Stouts: Looking for ones that finish clean

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  1. leantom

    leantom Initiate (0) Nov 20, 2011 Indiana

    You know, I've never had Great Divide (anything, IPA's or stouts). I've got to give them a try sometime.
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  2. velcrogrip

    velcrogrip Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2013 Florida

    zhukov is a solid stout with no tobacco flavor. very hoppy, and thick as motor oil.
  3. hoptheology

    hoptheology Poo-Bah (5,485) May 12, 2014 South Dakota
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    Yes, actually believe it or not Killians' Irish Stout ain't bad. It doesn't finish harsh and is a "dry stout".
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  4. marquis

    marquis Champion (803) Nov 20, 2005 England

    That's because Guinness is brewed to be drunk in quantity, it's almost low enough in ABV to be a session beer.I regard this as a plus rather than a criticism.

    As already pointed out in other threads, Stout and Porter are two names for the same thing. You might find a beer to your liking labelled as a Porter.
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  5. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,940) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    There has been a couple of posts concerning Schwarzbier. Permit me to make a specific recommendation: Shiner Bohemian Black Lager.

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  6. hoptheology

    hoptheology Poo-Bah (5,485) May 12, 2014 South Dakota
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    Dude. Yes!! Someone shares my love for this beer. As a Schwarz it is my favorite by far. Schell's Chimney Sweep comes in 2nd but it's a bit too charred to be a traditional Schwarz. Bohemian Black is DA BOMB!!!
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  7. WVUbrew

    WVUbrew Disciple (360) Oct 12, 2013 North Carolina

    Sam Adams Cream Stout
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  8. kingofhop

    kingofhop Initiate (0) May 9, 2010 Oklahoma

    This is the great thing about Beer Advocate. Yes, you can look up the favored examples of any particular beer. Myself, I prefer talking to the good folks here on this site and seeing what they have to say. We will not steer you wrong. You are now one of us. Family, if you will. We have different opinions on everything under the Sun, but it's cool. Need to try some Milk/Cream/Oatmeal Stouts and Porters, brother.
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  9. kingofhop

    kingofhop Initiate (0) May 9, 2010 Oklahoma

    Shiner Schwarz is a great beer. Many of their lagers get no love and are under rated.
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  10. BradStokley

    BradStokley Initiate (0) Jan 19, 2013 Maryland

    Left Hand Milk Stout. You won't regret it.
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  11. PintOh1759

    PintOh1759 Initiate (121) Oct 29, 2014 Missouri

    This site is definitely like no other forum, most guys are out to troll and a give new guys shit for not knowing everything there is to know about beer or whatever the forum is about. i appreciate all the help you guys give here and honest opinions.

    went a bought a sam smith oatmeal stout tonight, gonna give it a go here in a few before i crash out for the night.
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  12. kingofhop

    kingofhop Initiate (0) May 9, 2010 Oklahoma

    Love Sam Smith Oatmeal. It is a hearty beer and very tasty too.
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  13. PintOh1759

    PintOh1759 Initiate (121) Oct 29, 2014 Missouri

    Gave it an honest go. Drank it cold and then waited for it to warm up some and drank it a little warmer all the way until it was pretty warm from my hand, drank the whole bottle. Didn't hate it but can't see myself buying one again. Im beginning to have a feeling that I'm not a huge fan of stouts in general and just happened to get lucky with Guinness. Sorry to the stout guys out there from what i know saying guinness is a good stout is like saying Long Hammer IPA is a good IPA.
  14. JimKal

    JimKal Zealot (506) Jul 31, 2011 North Carolina

    If you like Guinness you like it. There is nothing wrong with that. An Irish Dry Stout is different that an Oatmeal stout. I still like Guinness even though I now prefer SN Stout. Keep drinking your Guinness and try an occasional other style to see if your taste preferences have changed.
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  15. kingofhop

    kingofhop Initiate (0) May 9, 2010 Oklahoma

    Man, enjoy what you will. Never let any one tell you any different. If you think something is the best, then by Gawd, it is. If you think Guinness is a great stout, then it is. If a guy prefers Longhammer IPA over Pliny, then who is to say he's wrong?
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  16. tillmac62

    tillmac62 Poo-Bah (1,800) Oct 2, 2013 South Carolina

    Give Sierra Nevada's Rain Check stout a try. It has spices and lime. These will compete with roast on the finish. My review (4.3)

    "BOD 5/28/14. Black pour with a fair head and lacing retention. Light nose of roast, chocolate and a hint of ginger and lime. Nice full body with a creamy texture. Normal carbonation level with a touch of effervescence on the finish. Very nice complex and balanced flavor profile. The typical stout flavors of roast and chocolate lead off, then flow into a light burnt sugar/molasses sweetness. As the sweetness fades, ginger comes forward over a light citric tartness and lime flavor. The smooth finish leaves you with a tart chocolate note and a hint of alcohol."
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  17. BoardwalkBock

    BoardwalkBock Zealot (576) Aug 18, 2012 New York

    Bells Double Cream Stout
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  18. brewmance82

    brewmance82 Initiate (0) Nov 10, 2013 Illinois

    Solemn Oath's Grumpess. A very piney clean stout. It may be your in-between dreamstout. Most imperial and coffee stouts have variations of the bitter aftertaste.
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  19. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,940) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Are there US craft brewed Dry Stouts available to you?

    I am not a big fan of the Irish Dry Stout style in general but from time to time I drink Sly Fox O’Reilly’s Irish Stout and Victory Donnybrook Stout. I personally prefer both of these beers over Guinness Dry Stout.

    Maybe there are US brewed Dry Stouts available to you that you would enjoy drinking.


    P.S. I more lobby for Shiner Bohemian Black Lager.
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  20. woemad

    woemad Poo-Bah (3,840) Jun 8, 2003 Washington
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    I think Barney Flats from Anderson Valley would be an excellent choice. I've always found that beer ridiculously drinkable but remaining true to the stout character. A schwarzbier or a cream stout like Sam Adams would work as well, though I personally find schwarzbiers closer to brown ales that stouts, myself. Or maybe a hybrid like this:
    I hope such reccomendations are useful to you, as it's kinda hard for some of us who've come to love RISs to relate (and some of us have clearly not read your post), but I was stalled on Guinness Island for years until I had an Old Rasputin based on an inept reccomendation from a waitress ("We don't have Guinness, but here's something else dark. It's probably the same...") and my mind was blown by my first RIS. I also took to IPAs super quick once I got over the idea I wouldn't like them.
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  21. chrismattlin

    chrismattlin Champion (840) May 10, 2014 Ohio

    Stillwater Folklore
    Belgian-style Stout

    Definitely a departure from most other stouts. Worlds apart from a Russian Imperial Stout.
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  22. Stagga_Lee

    Stagga_Lee Initiate (0) Jul 22, 2014 Massachusetts

    Stone Master of Disguise might be worthwhile if you can find it. The golden stout trumps even a veteran's understanding of the style.
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  23. doppletheGOAT

    doppletheGOAT Initiate (0) Nov 27, 2012 Texas

    Deschutes Obsidian Stout and Sam Adams Cream Stout are both VERY drinkable stouts.
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  24. doppletheGOAT

    doppletheGOAT Initiate (0) Nov 27, 2012 Texas

    funny you say that, when I drink an IPA I think the initial taste is good but then BAM I get smacked with this really dry extremely bitter grapefruit taste. LOL!

    That dry leaf tobacco taste is what really makes me love Stouts. Although, I seem to get this taste most often with Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. This beer is soooo roasty, it almost tastes like a smoked beer.
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  25. Redneckwine

    Redneckwine Initiate (0) Dec 3, 2013 Washington

    I'll have to reinforce...

    Deschutes Obsidian Stout
    Sierra Nevada Stout
    Sam Adams Cream Stout
    Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin (seasonal, get it while you can, it's very good)
    Deschutes Black Butte Porter (has a solid hop presence you may enjoy)

    Those are my go-to porters/stouts; all very available, affordable, and tasty.
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  26. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,940) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    I suspect you would enjoy drinking Lavery Belfast Black Smoked Porter; I really like that beer!

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  27. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Initiate (0) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado

    Finish clean? You're shit outta luck. As far as I know, Budweiser doesn't make a stout.
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  28. doppletheGOAT

    doppletheGOAT Initiate (0) Nov 27, 2012 Texas

    Thanks for the suggestion. I will see if we get this beer but I don't think I've ever seen it here.
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  29. BeerDrinkersWorldTour

    BeerDrinkersWorldTour Initiate (0) Sep 3, 2014 Northern Ireland

    1. Murphy's Irish Stout.
    2. Belfast Black.
    3. Brains Original Stout.
    4. Innis and Gunn Irish Whiskey Cask Finish.
    5. McGrath Irish Black
    6. Jopen Extra Stout
    7. Guinness Extra Stout
    8. Dungarvan Coffee and oatmeal stout

    Good luck... but if you are a real IPA DIPA man then there is a gulf of taste you need to cross first. Go mild and build your way up from there, use the reviews on this suit to guide you and enjoy the journey... :slight_smile:
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  30. VanBeer

    VanBeer Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2007 Indiana

    Is it me or is this year breakfast stout much bitter than usual? It tastes like starbucks.
  31. yemenmocha

    yemenmocha Poo-Bah (2,853) Jun 18, 2002 Arizona

    Kindly suggest that maybe you just don't like stouts. Go ahead, try people's suggestions, but goodness gracious man just be open to maybe you don't like stouts.
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  32. Fox82791

    Fox82791 Initiate (0) Jun 20, 2014 New York

    I've always found it pretty bitter so I can't really differenciate lol
  33. mabermud

    mabermud Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2006 Washington

    AleSmith Speedway Stout
  34. Brolo75

    Brolo75 Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2013 California

    Used to love Guinness but I have found so many better tasting stouts and I never get a chewing tobacco flavor off any of them. If you like Irish dry stouts try North Coast Old No. 38 Stout, it's a dry Irish stout brewed in CA.
    I really enjoy oatmeal stouts as I find them very drinkable. Barney Flats, Samuel Smith's , and Velvet Merlin are my favorites. As some of the earlier posts have stated, maybe stouts just aren't for you.
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  35. CraigP83

    CraigP83 Defender (612) Dec 19, 2014 Minnesota

    Founders Breakfast Stout and Left Hand Milk Stout
  36. Southerndiscomfort

    Southerndiscomfort Initiate (0) Dec 3, 2014 North Carolina

    Ten Fidy is the only stout I go out of my way for. I'm a hophead
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  37. PintOh1759

    PintOh1759 Initiate (121) Oct 29, 2014 Missouri

    recently found this being sold everywhere in Anchorage, maybe i just missed it before but its been in my face every time i do a beer run, maybe i shall try it.
  38. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (7,315) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    BLVD Dark Truth Stout
    Bells Double Cream Stout
  39. Phoam

    Phoam Initiate (0) Dec 18, 2014 New York

    TenFidy is definitely worth a shot. I love it. And if you end up enjoying it, grab a few to hold on to for a while. It ages really well, and it is a fun beer to have as a vertical.
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  40. Josh012012

    Josh012012 Initiate (0) Feb 3, 2014 Minnesota

    I pretty much despise the stuff.. but storm king stout has a hop finish that you may like if your an ipa guy.

    But best thing you can do imo is to go for all the top rated stouts till you find one you like.. this process will give your palate some time to as adapt also
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