With International Stout Day coming up this Thursday, we decided to share our love our favorite stouts with the world. In chatting among ourselves, we learned pretty quickly that if there’s anything we could all agree on, it’s that stouts are just plain awesome. For some of us, it was our gateway beer, for others it became the go-to. Without further ado, here’s each of our thoughts on stouts:
Colleen L.: One of my favorite stouts to drink has to be Founder’s Breakfast Stout. It was one of the stouts that made me really appreciate the style and crave more. The one stout that I wish was easier for me to find is Firestone Walker Parabola. I usually am lucky enough to find 1 bottle a year, but wish I had loads more. It is a great Russian Imperial stout that just oozes goodness. I hope to have Deschutes Obsidian on Stout Day as I’ll be in Portland for work. Cheers to more good stout beers!
Amanda D.: I appreciate all types of stouts, but the sweet, boozy notes of an Imperial barrel-aged stout take me to my happy place. With its roasted coffee and dark chocolate malts, Oskar Blues Ten FIDY is one of my favorite Russian Imperial Stouts, but it gets even better when Oskar Blues throws it into bourbon barrels. I usually have to find this gem on tap, but Oskar Blues recently released a version in 19.2-ounce cans for the first time. Naturally, I had to partake in this historic event and picked up a six pack at the Oskar Blues tap room in Longmont, Colorado.
Although you get plenty of boozy goodness, there’s little heat for a 12.9 percent ABV beer. The bourbon is prominent with a touch of vanilla and nutty undertones. For me, this beer is nearly perfect and a delicious choice for Stout Day.
Amanda W.: Stouts to me are the perfect beer to enjoy as the seasons change. One of my most favorite stouts is Crown Valley Imperial Pumpkin Smash. This beer pours a gorgeous dark brown color with a tannish colored head. As soon as you smell this beer the pumpkin and spices hit you beckoning you to take a sip. Right away there is a taste of pumpkin, cloves, and other fall spices. As the first sip ends, your taste buds are left with the tastes of chocolate and pumpkin. This is a well rounded stout. I search for this beer all fall and once its gone..it’s gone.
The one stout that I wish I had more of is Hi-Wire Russian Imperial Stout that was aged in many different types of oak barrels, including Napa Valley wine barrels. This beer is part of the brewery’s Ringmaster Series. The complexity of this stout amazes me every time I taste this beer. We currently have one bottle left in the house and I can not wait to see how this beer ages out.
Stouts to me are the perfect winter warmer beer. These beers are not meant to be drank quickly, to me these are the perfect beers for friends to get together around a fire pit and share. Everyone will have a different experience with stouts and this is why I love this style so much. Cheers!!!
April: The only stout I’ve consumed in a long while is Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout, but with the chill in the air and Stout Day upon us stouts are back on my drinking list. They are just too rich and heavy for me when the weather is blazing hot. One particular stout that sticks out in my mind is Thirsty Dog’s Siberian Night. It’s an Imperial Stout with an ABV of 9.7%. It’s been a while since I last drank a bottle, but I remember the strong smell of roasted malts and the dark chocolate taste. Delicious! In the near future I plan to take a trip to Jackie O’s Brewery to sample their Java the Stout. This is a seasonal caramel centered stout with half a cup of coffee’s caffeine per pint (per the website). I may need to drink that in the morning as my caffeine and alcohol intake for the day. With the Star Wars theme and the new movie being released, it makes me want to try it that much more.
Sonora: Stouts are a strong candidate for my favorite beer style. One of my first beers was Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, and I can always count on even an average stout to taste delicious. I love the dark color, the bitter notes of coffee, fruit, and chocolate; and the smooth sipping despite its strength. I especially enjoy a good imperial stout, which is why Russian Imperial Stouts hold a special place in my heart. One of my all-time favorite beers is Left Hand Wake Up Dead Nitro. It has a velvety mouthfeel and excellent flavors of coffee and dried cherries. It comes in four-packs about once a year and I can’t recommend it enough. Other favorites include North Coast Old Rasputin, Bell’s Expedition Stout, Capitol City Brewing Fuel (both regular and barrel-aged), and Great Lakes Blackout Stout, which we once enjoyed during an actual blackout. Happy Stout Day, everyone!
Colleen N.: Stouts have been quintessential to my relationship with beer since I began drinking. I was never a light beer drinker and being of Irish descent, I feel like I was raised on Guinness. In fact, my first legal beer was a Guinness at a basement bar in Scotland on a college trip. Since then, my tastes of certainly expanded and matured. I’m a fan of big complex stouts. My husband knows my tastes. For our wedding, he surprised me with a Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin which is probably one of the best beers I’ve ever tasted. While I consider myself a “hop head” for the most part, I will never turn down an awesome stout!
Chelsie: When I first started drinking craft beers, I wasn’t super eager to try stouts. I mean I wasn’t afraid exactly. They just smelled like coffee to me and I dislike the taste of coffee with a passion. Seriously. It’s repulsive to me. But then I was introduced to Brooklyn Chocolate Stout. At my first sip, I thought, “Stouts can taste like chocolate? Well, why didn’t you say so!!!” Loved it.
Since then, I’ve found an appreciation for milk stouts, oatmeal stouts, chocolate stouts with fruit overtones, pumpkin spice stouts even oyster & lobster stouts. Dogfish Head Choc Lobster was a balance of chocolate and salt. It was mildly briny not at all fishy like I feared it might be. Think dark chocolate bar with sea salt.
Oh! Stouts on nitro. YES! The creamy mouth feel is just delightful. Cask conditioned stouts are also a winner in my book. The smoother the better.
Tierney: stouts are my true love. I have a huge preference towards Russian Imperial Stouts, bourbon barrel aged stouts, coffee stouts, and chocolate stouts. I have a long list of favorite stouts and it’s hard to pick one as my favorite. Southern Tier Choklat has been a long-time favorite, it was love at first sip. The rich, decadent chocolate flavor found in this brew is enough to make anyone swoon, and the 10% doesn’t hurt either. When it comes to coffee stouts, Pizza Boy Brewing Sunny Side Up is where it’s at. They brew this amazing breakfast beer with locally roasted Little Amps Coffee. I can’t wait to drink a ton of stouts with the girls on stout day!
So, we wanna know, what’s YOUR favorite stout?