What's your favorite Stout in each sub-style?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Todd, Nov 3, 2022.

  1. alucard6679

    alucard6679 Pundit (985) Jul 29, 2012 Arizona

    I’ll admit, I don’t drink a lot of sweet/milk stouts and Young’s has some nostalgia going for it
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  2. Spade

    Spade Pooh-Bah (1,654) Mar 27, 2006 Pennsylvania
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    Irish Dry Stout - Sly Fox O'Reilly's Stout
    Sweet/milk stout - Lancaster Milk Stout

    I love stouts but don't have strong opinions on the rest of the categories. And didn't know today was whatever day so I'll chill one for later. Really need a calendar on the sidebar of this site.
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  3. alucard6679

    alucard6679 Pundit (985) Jul 29, 2012 Arizona

    Me too, man. Me too
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  4. zid

    zid Grand Pooh-Bah (3,036) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    Oh wait... now that I think about, I probably misunderstood. Do you mean the Double Chocolate Stout that's still around? I was strictly thinking of Young's back when they were still a genuine thing. I had their old oatmeal stout in mind... which I never had. Wish I could try those old beers today.
  5. Urk1127

    Urk1127 Initiate (0) Jul 2, 2014 Pennsylvania

    Youngs. Murphys. Guinness etc etc

    I very much enjoy Sam Smiths Imperial Stout. Tonewood out of New Jersey has a 3. Something percent stout that is crazy good. I was a giant fan of milk stout until my body said permanently no more or else. Lancaster Milk Stout is what dreams are made of
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  6. alucard6679

    alucard6679 Pundit (985) Jul 29, 2012 Arizona

    I was referring to the not genuine thing, and a time when I used to bring it to D&D sessions because it was agreeable for everyone while being somewhat “fancy”
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  7. taxandbeerguy

    taxandbeerguy Pooh-Bah (2,483) Jul 12, 2013 Canada (ON)

    My list with a tiny bit of commentary

    American Imperial: Collective Arts - Origin of Darkness: Lervig

    This is probably more of an Imperial Pastry Stout as it’s BBA and loaded with peanut butter. Peche Mortel and Ten Fidy (old standbys) are right behind

    American: Siren Craft Brew Caribbean Chocolate Cake

    English: Harviestoun Old Engine Oil

    Ola Dubh 18 & 30 are right behind. Harviestoun apparently has this style on lock down.

    Foreign/Export: Beau’s Sergeant Stripes

    Experience is limited here (only six) - Guinness Foreign Extra Stout is the runner up.

    Irish Dry: Central City Red Racer Gingerbread Stout

    This is a flavored stout, runner up is/was Black Creek Irish Potato Stout marginally ahead of a number of other quality Irish Dry Stouts.

    Oatmeal: Founders Breakfast Stout

    No surprise.

    Russian Imperial: Founders Imperial Stout

    St-Ambroise Stout Imperiale Russe and North Coast Old Rasputin are close enough to give pause.

    Sweet/Milk: Flying Monkeys The Chocolate Manifesto

    Bellwoods Black Liquids No. 9 is close enough to give a mention.
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    BMBCLT Grand Pooh-Bah (3,353) May 9, 2014 South Carolina

    I think, if Zonker Stout was more widely available/distributed, it'd be a lot of people's number one choice as well. :slight_smile:
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  9. keithmurray

    keithmurray Pooh-Bah (2,721) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

    American Imperial Stout - Ten Fidy

    American Stout- Kalamazoo Stout

    English Stout-Harviestoun Old Engine Oil.

    Foreign/Export Stout- Lion Stout

    Irish Dry Stout- Murphy's

    Oatmeal Stout-Ipswich Oatmeal Stout

    Russian Imperial Stout - Parabola

    Sweet/Milk Stout--Mackeson XXX
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  10. ATL6245

    ATL6245 Pooh-Bah (2,688) Aug 16, 2018 Georgia
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    I'm not quite as prolific in the Stouts as other styles. I'm guessing virtually no one will have many of the same ones I do. Maybe Murphy's and Guinness. Anyway here's mine.

    One side note, I really like a "straight ahead" American Stout but it has really become difficult to have much of a selection in my area. Even directly at the brewery. It can be a little frustrating to me.
    #51 ATL6245, Nov 4, 2022
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  11. ATL6245

    ATL6245 Pooh-Bah (2,688) Aug 16, 2018 Georgia
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    @Todd as if you guys don't have enough to do, but this is a pretty good idea. A calendar with all the different beer days on it. Nice @Spade !:+1:
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  12. dbl_delta

    dbl_delta Grand Pooh-Bah (3,725) Sep 22, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Well, you asked so here is an unfiltered accounting of my preferences over the last decade or so. Some of my ratings are utterly inexplicable to me now. Others I remember fondly. But FWIW here you go. YMMV.

    American Imperial Stout (149):
    The Farewell To Foes We Neversaid
    (Burial Beer Co.)

    American Stout (39):
    Murder of Crows
    (Reaver Beach Brewing)

    English Stout (3):
    Cafe Cohiba (Mason Ale Works)

    Foreign / Export Stout (2):
    Fade To Black - Volume 1 (Left Hand Brewing)

    Irish Dry Stout (4):
    NA - I hated them all

    Oatmeal Stout (22):
    Breakfast Stout (Founders)

    Russian Imperial Stout (66):
    Coven [Coffee + Coconut + Cacao + Cookies & Cream + BBA Maple] (Ghost 1107) (Adroit Theory)

    Sweet / Milk Stout (30):
    Cafe Con Leche Stout (Cigar City)
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  13. Todd

    Todd Founder (13,172) Aug 23, 1996 Finland
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    Brought this up with some of the mods not too long ago when exploring ways to reboot the calendar.
  14. ATL6245

    ATL6245 Pooh-Bah (2,688) Aug 16, 2018 Georgia
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  15. barnzy78

    barnzy78 Grand Pooh-Bah (3,185) Jun 2, 2008 Illinois

    Dammit, I’m drinking IPA’s tonight! Need to change it up seeing as there’s still 2 innings left in game 5.

    Going strictly by review/rating because I don’t feel like picking favorites:

    American Imperial Stout: Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Café de Olla Stout (2019)
    Sweet/Milk Stout: Toppling Goliath Mornin’ Latte
    Russian Imperial Stout: Surly Darkness
    Oatmeal Stout: Revolution Café Deth
    American Stout: Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout
    Irish Dry Stout: North Coast Old #38 Stout
    Foreign/Extra Stout: Schlafly Irish-Style Extra Stout

    I don’t get on the forum much, but cheers y’all!
    #56 barnzy78, Nov 4, 2022
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  16. stevoj

    stevoj Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,682) Nov 22, 2011 Idaho
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  17. TheHammer

    TheHammer Pooh-Bah (1,978) Feb 15, 2009 Canada (ON)

    American Imperial Stout - South of Nowhere - MERIT Brewing Co.* (see bellow)

    American Stout -
    Viva la Stout - Sawdust City Brewing Co.

    English Stout -
    Old Engine Oil - Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.

    Foreign/Export Stout -
    Dragon Stout - Desnoes & Geddes Limited

    Irish Dry Stout -
    Murphy's Irish Stout - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

    Oatmeal Stout -
    Simple Man - Frank Brewing Co.

    Russian Imperial Stout -
    Wellington Imperial Stout - Wellington Brewery

    Sweet/Milk Stout -
    Kentucky Cow - Wellington Brewery

    and finally, even though it is classified as an American Imperial Stout, I do feel that Coffee stout deserves it's own category, to which I give the king of all stouts I've had.

    Coffee Stout - Peche Mortel - Brasserie Dieu du Ceil!
  18. detgfrsh

    detgfrsh Maven (1,271) Jun 20, 2014 Texas

    American Imperial: KBS, Founders
    American: Obsidian, Deschutes
    English: only one I've reviewed is Kentucky Coffee Barrel, Alltech's
    Foreign/Export: Guinness Foreign Extra
    Irish Dry: O'Hara's Leann Folláin, Carlow
    Oatmeal: Breakfast, Founders
    Russian Imperial: Old Rasputin, North Coast
    Sweet/Milk: The Temptress, Lakewood
  19. jmdrpi

    jmdrpi Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,923) Dec 11, 2008 Pennsylvania
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  20. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Pooh-Bah (1,583) Jul 4, 2008 Ohio

    So many solid choices and brewers Bell's and Jackie O's could fill much of this list. FBS made it based on consistency and availability as St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout is probably my favorite of the sub-style that is w/o added flavors.
    Really want to keep the beers dark until the spring bocks this year.
  21. Rug

    Rug Pooh-Bah (2,898) Aug 20, 2018 Massachusetts
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    What a fun thread! For me (with links to my reviews, some a bit old and less informed than I am these days :grin:) it's:

  22. LeRose

    LeRose Grand Pooh-Bah (3,427) Nov 24, 2011 Massachusetts
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    Interesting to sort through this and find some surprises like the difference between what I would pick up to drink versus highest rated, plus two relatively easy to find styles lightly represented. Man, there are a ton of good beers if I combine all the stout categories. But anyway...

    American Imperial
    • KBS from Founders as highest rated and I'd throw in some of my lower rated variants, but one of my favorite drinkers is Undead Party Crasher (nee Vampire Slayer) from Clown Shoes.
    • Brig and Maple Brig from Springdale. The Townsman was one of my favorites from a local brewer/friend - but sadly closed.
    • Danny's Oatmeal Stout from Lake St. George Brewing - favorite and top scored.
    Russian Imperial
    • Surley Darkness is at the top of the ratings. Lake St. George Fledgling, Thirsty Dog Siberian Night are more of the "go to" when I can find them.
    • Babayaga from Pretty Things - didn't realize it was in this category. Lovely brew.
    • Mast Landing Gunner's Daughter hand's down (I even like the peanut butter), but pretty fond of Shake It Sugar Tree from Foundation when it's out.
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  23. crazyspicychef

    crazyspicychef Savant (1,215) Sep 27, 2012 Pennsylvania

    I pretty much gave up on local stouts as most have unnecessary flavoring additives in them.
    I like a good ole regular stout, nothing added, aged on or infused, or overly hopped.
    Guinness Foreign Export Stout, Guinness Extra Stout, Guinness Pub Style Stout, Sammy Smith Imperial Stout & Oatmeal stout are my go to's when in the mood for the style.
    Yuengling Porter is also very satisfying for the price & a Fall & Winter staple for me.
  24. thebeers

    thebeers Grand Pooh-Bah (5,151) Sep 10, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    A while back I started a thread on the top-rated “plain” stouts in each subcategory — plain meaning no barrel aging and no add-junks (coffee, coconut, peppers, etc).

    The Irish Stouts and Foreign/Export subcategories still have a lot of plain options. The others you need to dig a bit deeper.

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  25. jjamadorphd

    jjamadorphd Pooh-Bah (1,990) Jul 21, 2012 Florida
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  26. Beginner2

    Beginner2 Grand Pooh-Bah (3,524) Feb 14, 2016 Illinois
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    This is an interesting exercise as I rarely think about my favorite stouts and don't buy them that way. My stout drinking is pretty simple: If the weather or my mood is lousy, I just go down to the cellar and get whatever stout is down there. I also rarely repeat a stout; indicating I don't assimilate favorites in these styles. I use parentheses to show how little I do this.

    American Imperial Stout (55): Goose Island's Bourbon County Brand Stout
    American Stout (18): New Glarus' Coffee Stout
    English Stout (12): the four Harviestoun's Engine Oil varieties
    Foreign export stouts (8): Lion Stout from Ceylon, I have not found it for several years
    Irish Dry Stout (18): North Coast's Old #38
    Oatmeal Stout (24); Founder's Breakfast Stout
    Russian Imperials (35): Firestone Walker's Parabola
    honorable mention Drago from Chicago's Wild Onion
    Sweet/milk (31): Tree House's Candy Shop
    honorable mention: Azadi's Kadak (Azadi is a startup at Chicago's Pilot Project)
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  27. bubseymour

    bubseymour Grand Pooh-Bah (4,584) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    All I know is that if you like sweet stouts and don’t necessarily want a high ABV, pastry bomb Tree House really has it figured out quite well.
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