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December 2018 - Best Stouts & Best Porters

December 2018 - Best Stouts & Best Porters
This month's Beer feature is Best Stout, Best Porter & Hard Soda Shootout

Best Stouts & Best Porters Reviews

New Holland Brewing Co. Dragons Milk Stout
94 points
Dark brown color. Aromas of vanilla fondant, praline, almond croissant, and bit-o-honey with a velvety, crisp, spritzy, sweet full body and a warming, subtle, medium-long cherry flesh and stone, toasted banana bread, sweet corn cakes with black pepper, and bourbon finish. A mellow, creamy Barrel Aged Imperial Stout that is super drinkable; an excellent winter warmer.
North Coast Brewing Co. Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
94 points
Ebony color. Hoppy aromas of toasted rice, tangerine, herb butter, and dried mango with a round, vibrant, effervescent, fruity full body and a warming, elegant, long cocoa powder, roasted cherry, whipped cream, lemon pepper, dried fruit, and curry finish. A craveable hoppy Imperial stout that is superbly balanced.
Island Brewing Company Starry Night Stout
93 points
Ebony color. Aromas of german chocolate cake, leather, banana muffins, and clove with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, fruity medium-full body and a warming, captivating, medium-long old-fashioned coffee, blackened herbs, salted caramel, and black toast finish. A bold and brawny export stout that offers fruit-laced, rich flavors.
City Lights Brewing Co. Coconut Porter
92 points
Walnut color. Confected aromas of mounds bar, snickerdoodle cookies, hazelnut cappuccino, and highlander grog with a satiny, vibrant, spritzy, fruity medium-to-full body and an even, quick seven layer bar, fried ice cream shell, toasted coconut syrup, and roasted almonds finish. A sweet and flavorful coconut porter that makes for a fun twist on favorite style.
Awards: 2018 Best Flavored Porter
Binary Brewing Co. Motherboard Milk Stout
90 points
Walnut color. Attractive aromas of toasted zucchini bread, coffee beans, freshly baked baguette, and hot fudge with a round, crisp, effervescent, fruity medium-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long banana muffins, spiced pecan, candied figs, and fruit cake crumble finish. A very tasty stout that will make for a great nightcap.
Awards: 2018 Best Sweet Stout
New Holland Brewing Co. Dragons Milk Reserve Banana Coconut Stout
89 points
Brown black color. Sweet aromas of banana yogurt, fig bar and leather conditioner with a velvety, crisp, effervescent, sweet medium body and an effortless, compelling, medium-length chocolate taffy, raspberry creme cookies, peach tea, and honey finish. A crowd-pleasing, smooth-sipping, fruity stout.
Vancouver Island Brewing Mocha Export Stout
89 points
Ebony color. Roasted aromas of char-roasted coffee beans, frosted danish, hazelnut spread, and genache with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-length pine resin finish. A rich and toasty coffee stout to buzz about.
Awards: 2018 Best Flavored Stout
Binary Brewing Co. CTRL-ALT-DEL Dry Stout
88 points
Mahogany color. Aromas of coffee with cream, cherry essenced whipped topping, and fudge covered molasses cookie with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a cheery focaccia, sassafras, and black tea finish. A bright stout with table-tuned acidity.
Amelia Island Brewing Co. Laura Joe Coffee Porter
87 points
Light mahogany color. Roasted aromas of drip coffee, chocolate croissant, and mixed nut danish with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, relaxed chocolate covered espresso bean, whole wheat scone, and tea leaves finish. A coffee-flavored stout with a natural bitter-coffee appeal that drinks effortlessly.
Great Lakes Brewing Co. Edmund Fitzgerald Porter
87 points
Mahogany color. Aromas of cinnamon-raisin, elderflower, pumpernickel bread pudding, bombolone, and herb butter with a satiny, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length grilled nuts, slightly charred cinnamon roll, chocolate malt, and cola finish. A palate-pleasing traditional porter with a dry, chocolatey appeal.
Pearl Street Brewery Smokin Hemp Porter
87 points
Walnut color. Aromas of lapsang suchong, char-roasted cashews, and petit jambon de paris with a slightly chewy, crisp, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a medium-length cream, water crackers with smoked brie, minerals, and earth finish. A never-heavy smoked beer that opens up a lot of interesting pairing possibilities.
Vancouver Island Brewing Raspberry Export Stout
87 points
Dark walnut color. Aromas of chocolate covered raspberries, cedar shavings, and mint tea with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, moderately sweet medium body and an even, intriguing, medium-length fruit punch, grape soda, chocolate covered espresso bean, and acai finish. A sweet, berry inflected stout to serve well-chilled.
Great Lakes Brewing Co. Ohio City Oatmeal Stout
86 points
Mahogany color. Aromas of paprika, charred meats, and cracked pepper with a slightly chewy, vibrant, effervescent, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, long steel cut oats, moist tobacco, soy sauce, baking chocolate, crystallized orange peel, and cinnamon finish. A dry, chewy stout that is rustic and table-friendly.
Lift Bridge Beer Company Gray Duck Goose Island Collabeeration Barrel-Aged Baltic Porter
86 points
Mahogany color. Aromas of kvass, zur starter, and dill with a satiny, vibrant, spritzy, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length carob, walnut, parsnip, and European butter finish. A tangy Baltic porter that will make an nice pairing to eastern European fare.
Pagosa Brewing Company Caramel Stout
86 points
Ebony color. Fruity aromas of dried blueberry, chocolate-orange, fresh flapjacks, and spiced tea with a chewy, bright, effervescent, very sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length apple compote, blackberry, charred nuts, spiced pears, and tres leches cake finish. A toasty, fruit-forward stout with a sweet sensibility.
Quaff On Brewing Busted Knuckle Porter
85 points
Mahogany color. Nutty aromas of almond nougat, chocolate coated marzipan, jamón, dijon, and sea sponge with a silky, prickly, spritzy, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, cheery cola, black toast, and chocolate covered raisin finish. A nice dry, light bodied porter; good for a long session.
RavenBeer The Imp and the Madhouse Oyster Stout
85 points
Mahogany color. Aromas of fresh baguette and tiramisu with a velvety, crisp, spritzy, dryish medium-to-full body and a seamless, charming, medium-long salted butter, crispy bread bowl, roasted potato skins, and balsamic reduction on Triscuit finish. A satisfying, chewy stout with a salty edge.
Amelia Island Brewing Co. SmKn Mrtha Smoked Porter
84 points
Light mahogany color. Roasted aromas of coffee shop, coffee yogurt, and kelp with a supple, bright, effervescent, light body and a sleek, brisk cream soda, cascara, prune, and diner coffee finish. A light porter for an anytime pick-me-up.
Revival Brewing Co. White Electric Nitro Coffee Stout
84 points
Ebony color. Aromas and flavors of tootsie roll, roasted bell peppers, grilled plantain, and pickling spices with a satiny, soft, dry medium body and a warming, brisk finish that presents accents of charred nut shells, whey, and cocoa powder finish. A mild and uncomplicated stout with a rustic side.
The Herkimer Pub & Brewery Lift Kit Milk Stout
83 points
Mahogany color. Smoky aromas of roasted red pepper, chipotle aioli, and roasted veggies with a silky, crisp, spritzy, dryish medium body and a smooth, breezy coffee syrup, cola, charred nuts, and coco puffs finish. A smoky stout that walks on the wild side.