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January 2018 - Best Stout, Porter

January 2018 - Best Stout, Porter
This month's Beer feature is Best Stout, Porter

Best Stout, Porter Reviews

4 Hands Brewing Co. Zellige Moroccan Coffee Stout
96 points
Opaque dark brown color. Spicy, exotic aromas of floral incense, Moroccan spice cake, Turkish cola, and spicy roasted carrots and yams with a round, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, massive, very long spiced Turkish coffee and chai, gingerbread, and menthol tobacco finish. An intriguing and exotically spicy Turkish bazaar of a flavored stout.
Awards: 2017 Best Flavored Beer
Hoppin’ Frog Brewery Barrel Aged BORIS Royale Imperial Stout
95 points
Ebony color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate coconut macaroon, brown butter, and dried berries with a silky, bright, finely carbonated, off-dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, appealing, long chocolate mousse, roasted nuts, latte, and peppered greens finish. A solid imperial stout with fun chocolate, fruit, and coffee flavors.
Awards: 2017 Best Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
4 Hands Brewing Co. Madagascar Vanilla Bean Imperial Milk Stout
94 points
Opaque ebony color. Attractive, creamy aromas and flavors of coconut cake with vanilla buttercream, s’mores, salted caramel, and ruby port with a creamy, bright, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, very long caramelized nuts, fruitcake, delicate spices, and sweet pipe tobacco finish. A fantastically decadent and flavorful vanilla stout of the highest order.
Brickway Brewery Imperial Stag Holiday Stout
94 points
Brown black color. Spicy, sweet aromas and flavors of cinnamon oatmeal with cream, chocolate graham cracker, frosted carrot and fruit cakes, and caramelized yams with herbs with a chewy, soft, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, nuanced, very long sweet beet and cranberry relish, sarsaparilla, and peppered chocolate finish. A complex, spicy imperial stout that screams the holidays.
Awards: 2017 Best Flavored Imperial Stout
North Coast Brewing Co. Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
94 points
Nearly opaque dark brown color. Hoppy, citrusy aromas and flavors of grapefruit peels, fresh green herbs, chocolate scone, and leather with a slightly chewy, effervescent, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, nuanced, very long dark roasted artisan coffee, creme brulee, citrus marmalade on dark rye, and peppered rapini finish. A richly layered and complex imperial stout that epitomizes the hoppy west coast style.
Awards: 2017 Best Imperial Stout
4 Hands Brewing Co. Chocolate Milk Stout
93 points
Nearly opaque brown black color. Attractive aromas and flavors of Raisinettes, Reese’s peanut butter bar, and chocolate sundae with a silky, crisp, effervescent, off-dry medium body and a polished, intriguing, medium-length honey roasted nuts, mocha milkshake, and arugula finish. A very appealing and crushable chocolate stout.
4 Hands Brewing Co. Absence of Peanut Butter Chocolate Milk Stout
93 points
Opaque brown color. Aromas and flavors of Reese’s peanut butter cup and Butterfinger bar with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, elegant, long roasted nuts, hazelnut coffee, and spiced apple and pear finish. A delicious, wonderfully flavored peanut butter and chocolate stout.
Guinness Draught Nitro Stout
93 points
Murky dark brown color. Roasted aromas and flavors of dark roasted nuts, chocolate bar, and hint of jerky and sausage with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, dry medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long pumpernickel raisin toast, sweet lettuces, and latte finish. A lovely, effortlessly drinkable stout that will be great for sessions and food.
Awards: 2017 Best Dry Stout , 2017 Best Irish Beer
North Pier Brewing Company Old Shuck London Porter
93 points
Nearly opaque medium brown color. Roasted, savory aromas and flavors of dark roasted chestnuts, pumpernickel, hint of jerky, and fresh herbs in a clay pot with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-long chocolate pudding, creme brulee with coffee, roasted yams and carrots, and greens finish. A spot on, tasty porter with nice balance and drinkability.
Awards: 2017 Best Porter
Rogue Ales Chocolate Stout
93 points
Opaque brown black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate mint and halva and alpine herbs with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a tingling, medium-length chocolate dusted nuts, Swiss chard, grapefruit marmalade on dark pumpernickel toast, and root beer float finish. A wonderfully balanced hoppy chocolate stout that is sure to please.
Coopers Brewery Best Extra Stout
92 points
Opaque ebony color. Aromas and flavors of fig-apple chutney, chocolate muffin, and honey-herb lozenge with a supple, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-long nutskin, frisee with radishes, dark coffee, and topsoil finish. A crisp and lively, mouthwatering stout that is definitely a sessionable quencher.
Awards: 2017 Best Australian Beer
Full Sail Brewing Co. Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
92 points
Brown black color. Complex, meaty aromas of chocolate soft-serve, spiced nuts, marinated roasted meat, chocolate covered tropical fruits and coconut, and raspberry vinaigrette with a full body and a warming, medium-long spumoni gelato, sarsaparilla, anisette cookie, and pepper finish. A warming nutty imperial stout with nice roasted and fruit flavors.
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout
92 points
Brown black color. Nutty aromas and flavors of roasted nuts and dark chocolate vanilla cake with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, long strong coffee and toasted meringue finish. A rich, satisfying export stout with great roasted malt flavors and a long finish.
Awards: 2017 Best Foreign/Export Stout
North Coast Brewing Co. Barrel-Aged XX Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
92 points
Dark brown color. Toasty aromas and flavors of peanut brittle, carob coconut health bar, and creme brulee with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, layered, long dark roasted nuts, cappuccino, brandied dried fruits, and sprouts finish. A remarkably smooth and balanced imperial stout with great finesse and complexity.
O’Connor Brewing Company Ibrik Imperial Turkish Coffee Stout
92 points
Brown black color. Spicy, herbal, attractive aromas and flavors of spiced coffee, alpine herbs, and dark chocolate with a round, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, long cappuccino and mexican chocolate finish. A wonderfully balanced and delicious spiced coffee flavored stout.
O’Connor Brewing Company Ibrik Imperial Turkish Vanilla Coffee Stout
92 points
Brown black color. Attractive, creamy aromas and flavors of chocolate-vanilla fudge, dried fruits, and spiced nuts with a velvety, bright, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, captivating, long vanilla latte and rocky road and mint ice cream finish. A sumptuous, crowd pleasing creamy coffee stout that is sure to be a hit.
Guinness 200th Anniversary Export Stout
91 points
Brown black color. Creamy aromas and flavors of toasted marshmallow, cappuccino foam, and pannetone with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and an interesting, medium-length lettuces, toasted fig bread, and cocoa dusted nuts finish. A refreshing, easy drinking stout with a nice snappy finish.
Migration Brewing Heritage Barrel Aged Porter
91 points
Dark brown color. Attractive aromas and flavors of coconut chocolate bar, caramelized tangerine drizzled with balsamic, hazelnut nougat, and cherry brandy and pickling spices with a velvety, bright, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, very long chocolate mousse, creme brulee, and delicate spices finish. A superb barrel aged porter with great flavor, drinkability and balance.
Samuel Adams Cream Stout
91 points
Brown color. Attractive aromas and flavors of creme brulee, toasted fruit cake, and toffee with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long sprouts and cocoa finish. A round and even stout with a pleasing fruitiness and great sessionability.
Awards: 2017 Best Sweet Stout
Great Lakes Brewing Co. Blackout Imperial Stout
90 points
Nearly opaque dark brown color. Roasted, boozy aromas of single village dark chocolate drizzled dried fruits, roasted nuts, rum cake with brandy, and sautéed mushroom with peppercorns with a medium-full body and a warming, intricate, long caramelized root vegetables, pepper, and chocolate citrus peels and nuts finish. A big, brawny imperial stout for slow contemplative sipping.
JP’s Casper White Stout
90 points
Minutely hazy golden amber color. Attractive aromas and flavors of chocolate mousse and peach cobbler a la mode with a round, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, refreshing, long latte with cocoa powder, roasted nuts, and dried apricot finish. A fun, artfully flavored and balanced white stout that really works.
Potosi Brewing Company Shot Tower Espresso Stout
90 points
Dark brown black color. Roasted, smoky aromas of dark roasted coffee and fine cigar ash and wrapper with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long baking chocolate, smoked nuts, and fireplace finish. A rich and purely flavored coffee stout with attractive smokiness; try with cigars.
Whole Hog Russian Imperial Stout
90 points
Nearly opaque dark brown color. Interesting aromas of caramelized peas and dried fruits, nut brittle, chocolate muffin and salt water taffy, and coconut vinaigrette with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long mocha latte, roasted nuts and dark bread, dried fruits, and radicchio finish. A vibrant and delicious imperial stout with nice drinkability.
Brasserie Dupont Monks Belgian Stout
89 points
Dark yellow color. Vegetal aromas of fresh endive, raw parsnip, grilled blueberry, and cherry vinaigrette with a round, bright, petillant, dry medium-full body and a sleek, interesting, medium-long charcoal briquettes, charred vegetables, orange peel, and vanilla finish. A very savory and appetizing Stout with a long, satisfying finish.
Deschutes Brewery Obsidian Stout
89 points
Opaque brown black color. Spicy, green, attractive aromas and flavors of chocolate mint, gingerbread fruitcake, fresh herbs, and sugar snap peas with a round, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, involved, long cappuccino, grilled romaine, citrus marmalade on rye, and peppered romaine finish. A superb, vibrantly flavorful stout with a great combination of dark roasted malt and lively hops.
Narragansett Brewing Company Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout
89 points
Opaque ebony color. Aromas and flavors of oily roasted nuts and sesame seeds, bamboo shoot, baking chocolate, and coffee grounds with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, light-to-medium body and a brisk grilled romaine finish. A successful amalgam of coffee, milk, and robust American stout profiles in a cohesive and not overstuffed single profile.
Rogue Ales Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout
89 points
Dark walnut color. Savory aromas of smoked pork, grilled zucchini, and sweet cereals with a velvety, crisp, spritzy, dry full body and an interesting, medium-length dark chocolate and hazelnut finish. A hop-influenced dry oatmeal stout that will serve as an excellent beef pairing.
Awards: 2017 Best Oatmeal Stout
Hoppin’ Frog Brewery Infusion A Coffee Porter
88 points
Dark brown color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate peanut butter bar with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a medium-long cappuccino and dark roasted nuts finish. A solid, nutty coffee flavored porter.
Awards: 2017 Best Flavored Porter
Island Brewing Company Starry Night Stout
88 points
Nearly opaque brown black color. Artificial aromas of warm fruit compote, cashew and macadamia nut brittle, cacao nibs, and acacia honey with a medium-to-full body and an interesting, long toasted flaxseed cranberry nut bread, alfalfa and radish sprouts, cappuccino, and hint of asian spice finish. A delightfully satisfying stout that hits all the right notes.
Migration Brewing Step in the Arena Stout
88 points
Nearly opaque medium brown color. Aromas and flavors of toasted nuts and dark bread, hint of mexican chocolate, and whiff of caramelized carrot and plantain with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a sleek, medium-length peppered nuts and greens and sprouts finish. A solid, savory stout with nice table appeal.
O’Connor Brewing Company Ibrik Imperial Turkish Chocolate Coffee Stout
88 points
Brown black color. Interesting aromas and flavors of oily fresh roasted peanuts, clay, halva, and green beans with a supple, soft, finely carbonated, dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, medium-length chocolate covered espresso bean, pepper, and radicchio finish. A savory, chocolatey, coffee stout.
Birds Fly South Wolves in the Piano Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
87 points
Medium brown color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate graham crackers, dark berry preserves, caramel buttercream, and clay with a medium body and a medium coffee with cream, roasted nuts, berries in chocolate mousse, and pepper finish. A thick and chewy imperial stout to warm a cold winter night.
Brickway Brewery Coffee Vanilla Milk Stout
87 points
Murky nearly opaque medium brown color. Curious aromas and flavors of chocolate pudding, edamame, vanilla cinnamon toffee, and dark roasted sweet potato with a round, bright, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, relaxed carob coated grains and root vegetables, spelt bread, arugula, and pencil shavings finish. A curious spicy stout for the table.
Church Street Brewing Company Cronenbier Vanilla Porter
87 points
Dark reddish mahogany color. Aromas of roasted Brussels sprouts with lardons, pork jerky, and hint of pencil eraser with a chewy, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a smooth, complex, long chocolate bacon bar, smoked nuts, and creme brulee finish. A delicious and layered smoked porter with great nuance and balance.
Guinness Extra Stout
87 points
Dark walnut color. Roasted aromas and flavors of roasted grains, brownie crust, and hint of dried fruit with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry medium body and a tingling, intricate, medium-long toasted dark nut bread, chocolate espresso bean, and peppered greens finish. A spot-on stout that refreshes and satisfies.
O’Connor Brewing Company Odis Dry Irish Stout
87 points
Dark brown black color. Meaty, savory aromas and flavors of dark roasted nuts, pot roast with veggies, coffee and cigarettes, and roasted Brussels sprouts with a velvety, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length melted dark chocolate and grilled greens and turnip finish. A meaty, lightly vegetal stout for the table.
Potosi Brewing Company Slugger Barrel Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
87 points
Nearly opaque brown color. Attractive, creamy, spicy aromas and flavors of caramel brownies a la mode, honeyed fruit cake, and coconut creme brulee with a velvety, bright, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, involved, very long delicate spices, mocha toffee, and pepper finish. A fantastically flavorful and delicious barrel aged stout that hits all the high notes.
Prairie Street Brewing Angry Turk Imperial Coffee Stout
87 points
Mahogany color. Aromas of coffee syrup and whole milk steamer with a satiny, lively, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a medium-length raw walnuts and almonds, nut shells, chocolate malt-o-meal, and celery rib finish. A bitter and roasty brew for cold nights.
Rochester Mills Brewery Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Milkshake Stout
87 points
Opaque brown black color. Aromas and flavors of toffee, butter toasted fruitcake, coconut creme brulee, and wet whisky barrel with a chewy, bright, finely carbonated, off-dry medium-to-full body and a warming, appealing, long honeyed lettuces, peppered nut brittle, and cherry cola and brandy finish. A big, nicely composed imperial stout that will be great with desserts or a dessert in a glass.
Sun Up Brewing Company White Russian Imperial Coffee Stout
87 points
Opaque brown black color. Roasted aromas and flavors of dark roasted coffee beans, artisanal dark chocolate, coffee oil, and peppercorns with a chewy, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, appealing, long caramelized nuts and cappuccino finish. An intense, concentrated coffee stout with great artisan chocolate and coffee flavors.
Brickway Brewery Epic Blackout Stout
86 points
Brown black color. Spicy aromas and flavors of hot sauce, pickled peppers, and balsamic vinaigrette on mesclun with mushroom with a chewy, soft, finely carbonated, very sweet medium body and a medium pepper jelly on raisin toast, cherry brandy, sugared molasses, and sticky date pudding finish. A chewy, fruity barleywine of a stout.
Brickway Brewery Bella Diva Chocolate Stout
86 points
Opaque brown black color. Green, roasted, interesting aromas and flavors of seared Swiss chard and snap peas, roasted whole nuts, chocolate rice cereal, and green tea leaves with a slightly chewy, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, involved, medium decaf caramel machiatto, dark chocolate mousse with candied citrus, and delicate sweet and pepper spices finish. A fun flavorful chocolate stout with savory, green hop notes.
Deschutes Brewery Black Butte XXIX Birthday Reserve Flavored Porter
86 points
Dark brown color. Spicy aromas and flavors of spiced chocolate, mango anise chutney, pink peppercorn, and nut butter on dry toast with a velvety, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, appealing, medium-length root beer float with rocky road ice cream, balsamic drizzled dried fruit and roasted nuts, rum raisin cake, and chili pepper finish. A spicy, peppery, warming flavored porter.
Rogue Ales Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout
86 points
Dark mahogany color. Spicy aromas and flavors of cinnamon, roasted carrot, pumpkin, bay leaf, black peppercorn, and allspice leaf with a satiny, lively, spritzy, fruity full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length chocolate glazed pumpkin pie, pencil eraser, wood glue, and whiskey staves finish. A rich autumnal Imperial Stout for harvest time.
Great Lakes Brewing Co. Ohio City Oatmeal Stout
85 points
Dark dark brown color. Interesting aromas and flavors of honey hot pepper sauce, chocolate graham cracker, toasted meringue, and salad with tomato chutney with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry medium body and a tingling, refreshing, snappy latte, radicchio, chocolate brownie wrapper, and cigar wrapper finish. A supple, interesting oatmeal stout for the table.
Guinness Antwerpen Stout
85 points
Nearly opaque dark brown color. Aromas and flavors of oily nuts, chocolate cookie batter, and waxy honeycomb with a satiny, crisp, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length honeyed peppered kale, chocolate toffee, and sprouts finish. A nice snappy, appetizing stout that wakes the palate, a bit more of a robust export stout than a classic imperial style though.
Rochester Mills Brewery Milkshake Stout
85 points
Nearly opaque dark brown color. Roasted, meaty aromas of coffee grounds, cigar, jerky, and grilled edamame with a satiny, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an even, interesting, medium-length chocolate espresso beans, pots de creme, and bibb lettuce with dried fruits finish. A solid stout, easy drinking with wide appeal.
Rochester Mills Brewery Woodward Bold Coffee Milkshake Stout
85 points
Opaque dark brown color. Roasted aromas and flavors of strong coffee, dark chocolate, and cigar ash with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, relaxed roasted nuts, grilled romaine, and ash tray finish. A pleasant strong coffee stout.
Breckenridge Brewery Nitro Chocolate Orange Cream Stout
84 points
Opaque dark brown color. Citrusy, interesting aromas and flavors of orange creamsicle, milk chocolate rice bar, and frozen orange juice concentrate with a soft, shy, petillant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brief latte with almond milk finish. A festive and bright chocolatey orange stout with big appeal; whack and unwrap.
Breckenridge Brewery Nitro Vanilla Porter
84 points
Bronze color. Toasty aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts and mousse and mocha with a soft, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, breezy dark toast and vanilla cream finish. A nicely balanced, easy drinking nitro porter.
Deschutes Brewery Black Butte Porter
84 points
Nearly opaque brown black color. Roasted, savory aromas of funky farmers cheese and kefir, cacao nibs, rye toast with schmaltz, and vegemite with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, dry medium body and a tingling, medium-long chocolate mousse, latte, burnt nuts, and peppered watercress finish. An astringent, snappy porter with a table friendly appeal, especially with grilled meats.
Great Lakes Brewing Co. Edmund Fitzgerald Porter
84 points
Brilliant medium brown color. Roasted, vegetal aromas and flavors of stewed okra and lentils, nut brittle, honey chocolate bar, and wicker berry basket with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, short-to-medium grilled root vegetables, radicchio, coffee, and dusty radish finish. An earthy, savory porter for the table.
O’Connor Brewing Company Winter Pecan Porter
84 points
Minutely hazy dark brown color. Aromas and flavors of dark chocolate, barley and brown rice pilaf, mole steak, and minestrone with a supple, crisp, frothy, dry medium body and a peppery, brisk dark roasted nut shells and grilled radicchio finish. A savory meat porter for bbq.
Short Fuse Brewing Co. Imperial Stout of Impending Doom
84 points
Brown black color. Aromas of burnt espresso, baking chocolate, char-grilled grilled meat and yams, and tar with a medium-to-full body and a peppery, captivating, medium-long cigar ash finish. An intensely smoky imperial stout.
Aviator Brewing Company Mezzanotte Porter
83 points
Dark brown black color. Creamy, sweet aromas and flavors of chocolate vanilla fudge and mocha gelato with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, breezy peppered lettuces and grilled root vegetables finish. A somewhat bitter coffee flavored porter.
Aviator Brewing Company Black Mamba Oatmeal Stout
83 points
Nearly opaque color. Aromas of honey roasted nuts, parmesan crackers, pickled radishes and cherry tomatoes, and lavender with a supple, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a smooth, charming, medium-length cappuccino with cocoa powder, endive, caramelized dried fruits, and spiced toffee finish. A lively, savory oatmeal stout that will pair nicely.
Birds Fly South Where The Night Goes Experimental Porter
83 points
Amber color. Funky, rustic aromas and flavors of sour wild berries and apples, barnyard hay, pickled okra and root vegetables, and Band-Aid and paraffin with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, sour medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long cherry vinaigrette, nutskin, and earth finish. A distinctly sour and funky porter for the adventurous to enjoy with cheeses.
Church Street Brewing Company Holy Cow Milk Stout
83 points
Ebony color. Aromas and flavors of roasted nuts and coconuts, chocolate fondue, caramel yogurt, and hint of paper mache with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long strong coffee with cream and sugar, toasty apple-peach tart, and radish sprouts finish. A nice toasty stout with a fun mix of coffee and fruit flavors.
Whole Hog Espresso Stout
83 points
Nearly opaque brown black color. Roasted, spicy aromas of dark roasted jalapeños, caramelized nuts, chocolate berries and cake dough, and birch beer with a supple, tangy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long cappuccino with caramel and fruit syrups and green peppers finish. An intriguingly peppery coffee stout for the table.
Dragon Stout
82 points
Nearly opaque brown black color. Aromas of green apple sorbet, chocolate dried pear, and grape jam and soda with a soft, effervescent, off-dry medium body and a smooth, fast caramel apple, mocha milkshake, and walnut toffee finish. A sweet fruity stout for casual sipping, beertails, and spicy meat dishes.
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