Stout. Even the name evokes the idea of something thick and dark and possibly even menacing. Not easily taken down. But the best stouts -- while thick and dark -- certainly go down smooth. So, in an effort to figure out which ones to drink, we decided to ask a few brewmasters. And to make things interesting, we gave them some rules for selecting a beer. It couldn't be from their own brewery and it had to be available outside of the town it's brewed in -- that way you should be able to track down these beers. Drink it in:
Noble Ale Works Man's Milk
Victor Novak, Golden Road Brewing
"It's an incredibly balanced milk stout; rich and smooth with hints of dark chocolate and just the right amount of roasty goodness. Superb!"
Deschutes Brewery The Abyss
Ryan Brooks, Coronado Brewing Company
"I’d have to say that Deschutes' The Abyss is my favorite imperial stout. The intense complexity of the stout is like no other I’ve tried. The additions of blackstrap molasses and brewer's licorice add to the complexity, and then it's furthered with vanilla, cherry bark, and oak aging in different barrels. Amazing depth, but a very drinkable beer -- especially when aged for a few years.”