Category Archives: Stout

FCB Chocolate Stout

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Since the Bears didn’t even come close to the playoffs this year, I was a bit bored while watching the playoffs at the bar, and used the opportunity to try several new dark winter brews on tap. They were all delicious. Dark beers go well with cold weather and football, which are two of the very few things I like about winter.

The first was Fort Collins Brewery Chocolate Stout. It was pretty tasty, as chocolate stouts go. It did not, however, taste at all like chocolate. It was smooth with a hint of sweet up front, and a sour aftertaste. It didn’t have much bitter flavor either, so I can’t even say it tasted like cocoa… but despite that, it was a good pick.

I give it a 7.5 / 10.

Hoppin’ Frog Oatmeal-Imperial Stout

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My sister and her fiancée just moved into town. Woohoo! He used to live near Akron, and brought along this local stout for me.  :D  From the interestingly-named Hoppin’ Frog Brewery, it was, specifically, the barrel-aged version of their Oatmeal-Imperial Stout.

It’s quite smooth. There’s not much head, but it bubbles some in your mouth. The taste is very sweet, such that I can’t drink it very fast… it’s definitely a sipper. There is a hint of fruit, and you can really taste the whiskey flavor of the barrels in which it was aged. There is a lingering, slightly bitter aftertaste, reminiscent of the aftertaste from a sugary drink (like soda).

Overall, very good and unique! I give it an 8.5.

Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout

WOW, it’s been a long time since I posted about beer. I’m due!

Duck-Rabbit Brewery is a specialist in dark beers. Little else is needed to win over my heart. I’ve tried a few of their brews and liked them all.

Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout is only the second milk stout I’ve tried… and it makes me think that milk stout is my favorite kind of beer, ever. It’s sweet, but not as sweet as Left Hand’s milk stout. There is a bit of a sour aftertaste that is reminiscent of chocolate. It’s very drinkable for a heavy stout and I like it so much, I think I’ll go have another right now.

Ten Fidy Imperial Stout

I was out buying beer a few weeks ago and lamented to the cashier that they didn’t have many dark beers available. Apparently people prefer stouts and porters in winter, and once the weather warms up, they want something lighter.

Whatever.

But they did have one new stout: Ten Fidy from Oskar Blues Brewery in Colorado. (If you check out their page, they also make Old Chub, a Scottish ale which sits in my fridge waiting to be taste-tested.) It’s only available in cans or on tap. I bought one can for a dear price of $4, but it was tasty enough that I tried it on tap at a Taco Mac.

Ten Fidy

It’s a nice dark stout. It has very little carbonation – in fact, it was so almost flat that it was just… weird. A bit like drinking Kahlua straight. It’s smooth and a bit tangy, with a sweetness like dark chocolate (although there’s only a hint of actual chocolate taste) and the aftertaste is quite bitter. On tap, it’s smoother and less bitter.

Ratings:
Can: 8.5
On tap: 9

Lion Head Stout

Another week, another delicious dark beer. This week it’s Lion Head Stout. I don’t know what brewery it’s from, because the bottles are long gone, although I recall it being imported from the Caribbean. Anyway, it’s heavy and musty… almost reminiscent of the odor in a barn, or the lion house at the zoo. But in a good way. Really. It’s slightly sweet, but sharp in the middle and has a slightly bitter aftertaste. Pleasant and refreshing overall. Pretty darn good beer.

Ratings:
M: 8
N: 8.5

Beamish Genuine Irish Stout

I can’t for the life of me remember where I tried this beer, but in the spirit of the recently celebrated St. Patrick’s Day, I present: Beamish Genuine Irish Stout.

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Unsurprisingly, it’s very much like Guinness… but with more flavor. I am sorry if you’re a Guinness fan, but it’s so very bland that it’s easy for a stout to improve on it. That said, it’s a good “drinking” beer, although I got fairly toasted on St. Patty’s Day and had the worst Guinness hangover ever on Tuesday.

Anyway, Beamish has a tiny tang and bite, which make it a little more bitter than Guinness, but just as smooth and creamy. A tasty alternative and another salute to Irish beermongery.

Ratings:
M: 7.5
N: 7.5

Big River Iron Horse Stout

While in Chattanooga two weeks ago, I stopped at a brewery & restaurant for lunch. I had their in-house Big River Iron Horse Stout.

Big River Iron Horse

It is slightly tangy, very earthy, and a little sweet. The aftertaste is sweet and fleeting. Overall, it is smooth and cooling and tasty. Not at all reminiscent of steam locomotives.

Rating: 8