What are your favorite (no frills) Stouts?

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  1. SailIntoTheStout

    SailIntoTheStout Initiate (0) Aug 29, 2015 Michigan

    It seems like barrel-aging, adding extra coffee and chocolate to stouts is all the rage today. What's your best example of a solid, nothing fancy stout?
  2. NCMonte

    NCMonte Initiate (0) Jan 28, 2014 North Carolina

    Would a milk stout count like say, Left Hand's "Milk Stout" ?
  3. Shanex

    Shanex Poo-Bah (1,797) Dec 10, 2015 France
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    Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, if that should count.
  4. bigdonniebrasco

    bigdonniebrasco Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2007 Kansas

  5. seahawksandbassguitar

    seahawksandbassguitar Initiate (0) Jan 12, 2016 Washington

    Sierra Nevada Stout and Deschutes Obsidian.
    I also really enjoy Ballast Point's The Commodore, but it can be difficult to find sometimes.

    Samuel Smith's Oatmeal stout is delicious too, but I hardly ever buy it.
  6. CreekOfTheDead

    CreekOfTheDead Initiate (0) Jul 18, 2016 Texas

    Commissar from Real Ale is so damn tasty.
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  7. Sam_The_Elder

    Sam_The_Elder Initiate (0) Sep 4, 2015 Iowa

    Plain stout - Deschutes Obsidian Stout
    Milk/sweet stout - Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro
  8. zid

    zid Poo-Bah (1,757) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    Bell's Kalamazoo...

    ... but it does have licorice, so it's a little fancy but it doesn't drink like it.
  9. scottakelly

    scottakelly Zealot (526) May 9, 2007 Ohio

    Bell's Kalamazoo Stout for me as well
  10. SoCal_Matt

    SoCal_Matt Disciple (339) Jul 13, 2014 California

    Great Divide Yeti is probably my favorite widely distributed stout. Locally, I really love Serpent's Stout from The Lost Abbey. I was also a huge fan of Blackout Stout from Great Lakes when I lived in Ohio.
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  11. Jacobier10

    Jacobier10 Poo-Bah (2,551) Feb 23, 2004 New Jersey

    Yards Love Stout. Preferably in bottles as opposed to nitro draught.
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  12. zid

    zid Poo-Bah (1,757) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    If I crossed a line with that licorice then I'd go with Greenport's Black Duck even if they call it a "porter." I can't help crossing lines I guess. :slight_smile:
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  13. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,954) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    Ten Fidy
    Bell's Expedition
    Lagunitas Imperial Stout
  14. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,988) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    I just got a bottle of that for Throwback Friday, and am looking forward to finally having it again. I think the last time I had it was before the ownership shakeup.
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  15. skleice

    skleice Aspirant (299) Aug 6, 2015 Connecticut

    Founders Imperial
    Even More Jesus
    Ten Fidy.
  16. NeroFiddled

    NeroFiddled Poo-Bah (13,533) Jul 8, 2002 Pennsylvania
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    Uggh, in so many ways I hate what coffee, Bourbon barrels, and whatever else have done to stouts. Not that they don't have their time or merits, but I always go back to the basics. However, I have a bent towards maltiness:

    Yards Love Stout
    Titanic Extra Dry Stout
    Young's Oatmeal Stout (they just sprinkle some over the top of the mash)
    Titanic Stout
    Avery Out of Bounds
    Deschutes Obsidian
    Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin
    Lost Coast 8 Ball
    Bell's Kalamazoo
    Meantime London Stout
    New glarus Road Slush (great name)
    Samuel Smith's Organic stout (wasn't there a non-organic before?)
    Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout
    Magic Hat Heart of Darkness
    Mackeson XXX Stout
    Lion Stout
    Le Coq Imperial Extra Double Stout
    Victory Storm King
    North Coast Old Rasputin
  17. hopsputin

    hopsputin Poo-Bah (2,697) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey

    Bear Republic Big Bear Black is a damn fine stout. Also really enjoy B.O.R.I.S.
  18. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

    Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
  19. That_Bearded_Guy

    That_Bearded_Guy Disciple (346) Jan 25, 2016 California

    Founders Imperial or Dark Horse Plead the 5th
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  20. benbking

    benbking Initiate (0) Dec 11, 2009 Rhode Island

    Speedway Stout from Alesmith. Seconded Big Black Bear.
  21. A_Rad

    A_Rad Initiate (0) May 8, 2015 Wisconsin

    Sierra Nevada Stout. Easy.
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  22. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,988) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Another West Coast style stout I'm fond of is Pike XXXXX. It's more aggressive than SN, but sometimes ones mood calls for something like that :slight_smile:.
  23. zid

    zid Poo-Bah (1,757) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    I didn't hear about that. What's the story?
  24. nachos

    nachos Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2012 Michigan

  25. jcos

    jcos Aspirant (212) Nov 23, 2009 Maryland

    Bell's Java Stout. Yes, it has coffee, but it is sold in six packs, is a reasonable abv and is not hard to find.
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  26. rronin

    rronin Initiate (0) Jul 4, 2005 Washington

    Old Raspy, Narwhal, or Sam Adams Nitro Coffee Stout. Can I just add -apropos of nothing- that for me, stout is very much a comfort food and is my go-to drink when the days grow short and the nights are long and cold!
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  27. jpearce4

    jpearce4 Initiate (0) Feb 5, 2016 Michigan

    An Expedition Stout with a few months on it is an absolute thing of beauty! No frills needed.
  28. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,988) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    All I know is that the partnership dissolved and one group went their separate way. Maybe one of our Philly members has all of the details. In this case it was just a way of me placing my last try of that beer at about a decade ago.
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  29. Shanex

    Shanex Poo-Bah (1,797) Dec 10, 2015 France
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    SN Stout is fantastic. :slight_smile:

    BBCS, which I had sometimes in spring was a delight of a beer, and my palate still somehow recall those chocolate flavor.
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  30. NeroFiddled

    NeroFiddled Poo-Bah (13,533) Jul 8, 2002 Pennsylvania
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    The Yards ownership shakeup: it all started in '94 with Tom and John brewing in a trailer (pretty literally), but then John left. Tom moved to a bigger location and brought in a new partner to help fund it, Bill. They grew out of that brewery and then Bill found the historic Weissbrod & Hess Brewing building in Kensington. With more capital they moved into there. Things got heady, and a parting of ways was deemed suitable, but because Bill had so much invested, and had been more involved in the building they were in, Tom just left, taking the Yards name and concept with him. That left Bill to form the Philadelphia Brewing Company. As it stands, Yards is now much bigger than PBC.
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  31. JFresh21

    JFresh21 Disciple (346) Mar 6, 2012 Illinois

    Big Bad Baptist... great no hype stout.
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    WCKDVBZ Meyvn (1,453) May 9, 2014 South Carolina

    The one an only Founders Imperial Stout.
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  33. azurel

    azurel Initiate (0) May 27, 2016 Michigan

    New Holland regular Dragons Milk....It still barrel aged but nothing fancy....One of the few everyday BA srouts that is always instock....Bells does a fabulous job on their stouts too....Nice thing being local I can always find them...Or head a 1/2 mile down the road and hit the general store.
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  34. HorseheadsHophead

    HorseheadsHophead Poo-Bah (2,424) Sep 15, 2014 Colorado

    Founders Imperial Stout and Ten Fidy are my favorite stouts. No barrel aging required.
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    WCKDVBZ Meyvn (1,453) May 9, 2014 South Carolina


    I could also settle for Bell's Black Note!
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  36. Johnct

    Johnct Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2014 New York

    Clown Shoes' Undead Party Crasher surprised the shit outta me. I think it's an absolutely perfect base stout.

    It doesn't taste like I'm drinking coffee, or guzzling hershey's syrup. It tastes like a stout.
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  37. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Initiate (0) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona

    I think Guinness is pretty no frills. I find myself really enjoying (Again) the simple flavors and easy drinking of it. I also like Ten Fidy a lot.
  38. CJNAPS

    CJNAPS Initiate (0) Nov 3, 2013 California

    Sierra Nevada Narwhal
    North Coast Old Rasputin
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  39. JuicesFlowing

    JuicesFlowing Initiate (0) Jul 5, 2009 Kansas

    O'Hara's Irish Stout (Ireland)
    Cooper's Best Extra Stout (Australia)

    Two of the best stouts I've ever had. No frills and delicious.
  40. Wasatch

    Wasatch Poo-Bah (7,332) Jun 8, 2005 Colorado
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    East End Black Strap
    Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
    Deschutes Obsidian Stout
    Ten Fidy
    Victory Storm King
    North Coast Old Rasputin

    Just to name a few.

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