As some of you may know (and frankly we’re kind of concerned if you do) somebody has designated November 1st, International Stout Day. So we’ve decide to play along with six ‘killer’ stouts. Because if we don’t – who will?
Firestone Walker Mocha Merlin (Paso Robles, CA) – Whether they knew it was International Stout Day or not, Firestone Walker has returned one of their most beloved beers. Brewed with freshly roasted coffee and a dash of cocoa nibs added to the brewery’s signature milk stout, Firestone Walker Mocha Merlin is a 5.5% ABV Coffee Milk Stout with a creamy mouthfeel and a subtle sweetness in its finish.
Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin (Paso Robles, CA) – It’s impossible to reference Mocha Merlin without giving well-deserved props to its amazing base beer because it’s also one of America’s best stouts. From its robust cocoa and expresso aromatics, to its creamy mouthfeel and roasty dry finish, Firestone Walker’s Velvet Merlin plays both complex and refreshing.
River North Nightmare Fuel & Barrel Aged Nightmare Fuel (Denver, CO) – Just in time for longer nights, colder weather and International Stout Day, River North Brewery has returned “the stuff of nightmares” in two variations. An annual treat that kicks off the brewery’s season of bigger and darker beers, River North Nightmare Fuel and its bourbon tempered Barrel Aged Nightmare Fuel are both double-digit Imperial Stouts infused with three pounds per barrel of locally roasted expresso bean from Logan House Coffee. River North is an impressive brewery and its imperial stouts are terrific.
Breckenridge Nitro Stout (Littleton, CO) – Any International Stout Day list that didn’t include a nitro-fueled variation would be missing one of the style’s most delicious directions. Inspired, whether the brewery admits it or not, by Guinness’ world famous dry stout, Breckenridge 4.8% ABV Nitro Irish Stout gives the classic tradition a crafty Colorado twist…Pour hard into a glass and enjoy the show!
Black Tuesday 2018 (Placentia, CA) – Arguably The Bruery’s biggest annual release began just days ago and if you’re lucky enough to get your hands on this complex barrel-aged stout which is only available online or at the Bruery’s tasting rooms in DC or in California, you are in for a life changing experience. This year’s vintage is a monster of an imperial stout, laced with notes of vanilla, caramel, dark chocolate and singed oak. Bourbon, chocolate, and roasty notes on the nose meld seamlessly to create a decadent, sophisticated fusion that’s among the best in the world!