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill (1,785) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    Gravity Brewing Ain't Got No Month Porter is a winner in my book.
     
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  30. TrveBrewer

    TrveBrewer (0) Jun 13, 2014 Colorado

    We’ve got fully revamped Dunwich (out now), Stout O))) (this week), and Total Funeral (next week) hitting...all now featuring various custom roasted malts from our pals at Troubadour. Funeral is bigger and more viscous than ever before...for those seeking such a thing...
     
  31. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight (0) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Cans?

    Edit: are these planned for distro would be the better question.
     
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  32. DanInRealLife

    DanInRealLife (0) Jul 20, 2020 Colorado

    I realize this is a non-BA stout thread, but I would love to see the return of Whiskey Funeral...
     
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  33. TrveBrewer

    TrveBrewer (0) Jun 13, 2014 Colorado

    Yeah, all in cans...Funeral might not see distro debating that right now.

    As for Whiskey Funeral...I’ll have more to say in January...got a cool thing lined up that I can’t talk about just yet.
     
  34. Domingo

    Domingo (1,294) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    Pretty sure it's the same beer or one that's very, very close.
     
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  35. pudgym29

    pudgym29 (0) Mar 14, 2009 Illinois

    Is it DUNWICH, man? :wink: [​IMG] :grin:
     
  36. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight (0) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    From the outside looking in my guess is @TrveBrewer is referencing Lovecraft with the name.
     
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  37. Domingo

    Domingo (1,294) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    This year's Quit Stalin is pretty fantastic. Roasty and bold without ever getting overly sweet. Think Ten Fidy crossed with Stone. Got a crowler of it a few days ago and want more already.
     
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  38. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight (0) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Have you guys rethought distribution of funeral due to the new shutdowns?
     
  39. TrveBrewer

    TrveBrewer (0) Jun 13, 2014 Colorado

    Still don’t think it’s going to hit distro, but with Covid and shutdowns I’m not 100% about most anything.
     
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  40. ManBearPat

    ManBearPat (661) Dec 2, 2014 Colorado

    My dudes!

    Peep the Oatmeal Stout from Maxline if you see it anywhere... just over 7%, which is perf’d imo.. nice and roasty, smooth and full bodied.
     
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