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Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Chowty, Jun 21, 2020.
As beer drinker, stout is my beer of choice. Do you have any good recommendations? Thanks.
List out what you had to eliminate those.
It is also mine recently. Hard to say it’s not my favorite style when I drink more stout than anything else. Your location would help those here greatly to help you. And expect those saying humongous barrel aged stouts as well that aren’t readily available. Those who shun “shelf” beers. Your specific preference as to which kind of stout helps too. What stouts do you currently drink ?
Also, where are you located?
Location obviously plays into it. I go for Ten Fidy and Obsidian Stout fairly often. It's hard for me to get my mind around stouts in June. Not that there's anything wrong with drinking them in summer, I just tend not too.
Look at the top beer ratings on here and untappd. This is such a deep rabbit hole. It depends how far you want to go.
To start, Old Rasputin as some has said above. Founders Imperial Stout if you can find any left hanging around. If you're looking for barrel aged stouts, Parabola, Barrel aged Narwhal, KBS, Bourbon County Brand Stout, are typically easy enough to find anywhere. But region is a strong factor and no one is gonna recommend you Luscious by Alchemist if you're nowhere near Vermont.
The other thing is, we’d need to know where your palate is at. I’d love to recommend a plethora of imperial and bourbon barrel aged stouts that range from 10 to 15% ABV.. But if you’re more of a stout “newbie”, the Double Cream Stout by Bells, Breakfast Stout by Founders, Obsidian Stout by Deschutes etc are good additional examples. If you like stouts, you’d also like Porters and a couple good ones are Founders Porter and Anchor Porter..
All of these beers are pretty accessible nationwide and most should not be hard to find, nor break your pocketbook either..
Too vague OP. You can also start using the highest rated Stouts on BA that are in your area. Since it’s your favorite style my thought is you have had most readily available Stouts but just in cases here are my recommendations:
-Sierra Nevada stout
-founders porter (listed as a porter but if you like stouts you’ll like this
-founder imperial stout
-founders breakfast stout
Welcome to the forums, Chowty.
Not knowing your location to be very specific, here is a link to the Styles page on this site. https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/styles/ Scroll to the bottom and click on the stout style that you prefer and you'll get a list of beers that are ranked by most popular. The ones that are most popular are likely to be nationally distributed, thus easier for everyone (and you) to find. However, summertime is not prime stout season, so you may have to wait a few months to start seeing more of them showing up on store shelves. Good luck.
See also this current thread: https://www.beeradvocate.com/community/threads/summer-stout-roundup.641637/#post-6937872
supernaut from 4th Tap
black venom from Copperhead
yeti imperial stout from Great Divide
reve coffee stout from Parish
rye hipster brunch stout from Odd Side Ales
old mad joy baltic porter from Great Raft
cbs from Founders
porter from Founders
siberian night from Thirsty Dog
java cask from Victory
All things considered... Bourbon County.
Flying dog pearl necklace, Great Lakes Ohio city oatmeal stout, and left hand milk stout are my favorites
Depending on distribution access, where's the love for Central Waters. Satin Solitude is well underrated, Brewhouse Coffee is a great coffee stout example and any of their BAs are excellent!
Most stouts prairie makes are solid
Chowty, don't limit yourself to only beers with the word "Stout" on the label. As regards contemporary brewing whether the beer is labeled with "Stout" vs. "Porter" is simply a matter of a business/marketing decision.
Permit me to recommend Founders Porter to you.
What’s your budget and location?
If you’re somewhat willing to spend over $10 for a beer, Bourbon County from Goose Island or Prairie.
If you’re looking for a cheaper, widely available beer then yes Sierra Nevada Stout, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout or a few brews from Founders could be an alternative.
My favorite is Founder breakfast stout.
IMO there are 3 types on Stouts. Stouts, Imperial Stouts and flavored Stouts. I enjoy Stouts, love Imperial Stouts and with 1 exception don’t care for flavored Stouts.
If you haven’t had it yet start with Old Rasputin.
Not a clue where you are and what you’ve had, but I like sometimes like to get away from the big BA Stouts, so I’d say Kalamazoo Stout, that little bit of brewers licorice is imo terrific. And it’s different, the sameynes as has been discussed in another thread is a reality. They get big they get too sweet, so for me they get to be a bit redundant.
Depending on location....
Sierra Nevada Narwhal
Sierra Nevada Barrel Aged Narwhal
Founders Imperial Stout
North Coast Old Rasputin, Barrel Aged Old Rasputin , Old #38
Alesmith Speedway Stout
Dogfish Head Worldwide Stout
Firestone Walker Parabola
I think this is everything I have in my beer fridge and cellar.....and some stuff from Track 7 but that's Sacramento CA only....
Oh wait.. anything from Revision out of Sparks NV...Have several BA stouts from them that I believe are extremely limited brewery releases only...
Probably forgetting some but ya'll get the idea...go try everything and you'll figure it out...cheers!
Sierra Nevada Narwhal
If you can get it: Jester King Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout
If, by the off chance, you're in Wyoming or Colorado, Zonker Stout is what you're looking for.
Seen these on shelves, gonna grab some next trip out.
Bells Kalamazoo Stout & CW Satin Solitude are my regular go to stouts. Plus some (not all) of Guinness's offerings too.
Has everyone forgotten Yeti!
You probably can't get it, but I think Harvey's Imperial Stout is the best beer currently brewed anywhere. In any style. The only better beer I've ever had was Courage Russian Stout and that's long gone.
You can't go wrong with the Baby, aka Founders Breakfast stout, for starters. For imperials or American's you can always count on anything from Evil Twin with the words Jesus in the title. Old Rasputin is a good one too. My all time favorite is Marshall Zhukov from Cigar City.
I had an 08 in 13 and it was amazing! Fresh, is it that good?
I had the pleasure of drinking the Courage on draught:
And chowty was never seen again.
I have no idea.
It’s just funny because I was reading through trying to see when he followed up, but he never replied.
He could still come back.
Love my share of barrel aged, bourbon, coffee, chocolate cake, Belgian waffle, donut, kitchen sink imperial stouts. However, when it comes to a no bullshit, straight up, no frills stout that’s easy to drink, Sierra Nevada West Coast Stout is my choice every time.
Very strange indeed. He/she joined in October 2019, has not rated or reviewed a single beer, only one post, which is the one that started this thread.
Agree but they are pricey per bottle (range is $9-$15per bottle in PA). Best pastry stouts in the game right now
OP, have not seen you back on to check your post? You try anything new from what people have suggested?
It doesn't really matter how old it is, as it ages really well. And "fresh" is a relative term. It's already been aged over a year before bottling.