With the recent explosion of the craft beer industry, it can sometimes be hard to determine what beers you should seek out. This can be even more difficult if you are a fan of stout style beers, as not only are there a huge number of breweries that brew stouts, but there is an enormous amount of styles of stouts as well. This handy list will give you a handy guide to what stout style beers that you should look out for. Pair any of them with a Puc’n Glass and you have the perfect gift for beer lovers.
Stone Brewing’s WootStout
This collaboration between Stone Brewing, celebrity Wil Wheaton and Drew Curtis, the founder of Fark.com is an imperial stout that contains 13% ABV. It uses English target hops along with cocoa and coffee. The beer is also aged in bourbon barrels, which makes it taste slightly stronger than a regular imperial stout. The beer is available in 22-ounce bottles and on draft, but it can be quite hard to come by. If you like aging beer, Stone also recommend that you age it at cellar temperature. So, if you like strong imperial stouts with the aforementioned flavors, check out Wootstout.
Southern Tier Brewing’s Thick Mint
Imagine drinking a Girl Scout Thin Mint cookie and you have essentially figured out what Thick Mint tastes like. Thick Mint is an imperial stout brewed with Chocolate and Mint. It has about 10% ABV and pairs well with cookies and chocolate. Southern Tier recommends that you serve Thick Mint at 48 degrees Fahrenheit in a tulip or snifter glass. You can purchase Thick Mint in a 4-pack of 12-ounce bottles, in a 22-ounce bottle or in a 1/6 keg. If this sounds delicious to you, you should probably seek it out because, as with all of the beers in this post, it is only available for a limited time.
Founders Brewing’s KBS
Founder’s KBS is probably one of the most acclaimed imperial stouts in existence. In many instances, individuals who want to purchase KBS either have to put down a deposit or stand in line at their local craft beer store. KBS is an 11.8% ABV imperial stout brewed with an enormous amount of coffee and chocolate. After it is brewed, it is then cave-aged using bourbon barrels for one year. This beer is so acclaimed that is has earned a perfect 100 from many sites including RateBeer.com. You can find KBS on draft, in a 4 pack of 12-ounce bottles or in a 750-milliliter bottle. But, you should act fast, as once again, this beer is only available for a limited time.
Hopefully, this short list has helped you narrow down what stouts you would like to try. But, keep in mind, there is a huge amount of other stouts on the market that are also fantastic beers. Every beer drinker should also remember that the above beers are not for everyone, so an IPA drinker may not think that these stouts taste very good. However, a seasoned stout drinker should find each of the above-mentioned beers to be quite good.