Little Known Stouts

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  1. mvdillman

    mvdillman Initiate (0) Dec 30, 2012 Indiana
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    I've been on a real stout kick lately and was just wondering what some good stouts are that I may not have heard of.
    Let the suggestions begin!

  2. mvdillman

    mvdillman Initiate (0) Dec 30, 2012 Indiana
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    And suggestions that aren't super rare would be appreciated.
  3. jebsinger

    jebsinger Initiate (0) Nov 15, 2012 Minnesota

  4. AnotherImperial

    AnotherImperial Aspirant (241) Oct 29, 2012 Arizona

    Here some that are easy to find (dependent upon where you are) and aren't outrageously priced.

    Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
    Stone IRS
    Epic Big Bad Baptist
    Alesmith Speedway Stout
    Clown Shoes Blaecorn Unidragon
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  5. SoggyCoasters

    SoggyCoasters Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2013 New Jersey

    New Holland Night Tripper
  6. tectactoe

    tectactoe Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    New Holland's "The Poet" is a great, sessionable oatmeal stout.
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  7. Scotchboy

    Scotchboy Meyvn (1,262) Dec 7, 2010 Idaho
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    For straight up American Stout (not Double/Imperial), I love Obsidian from Deschutes.
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  8. ShanePB

    ShanePB Poo-Bah (1,658) Sep 6, 2010 Pennsylvania
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    Dominion Oak Barrel Stout is good, cheap and easy to find.

    EDIT: Looking at your location, it won't make it to you. Oops. Sorry.
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  9. fortsambo

    fortsambo Initiate (132) Feb 14, 2011 Colorado
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    I'll second Big Bad Baptist. You may have heard of it, but if not it's my pick for best shelf beer around me. One of the best $12 beers you can buy.
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  10. mmikey8

    mmikey8 Aspirant (298) Aug 2, 2012 California
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    Old World Russian Imperial Stout (only Brew Dog beer I like)
    Lost Abbey Serpent Stout
    Ballast Point Sea Monster
  11. ant880

    ant880 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2010 New York

    Not sure if these are blatantly obvious ones that you have heard of, but they arent talked about ad naseum here so I figured I would mention: Sam Smith Oatmeal and Sam Smith Imperial are both exceptional. I was also once extra'd a Lilja's Sasquatch Stout from Sand Creek Brewing that I thought was just a very good, smooth example of an American stout
  12. SadMachine

    SadMachine Meyvn (1,339) Mar 14, 2011 New Jersey
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    Stone IRS is probably one of the top 10 beers I've ever had and it's super easy to find (at quite cheap considering the quality), at least where I am. If you can find it pick up a few bombers, you won't be disappointed!
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  13. JeffreyJDavis

    JeffreyJDavis Initiate (0) Feb 13, 2011 North Carolina

    One that I haven't heard mentioned here. Not Little Known (in fact it's Legendary in NC) but I find that most people out of state have not heard of it. Olde Hickory The Event Horizon. One of the most complex stouts you will come across.
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  14. gueuzehead

    gueuzehead Initiate (0) Jul 6, 2011 Washington

    Skagit River Trumpeter Imperial Stout.
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  15. mmikey8

    mmikey8 Aspirant (298) Aug 2, 2012 California
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    I picked one of these up in a trade and it was really good. Can't wait to get my hands on more.
  16. LeRose

    LeRose Meyvn (1,183) Nov 24, 2011 Massachusetts
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    The category of what you haven't heard of is a little vague... I don't know if this helps or not, but if you do a BA site search for stout, then filter out the retired stouts, there's over 3000 results to sift through. There's probably other ways to filter the results since that is hardly a narrow field!

    Looks like you've had Founders Breakfast Stout, BCBS, and 3F Blot out the Sun from your reviews.

    Lots of stouts - trial and error is pretty fun. Expensive, but fun...

    Clown Shoes Vampire Slayer is one I like that is maybe off the beaten path. It isn't close to rare where I live, but I don't know if they distribute in your area. (+1 to Ipswich Oatmeal too)
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  17. ldhughes3

    ldhughes3 Devotee (466) Jan 4, 2013 Louisiana
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    southern star buried hatchet is pretty good and it comes in a can! my personal favorite is oskar blues ten fidy
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  18. mvdillman

    mvdillman Initiate (0) Dec 30, 2012 Indiana
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    I wanted to avoid BA's top stout list and just wanted to hear from people's experiences so I can get a good idea then do some research off of their opinions. Some of these sound great though. Def gonna try and get my hands on some through trades!
  19. fredmugs

    fredmugs Poo-Bah (1,533) Aug 11, 2012 Indiana
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    Thanks! I've never heard of any of those stouts. :rolling_eyes:
  20. mecummins

    mecummins Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2012 Illinois

    Second this. Also, McGovern's Oatmeal Stout is pretty good. If you want to try a great milk stout, try Left Hand's Nitro.
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  21. MSandahl23

    MSandahl23 Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2012 Indiana

    If you ever venture to Indianapolis, go to black acre and try their Beard Tax won't regret it...and then take a growler home with you....
  22. Auror

    Auror Defender (642) Jan 1, 2010 Massachusetts
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    Looks like you get Thirsty Dog in Indiana, so I recommend Siberian Night.
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  23. AnotherImperial

    AnotherImperial Aspirant (241) Oct 29, 2012 Arizona

    Well, there's a chance that a person just getting on his/her first stout kick might not have heard of a few of them. Hopefully I didn't offend the OP...definitely wasn't trying to do so.
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  24. Nectar

    Nectar Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2013 New Jersey

    River horse oatmeal stout was pretty good.
    Mean Old Tom from Maine Beer Company was good as well, if you can get it where you are
  25. mvdillman

    mvdillman Initiate (0) Dec 30, 2012 Indiana
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    Not offended at all

    I just appreciate how civil people are on this website.
  26. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,138) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

    Lion Stout
    Mackeson XXX Stout
    Dragon Stout
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  27. LeRose

    LeRose Meyvn (1,183) Nov 24, 2011 Massachusetts
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    Got that - just wanted to point out its there - fun to poke through (but that's me)!
  28. patto1ro

    patto1ro Defender (627) Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands

    These are some I like that aren't that well known:

    Kernal Export Stout
    De Molen Tsarina Esra
    Emelisse Expresso Stout
    Van Vollenhoven's Stout
    Limfjords Porter
    Pretty Things EIP (disclaimer: I was involved in the making of this beer)
  29. ciderman

    ciderman Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2003 Massachusetts

    Thought Mackeson was no longer with us-a great one, though, the definitive milk stout.

    I'm partial to Left Hand Milk (I prefer the nitro version) and Bar Harbor Cadillac Mountain myself.
  30. fearfactory

    fearfactory Disciple (354) Aug 12, 2012 Massachusetts
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    Marooned On Hog Island - 21st Amendment Brewery, one of my new favs. Very smooth & creamy, and a nice price point.
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  31. powz87

    powz87 Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2012 Illinois

    what about new holland dragons milk. its an easy to find BA stout thats not to pricey
  32. FosterJM

    FosterJM Poo-Bah (2,719) Nov 16, 2009 California
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    Uinta Labryinth Black Ale.

  33. TWStandley

    TWStandley Crusader (738) Jan 15, 2008 Massachusetts
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    Ipswich Oatmeal Stout is incredible, and IMO, even with a decent BA rating, vastly under-rated. If you are looking for a true oatmeal stout, look no further.
  34. johncosta60

    johncosta60 Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2012 New Jersey

    Personally love new holland's dragons milk
  35. jebsinger

    jebsinger Initiate (0) Nov 15, 2012 Minnesota

    this guy/gal speaks the truth
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  36. KWMiles

    KWMiles Initiate (0) Oct 23, 2012 Minnesota

    Good thing this isn't your thread, brosef. :astonished:
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  37. bifrost17

    bifrost17 Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2011 Washington

    I don't know if it's been mentioned.....feeling too lazy to sift through the other replies, but Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal stout is so damn good.
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  38. StuartCarter

    StuartCarter Initiate (0) Apr 25, 2006 Alabama

    HipsteRIS. It's an obscure one you've never heard of :stuck_out_tongue:
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  39. powz87

    powz87 Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2012 Illinois

    its was the first Barrel aged beer i had i think. Now the have and Oak and a Bourbon barrel version. Where i live they have it in a bomber as well as a 4 pack. i wanna say its around 15 dollars
  40. Beerpharmer

    Beerpharmer Initiate (0) Apr 22, 2010 New Jersey

    Lefthand Milk Stout is a personal favorite of mine. The nitro variation is enjoyable as well. It made me not hate nitro
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