Beer of the Month Club Returns!

November 2012 Stouts and Porters

The beer of the month club is back and in honor of International Stout Day on November 8 the theme for the month is Stouts and Porters.

Complete 10 lists and you will have your name immortalized on the wall!

  1. Highland Thunderstruck Coffee Porter 95 points Ratebeer– This Robust porter has a full body with some hints of chocolate from the Chocolate Malt and Midnight Wheat. The mild hop aroma showcases the roasted flavors and subtle fruit and spice notes of the artisan fair-trade, organic coffee, roasted in the neighboring town of Black Mountain at Dynamite Roasting Company.
  2. Zywiec 98 points Ratebeer– Zywiec Porter, pronounced “je-vi-ets”, is a dark, strong beer brewed according to the traditional recipe from 1881 with Munich malts and special malts for caramel and color plus the highest quality aromatic hops. Everything together creates a unique combination of taste. Production of this Porter was moved to Backi Bowar in 2004.
  3. Bell’s Porter 97 points Ratebeer- Bell’s Porter emphasizes the darker, roasted aspects of malt. Hints of dark chocolate and freshly roasted coffee provide the focus, while hops remain in the background. Not as full-bodied as a stout, Bell’s Porter bridges the gap between malty brown ales and our more heavily roasted stouts.
  4. Kona Pipeline Porter 93 points Ratebeer- Pipeline Porter is smooth and dark with a distinctive roasty aroma and earthy complexity from its diverse blend of premium malted barleys. This celebration of malt unites with freshly roasted, 100% Kona coffee grown at the Cornwell Estate on Hawaii’s Big Island, lending a unique roasted aroma and flavor. A delicate blend of hops round out this palate-pleasing brew.
  5. Fuller’s London Porter 100 points Ratebeer- Rich, dark and complex, at 5.4% abv the beer has an outstanding depth of flavor. It is brewed from a blend of Brown, Crystal and Chocolate Malts for a creamy delivery balanced by traditional Fuggles hops.
  6. Dogfish Head Chicory Stout 96 points Ratebeer- Chicory Stout is a rich, dark beer made with a touch of roasted chicory, organic Mexican coffee, St. John’s Wort, and licorice root. It is brewed with roasted barley, crystal malt and oats and hopped just right with Glacier hops. We us fair trade Organic Mexican Coatepec beans roasted to our specifications by Notting Hill Coffee Roastery in Lewes, DE.
  7. Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout 100points Ratebeer- Three mashes are used to brew each batch of this beer, achieving a luscious deep dark chocolate flavor through a blend of specialty roasted malts. Brooklyn Black Chocolate stout is brewed ever year for the winter season. It is delicious when newly bottled, but also ages beautifully for years.
  8. Hitachino Espresso Stout 99 points Ratebeer– Caramel, roasted, black and chocolate malts provide an explosion of coffee like flavors. The strong espresso character comes from the addition of espresso beans to the boil. Notes of vanilla, dark fruit, cocoa, and chocolate. The very unusual character of Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout stems from the fact the Kiuchi Brewery is using the recipe of a Russian Imperial Stout as a base. Pitch black color, big brown head,. Aromas of chocolate, roasted bitterness, black currants, and dark fruits.
  9. Flying Dog Pearl Necklace 92 points Ratebeer- A dry stout brewed with Rappahannock River oysters.
  10. North Coast Old No. 38 Stout 94 points Ratebeer- Named for a retired steam engine on the Ft. Bragg-Willits Skunk run through the California Redwoods, Old No. 38 Stout is a smooth, firm-bodied stout with the toasted character and coffee notes of dark malts and roasted barley.

The rules are simple: between now and the end of November purchase and enjoy each of the above beers to complete the month. In each of the coming months a new list will debut complete ten of those lists and be immortalized on the wall.

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