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Sessionable stouts

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by raczkowski, Feb 15, 2013.

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  1. Chinon01

    Chinon01 Jan 23, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Really?! Irish Dry Stout almost by definition is. Guinness, Victory Donnybrook, Sly Fox O'Reilly, etc are all around or below 4% abv.
     
  2. lic217

    lic217 Aug 10, 2010 Connecticut
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    Wolaver's oatmeal stout and ipswich oatmeal stout are both cheap and low ABV stouts. They are also fantastic.
     
  3. huysmans

    huysmans Dec 5, 2007 New Jersey

    Another vote for Sam Smith Organic Chocolate Stout. One of the few stouts I could see myself drinking more than one of in a row.
     
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  4. lic217

    lic217 Aug 10, 2010 Connecticut
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    I love that beer, but for me it would be too sweet to drink more then a couple, but that is just personal preference. On a side note I could drink there taddy porter or oatmeal stout all day long.
     
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  5. Bear1964

    Bear1964 Dec 12, 2012 Nebraska

    The Taddy Porter and Organic Chocolate Stout are both solid choices, taste great and will get you well into the night.
     
  6. Stinger80OH

    Stinger80OH Nov 11, 2011 Ohio
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  7. papaholmz

    papaholmz Nov 7, 2012 South Carolina
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    If I wanted a session, I'd choose some porters instead of stouts. Founder's Porter is a good choice.
     
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  8. Sarge3130

    Sarge3130 May 13, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    FSW Velvet Merlin or SN Stout
     
  9. DarkDragon999

    DarkDragon999 Feb 13, 2013 Rhode Island

    Magic Hat Heart of Darkness
     
  10. kdb150

    kdb150 Mar 8, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Young's Double Chocolate is pretty sessionable. Maybe not 6-pack sessionable, but 2 or 3 for sure. I think if you're aiming to drink a sixer, a Dry Irish is your best bet, to avoid cloying sweetness. Or you could mix and match and throw a tripel in with 5 stouts to counter the sweetness.
     
  11. Hanzo

    Hanzo Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    If 7% is your session beer level I want to party with you.
     
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  12. Focusf111

    Focusf111 Jun 21, 2012 Vermont

    Left Hand's milk stout and magichat's Heart of Darkness are the two that come to mind
     
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  13. smokinyodas

    smokinyodas Oct 21, 2012 Florida

    I agree with you 100%. I just picked up another 4 pack of Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout for $12 this weekend. I could drink these all the time if not for simple fact of high cost. Just to mix things up I've tossed in a 6 pack of Tsingtao.
     
  14. lic217

    lic217 Aug 10, 2010 Connecticut
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    I had no idea Ipswich was so high.
     
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  15. ndepriest

    ndepriest Feb 21, 2012 Georgia
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    Murphy's Irish Stout is only 4% and damn tasty. I've had multiple bottles (well, cans) on multiple occasions.
     
  16. Gmann

    Gmann Aug 13, 2006 New York

    Long Ireland's breakfast stout. Clocking in at a whopping 3.5% ABV and has an excellent coffee flavor.
     
  17. lackenhauser

    lackenhauser Dec 10, 2002 Maryland
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    Hook Norton from the UK. More flavor at 4% then you'll know what to do with.
     
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  18. mecummins

    mecummins Nov 16, 2012 Illinois

    Ha! I would so disappoint you. I'm such a light weight. I was going for a stout with more of moderate ABV than a true session beer. Quite honestly, I've never wanted to drink more than 2 stouts in a row ever (and even I could do a 7% twice). Session beers, for me at least, are beers that don't fill you up quickly like a good stout should.
     
  19. VaTechPhilly

    VaTechPhilly Oct 28, 2010 New York
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  20. chinabeergeek

    chinabeergeek Aug 10, 2007 Massachusetts
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    lol, don't encourage them, ron... as you already know by now, we 'murikans aren't very good at nuances of language (ie, the difference between "session beer" and "sessionable beer").
     
  21. Sponan

    Sponan Jan 20, 2008 Tennessee

    3.7% beer typically does not rate highly on BA.
     
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  22. Beefytits4

    Beefytits4 Nov 2, 2011 Illinois

    Another vote for Sierra Nevada Stout!! love the stuff!
     
  23. wd09601

    wd09601 Jul 29, 2012 Maryland

    Nitro
    So smooth I could drink it all day.
     
  24. dwoolley1

    dwoolley1 Dec 16, 2009 New York
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    Guinness also
     
  25. NABS

    NABS May 11, 2011 Ohio

    I've always said Stockyard Oatmeal Stout as the answer to this question, with Milk Stout Nitro another good choice, but after finally getting in to trading, I have to include Velvet Merlin and Moo Hoo. All 4 are amazing(ly sessionable)!
     
  26. Jaycase

    Jaycase Jan 13, 2007 Illinois
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    FW Velvet Merlin. So freakin good.
     
  27. Leepa_Time

    Leepa_Time Jan 4, 2013 Maryland

    flying dog pearl necklace oyster stout
    smuttynose robust porter.
     
  28. Dools9

    Dools9 Jul 5, 2011 Massachusetts

    Murphy's, Guinness, Sam Adams Cream Stout. All under 5%.
     
  29. Tut

    Tut Sep 23, 2004 New York

    Nitro emasculation makes it go down bland(and boring).
     
  30. Lutter

    Lutter Jun 30, 2010 Texas

    Deschutes Obsidian Stout
     
  31. HumphreyLee

    HumphreyLee Jan 15, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    It's a little high at 6% for session, but I think I could knock down a few Old Dominion Oak Barrel Stouts in a row in a session-like manner.
     
  32. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Jan 1, 2011 California
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    Chicory Stout and Old No. 38 ftw!!!
     
  33. Casedogg43

    Casedogg43 Jan 4, 2012 Indiana
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    Buffalo sweat
     
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  34. ChefHopMeister

    ChefHopMeister Aug 3, 2010 Virginia

    Alewerks Coffeehouse stout is a good session brew, albeit limited distribution. Left Hand is a good choice as mentioned previously.
     
  35. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Jul 4, 2008 Ohio

    I must concur, my only wish is that they'd make it a sixer...been hooked on Chicory from the 1st sip
     
  36. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Jul 4, 2008 Ohio

    Great stuff...the 4-pack cans for $13.99 is a bit steep now if they were pints like the Dale's I'd feel a lil better about it.
     
  37. Cjames88

    Cjames88 Mar 6, 2011 Pennsylvania

    velvet merlin
     
  38. Uniobrew31

    Uniobrew31 Jan 16, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    ⬅This one!!!
     
  39. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Not sure where you live, so I'll try to suggest beers that I THINK are well distributed and under 5% abv.

    Murphy's Irish Stout 4%
    Sam Adams Cream Stout 4.9%
    O'Hara's Irish Stout 4.3% (although I haven't seen this in bottles in my area for quite awhile)

    Wow, this was harder than I thought. I'll echo some of the posts above though in that I'd LOVE Victory to bottle Donnybrook. In addition to that, Beamish was by far my favorite widely distributed Irish Dry Stout. Someone mentioned it, but I thought they no long didn't distributed to the US?
     
  40. Moose90

    Moose90 Nov 25, 2012 Washington
    Beer Trader

    Great beer yes, but its a one and done for me.

    I like Murphy's as a drink all nighter stout.
     
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