Five stouts for the winter
Posted 21 January 2012 - 08:22 PM
Bell's Expedition Stout, 10.5% ABV | This Michigan outpost brews the best stouts in the country (a dozen varieties or more, at last count) and Expedition rules the lot. Bitter and pleasantly oily, like the darkest chocolate...
North Coast Old Rasputin, 9.0% ABV | Somewhere between a down comforter and chocolate syrup, this beer is not nearly as bitter or as grim as its name suggests
Shipyard Imperial Porter, 7.1% ABV | If you like your beers with more snap and less syrup, try this Portland, Maine brewery's take on a traditional English porter [This is a really wonderful stout. Nice taste, but light body. Not especially filling, which can be a plus.]
Avery The Czar, 11.69% ABV | This beer blooms with warm, dark fruitócurrants and plums, spiced stewed apples right from the oven.
Oskar Blues Ten FIDY, 10.5% ABV | A black hole of a beer, thick as motor oil and strong enough, one suspects, to do its job
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