Stout

Hopworks Organic Survival "7-Grain" Stout - Beer of the Week

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In February, I flew to Portland, Oregon, with two suitcases: one full of clothes, one completely empty. My goal was to bring back as much delicious Pacific Northwest beer as possible. It's a shame that so many delicious suds don't make their way past the Rocky Mountains, much less the Oregon border. And of all the beers that I brought back, a few stood out: namely, the Hopworks Urban Brewery's Survival "7-Grain" Stout. Packed with unusual grains such as quinoa, kamut and spelt, as well as a hearty dose of Stumptown espresso, this stout is a roasty, creamy, surprisingly balanced delight -- with just enough coffee to appease the java junkies. Curious? Read the full review at Slashfood. Drink it up!

Bison Brewing Organic Chocolate Stout - Beer of the Week

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I may have the world's smallest sweet tooth, preferring savory sustenance to anything with sugar. That's why I was a teensy bit frightened when gandering at the bottle of Bison Brewing's Organic Chocolate Stout. But it eschews sweetness for deeply complex notes of chocolate and roast, making it an ideal end-of-dinner treat for those that prefer to drink their dessert. Curious? Read the full review at Slashfood. Drink it up!

De Struise Brouwers Black Albert - Beer of the Week

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To sample this tasty l'il dark beer, my girlfriend and I had to drive deep into the wilds of Maine to reach the estimable Ebenezer's Pub, one of the country's finest Belgian-beer bars. This stout was something else: bitter, intense, almost like...grape juice? Yes, that was the ticket. Curious? Read up the full review at Slashfood.

Porterhouses' Wrasslers XXXX Stout - Beer of the Week

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Well, chickadees, I wrote about this stout last week, when the temperatures had dropped into the bone-numbing 40s. But today? The mercury will make its way to 80, meaning that drinking a stout is as smart as stepping into a sauna come August. Or some other mixed metaphor. But anyhoo, what can you do. This week, I turn my liver's attention to Wrasslers XXXX, a lovely stout hailing from Ireland. Bitter and full-bodied, this beauty kicks Guinness to the curb. Don't believe me? Take a gander over at Slashfood. Drink it up!

New Holland Brewing's Dragon's Milk - Beer of the Week

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Heavens, I apologize for the tardy post, but this has been a hectic week: my girlfriend and I just rescued a cute-as-pie Corgi from a shelter, and the week has been consumed by trying to teach the pooch that, though the hardwood floors are attractive, they're not fit for pooping. Or peeing.

Anyway, this week I turn my attention to Dragon's Milk. It's a dangerously delicious (hey, hey 10 percent ABV) stout that gets its oaky, vanilla character from a turn in bourbon barrels. It's a beauty, let me tell you. If you're curious about reading more, you can gander at my full review at AOL. Drink it up!