International Stout Day 2013

People celebrate everything nowadays, and beer fans are no exception. With that said, today (11/08/13) is National Stout Day, in which beer lovers world wide will raise their glass filled with the dark nectar. There are a variety of stout styles out there, including Irish, Imperial, Milk, Russian, and many more. So today I want everyone that loves a well crafted stout to enjoy their favorite style, specific beer, or just go out and try something new for the day. You can check out my choice for the day as the featured image, which was a Mission Dark Seas Russian Imperial Stout.

Here are just some of my recommendations for today:

  • Great Divide Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti
  • Lakefront Brewery Fuel Cafe
  • Terrapin Moo-Hoo
  • DuClaw Brewing Naked Fish
  • Mikkeller Beer Hop Breakfast
  • Flying Dog Green Tea Imperial Stout
  • Clown Shoes Vampire Slayer

There are plenty of other stouts out there, so I couldn’t name them all. I hope this gives you a good place to start. Feel free to leave a comment about what stout you drank today and some of your favorites. Cheers to everyone on National Stout Day!

7 Comment

  1. I want to know, how is Clown Shoe Vampire Slayer?

    • G-Nitro says:

      It was really good. Nice strong stout with chocolate notes, slight vanilla and a bit smoky. People who usually don’t like beer were with me when I opened the bottle, and really enjoyed its flavor as well. I highly recommend it.

      • I had DuClaw Naked Fish, good raspberry and chocolate notes. The Double Naked Fish I thought was excessive like eating a bitter cake. I wish people were not so afraid of Stout, though I am more of a Porter guy myself, have you tried Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter?

        • G-Nitro says:

          I have had the Gonzo before, but it’s been a few years. I should probably see how if it has improved over the years. I like most beer styles, except Bocks.

  2. With the Gonzo, I always make the same recommendation. Pour it into a Porter or snifter glass, while chilled and let the air, aerate the beer. This allows the chocolate and the coffee to loosen up. Drink it once the temp has changed to be a bit warmer, not warm but warmer. I don’t know why, but that really opens up the flavor and make it easier to appreciate the cherry and plum notes that gets lost if you drink it out of the bottle.

    When it comes to the world of bocks, I like some of the imports, but most domestic crafts are not up to par, yet. I think this has more to do with the majority of them staying seasonal brews. Though I don’t consider them a craft, Shiner Bock is pretty decent, American bock. Flying Dog Heller Hound Bock is also on point in the right setting and has a clean flavor.

    I have more of an issue with hefeweizen, I don’t know why. I love the taste, but I feel like it gets me drunk quickly, though the ABV is not that high and always leaves me with a bad morning of rot gut.

    • G-Nitro says:

      I always allow porters and stouts warm up a little. DuClaw Sweet Baby Jesus was a beer I first had too cold and was not impressed with initially because of it. You could only get the chocolate notes. So after I allowed it to get closer to room temperature, the Peanut Butter flavor came out a lot stronger. I’ll definitely look for some Gonzo when I go to the beer store this weekend.

      IPAs are my beer of choice, but I love the hoppier the better, and that isn’t everyone’s preference lol

      • Funny enough, a buddy of mine is doing a tasting after work and we are drinking DuClaw Sweet Baby Jesus and a couple of beers, I bought from a recent trip to Central America. I was surprised when it became Staple Beer of DuClaw. Washington’s Porter from Williamsburg AleWerks is on point not as sweet and a bit more earthy but has a clean flavor.

        On the IPA front, outside of Dogfish head and Stone, I haven’t explored that world as much.

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