Sessionable stouts

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  1. jplopez21

    jplopez21 Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2012 Illinois
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    magic hat heart of darkness
  2. abcramer

    abcramer Disciple (348) Feb 6, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Was at Avery's tasting room last month, and they had a milk stout at 3.7% that was very tasty.
  3. hoptualBrew

    hoptualBrew Defender (632) May 29, 2011 Florida
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    Sierra Nevada Stout, Mad River Extra Stout is amazing also
  4. bilboTbaggins

    bilboTbaggins Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2013 Wisconsin

    Yes a great beer. World class, but i have made the mistake myself of drinking it all night long... Don't remember parts of the night... only that the beer was so good. Wouldn't call it sessionalble
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  5. Spaghett

    Spaghett Initiate (0) Oct 27, 2011 California

    Barney Flats bruv.
  6. jRocco2021

    jRocco2021 Disciple (351) Mar 13, 2010 Wisconsin
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    WTF?! only on BA could it take 21 post for someone to mention Guinness in a thread about low abv stouts. Doesn't anyone on this site appreciate the classics anymore?
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  7. Fish

    Fish Initiate (0) Dec 19, 2012 Oregon

    One more nod for Samuel Smiths: Love the stuff!

    Ninkasi Oatis: At 7.2% this kicks my butt, but I've been sessioning it anyways and dealing with the consequences. This is one of the my favorites! Get some.
  8. Tut

    Tut Initiate (0) Sep 23, 2004 New York

    I honestly feel very sorry for you.
  9. Tut

    Tut Initiate (0) Sep 23, 2004 New York

    The simple reason it took so long is that most BA's consider Guinness a bland, mediocre stout.
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  10. PeterJ

    PeterJ Initiate (69) Dec 5, 2012 California

    Courage RIS and Ten Fidy?! How is a 10+% ABV imperial stout sessionable?

    Anyway, Sam Smiths oatmeal stout and FW Velvet Merlin get my vote. Delicious, low(er) ABV, inexpensive and tasty. How much more sessionable can you get than that?
  11. Mattyb79

    Mattyb79 Devotee (474) Dec 11, 2012 Virginia
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    100% agree with the coffeehouse stout if it is available. Probably some of the best flavor for a lower ABV stout I've ever had.
  12. klaybie

    klaybie Initiate (0) Nov 15, 2009 Illinois

    SN Stout would be my first choice. I had a Ft Collins Chocolate Stout yesterday and at 5.3% it would be a good choice although the mouthfeel was a little thin.

    Also, Young's Double Chocolate Stout is always an option IMO.
  13. Nectar

    Nectar Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2013 New Jersey

    I'll 52nd Left Hand Nitro.
  14. RonfromJersey

    RonfromJersey Initiate (0) Jan 25, 2002 New Jersey

    Guinness hasn't been a classic for a long time.
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  15. RonfromJersey

    RonfromJersey Initiate (0) Jan 25, 2002 New Jersey

    Wouldn't classify the granddaddy of Imperials as a session stout. And I don't think I'd want to blow through six of them at a party. And what would that cost?

    More of a sipper in front of the fire.
  16. chinabeergeek

    chinabeergeek Meyvn (1,279) Aug 10, 2007 Massachusetts
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    to be fair, the OP is about sessionable stouts, not session stouts.
  17. VelvetExtract

    VelvetExtract Poo-Bah (3,258) Jan 10, 2010 Massachusetts

    I would say Bar Harbor's Cadillac Mountain Stout but its actually bigger than I remember it being and its smaller production, I believe. But it's damn good.
  18. SteelCity75

    SteelCity75 Initiate (0) Jan 14, 2013 Connecticut

    I'd go with Samuel Adams Cream Stout, with Sierra Nevada Stout being the back up option. Both are very tasty brews, but not as filling or high in alcohol as many others.
  19. marquis

    marquis Crusader (762) Nov 20, 2005 United Kingdom (England)

    Although Guinness falls outside, (just) the limits of session beer it's still a beer intended and expected to be consumed in reasonably large quantities. A beer of which people could drink two or three pints in their lunch break and be able to work unimpaired for the rest of the day or could drink over several hours refilling the glass whenever it was empty without being wrecked by the end of proceedings.It's an ideal stout for this whereas some of the stouts mentioned above , however good they are , simply don't fit the sessionability bill.
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  20. joelwlcx

    joelwlcx Initiate (198) Apr 23, 2007 Minnesota

    Samuel Adams Cream Stout
    Goose Island Oatmeal Stout (Discontinued, Alaskan has an acceptable replacement)
    Guinness Extra Stout
    Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat
  21. Hoptimus-Prime

    Hoptimus-Prime Disciple (342) Dec 7, 2012 North Carolina
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    Agreed on the Sam Smith's Organic chocolate stout!
    Also there's a good local stout I can drink a sixer of easily
  22. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,330) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Ron (Pattinson- whom you quoted) was just looking to pull somebody's leg; it looks like he got yours :wink:

    Me- I'm inclined to go with Samuel Smith's Oatmeal (though pricey over here), the Poet or Barney Flatts for stouts, and Sierra Nevada and Anchor for Porters if it's going to be a longer-type session.
  23. RonfromJersey

    RonfromJersey Initiate (0) Jan 25, 2002 New Jersey

    If so, I consider myself got.

    But I would not be surprised to see that as a serious answer.
  24. wd09601

    wd09601 Initiate (143) Jul 29, 2012 Maryland

    In lieu of feeling sorry for me, send beer to me.
  25. njhopspop

    njhopspop Initiate (0) Oct 17, 2010 New Jersey

    North Coast Old #38 Stout
  26. patto1ro

    patto1ro Zealot (526) Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands

    That's what makes it funny.
  27. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,271) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    Well, they were* only 170 ml. bottles (less than 6 US oz.), took more than 3 of them just to fill an imperial pint glass! :wink: (A "session" can last more than 24 hours, right?)

    * before the large economy-sized 9.3 oz. bottles from Wells & Young's​
  28. AndrewLenaghan

    AndrewLenaghan Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2011 New Jersey

    It's only available in select bars around NY and NJ and in growlers in their tasting room but Carton's Milk Stout is outstanding and is only 4%.
  29. DarkDragon999

    DarkDragon999 Aspirant (285) Feb 13, 2013 Rhode Island

    Just had some Brooklyn Dry Irish Stout for the first time and it completely nailed being a sessionable stout. Not thin or watery and no burnt or bitter taste on the finish. Smooth, easy drinking goodness.
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  30. Tut

    Tut Initiate (0) Sep 23, 2004 New York

    I hate nitro beers, so I can't send some to you.
  31. kojevergas

    kojevergas Poo-Bah (7,637) Aug 15, 2010 Texas
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    Yes, yes, I realize I'm asking for it.

    ...But I'm serious.
  32. jmgrub

    jmgrub Initiate (0) Nov 20, 2010 California

    6 Carnegie Porters.
  33. Tut

    Tut Initiate (0) Sep 23, 2004 New York

    I heartily agree.

    No nitro, and it shames Guinness!
  34. grrrah

    grrrah Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2009 California
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    FW Velvet Merlin
  35. Tut

    Tut Initiate (0) Sep 23, 2004 New York

    While Guinness may be a session beer due to it's low abv, it's far from the best choice. It's simply bland and uninteresting. Brooklyn Dry Irish Stout is flavorful and a far better alternative. There are plenty of other low abv craft stouts that are session stouts and have rich, hearty taste as well.
  36. marquis

    marquis Crusader (762) Nov 20, 2005 United Kingdom (England)

    Strangely enough Brooklyn Dry Irish stout was served in one of my local pubs recently.It's a good brew but we have plenty of local ones of similar quality but with the added advantage of being available on cask.
    When customers ask about these porters/stouts I tell them they are like Guinness but with taste.
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