Meal/Snack for BA Stout session?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by OnlyTheFinest, Aug 5, 2018.

  1. OnlyTheFinest

    OnlyTheFinest Initiate (197) Feb 5, 2016 Maine

    I've always wondered if there was a quick, preferred food to balance out a BA Stout session of any measure

    You know, something to ease the buzz that comes from personally killing a 750ml BA stout by yourself

  2. cmiller4642

    cmiller4642 Aspirant (273) Aug 17, 2013 West Virginia

    Heavy meat dishes go well with stouts.
  3. MNAle

    MNAle Meyvn (1,058) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota

    You could always try yogurt with a teaspoon of yeast... :wink:
  4. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Meyvn (1,429) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    Anything before you drink helps, solid sandwich or something that can soak up the booze. That and water, if you hydrate right you should never feel that bad the next day.
  5. rudiecantfail

    rudiecantfail Zealot (517) Aug 9, 2011 Pennsylvania

    The fancier the beer, the less likely I am to pair it with food. I want to enjoy the beer itself. But, as AZBeerDude72 mentioned, it'd be a good idea to have the stomach lined first.
  6. billydrinksbeer

    billydrinksbeer Initiate (86) Sep 15, 2017 Colorado

    Food isn't really going to do anything, its mostly a myth. Share it with a friend or cork it and drink it in 2 days if you're actually worried.
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  7. eppCOS

    eppCOS Crusader (749) Jun 27, 2015 Colorado

    What the pack here has said, start with a nicely full stomach, and you're good. That said, the last time I did a bunch of BA stouts with friends, I served them all a slice of this (see link), but subbed in an OB TenFidy instead of the puny Guinness. Unbelievably good.
  8. NeroFiddled

    NeroFiddled Poo-Bah (10,443) Jul 8, 2002 Pennsylvania
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    With a stout, barrel aged or not, I like a simple hard cheese, nothing fancy, just a good hard cheddar and a crust of bread or crackers - a baguette works well but there are many other options. Depending on your tastes and how well your tastebuds and olfactory senses adjust that could be a very sharp cheddar or a very basic one, or even a simple fatty cheese like Monterey Jack will work perfectly instead. I'll also suggest, if you want to round it out, some sliced ham or roast beef, but nothing too spicy.
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  9. MNAle

    MNAle Meyvn (1,058) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota

    What eating before drinking does is slow the absorption rate of alcohol. IOW, it takes longer to reach your peak BAC. You'll still get there, but more slowly. This allows the liver more time to process the alcohol, so (depending on how much & what you eat and what and how fast you drink) it MAY reduce your peak BAC.
  10. rypkr

    rypkr Champion (814) Nov 19, 2011 Pennsylvania

    ^ what he said.

    And I generally like pretzels for a palate cleanser if sampling multiple beers.
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  11. NeroFiddled

    NeroFiddled Poo-Bah (10,443) Jul 8, 2002 Pennsylvania
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    So when we say "a BA Stout session of any measure" how much are we talking about? I'd imagine that 3 to 5 BA stouts would be max, and with that realizing that you won't be tasting the last 2 as you really should - but life is not always about tasting beers! On the other hand, if these are stronger versions I generally go for one or two while I'm relaxing with a book or movie and don't even bother to rate them.
  12. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,039) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    Our shares are usually pretty heavy on BA stouts. We usually have crackers, cheese, and summer sausage for snacks, and pulled pork sliders or ham sandwiches are usually on the meal menu.

    I'm partial to hummus and pita chips. Pairs well with everything.
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  13. readyski

    readyski Aspirant (231) Jun 4, 2005 California

    Yep no need to pair it just make sure you lay down a solid base of food prior to drinking that bad boy :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:
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  14. EvenMoreJesus

    EvenMoreJesus Champion (886) Jun 8, 2017 Pennsylvania
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    I'll join everybody else in this thread by saying, "WTF did you get that information?".
  15. loebrygg

    loebrygg Initiate (166) Jun 4, 2016 Norway

    I prefer dark chocolate or some lightly roasted nuts to pair with most heavy Imperial Stouts
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  16. moshea

    moshea Devotee (464) Jul 16, 2007 Michigan

    750ml of water
  17. spicoli00

    spicoli00 Zealot (589) Jul 6, 2005 Indiana

    fried chicken.
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  18. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Champion (873) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    I first read this and thought you were asking for a food pairing for a "barrel-aged session stout".

    Talk about your oxymorons.
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  19. moshea

    moshea Devotee (464) Jul 16, 2007 Michigan

    They do exist. I don;t care for them, but they do exist
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  20. Lahey

    Lahey Disciple (386) Nov 12, 2016 Michigan

    Closest thing to a session barrel aged stout I liked was 8%. Anything lower was too thin to handle the barrel flavor, if that makes sense.
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  21. MNAle

    MNAle Meyvn (1,058) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota

    I don't think a true "session" anything can handle barrel aging very well. ("Session" = less than 5% ABV, or, traditionally, less than 4% ABV).

    Traditional stouts (e.g. Irish, UK) are both session and thin.
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  22. BeardedWalrus

    BeardedWalrus Initiate (170) Jun 5, 2018 North Carolina

    Like other have said, a good meat based meal beforehand will do you plenty of favors. Personally I treat any sort of high gravity, barrel aged beer as a meal unto itself.
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    DISKORD Aspirant (246) Feb 28, 2017 North Carolina

    Good crusty bread and/or good crackers. Some charcuterie and good cheese. And of course, water.
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  24. Dan411

    Dan411 Initiate (88) Mar 20, 2017 Missouri

    Meat and cheese pairings works well for me, with some Carr's table water crackers. Lately I have been enjoying some Sopressata with some honey goat cheese. Nice combo that slows the punch of heavy ABV offerings.
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  25. HopsDubosc

    HopsDubosc Disciple (321) Apr 24, 2015 Vermont

    Goya digestive biscuits
  26. generallee

    generallee Poo-Bah (1,997) Apr 5, 2008 Virginia

    How about some pizza shooters, shrimp poppers, or extreme fajitas?
  27. OnlyTheFinest

    OnlyTheFinest Initiate (197) Feb 5, 2016 Maine

    Solid posts all around

    Thanks everyone. I'll go with a thick Reuben sandwich for BA affo
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  28. nomisugitai

    nomisugitai Initiate (92) Mar 11, 2006 New Jersey

    Can't go wrong with traditional oysters and stout. I'll agree with all of the cheese and bread people too.
  29. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Aspirant (290) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Homemade peanut butter melaways for sure. Would even go with chocolate chip cookies.
  30. GuyFawkes

    GuyFawkes Poo-Bah (1,831) Apr 7, 2011 Illinois

    I've found that, across the board, pistachios are my favorite "beer session" snack.

    A handful will be substantial but not overly filling. They have flavor but don't dominate your palate. Plus, they are fun to break open!
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  31. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (2,180) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    A nice thick lean top sirloin steak, plastered in my own rub (sugar, black pepper, Montreal Steak, Cajun spice, chili garlic, garlic powder, and another random spice), rested at room temperature for 30 minutes, then grilled at 550+ degrees F direct heat for six minutes a side (with Alexa timing), turned only once, removed from heat, rested 5 minutes, and served with no sauce. Only elk steaks could be better.
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  32. papposilenus

    papposilenus Meyvn (1,054) Jun 21, 2014 New Hampshire

    This. And a fine meal deserves a fine dessert. I'm partial to carrot cake or cheese cake - there's just something about the cream cheese after a barreled stout.
  33. billydrinksbeer

    billydrinksbeer Initiate (86) Sep 15, 2017 Colorado

    I guess I wasnt really clear what OP wanted and what I said wasnt clear, it is a myth that eating food after you are already drunk will sober you up, I thought that is what OP meant, I realize now he probably meant something to eat before
  34. stevepat

    stevepat Devotee (415) Mar 12, 2013 California

    All the nonsense preceding me is probably 100% true, I will just add that I think a bit of sea salt in the water (you should drink water during any drinking session that the fun police would call binge drinking i.e. more than 5 drinks, boys) will help tremendously, especially if you're drinking municipal water or filtered water that is largely devoid of minerals. Also, adding in some magnesium (malate or glucinate are best, citrate is basically useless) will mitigate hangover as well.
    To me water is a crucial part of enjoying a good bout of drinking big beers to what others might call excess. It slows your drinking down, clears your palette, mitigates the morning downsides, and helps the liver/kidneys. Wins all around
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  35. EvenMoreJesus

    EvenMoreJesus Champion (886) Jun 8, 2017 Pennsylvania
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    That's definitely a myth, although I don't know a lot of people who subscribe to it. Interestingly enough, though, consumption of a high protein meal before retiring will help to prevent a hangover. Either that or taking the amino acid taurine, as it hastens the metabolism of ethyl alcohol to acetate by increasing the production of the enzyme aldehyde dehydrogenase.
  36. papposilenus

    papposilenus Meyvn (1,054) Jun 21, 2014 New Hampshire

    Somebody's thinking too hard.
  37. dvmin98

    dvmin98 Site Editor (2,757) Nov 1, 2010 North Carolina
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    When I do a large BA stout tasting, I always go for holding the share at Golden Corral. You can get unlimited meats...unlimited. And the chocolate fountain is good too. Oh wait, I just chill and eat chips
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  38. MNAle

    MNAle Meyvn (1,058) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota

    Golden Corral allows BYOB?
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  39. BalancingBrooms

    BalancingBrooms Devotee (423) Aug 22, 2013 Louisiana

  40. Dansac

    Dansac Initiate (90) Dec 6, 2014 California

    Candied pecans, cheddar cheese sopressata salami, chocolate