7 Rich Stout Beers You Need In Your Life

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It’s hard to miss the stout beer on tap or at the liquor store. A stout-style beer is dark and usually brewed with roasted malt or roasted barley. Stouts are also known for being on the strong side. You’ll find all kinds of variations of the dark brew, ranging from baltic porters to milk stouts to imperial stouts. Guinness might be the most well-known stout out there, but if you’re a fan of creamy, coffee and chocolate notes, you’ll want to dive deeper into the stout world, starting with these seven brews.

1. Founders Brewing Company — KBS Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout


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This stout from Founders Brewing Company is made with a heavy amount of coffee and chocolate, and it’s cave-aged in oak bourbon barrels to give the beer bourbon undertones. The ABV for this KBS stout is 12.3 percent.

2. Dogfish Head Brewery — Oak-Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout

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To achieve a dark and roasted stout, this Oak-Aged Vanilla Word Wide Stout is aged in oak barrels with vanilla beans. The complex brew has an ABV that rings in between 16 and 17.5 percent.

3. Goose Island — Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout

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This dark and dense Goose Island imperial stout has an ABV of 14.3 percent. The Bourbon County Coffee Stout is made with Black Cat Espresso beans, which give it a heavy coffee bitterness. You’ll also find notes of vanilla, caramel and smokiness in this one.

4. Wells And Young’s Brewing Company — Double Chocolate Stout

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For a lighter stout, go with Young’s Double Chocolate Stout. With an ABV of 5.2 percent, this stout has a dark brown body with dark fruit, malt and chocolate notes. Young’s stout is easier for people who are new to the world of dark beers.

5. Bell’s Brewery — Kalamazoo Stout

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With an ABV of 6 percent, the Kalamazoo Stout is smooth and full-bodied with aromas of dark chocolate, freshly roasted coffee and a little bit of hoppiness.

6. Foothills Brewing — Sexual Chocolate Stout

The label alone on Foothills Brewing’s Sexual Chocolate Imperial Stout is cool enough to catch your eye. With an ABV of 9 percent, this cocoa-infused imperial stout is an opaque black color with a dark brown head. There’s a big chocolate aroma with notes of espresso, molasses, dark sweet toffee and dark fruit.

7. Rogue Ales — Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout

Rogue Ales makes a Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout with an ABV of 5.8 percent. The head is rich and creamy with a mellow chocolatey aftertaste, a little bit of earthiness and some dark chocolate and hazelnut notes. This oatmeal stout is made with chocolate malts, roasted barley and rolled oats.


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