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Easy drinking Stouts

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by BeerDummy, Mar 10, 2014.

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  1. Hop-Droppen-Roll

    Hop-Droppen-Roll Zealot (537) Nov 5, 2013 Minnesota
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    Your search is over: http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/429/1305/
  2. brewlover517

    brewlover517 Initiate (81) Jan 23, 2014 Michigan

    I second this suggestion, "Anderson Valley's Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout is really tasty and lower ABV."
  3. TheNightwatchman

    TheNightwatchman Zealot (512) Mar 28, 2009 Pennsylvania

    If you ever see Victory's Donnybrook Stout, give it a try. One of the easiest drinking beers I've ever had, regardless of style. It's only 3.7% as well, so you can put down a few without much worry about getting over intoxicated.
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  4. medb

    medb Initiate (115) Aug 27, 2013 California

    Lost Coast's 8 Ball Oatmeal Stour is very nice.
  5. Pug

    Pug Disciple (385) Jun 6, 2012 Minnesota

    Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout
    Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro (in bottles)
    Deschutes Obsidian
  6. bcp5296d

    bcp5296d Devotee (488) Aug 7, 2012 North Carolina
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    Not at all. I find that DuckRabbit baltic porter is very similar to what OP is looking for. All the flavors of a high quality stout with a slightly lighter body.
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  7. JuicesFlowing

    JuicesFlowing Poo-Bah (2,050) Jul 5, 2009 Kansas

    Ska Steel Toe. Tallgrass vanilla bean buffalo sweat. Those are a couple of easy drinkers I have access to here in Kansas.
  8. BeerDummy

    BeerDummy Initiate (0) Feb 26, 2014 New York

    Thanks everyone, there's 12x more out there than i was aware of and it all sounds awesome. i'm fucked.

    I wasnt aware of the whole "milk" style, good christ that sounds delicious.
  9. SamJory

    SamJory Initiate (0) Nov 28, 2011 British Columbia (Canada)

    Give Harviestoun Old Engine Oil porter a go, or even Maui Coconut Porter
  10. utopiajane

    utopiajane Poo-Bah (2,389) Jun 11, 2013 New York

    Sam smith organic chocolate stout and guinness extra stout. =)
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  11. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (3,394) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    Summit Oatmeal Stout delicious easy to drink but only on tap
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  12. mrkdwrds

    mrkdwrds Initiate (0) Dec 2, 2010 California

    Modern Times Black House is an easy drinker for sure. Tasty too.
  13. TooGood

    TooGood Defender (667) Jan 28, 2014 Minnesota

    I second this, awesome beer. Wish they bottled it!
  14. Brolo75

    Brolo75 Poo-Bah (1,721) Aug 10, 2013 California
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    Easy drinking stouts I have tried and considered great session stouts are Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout, Velvet Merlin, Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout, Old No. 38. But I love an imperial stout!
  15. Mothergoose03

    Mothergoose03 Poo-Bah (1,997) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    You might consider looking into Black Ales, which don't seem to ne listed as a style on this site so I don't know how to give you a taste and mouthfeel description, but one that I really like is New Belgium's 1554 Enlightened Ale. http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/192/1914/ This one might have less roasted grain flavor than what is in a stout, but it is easily found and is delicious.
  16. MightyMan

    MightyMan Initiate (0) Dec 1, 2012 Pennsylvania

    It may have been because of a long day at work, but I just had 2 Weyerbacher Heresy's that went down very easily. Very tasty, smooth, easy-drinking barrel aged stout
  17. Feel_the_Darkness

    Feel_the_Darkness Disciple (313) Oct 17, 2012 Virginia

    I feel like I suggest Sam Smith's Organic Chocolate stout every other day to someone, but I'll second that offering in here again. That and Young's Double Chocolate. So easy to drink, the both of them, and they're both light and right around 5% ABV.

    Also try O'Hara's Irish Dry. Bit better than Guinness or Murphys, I think. Easy drinker if I've ever had one.
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  18. Bigstein09

    Bigstein09 Initiate (18) Oct 23, 2012 Connecticut

    Guinness Foreign Extra is superior to regular Guinness and might be what you're looking for. Others said Sierra Nevada and Sam Smith Oatmeal which are both really good recommendations.
  19. teal

    teal Initiate (75) May 3, 2012 Wisconsin

    Many good responses and I'd just be repeating quite a few but I have to state that Tallgrass's Buffalo Sweat is one tasty, year round stout. Love it and it's always in the fridge.
  20. hansavijaticar

    hansavijaticar Zealot (500) Jul 13, 2013 Croatia (Hrvatska)

    Some of my favourite English session stouts I haven't seen anyone recommended here: Hook Norton Double Stout, Shepherd Neame Double Stout, Fuller's Black Cab Stout.
  21. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    I can't think of a lighter bodied stout than the beer that comes out of the ubiquitous Guinness tap.
  22. kirkfrailey

    kirkfrailey Aspirant (285) Feb 25, 2013 Michigan
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  23. BeerDummy

    BeerDummy Initiate (0) Feb 26, 2014 New York

    yup...i was originally just wondering if there was a stout similiar in light-bodiness but actually being good instead of just passable.
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  24. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    Dig it. I recently had Founders Oatmeal Stout on tap. I had never seen or heard of that beer before. I have plenty of their breakfast stout and their porter, but not their oatmeal stout. Anyway, it clocks in around 4.5% abv. and is extremely easy drinking. Search that one out if you can.
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  25. barroomhero1977

    barroomhero1977 Aspirant (213) Nov 2, 2010 Rhode Island
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    This right here. I had it this past weekend as well. I was super impressed by it. My pint went down in near record time. It was a great beer.
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  26. SloppyJoeWasAMan

    SloppyJoeWasAMan Aspirant (224) Feb 27, 2013 Maryland

    Also try O'Hara's Irish Dry. Bit better than Guinness or Murphys, I think. Easy drinker if I've ever had one.[/quote]

    +1 for O'Hara's.

    Very good sessionable stout. Just picked some up for St. Pats Day.
  27. arlingtonjoe

    arlingtonjoe Devotee (457) Jan 20, 2013 Illinois
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    lakefront fuel café and some finches secret stache stout for the lighter side with some flavor if they are available in your area.
  28. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,131) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

    Mackeson's XXX Stout 4.9%abv
  29. CraftFan5

    CraftFan5 Crusader (735) May 14, 2013 New Jersey
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    Hold on. OP is in my hood, so I'll just state what is easily available around town. Forget Deschutes, Terrapin, and FFF; those just aren't happening.

    Go for these:
    Bell's Kalamazoo (a few of you mentioned it already. It is the very definition of an easy drinking stout)
    Anderson Valley Barney Flats
    Butternuts Moo Thunder (tasty for what it is; easy to find in NY and super cheap)
    Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout
    FW Velvet Merlin
    New Holland The Poet (my go-to oatmeal stout)
    Sixpoint Otis (draft only, but it's my favorite offering from them)
  30. BeavNH

    BeavNH Initiate (85) Aug 6, 2010 New Hampshire

    Velvet Merlin
  31. BeerDummy

    BeerDummy Initiate (0) Feb 26, 2014 New York

    Nice, thanks. i pass the Sam Smiths every day, maybe the Butternuts too. I'll keep an eye out for New Holland.

    God dammit there are too many beers i need to go try. I'm swimming in fucking beer.
  32. CraftFan5

    CraftFan5 Crusader (735) May 14, 2013 New Jersey
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    Poor you. Part of the fun is trying these for the first time. I'm still in the discovery phase myself, as I currently have 16 beers in the fridge or cellaring in my closet, and of those 16 I've only ever had 1 of them, and it was a BCBCS, which I had only once on tap.
  33. Ranbot

    Ranbot Devotee (462) Nov 27, 2006 Pennsylvania

    Marquis' point was that he feels there is no difference between a stout and a porter, but we've had those debates before and I really don't think this is an appropriate place to have that debate again. It's not my intention to start it, so if you or the OP want to review the issue I would highly recommend reading through these discussion threads:

    (For anyone who is tempted to debate this here, it's highly doubtful any point will be raised that wasn't already discussed to death in the threads above, so save yourself the trouble. Besides, it doesn't really help the OP.)

    My takeaway is that I'd hate for the OP to avoid either stouts or porters due to a pre-conceived notion about them, because even if you think there's a difference, there are many beers that break the rules and the OP could miss out some great beers.
  34. EnthusedAboutBeer

    EnthusedAboutBeer Zealot (517) May 13, 2013 New Jersey
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    I really enjoyed Elysian split shot(5.6%)..I downed that pint really easily
  35. dcbullet

    dcbullet Initiate (102) Dec 18, 2013 California
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    Guinness is what I think of when I think easy drinking stout.
  36. JoeStepOner

    JoeStepOner Initiate (0) Apr 16, 2013 Michigan

    Though its not a stout try Founders Porter, its delicious.
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  37. heavybopper

    heavybopper Initiate (0) Dec 18, 2012 Massachusetts
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    Jack's Abby Framminghammer. Labeles as a Baltic Porter, but if you told me it was just a smooth stout I'd be hard pressed to argue.
  38. medb

    medb Initiate (115) Aug 27, 2013 California

    It tasted too much liek a chocolate milk shake for my liking, fist sip was lovely though.
  39. GottaHaveMyHops

    GottaHaveMyHops Initiate (139) Mar 14, 2013 Minnesota
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    Oatmeal + Milk Stouts (also known as sweet stouts) are generally easier drinking than other stouts because oats and lactose sugars have a smoothing rounded quality. This subdues some of the intense roast that stouts generally have. Otherwise, just like people have been saying, porters are easier drinking than most stouts. They are actually the father of the stout style!

    Try LH Milk Stout/Nitro or New Holland Poet. Edmund Fitzgerald is a excellent porter to try as well. Founders makes a delicious porter but it is rather rich in comparison with other porters.
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  40. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,206) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    To me, most stouts up to 6% abv are relatively easy drinking stouts.
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