Ten FIDY

Ten-FIDY

Ten FIDY ABV: 10.5% IBUs: 98  Pours dark as night but with a red/amber hue like a harvest moon. At first, all I get is rich dark chocolate, but as the beer warms the roasted coffee bean flavor comes out. Full of complex aromas and flavors, this is not cheap gas-station coffee, but rather a [...]

Guinness Brewery Guinness Foreign Extra

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Guinness Brewery Guinness Foreign Extra 7.5% ABV Now this is an Irish stout! Dark fruits and rich caramel come to the forefront on the nose with an underlying hint of alcohol heat. The palate is surprisingly smooth with notes of chocolate, red grapes, and roasty espresso. Let it warm to room temperature and molasses and brown sugar [...]

Odell Brewing Company Lugene

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Odell Brewing Company Lugene ABV: 8.5% With the first sip of this beer you are transported back to your childhood and an ice cold glass of chocolate milk. This beer pours dark as night with a nice brown head. Raising your glass delivers a sweet aroma—no coffee or hops here—just milk chocolate and possibly a hint [...]

Bad Weather Brewing Company Ominous

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Bad Weather Brewing Company Ominous ABV: 7.5% IBUs: 40 This dark brown ale is dangerously drinkable. The nose is dominated by fresh, aromatic cocoa nibs, and hints of caramel and toffee. Dark chocolate and bready malt are the primary flavors, giving way to coffee, caramel, and a bit of vanilla. It’s not overly sweet, and [...]

Samuel Smith Brewery Imperial Stout

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Samuel Smith’s Brewery Imperial Stout ABV: 7.0%, IBU: 35 Limited-release imperial stouts get all the attention, but this English classic sets the standard! The intense black color and thick tan head is striking—especially when poured in the recommended large snifter. Aromas of coffee, cocoa, and roasted malts builds anticipation for the flavors to come. The [...]

Lagunitas Brewing Company Imperial Stout

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Lagunitas Brewing Company Imperial Stout ABV: 9.9%, IBU: 72 While the folks at Lagunitas are known for their hops-driven beers, they are no slouch with malt, either. The Imperial Stout is an opaque brown but not quite black, while the head delicately clings to the side of the glass. The emerging aromas include charred wood, [...]

Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro

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Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro ABV: 6.0% The Centennial State strikes again! Somewhere high in the Rocky Mountains a group of Colorado brewers experimented with the dark arts. What they wrought was a pitch black stout worthy of the title “America’s Stout.” It pours impenetrably black with a strong, frothy, tan head. Once the glass nears [...]

Founders Imperial Stout

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Founders Imperial Stout ABV: 10.5%, IBU: 90 As a brewery, Founders has a great reputation and for good reason. Their Imperial Stout is very dark in color with a dark brown head. The nose is very roasty with a slight alcohol sting. The mouthfeel is smooth and chocolatey and coats your whole mouth. The more you [...]

Central Waters Brewer’s Reserve: Bourbon Barrel Stout

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Central Waters Brewer’s Reserve: Bourbon Barrel Stout ABV: 9.5% This is a great tasting bourbon barrel stout, with excellent colors and a phenomenal taste that lives up to the aromas bursting forth when the bottle is first opened. The first look is a nice, creamy tan that gives way to an obsidian brown. Smells of oak with [...]

Rush River Brewing Company Nevermore

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Rush River Brewing Company Nevermore ABV: 8% This beer smells of pure chocolate and cream. This beer lives up to its name CHOCOLATE throughout the palate. It is not a bitter chocolate but more of a milk chocolate. It is not overly sweet, so the flavors do not linger to long on the palate. This Oatmeal [...]

Southern Tier Crème Brulee Imperial Stout

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Southern Tier Crème Brulee Imperial Stout ABV: 9.6% Dessert and beer—who doesn’t like that! Southern Tier has it nailed down to a science with brewing this devilishly decadent stout. Lightly carbonated with strong notes of vanilla and burnt caramel drink as a standalone dessert or pair it with vanilla custard, bananas foster or vanilla ice cream. Serving [...]

Colorado Guanabara Imperial Stout

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Colorado Guanabara Imperial Stout ABV: 10.0% Guanabara is named after the breathtaking Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro, so if you are looking for a broad-shouldered stout to canoodle with and help warm you up, this is your beer. The palate is familiar for an imperial stout, but there are some unique flavors from the use of [...]

Bell’s Expedition Stout

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Bell’s Expedition Stout ABV: 10.5% The Bell’s Expedition Stout ages better than Betty White! This is a beer made to hangout for a while. It doesn’t hit its peak right out of the gate, but when it does, the rewards are glorious and plentiful. This stout hits your palate like an oil slick washing over the [...]

New Holland Brewing The Poet Oatmeal Stout

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New Holland Brewing The Poet Oatmeal Stout ABV: 5.2%, IBU: 37 New Holland’s The Poet is exactly what the name points to. Poetry. With a distinctive creamy, smoked chocolate goodness, this brew will having you speaking like a natural born poet upon the first sip. As you pour this year-round delight you are greeted by [...]

Style Profile: Russian Imperial Stout

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This issue’s Style Profile examines an oft-cited, if little-understood, style of beer. By Michael Agnew Illustration by DWITT Rich, warming, and impenetrably black, Russian imperial stout is one of the most beloved beer styles. Twenty-five of Ratebeer.com’s top-50 beers of 2013 are imperial stouts. They comprise 16 of the 50 top-rated beers on Beer Advocate. [...]