columbia wrote:Top 5 stouts that are reasonably available and won't break the bank? I was finally able to open the windows last week and feeling autumnal.
I second the Oskar Blues Ten Fidy. Definitely an awesome stout.
Here's my thoughts:Regular Stouts: 4-7% ABV
Kalamazoo Stout- Bell's
Chicory Stout- Dogfish Head
Java Stout- Bell's
Night of the Living Stout- Full Pint Brewing
Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout- Anderson ValleyImperial Stouts: 7-11% ABV
Great Divide Yeti- (Any version is awesome but I'm partial to the original and the chocolate)
Mission Dark Seas- One of my absolute FAVORITE imperial stouts. It's 10.5% and yet incredibly smooth. Love love love.
Oskar Blues Ten Fidy- We've already talked about this lovely one.
Bell's Expedition Stout- Love it. One of my first and still favorite stouts.
North Coast Old Rasputin- Amazing Imperial
Plead the Fifth- Dark Horse. Can be a little tough to find but worth the effort.
Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Stout- Also labeled as W-n-B (figure it out), it's amazing. Breakfast in a glass.
Storm King is pretty good as well- by Victory
I didn't include Founder's KBS or New Holland Dragon's Milk for a reason. Founder's KBS is practically impossible to find and Dragon's Milk is amazing but pretty pricey, even for a 10% stout. Aside from the Terrapin, all the imperial stouts I listed are 10%+ and don't cost as much as Dragon's Milk.Porters: (While I'm thinking of dark and heavy beers)
Edmund Fitzgerald- Great Lakes
Gonzo- Flying Dog
Founder's PorterCoffee Porters:
Atwater Vanilla Java
Kona Pipeline Porter
Duck Rabbit Porter
Fathead's Battle Axe
There is an amazing one that I wish we could get here but it doesn't get exported from Hawaii yet. It's called White Mountain Coconut Coffee Porter by Big Island Brewhaus. Amazing.