Beer taste test: What are some good Stout beers?

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    • #201869

      We’re planning to do another blind beer taste test soon, this time focusing on Stouts. What are some great, widely available (or at least, ones we can get in Atlanta) Stouts we should try to include?

    • #201873

      Lefthand Nitro Milk Stout, hands-down the best stout I’ve ever had. Lefthand brewery is out of Colorado, but it’s distributed pretty widely. If you can’t get it in ATL let me know and I’ll ship ya a six pack.

    • #201876

      Yep, we have Lefthand Nitro Milk Stout. Pretty good stuff!

      I have a feeling we’ll end up with a number of milk stouts in our test–that seems to be a pretty popular variety right now. I really dig Terrapin’s Moo Hoo myself–chocolate milk stout FTW!

    • #201878

      Right on! Also, if you’re doing “all” types of stouts, would be good to throw in one or two Russian Imperial Stouts, like Old Rasputin:

      But if you’re doing a blind taste test, would be really easy to pick those outs VS the milk stouts.

    • #201916

      If you can find it, its my favorite beer.  Dragon’s Milk

      For a non-milk, maybe try Old Rasputin from North Coast Brewing Co.  out of California

    • #201917

      Was going to suggest Old Rasputin but Greg beat me to it. Others to think about: Green Flash Double Stout, Founder’s Breakfast Stout, Boulevard’s Dark Truth, Avery’s The Czar and Mephistopheles (careful on that last one — great balance but huge alc. content).

    • #201919

      Yards Brewing Co. Love Stout-

      It’s brewed in Philadelphia, not sure about the availability but I image it can be found somewhere in/around the Atlanta area. If you can find it, it’s definitely worth it. Good stuff.

      I can confirm that Dragon’s Milk, mentioned above ^ is also a good choice

    • #201920

      Not sure about availability, but I am a huge fan of the Zonker Stout from Snake River Brewery in Jackson Wyoming.

      A more mainstream one I have only had once that I thought was pretty good was the Rogue double chocolate stout.

    • #201921

      Founder’s Oatmeal Stout, because beer is a viable breakfast food… Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout, Great Lakes Brewing Company Blackout Stout and Ohio City Oatmeal Stout.

    • #201925

      Oscar Blues Ten Fidy, Schlafly Coffee Stout, Schlafly Irish Extra Stout, Deschutes Obsidian Stout, Tall Grass Buffalo Sweat, Urban Chestnut Brewing Cherry Thale, Pernnial Sump Coffee Stout or Free State Oatmeal Stout. Those are some fine middle America stouts right there.

    • #201927

      Although not widely available, some of the best stouts not mentioned, in my opinion, are Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout and Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout. Another great seasonal option that I’ve seen around is Stone Xocoveza, served around room temperature

    • #201928

      Excellent recommendations! I’m getting stoked for our taste test…

    • #201945

      I have to agree with the left hand milk stout.  I have not had Kentucky bourbon barrel stout, I have had the Kentucky bourbon barrel ale and like it. I have tried an oatmeal stout that was good, but no sure it was Founders.

      I don’t really drink stout that much, mostly brown ales.

      My favorites are Vetrans Scoutdog Brown, and SeaDog blueberry ale, especially when at Ford’s Restaurant, they have it draft and always add a handfull of fresh blueberrys to the glass.

      So as far as stouts go I want to try the SeaDog stout.


    • #201982

      The best stouts are the ones that almost taste like porters…so yeah a porter test should be in the works!  😉

      Founders and Left Hand seem to be the large micro brew standards (and I also prefer the Nitro).  I feel like you have to put Guinness in too as it’s the Budweiser of Stouts and gives you a starting point.

      I believe you can get Rogue Sriracha Stout 22oz at Costco right now if you’re looking for a random choice.

    • #201985

      Sam Smith oatmeal stout. I’ve had almost every stout on this list so far, and they’re all great, but Sam Smith started the stout love for me, it’s one of the originals, and still phenomenal. Red brick also has a really interesting chai stout.

    • #201986

      You’re in Atlanta, so try something from Terrapin Beer Co., out of Athens.  Moo-Hoo Chocolate Milk Stout & Wake-n-Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout are both good.  I saw both at Total Wine in Alpharetta last weekend.

    • #201987

      Duck Rabbit Milk Stout, out of North Carolina. Out here in the Stn Mtn/Tucker/Lilburn area I get it at Smokerise Bottle Shop but have also seen it at a local Kroger every now and then. I still love Guinness too, especially when the options are not there.

    • #201988

      If you can get it where you are, Epic Big Bad Baptist is an awesome coffee stout.

    • #201989

      By far the best stout I’ve had all year.

      Lucky bucket’s, certified evil imperial oatmeal stout.


    • #202189

      Green Room Brewing (Jax Beach, FL) – Count Shakula (chocolate oatmeal stout)

    • #202444

      Update: Here’s the list of stout beers we were able to test.

      Duck Rabbit Milk Stout
      New Holland Dragon’s Milk
      Highland Black Mocha Stout
      Guiness Extra Stout
      Kalamazoo Stout
      Left Hand Wake up Dead Nitro
      Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout
      Red Hare Sticky Stout
      Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero
      Southbound Moonlight Drive
      Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout
      Oskar Blues Ten Fidy

      Anyone care to predict which ones will end up on top? Any on this list you really dislike?

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