I too have encountered MNB’s “Stout Dilemma” – too heavy, too bitter, too alcoholic – and I’ve tried my best to walk it back at every opportunity.
I’ve found that most folks who can’t at least appreciate a good stout or porter don’t actually like beer as much as they like being drunk and/or acting sociable with a drink in their hand.
If you won’t drink the malty stuff (like porters & stouts) and you won’t drink the hoppy stuff (any good American ale) you’re no beer drinker.
End rant. Begin love affair with stout.
And so it was:
I started out with a McAuslan’s St-Ambrose Oatmeal Stout:
Next, I sampled a Kona Pipeline Porter:
And I finished up with a Left Hand Milk Stout:
Two salient points:
- I don’t feel “stout” having drunk these beers. The style generally, and these examples specifically, were quite well-suited to “session” drinking and I didn’t feel fatter or drunker for having imbibed them.
- Because I was with friends and coworkers I failed to note much else besides the names/styles of the beers. I feel bad that I can’t officially review them – other than to say that they were all delicious – but at least they counted towards my Brewniversity total
Since Autumn is a time to enjoy the company of others, to give thanks, and to celebrate I challenge you all to do this: share a stout or porter with a friend. If they don’t like it, more beer for you!