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Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by raczkowski, Feb 15, 2013.
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Was at Avery's tasting room last month, and they had a milk stout at 3.7% that was very tasty.
Sierra Nevada Stout, Mad River Extra Stout is amazing also
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
Barney Flats bruv.
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?
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.
I honestly feel very sorry for you.
The simple reason it took so long is that most BA's consider Guinness a bland, mediocre stout.
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?
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.
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.
I'll 52nd Left Hand Nitro.
Guinness hasn't been a classic for a long time.
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.
to be fair, the OP is about sessionable stouts, not session stouts.
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.
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.
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.
Samuel Adams Cream Stout
Goose Island Oatmeal Stout (Discontinued, Alaskan has an acceptable replacement)
Guinness Extra Stout
Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat
Agreed on the Sam Smith's Organic chocolate stout!
Also there's a good local stout I can drink a sixer of easily
Ron (Pattinson- whom you quoted) was just looking to pull somebody's leg; it looks like he got yours
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.
If so, I consider myself got.
But I would not be surprised to see that as a serious answer.
In lieu of feeling sorry for me, send beer to me.
North Coast Old #38 Stout
That's what makes it funny.
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! (A "session" can last more than 24 hours, right?)
* before the large economy-sized 9.3 oz. bottles from Wells & Young's
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%.
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.
I hate nitro beers, so I can't send some to you.
Yes, yes, I realize I'm asking for it.
...But I'm serious.
6 Carnegie Porters.
I heartily agree.
No nitro, and it shames Guinness!
FW Velvet Merlin
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.
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.