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Discussion in 'Northwest' started by leedorham, Sep 6, 2013.
Help me out here. What are some good ones? Seems like we're kind of lacking in that category.
Fremont's standard Dark Star Oatmeal Stout is nice. Wait, it's an Imperial Stout, don't know if that counts.
Ursus Spelæus - Sound Brewery
brewers reserve imperial stout - Old Schoolhouse
Looking more for single stouts and porters. Lots of brewers seem to be willing to go imperial.
Fremont does have Proletariat porter, it's nice.
Big Time Old Rip, and Big Time Coal Creek Porter. Machine House Mild has a lot of flavors you may enjoy even though it isn't a stout or porter (and at only 3.6 ABV you can drink the hell out of it). Snoqualmie Steam Train Porter, Black Raven Coco Jones Porter (and their Tamerlane is delicious too). I'm sure there are more.
I also really liked Maritime's porter but I haven't seen that one in ages. It's listed as retired now I think ... but that probably doesn't mean anything.
Snoqualmie Steam Train is one of my favorite porters.
Also, what about Alaskan Smoked Porter?
Elysian Dragonstooth Stout
American Caboose Oatmeal Stout
Both great beers. Good call.
I have not had the former. I'll have to look for it. I could take or leave the Alaskan, honestly.
I'll also contribute some I've recalled:
Ft. George Polish's Black Walnut
Icicle Priebe Porter
Had the Elysian Perseus Porter the other day after not having it for a while. An easy drinker.
Laurelwood makes Tree Hugger Porter and Space Stout. Both are good but harder to find. I think Tree Hugger gets bottled but Space Stout does not.
Edit: Keep an eye out for their Portland Roasting Espresso Stout and Moose and Squirrel Imp Stout. Both will be out in the coming months.
Bottled? The selections are pretty limited. Dragonstooth is a good one. The American oatmeal is very nice as well.
Yeah, it seems that a lot of the mentions are not bottled or are very limited.
Especially in the case of porters, it's kind of strange to me that a style with a very popular example in the region (Black Butte) seems to get overlooked by a lot of breweries.
HUB 7 Grain Survival Stout is pretty decent, as is Oakshire Overcast. And I'll second MADHomebrewer's Laurelwood Portland Roast recommendation. That stuff is excellent if you're into coffee stouts.
Too bad Gigantic Time Traveller was a one-off. That was a solid porter.
You could say that of a lot of local beers in any style. We have a pub culture, lots of breweries see no reason to bottle at all.
Well, Black Butte is very popular with folks who like dark beer, but aren't necessarily beer geeks. But, as a general rule, porters don't get the beer geek jimmies rustled. We want our dark beers imperialized, and in a barrel if at all possible.
Several good ones out there but not in 12 oz 6 packs like Deschutes. Maybe Silver City will start doing their Porter in a six pack. They now have their IPA and Red in 6 packs.
I had American Caboose for the first time several months ago. I was very surprised how good it was.
American is the real deal. I could do without the marketing schtick but they are a great example of what happens when you put real money behind a passionate brewer.
I don't know how I forgot about those. Those are great.
Fort George Cavatica stout is one of my favorites. Dragonstooth from Elysian is excellent. Also Black Bear stout from alameda is solid.
Marketing schtick? What'd I miss?
Maybe I'm just a cynic. The whole "buy American" thing seems a little pandery.
American can do whatever they like. They named a beer Stupid Sexy Flanders.
Oh. I wasn't even aware of that. I think it's just a cheesy play on words.
Elysian Dragonstooth was my go to stout for many years and still quite nice. I've always felt the Skagit's Trumpeter gets a lot less love than it deserves. It is in my top 10. It's bottled one a year, but hangs around for a while. Ursus Spelæus is excellent (as is almost everything from Sound Brewing) but only shows up sporadically. If Ft. George Polish's Black Walnut was bottled, it would be on my list too.
I'll also nominate Snoqualmie Steam Train Porter. Very good example of the style.
The Ram's Total Disorder Porter has won medals at GABF and I have found it tasty. Just be sure to remember to tell your server not to bring it in a frosted mug.
I was going to say Cavatica too, but I think he's looking for regular stouts and not double/imperial.
Thread inspired me to pick up a couple local porters today: American Caboose (which was mentioned) and Schooner Exact Profanity Hill (which wasn't). I also saw Scuttlebut Porter in both bombers in 6-packs, didn't grab that one. Not sure what it is about Scuttlebut but I've never tried a single one of their beers.
Flyers Pacemaker Porter is available in 22s, I believe. Another vote for Steam Train. As I've mentioned before, I'm a fan of Skagit Trumpeter Stout. I like the Boundary Bay Oatmeal Stout, but at 9%, it's an Imperial. Silver City Panther Lake Porter is top-notch. As usual, Anacortes sneaks a tasty example in, a nice Porter. Honestly, M & Js Black Cat Porter is decent. They're around, you can find 'em.
Not quite the PNW, but I think Sierra Nevada's Stout and Porter and Anchor's Porter are solid examples, widely available, in 12oz bottles, and worth consideration.
It's been said but it's too good to not repeat: Snoqualmie Steam Train Porter. Excellent.
I have a soft spot for Iron Horse's Irish Death.
I really want to love that beer, but every time I try it I just get such a watery mouthfeel I almost can't finish it. And just happens to be everywhere in Spokane.
Genius name, but that's about all imho.
I don't think the brewery even knows what they want that beer to be. Not on my recommended list of WA beers.
This might be controversial but i think CDA killed the Porter in the PNW!
That said Worthy Lights Out Stout is a fav right now .
Unfortunately not a porter or a stout... don't believe me... look at their website. Tasty brew to be sure, but not a porter or stout.