Your favorite dark beer?

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  1. MAJOR METAL

    MAJOR METAL A Hard Rockin Lover of GREENBURST Supporting Member

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    With Winter on the way, what dark beers will you be going for this season? I'm open to some suggestions, German darks preferably for my days off next week. I obviously enjoy Guinness, though i dont go for porters. For the German darks, I like Schwelmer and Erdinger. Thanks in advance! :)
  2. Ripper

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    Bell's Expedition Stout is a good one, but very heavy. Atwater Vanilla Java Porter is another good one. Founder's Dirty B*****d isn't really a stout (scotch ale) but it is almost dark enough.

    One of the most "warming" beers I've had is New Holland Dragon's Milk. Tastes like whiskey mixed with chocolate, with a hint of hop. And its 20 proof.
  3. theory028

    theory028 Really Loud Hamburger. Supporting Member

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    There's a craft brewer in Decorah, IA called Toppling Goliath. I went in to get my dad a gift certificate and had to try a pint. They had one on tap called TG Brown Sugar and it was really good. Not the darkest but dang, too good to pass up. I left with a growler of the stuff. I normally get Rover Truck or Rush Hallow Maple Ale. Now I'm stoked to try the rest. That gift card is going to go a long way. They have a great selection and he's always looking for a new beer to try

    Picking a more available brew, I'd go with Guinness on tap or Leinenkugels Creamy Dark. I'm not a beer snob so I'll drink anything you put in front of me (short of some IPAs, I can't think of a brew I've hated). Right now it's a Samuel Adams Winter Lager. It's pretty good but not the best I've ever had.

    If you have a Granite City in your area, you may find their beer to be good. I can't think of names but the dark selection is reliable.
  4. spellcaster

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    I know your not into the porters but a few of my favorites are... just in case you wanta give them a try.

    Founders Porter, Black Butte Porter, Fade To Black Pepper Porter
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    When I lived in Germany, my all-time favorite was a beer from Koestritzer. I've never seen it in the US, but Erdinger comes pretty close. Guinness is good on tap but not bottled. I haven't found a local microbrew stout that I really like and that's regularly available around here in NH; when I lived in Indiana I'd definitely go for Bell's.
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    I'm getting low on my Bourbon Vanilla Imperial Porter. Time to brew another batch.
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    I quit drinking over 25 years ago but sometimes a nice beer is good.

    I'll have a O'douls amber now and then.

    It's been so long that I forgot what real beer tastes like so it goes down good.
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    I don't really have a favorite. It depends what I'm looking for. The answer won't be the same if I want a stout with a strong coffee taste, if I want a black IPA or if I'm after any particular characteristic.
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    Guinness Stout with a shot of Jameson
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    Young's Double Chocolate Stout. A pint of heaven.
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    Stone Imperial Stout. Stone's smoked porter with Chipotle and the porter with vanilla were deeeeeeeliciousssssss!
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    I really like Skullsplitter Ale. Arrogant Bastard Ale is great too, but it's more like food than drink.

    Both are dark as a blackout.
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    Big Sky Brewery's Moose Drool is my favorite dark beer. I think it's only available in the Pacific Northwest.
  19. Phalex

    Phalex Yeah, I've got the moves like Jagger. Supporting Member

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    ^^^ This is a good one! They had it on tap at a bar we used to play. One break the bartender says "What'll you have?" I said, "I don't care, just give me a beer, your choice." He filled a tall glass full of Dragons Milk.

    I though he was being nice. Until the third set.........

    Brooklyn Brewery makes a Black Chocolate Stout that's the bomb too.
  20. MAJOR METAL

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    I forgot who makes it, imported if I recall correctly, but I had a dark wheat beer that was delicious one time.
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