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The Beer Maven’s Top 11 Porters, Stouts and Black Ales of 2016

Sondra Baker, a.k.a. The Beer Maven, is a lover of all things beer. Keep reading to find out The Beer Maven’s top dark beers (porters, stouts, and black ales) of 2016.

The Beer Maven’s Top 11 Porters, Stouts and Black Ales of 2016

My love for dark beers leads the passion in this article. I put out a call for the best porters, stouts and black ales on twitter and my followers delivered. I found some new loves and old favorites in these brews. Some coffee porters strong enough to wake you up midday and a chocolate stout that tasted like a malted ice cream.

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11 Best Dark Beers (Stouts, Porters, & Dark Ales)

 

1. Midnight Sun Espresso StoutYukon Brewing

Be ready to be transported to a cozy café in beautiful Yukon. This dark beauty is made in collaboration with Midnight Sun Coffee Roasters which creates a symphony of flavours within the 8 layers of malts.

ABV%: 6.2

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2. Shakespeare Oatmeal StoutRogue

This beer pours with a strong carbonation. Black but with a light creamy head. The creamy head is followed through with a punch of earthy roasted barley and milk chocolate. Oatmeal makes a late play but lingers lovingly.

ABV%: 5.8 IBU: 60

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3. Darkside of the Stoke StoutMt. Begbie Brewing Co.

Pours like a black coffee with the head of a latte. Mt. Begbie brewed this beer with Revelstokes own Stoke roasted coffee and that comes through strongly in both the aroma and taste. Darkside is a coffee stout through and through. The generous amounts of malts and oatmeal make their presence known but are upstaged by those delicious coffee beans. Strong enough to give you the midday pick me up most of us need.

ABV%: 4.8 IBU: 22

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4. Stoutnik Russian Imperial StoutLongwood Brewery

The painted black bottle give this beer a mysterious appearance and doesn’t disappoint, it is unlike any stout you will ever try. There is an out of this world blend of hops and malts bouncing around on my palate. Not to be out done by mini space invaders of chocolate and smoke.

ABV%: 7.5 IBU: 40

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5. Timbertrain Coffee StoutRussel Brewing Company

Pours an intense black with a thick coffee brown head. Espresso plays the lead while the malts play a strong supporting role. The richness of the chosen malts give your tongue a bear hug letting go long enough for your senses to be taken on a train ride through Timbertrain coffee town.

ABV%: 6.5 IBU: 50

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6. Mocha PorterRogue

A traditional porter, black with a creamy off white head. Mocha Porter greets you with a slight bitterness and a heavy malt. The mocha is lighter than expected and leads way to a medium mouthfeel with a perfect carbonation and a lingering roasted coffee mouth hug.

ABV%: 5.6 IBU: 54

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7. Over the Moon Milk StoutYukon Brewing

This milk stout pours an intense brownish black with a perfect creamy head. I really appreciate a good head on a stout, In my opinion it’s mandatory. The head on over the moon is so thick and creamy you can lick it off. The lactose added adds a mild sweetness and brings out the chocolate malts. I would be over the moon to have this in a growler size.

ABV%: 5

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8. There Will Be PorterLast Best Brewery

This is a light porter that I could easily drink in the summer playing ball. The body is light and the carbonation is as well. While the malts are a heavy hitter they don’t force the game into overtime. Coffee flavours hit a home run coached by dark chocolate and earthy hops.

ABV%: 5.5 IBU: 22

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9. Chocolate StoutRogue

Velvety smooth chocolate blankets every single taste bud. The thick creamy head makes it feel and taste like a malted shake. I would like to personally high five Rogue Ales for this treat. I have recently found out that Rogue makes a double chocolate stout as well and am on the hunt to find it in my city.

ABV%: 5.8 IBU: 69

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10. Blackstone PorterDriftwood Brewery

This porter is deeply malted, light on the hops, slightly sweetened with a caramel kiss and sexy smoke.

ABV%: 6

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11. Lead Dog Dark AleYukon Brewing

This lead dog is powerful enough to take over all your senses with its complex layering of malts. And gentle enough to leave you with a clean natural finish. I would let this pup lead me through the Yukon anytime Mush!

ABV%: 7

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