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Tuesday, March 17th 2015

Raise a Toast to St. Patrick
with These 7 Canned Stouts

If you're like many people you'll more than likely be drinking a pint or two this St. Patrick's Day. For many, the connection between drinking and the holiday don't seem to go far beyond the fact that St. Patrick is the foremost patron saint of Ireland. Reason enough, right?

The reality is that St. Patrick was born in Roman Britain, not Ireland. He was captured by Irish pirates as a teenager and spent 6 years as a slave in Ireland before escaping the country - which he would return to in later years as a missionary. He is often shown holding a 3-leafed shamrock, a symbol he used to explain the holy trinity and St. Patrick's Day is held annually on March 17th to honor his death. The historical connection between the holiday and drinking have to do with the fact that the date falls during Lent, a time in which observant Catholics practice various levels of fasting. Historically, in celebration of the holiday, Lenten restrictions were lifted, which meant food and drink were usually abundant.

Okay, enough of the history lesson. Time for a drink. Ditch the Guinness and give one of these 7 canned stouts a try this St. Patrick's Day! Sláinte!

 


PRETZEL STOUT
Martin House Brewing Company
(Fort Worth, Texas)

Don't question it until you've tried it. If you know what a touch of salt can do for a Gose, you're in for a treat with this one. From the brewery...

 "That’s right, The Original Pretzel Stout.  This 6.5% abv stout is as black as oil and is brewed with over six pounds of crushed sourdough pretzels per barrel.  Guess what?  There’s no style guideline for this one.  The salty fingerprint of the pretzels works with the sweet and roasty flavors of the chocolate malted & roasted barley to give this beer a flavor that is much greater than the sum of its parts."



MALPAIS STOUT
La Cumbre Brewing Company
(Albuquerque, New Mexico)

Malpais is a term used in the American Southwest to describe a rough and barren landscape. La Cumbre's dark beauty is anything but rough and barren, in fact its velvety smooth and packed with intense malt flavors. From the brewery...
 

"Brewed with 7 different malts, you should be ready for a full onslaught of creamy stout intensity. Broadly in the style of a Foreign Extra Stout, this is our heaviest and most intense year-round offering."

 


BLACK HOUSE

Modern Times Beer
(San Diego, California)


Black House is not just another stout brewed with coffee. No, this is something different, something special. The coffee used in this brew is roasted inside the brewery for an insanely fresh, and rich flavor. From the brewery...


"Black House is an oatmeal coffee stout bursting with coffee aroma and flavor. Modern Times is one of the only breweries in the world to roast our own coffee, which allows us to be exceptionally picky about which coffees we use and how we roast them. The result is an abundantly flavorful beer that's incredibly complex and aromatic, with loads of roast character and a chocolate-covered espresso bean finish."



CHOCOLATE MILK STOUT

Four Hands Brewing Company
(Saint Louis, Missouri)


As a kid there was nothing better than a nice cold glass of chocolate milk...that is until you became an adult and you discovered beer and then you discovered chocolate milk stout! From the brewery...


"Our Chocolate Milk Stout pours black as the night sky with aromas of dark chocolate, chocolate malt, and more chocolate. With a firm tan head and a rich velvety mouthfeel our Chocolate Milk Stout is a perfect complement to the change of seasons."

 

BLACKTART STOUT
MadTree Brewing Company and Others
(Cincinnati, Ohio)


BlackTart was this year's Cincinnati Beer Week collaboration brew, a beer that every brewery in the city (15 in total) had a hand in making. This 8% stout was brewed with cinnamon, lactose, and blackberries which provide a host of unique flavors! From the breweries...
 

"An amalgamation of breweries. A dichotomous combination of flavors. Tart and refreshing yet full bodied and malty. It’s not black magic, it’s BlackTart."

 

 

HAMMER & SICKLE RIS
Renegade Brewing Company
(Denver, Colorado)


This is one bad ass can that contains one bad ass beer. Hammer & Sickle is a heavyweight at 9% but drinks ridiculously smooth and well below its weight. 
 

"Bronze Medal Winner at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival, Hammer and Sickle is sure to leave an impression. This roasty stout has hints of vanilla, coffee, and dark chocolate. The high bitterness creates a dry finish on a beer that could otherwise be sweet and boozy. Hammer and Sickle is now packaged in 4-pack 12 ounce cans and will soon become dictators of your beer fridge."

 

 

BARREL AGED IMPERIAL STOUT
Upslope Brewing Company
(Boulder, Colorado)


No list of stouts would be complete without something barrel-aged. For that we turn to Volume III of Upslope Brewing's Lee Hill Series. This is one to split with a good friend and sip and savor. From the brewery...
 

"This tasty and decadent brew was aged for four months in Leopold Bros. Maryland Rye Whiskey Barrels. Sitting at 10% abv, it’s the perfect beer to warm you up this winter. Join us at the release party and be the first to try this one on tap or snag a 19.2 oz can for your cellar!"


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Tuesday, December 31st 2013

Gerry Dog Stout
(Big Elm Brewing Company)

Gerry Dog Stout is one of three beers currently being canned by Big Elm Brewing Company. The brewery is tucked away in a small town in the far southwestern corner of Massachusetts and also brews an array of beers that are available on tap locally. 

From the Big Elm Brewing site:

“Our rich and satisfying Oatmeal Stout is made with choice American and English barley, rolled oats, herbal American hops and good vibes from our brewery mascot Gerry. This deep and dark beverage transcends what you thought about stout! - Slainte!”

Here we go...


Pour - inky black with a head of thick, beige foam. It wouldn't be a stout if it didn't look like this...


Aroma - Roasted, toasted malts, some sweet caramel notes, cocoa, chocolate, and espresso. Very enticing on a cold fall day.


Taste -  Gerry Dog is a medium-bodied stout with ample chocolate and coffee flavors.  There is some definite sweetness comign from all those rich, dark malts and the rolled oats add a nice depth to the mouthfeel.


Overall - A semi-sweet, rich, and flavorful oatmeal stout with plenty of dark roasted chocolate flavors. This is one that you'll be happy ordering a few times during the night.


Note -  Big Elm Brewing Company was founded by husband and wife, Bill and Christine Heaton. The two actually met at Victory Brewing Company back in 2003 and opened a brewpub in Pittsfield, MA called Pittsfield Brew Works in 2005. After 5 years of running a restaurant and a small brewery the two decided to move on and open a production brewery. After a lot of planning and searching, Big Elm began brewing in Sheffield, MA in the fall of 2012. 


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Gerry Dog Stout
Style: Oatmeal Stout
Brewery: Big Elm Brewing Company
City: 
Sheffield, Massachusetts  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: American and English barley, rolled oats
Hops: ???
ABV: 6.5%
IBUs: ???
Date: December 31st, 2013

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Tuesday, March 26th 2013

Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout
(Wynkoop Brewing Company)

What started out as an April Fool's Day joke video by Denver's Wynkoop Brewing Company has now become reality. Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout is indeed brewed with actual bull testicles - quite a lot of them actually. This is the first of the brewery's "Even Smaller Batch Series" beers to be canned and was done so by hand. Cans were sold, appropriately enough, in packs of two. 

From the Wynkoop site:

"A meaty foreign-style stout, Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout is made with Colorado base malts, roasted barley, seven specialty malts, Styrian Goldings hops, and 25 pounds of freshly sliced and roasted bull testicles.

Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout is an assertive, viscous stout with a rich brown/black color, a luscious mouthfeel and deep flavors of chocolate, espresso and nuts. The beer sports a savory, umami-like note and a roasty dry finish."

Here we go...

Pour - viscous and dark as motor oil coming out of the can. Thin wispy head with good carbonation. One might say that the can empties into a glass and creates a dark abyss...a dark abyss that holds a secret.


Aroma - lots of bitter, dark roasted malt aromas, espresso beans, molasses, dark chocolate, and some earthiness. Unlike an IPA that lacks hop aroma, there are no complaints here about the lack of bull testicle aroma. None.


Taste - just like bull testicles. Kidding. I've never even had them before so I wouldn't know what they taste like. Instead, this is a silky smooth, rich, and flavorful stout with ton of roasty flavors as well as those of coffee and even some black cherry. In the finish there is a pronounced earthiness and even a bit of a salty flavor. It works well, the way sea salt and chocolate does or chocolate covered pretzels do. I've got to say that this is a very drinkable beer that is warming at 7.5% and quite enjoyable. 

 

Overall - a very well-brewed stout that is extremely smooth with some great roasted malt character and a unique finish that is earthy and slightly savory - which one could only attribute to the altogether unusual addition to this beer. Definitely more of a surprisingly pleasant drinking experience and less of a "fear factor" one. Certainly worth a try and another example of an American craft brewer pushing the envelope.

 

 

Note - more about this beer from the good folks at Wynkoop...


"We canned approximately 100 cases of the beer in this initial canning run of Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout. The beers are hand canned on a table-top canning machine from Cask Brewing Systems.

We’ve packaged RMOS in blank, unprinted aluminum cans that we label with a two-part label akin to those used on glass bottles. This method enables us to produce super-small batches of canned beer and avoid the 95,000 can minimum for painted cans from our can supplier."


The original April Fool's Day video for Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout


Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout
Style: Foreign/Export Stout
Brewery: Wynkoop Brewing Company
City: 
Denver, Colorado  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: Styrian Goldings
ABV: 7.5%
IBUs: ???
Date: March 26th, 2013

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Tuesday, March 19th 2013

Ska Announces Vernal Minthe Stout

Ska Brewing Announces Vernal Minthe Stout: 3rd Seasonal Stout Release

DURANGO, ColoradoSka Brewing is announcing the third release in its Seasonal Stout series: Vernal Minthe Stout, a stout brewed with peppermint, spearmint, cocoa and vanilla beans. The beer will hit shelves on March 20th, the date of the spring equinox. The debut also occurs during Colorado Craft Beer Week, a week of events and tappings celebrating Colorado craft breweries and beers.

“Spring is a good time to brew up a reward for making it through winter, said Ska Overlord of Brewing Operations Bill Graham. “The Vernal Minthe Stout is a treat: sweet, but with great roasted and chocolate notes for balance—and a peppermint note that reminds me of spring. I bet I’m not the only one who could use a reward about now.”

As the saying goes, there’s no reward without risk. “Stout is a beer lover’s beer. It’s one of our favorite styles, but it’s not everyone’s favorite,” said Ska President and co-founder Dave Thibodeau. “There were other styles that probably would have appealed to a broader market, but then I wouldn’t have all these stouts to drink.”

Craft beer drinkers in all of Ska’s U.S. markets will be able to start rewarding themselves around the spring equinox—March 20th —in keeping with the Seasonal Stout Series’ solstice and equinox release dates. The packaging for the Vernal Minthe Stout (artwork below) features a black, 12-oz. can, with Ska’s True Blonde character as the Greek goddess Persephone, who, according to Greek mythology, turned the naiad Minthe into a mint plant in a jealous rage.

Ska will unveil the Seasonal Stout Series’ fourth brand new beer in June, for release on the summer solstice.

About Ska Brewing

Based in Durango, Colorado, Ska Brewing was founded in 1995 and now produces over a dozen medal-winning beers including the Pinstripe Red Ale, True Blonde Ale and Steel Toe Stout. Four Ska beers are now widely available in cans: ESB Special Ale, True Blonde, Modus Hoperandi IPA and the winter seasonal Euphoria Pale Ale. For information, music and a good time, visit www.skabrewing.com. Chat us up and get the latest news at facebook.com/skabrew and twitter.com/skabrewing.


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Thursday, March 14th 2013

Fort George Brewery Releases Black Box of Barrel Aged Cavatica Stout

With St. Patrick's Day looming and the prospect of many o' pint of something dark likely to be consumed this weekend, we wanted to draw your attention to the black box you see above. Coinciding with the 2nd annual "Festival of Dark Arts" held at the Fort George Brewery and Public House in Astoria, Oregon is the brewery's limited release of their Cavatica Stout aged in Heaven Hills Rye Whiskey Barrels. This year the brewery will be selling 4-packs of this special beer packaged in an equally special way.


    

 

Each box is hand-numbered and hand-signed by the brewer and contains a card telling the interesting story behind the beer. Also, unlike many other beers that have a limited release YOU CAN BUY THIS ONE ONLINE! Each box is $19.95 (plus shipping) and you can purchase up to four boxes.


 

About this stout:

Aged in Heaven Hill Rye Whiskey Barrels for six months. This 9.2% pitch black stout takes on plenty of flavor and aroma from the very special barrels it has say inside. The barrel aging gives this beer a satin-like smoothness and flavors of "caramel, vanilla, peat and oak".


Each can of this special edition of Cavatica Stout 
is stamped on the bottom with the word "Rye"


 

About the Festival of Dark Arts:

"This festival is unlike any fest ever put on. Throughout the entire Fort George campus, you can feast your senses on an array of dark art including the Dark Art Gallery, a blacksmith forge, tattoo artistry, glass blowing, belly dancing, fire dancing, stout inspired cuisine, tarot card reading, old fashioned photography and of course, Stout."

When: Saturday, February 16, 2013  -  2:00-10:00
Where: Fort George Brewery + Public House | Lovell Brewery Taproom and Showroom
All ages are welcome - Admission is free - $8 for a Festival glass – $1 per sample


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Wednesday, December 19th 2012

Phantom Punch Winter Stout
(Baxter Brewing Company)

Baxter's recent winter release pays homage to a big event which took place in their hometown of Lewiston, Maine. The can tells the story and the design, by artist Josh Fisher, is an outstanding example of what you can do with a cylindrical canvas. 

From the Baxter Brewing site:

"Baxter has named its winter stout in celebration of Lewiston’s 1965 Ali/Liston heavyweight championship. “Phantom Punch” is a Foreign Extra Stout with a hearty 6.8% ABV; enough to warm up winter gatherings, but not too much to prevent sipping a few by the fire. Its deep black hue and rich tan head compliment the full, but not overly-heavy body. Roasted and toasted malts dominate the flavor, with hints of caramel and strong notes of chocolate.

 

Meanwhile, roasted organic cocoa nibs reinforce the malty chocolate flavors, while real vanilla beans suggest a touch of sweetness without weighing down the brew. Lastly, Phantom Punch has just enough British hops to balance the stout’s maltiness, but this is Baxter’s least hoppy beer to-date."


Here we go...

 

Pour - darks as a winter's night in Maine. There are some shades of brown and red when held to the light. A big coffee colored head sits on top. 


Aroma - if you like big roasted malt aromas than this will make your nose happy. Strong dark roast coffee, bitter chocolate, cocoa and vanilla all intermingle quite nicely. 


Taste - one sip brings a flood of roasty/toadty malt flavor into my mouth. The bitter chocolate and coffee flavors hit the tip of the tongue right away and the sweetness from the malt combines with some of the cocoa and vanilla to round things out. It has a dry bitter roasted malt finish and just a hint of citrus from the hops. Love all the rich roasted malt flavors and just how smooth this is going down. It would be great to try this on nitro sometime. 

 

Overall - a very well-assembled stout that should make the stout and malt crowd quite happy this winter. It brings about pleasant memories of Dieu du Ciel's Aphrodite, with its cocoa and vanilla flavors and aromas. I'll definitely be enjoying more than a few of these during the long New England winter ahead.

 

Note - Lewiston is the smallest city to host a heavyweight title bout since Jack Dempsey fought Tom Gibbons in Shelby, Montana (population 3,000) in 1923. It remains the only heavyweight title fight held in the state of Maine.

The second Ali-Liston fight was embraced by The Pine Tree State. Maine Governor John H. Reed announced to the press, "This fight is one of the greatest things to happen in Maine. Nevertheless, it would go down in history as a debacle.

Due to the remote location (140 miles north of Boston), only 2,434 fans were present (the arena seated less than 3,700), setting the all-time record for the lowest attendance for a heavyweight championship fight. The fight also ranks as one of the shortest heavyweight title bouts in history as Liston was knocked out before the end of the first round. Many in the small crowd had not even settled in their seats when the fight was stopped. - Wikipedia

 


Phantom Punch Winter Stout
Style: Foreign/Export Stout
Brewery: Baxter Brewing Company
City: 
Lewiston, Maine  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 6.8%
IBUs: ???
Date: December 19th, 2012

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Tuesday, December 18th 2012

Marooned on Hog Island
(21st Amendment Brewery)

21st Amendment 's latest release is another great example of both their abilities as brewers but also the creativity of the folks that design their cans. The first oyster stout in a can, Marooned on Hog Island is collaboration brew between 21st Amendment and Hog Island Oyster Company. 

From the 21st Amendment site:

"When life gives you oysters, be sure to brew some killer oyster stout. That’s exactly what Nico Freccia and Shaun O’Sullivan, co-founders of 21st Amendment Brewery did. In a food+beer collaboration with Hog Island Oyster Company co-founders, John Finger and Terry Sawyer, the 21st Amendment Brewery team has created Marooned on Hog Island, the latest beer in their Insurrection Series, a limited edition, once-in-awhile four-pack release of a very special beer that rises up in revolt against common notions of what canned beer can be. Marooned on Hog Island has an ABV of 7.9% and was brewed using Magnum and Willamette hops with an ale yeast, a variety of malts including Pale, Crystal, Chocolate and Carafa, Rolled Oats, White Wheat and the kicker: 450 pounds of Hog Island Sweetwater oyster shells."


Here we go...

 

Pour - dark brown to black in appearance with a great looking off-white fluffy head. Looks rich, strong, and delicious...it also looks like the head on this isn't going anywhere anytime soon.


Aroma - lots of big rich roasty malt notes, some sweet cocoa and dark chocolote, espresso, along with some very subtle hints of citrus. If you like your beers dark than you'll love the aromas this beer has to offer.


Taste - rich, roasty with big flavors of dark roast coffee and a dry bitter finish. The first sip did not bring about flavors of bottom-feeding mollusks if that is what you're wondering. Since this beer is brewed with the shells of the oysters, which are made up of predominately of calcium carbonate and did come from the salty sea, they do impart some bitterness and a perhaps a tad bit of brineyness in the finish. Some breweries do in fact brew their oyster stouts with whole oysters, including the prized meat inside the shells. This one does not. However, it does have a lot of great flavor coming from all that dark roasted malt. A perfect brew for a cold rainy/snowy night.

 

Overall - a great partnership between the brewery and a local oyster company. We love to see that sort of thing as it provides people the opportunity to try something new while promoting another business. If you've not had an Oyster Stout this is certainly a good one to check out. A great take on a style that has had some resurgence in recent years.


Note - if you're interested in learning more about Oyster Stouts and the rather unique history behind this interesting style we suggest reading beer writer Stephen Beaumont's "An Oyster in Your Beer, Sir" or  Oyster Stout is a Pearl of an Idea by Lessley Anderson. Both have much to offer on the style's history.

 


Marooned on Hog Island
Style: Oyster Stout
Brewery: 21st Amendment Brewery
City: 
San Francisco, California  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Pale, Crystal, Chocolate and Carafa, Rolled Oats, White Wheat
Hops: Magnum and Willamette
ABV: 7.9%
IBUs: ???
Date: December 18th, 2012

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Friday, September 21 2012

Autumnal Mole Stout
(Ska Brewing Company)

The first of four Seasonal Stouts to be released by Ska Brewing Company. Each will be unique and each will be released on either a solstice or an equinox depending on the season. Autumnal Mole Stout is set to hit shelves on September 21st - the Autumnal Equinox. Ska really is setting the tone for this series with a bold brew like this one. Can't wait to crack this open and find out how all those spices and chiles come together in this stout. Cheers!

From Ska Brewing:

"The Autumnal Mole Stout is an ale brewed with cocoa nibs, spices and three varieties of chile peppers: Mulato, Ancho and Hatch green chiles, (also known as Anaheim Peppers.)"

Here we go...

Pour - Pours dark brown to black in color with a rich, creamy, off-white head on top.

Aroma - Very aromatic. Wow. Where to begin. Loads of cinnamon and Mexican chocolate notes with hints of vanilla, nutmeg, bacon, and espresso. Definitely has some similar smells to a mole sauce made with cocoa and spices. It really smells amazing.

Taste -  One sip and the tongue is alive and trying to process just all the excitement. So much flavor and so many different things to try and sort out and enjoy. Loads of spices hit first, a lot of cinnamon and nutmeg and some sweet heat in the finish. Plenty of espresso and smoky notes come out. Definitely getting some cocoa flavors and just a plethora of different spices. Rich and smooth on the palate with the heat from the chiles steadily increasing - but still fairly subdued. So much going on with this beer and it only gets better as it warms in the glass. 

Overall - fantastic. It can't be easy to do so much with a beer and get such a well-rounded, unique, complex, yet very balanced beer. Love the slight heat from the chiles, the sweetness of the cocoa and the malt, and the way the spices seem to bring it altogether. I could condense this down and pour it on a pork shoulder and be all set!

Note - here is a little more on this very special brew from the folks at Ska:

"An important source of inspiration for the Autumnal Mole Stout is Ska Brewing’s location in the high desert of Southern Colorado, not far from the New Mexico border. “Mexican, New Mexican, Southwestern—that’s just the way we eat here,” said Ska President and co-founder Dave Thibodeau. “Around this time of year, chile roasters show up at the farmers market and grocery store parking lots and you can smell fresh-roasted chiles all over town. Given our Steel Toe (Milk) Stout’s 2011 GABF Gold and 2012 World Beer Cup Gold medals, we thought this new program should showcase our stouts. The balance between the milk stout sweetness and the chile spice and flavor seemed like a perfect combination for autumn.


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Autumnal Mole Stout
Style: Milk Stout
Brewery: Ska Brewing Company
City: 
Durango, Colorado  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: ???
IBUs: ???
Date: September 21st, 2012

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Tuesday, April 10th 2012

Great Crescent Stout
(Great Crescent Brewery)

 

This brewery located in Aurora, Indiana (population around 4,000) is cranking out canned beers at a tremendous rate. Their canned offerings now total an even dozen, lending credence to our theory that use of alternative labels on can blanks allows more craft beers to find their way into our refrigerators. Their Bourbon’s Barrel Stout earned a CraftCans.com 2011 Reader’s Poll Shout-Out for Best New Beer, so let’s check out the base stout that created that fantastic brew!

 

From the Great Crescent site:

"Great Crescent Stout is crafted using American hops and is the same stout we use in the Bourbon's Barrel Stout; we pull some off before it goes into the barrels. This beer is created using dark roasted malts and exhibits full flavors of chocolate, coffee and has a full bitterness from the black malt that balances with the sweetness from the 2-row malt. If you already enjoy stout this one will impress you."

Here we go...

 

Pour - Pitch black as a moonless night. Our aggressive pour resulted in a nice and sturdy tan head with some black spots here and there. Wet rings of lacing hold on for a few moments before rolling back down into our can-shaped glass.

 

Aroma - well-roasted chocolate malts, strong bitter coffee, and hops.

 

Taste - A touch of smokiness at the start before a wash of light sweet chocolate, a few moments of bitter coffee in the middle, then a very pleasant hopped chocolate finish and aftertaste. Pause long enough between sips and some anise/black licorice flavor seems to come out. The flavor profile is great and the mouthfeel is interesting - what seems like a thin, watery start evolves quickly into a heavier, flavorful finish.  


Overall - A very nice stout that is definitely worth trying if you can get your hands on some. We especially liked the interplay between the chocolate and coffee flavors without the overwhelming aroma of smoke that we sometimes find in the stouts we’ve tried. The chocolate goodness that prevails at the finish is always a hit with the CraftCans team and keeps us wanting more.


Note - As indicated on their site, this is the same stout that finds its way into Maker’s Mark barrels for Great Crescent’s fantastic (and first barrel-aged beer to be canned) Bourbon’s Barrel Stout.  Based on the beers we’ve tried – canned, bottled and on draft – we know it takes a great base stout to create a great barrel-aged stout. We’re thinking this beer would make a great java stout too (and yes, Dan, Lani and the rest of the Great Crescent crew, we’re dropping a hint!)


 


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Great Crescent Stout
Style: English Stout
Brewery: Great Crescent Brewery
City: 
Aurora, Indiana  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 8.0%
IBUs: 67
Date: April 10th, 2012

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Saturday, March 17th 2012

Upslope Foreign Style Stout
(Upslope Brewing Company)


St. Patrick's Day is a great day to enjoy a stout and this is certainly one that we've been looking forward to enjoying for quite some time now. Uplsope's Foreign Style Stout is their first limited release canned offering and the black can is a great contrast to their natural aluminum lineup - not to mention a very fitting vessel for dark as night stout. 

From the Upslope Brewing site:

“We’ve always wanted to can one of the specialty beers that we brew as a limited release, and finally have built the capacity to do so. Our Foreign Style Stout has been a tap room favorite since it was originally brewed as our first anniversary beer two years ago. With only 200 barrels of this beer being brewed in January and February, it truly deserves its ‘limited release’ status“.


Sometimes called an export stout, our take on a traditional Irish style is roasty but corduroy smooth and well-balanced both in malt character and hop bitterness."


Upslope keeps it simple...


Here we go...

 

Pour - inky black in appearance with low carbonation and little head on top. Slightly viscous as it pours, you know this has a bit of weight behind it. 


Aroma - lots of roasted barley notes along with cocoa powder, French roast coffee, molasses, Tootsie Rolls with hints of toasted brown bread. 

 

Taste - Loads of bold malt flavors come pouring on to the palate, bitter roasty flavors along with some sweet dark chocolate and espresso notes. The finish is bitter with hints of citrus tang and a long lasting roasted malt flavor. Roasty, toasty and delicious. 

 

Overall - a great example of this style. Upslope's Foreign Style Stout packs a bitter, dark roasted malt punch with hints of sweetness. A very nice debut for their canned limited release lineup. We look forward to what comes next.

 

Note - Foreign or Export style stouts differ from regular stouts by historically having a higher alcohol content and perhaps have a larger quantity of hops used in the brewing process. The style is very popular in places like Jamaica and Nigeria and in other warm climates (that you may not associate with stout drinking).


American craft brewers currently can only two versions of this style. Upslope Brewing's Foreign Style Stout and Southern Star Brewing's Buried Hatchet Stout. 

 

 
Upslope's Foreign Style Stout & Southern Star Brewing's Buried Hatchet Stout 


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Upslope Foreign Style Stout
Style: Foreign/Export Stout
Brewery: Upslope Brewing Company
City: 
Boulder, Colorado  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 6.9%
IBUs: ???
Date: March 17th, 2012

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Monday, February 20th 2012

Art of Darkness: 13 Canned Stouts

February has been proclaimed, by some hearty souls at a few different places across the country, to be "Stout Month". Despite the relatively mild winter most of us are experiencing this is indeed a good time of time of year when rich, dark, malty beers are de rigueur! So kick that hop addiction for a few weeks and get your hands on some of these canned stouts! Cheers!

 

 
Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
(Boontville, California)
OATMEAL STOUT | 5.7% ABV

Notes: The most recent canned release from Anderson Valley, Barney Flats is an award winning Oatmeal Stout that is rich, creamy and oh-so-smooth. This is the brewery's canned spring seasonal brew so stock up!

Availability: CA, OR, WA, NV, AZ, NM, CO, KS, IL, WI, KY, ID, OK, AL, FL, OH, MI, NY, MA, VA, NC, MD, PA, NJ, UT, HI, TX



TEN FIDY Imperial Stout
Oskar Blues Brewery
(Longmont, Colorado)
RUSSIAN IMPERIAL STOUT | 10.5% ABV 


Notes: If you haven't had this you best pick some up and indulge yourself. At 10.5% this belongs in a snifter and definitely don't wear anything white as this inky black behemoth of a stout ain't coming out in the wash. This is an excellent example of the Russian Imperial Stout style and well worth the investment. 


Availability: CO, CA, AR, AL, PA, TX, WY, OR, WA, MA, CT, MD, VA, NC, SC, RI, GA, WI, ID, FL, NJ, TN, NM, CT, GA, NV, NY

 


Cavatica Stout
Fort George Brewery
(Astoria, Oregon)
AMERICAN DOUBLE/IMPERIAL STOUT | 8.8% ABV 

Notes: A can of Cavatica is a pint of big, ballsy, brazen stout just waiting to be cracked open and poured into one of your nicer beer glasses (one of the ones you don't let your friends use). 


Availability: OR

 


Jack Stout
Wild Onion Brewing Company
(Lake Barrington, Illinois)
OATMEAL STOUT | 6.5% ABV 

Notes: Jack Stout is an Oatmeal Stout brewed with 5 different malts and delivers a ton of great espresso and dark chocolate flavor. Creamy and rich and very satisfying. The name "JACK" is actually an acronym for the brewer/owner's wife's full name (Jennifer Ann Catalano-Kainz). Also, we love the can design!

Availability: IL, PA, WI



Buffalo Sweat
Tallgrass Brewing Company
(Manhattan, Kansas)
MILK/SWEET STOUT | 5% ABV 

Notes: Perhaps drinking something with the name "Buffalo Sweat" has never been high on your priority list - well maybe now it should be. Tallgrass did a great job with this super smooth stout that has flavors of cocoa and rich, dark roasted barly. It weighs in at 5% so a couple pint cans aren't going to put you on the floor.


Availability: KS, PA, OK, NE, VA, MT, CO, ND, SD, OK, MS, AL, MO, AR, MN



Buried Hatchet Stout
Southern Star Brewing Company
(Conroe, Texas)
FOREIGN/EXPORT STOUT | 8.3% ABV 

Notes: Four types of malt along with some oats go into this strong Foreign Export style stout from Southern Star. Plenty of bitter chocolate, caramel and toffee flavors are packed into this one. Rich and full-bodied, this is 12 oz. of malty heaven. 


Availability: TX, IN, KY, FL, SC, AL, OH



Diesel
Sixpoint Craft Ales
(Brooklyn, New York)
AMERICAN STOUT | 6.3% ABV

Notes: Sixpoint's winter seasonal, Diesel, is a hop forward, dark, beauty of a beer. It has some leanings towards a Black IPA as it packs close to 70 IBUs as well as towards a Dry Irish Stout and somewhere inbetween a common ground is found. Bitter, roasty, citrusy and altogether unique.


Availability: NY, NJ, RI, PA, MA, DC, MD

 


Imperial Java Stout
Santa Fe Brewing Company
(Santa Fe, New Mexico)
RUSSIAN IMPERIAL STOUT | 8% ABV 

Notes: Love a good coffee beer? Here you go! Imperial Java Stout is a BIG, bold stout with some intense fresh-roasted coffee flavors infused with cocoa and bitter, dark roast malts. This is a great beer to drink on a cold winter night/morning.


Availability: NM, CO, AZ, OK, TX

 


Bourbon's Barrel Stout
Great Crescent Brewery
(Aurora, Indiana)
BARREL-AGED STOUT | 7.5% ABV 

Notes: Still the one and only barrel-aged stout in a can. We'll never be able to say enough about this rich, smooth stout that has just the right amount of vanilla flavors from the barrel-aging and hints of bourbon notes. Extremely drinkable and not at all over the top. Hard to get a hold of but totally worth your efforts.


Availability: IN

 


Moo Thunder
Butternuts Beer & Ale
(Garrattsville, New York)
MILK/SWEET STOUT | 4.9% ABV 

Notes: One of the first craft brewed stouts to wind up in a can (and what a can it is). Moo Thunder has some hints of smokiness along with iced espresso and goes down smooth and easy. If you're looking for a mellowed out stout drinking experience this might be the beer for you.


Availability: NY, MA, CT, RI, NJ, PA

 


Redband
Great River Brewery
(Davenport, Iowa)
AMERICAN COFFEE STOUT | 6% ABV 

Notes: Truly one of the best coffee stouts you'll ever find. The coffee flavor of this beer is second to none so if you're a fan of big, intense coffee stouts then look no further. An extremely well assembled beer that hits all the marks for appearance, aroma and flavor. Still wishing we had more of these cans in the fridge.


Availability: IA, IL

 


Foreign Style Stout
Upslope Brewing Company
(Boulder, Colorado)
FOREIGN/EXPORT STOUT | 6.9% ABV


 
Notes: This is Upslope's first "Limited Release" canned offering. Their Foreign Style Stout is fashioned after the style once shipped from Ireland to the continental Europe (and beyong). A tad stronger than the average dry stout with some nice sweetness and a solid hop profile. Very tasty and the can looks sharp dressed-up all in black.


Availability: CO

 


Oatmeal Stout
Crabtree Brewing Company
(Boulder, Colorado)
OATMEAL STOUT | 7.5% ABV  

Notes: Crabtree found success with cans of their Eclipse Black IPA so why not release another of their beers in cans? Their Oatmeal Stout has just come off the canning lines (via Mobile Canning) and promises to be a hearty brew that has a smooth, creamy texture and a rich, roasty, malty profile. 


Availability: CO

 

 


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Monday, December 12th 2011

Diesel
(Sixpoint Craft Ales)

 

Diesel is Sixpoint's answer to the winter seasonal. This is the Brooklyn-based brewery's sixth canned release of 2011 and one of their oldest recipes. The brewery continues to push forward with cans and we can't wait to see what will be coming down the canning line in 2012! 

 

From the Sixpoint site:

 

"Diesel stout has actually been offered each winter since 2005, the year after Sixpoint was founded. Rich, robust and deep brown-black, this beer will linger in your mouth like a streak of tar. Yet it’s surprisingly sessionable and effervescent, too. It starts with nutty roasted malts, which get combined with Columbus and Northern Brewer hops. Another dose of Columbus in the dry-hopping stage gives it a defiantly hoppy character. Poured in a glass, the head becomes thick and cappuccino-like, with lacing down to the last sip."


Here we go...

 

Pour -  inky black flowing into the glass and ultimately settling in a pitch color with a rather thin espresso-colored head that leaves some lacing inside the glass. Looks mysterious and delicious.

 

Aroma - cocoa powder, coffee grounds, citrusy hops, molasses, brown bread dough and 

 

Taste - first sip brings about some dry, bitter roasty flavors. Definitely some French roast coffee and bitter dark chocolate notes here. The maltiness is not all that sweet and this has leanings towards hoppiness that may come as a surprise. Diesel also has a brineyness to it, sort of a soy sauce like aftertaste from the hopping that isn't altogether unappealing but its not a sweet finish like some stouts. Reminds me a bit of a pretzel dipped in dark chocolate.

 

Overall - nicely put together American stout with a Sixpoint touch that makes it their very own. A malty and hoppy brew that goes down nicely on a winter evening. Love the black can as well. We're looking forward to Sixpoint's announcement on their upcoming spring seasonal release. We've heard a rumor about it being a saison. We shall wait and see..

 

Note - the back of the Diesel can has a short poem that was written by American poet Gary Snyder. It reads:

"Each dawn is clear

Cold air bites the throat.

Thick frost on the pine bough

Leaps from the tree snapped by the diesel"

- Gary Snyder


 



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Style: American Stout
Brewery: Sixpoint Craft Ales
City: 
Brooklyn, New York  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: Columbus and Northern Brewer
ABV: 6.3%
IBUs: 69
Date: December 12th, 2011

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Sunday, November 27th 2011

Redband Stout
(Great River Brewery)


Great River Brewery out of Davenport, Iowa has continuously made us happy with each of their canned releases thus far. We were pretty excited when we heard they were canning a coffee stout and equally excited when we actually managed to get our can-loving paws on some of it. This one comes highly touted so we can't wait!


From the Great River Brewery site:


"We love our local roaster’s New Orleans Iced Coffee so much we decided to use their beans in our brew. Redband Stout is made with Indonesian and Ethiopian beans using our 18-hour cold brew extraction method, resulting in a satisfying brew with intense coffee aromatics. The marriage of two of our favorite beverages."


Here we go...

POUR: pitch black, looks just like fresh-brewed French roast was poured into the glass leaving a nice, earthy-colored foamy head. 

AROMA: you haven't smelled a great coffee stout until you've held a glass of this up to your nose. Wow. So much aroma of fresh roasted coffee beans, vanilla, toffee and dark chocolate malts. This definitely comes across like a coffee milkshake. Creamy, sweet with tons of bitter, coffee aromas. Absolutely incredible.

TASTE: Redband hits the palate with a taste that's smoother than a jazz song playing in your dentist's office waiting room. This is quicksilver laced with coffee gliding down your throat. Tons of great dark roast coffee flavors along with a creaminess that definitely makes this come across as the best iced coffee we've ever had! Roasty, toasty flavors without a huge ABV masking the great profiles of the malt and the hard to produce "actual" coffee taste ("18-hour cold brew extraction method"). Not the easiest coffee stout to get your hands on but if you do you will NOT be let down.

 

"Redband hits the palate with a taste that's smoother than a jazz song playing in your dentist's office waiting room. This is quicksilver laced with coffee gliding down your throat."


OVERALL: hands down one the best coffee beers we've ever had, be it in a can or otherwise. Such strong coffee flavors that meld so well with a equally well-produced stout. Great River Brewery has yet to do anything but impress. Very, very, very well done!

NOTES: there are a few other coffee stouts available in cans nowadays. The first to be released was Surly's Coffee Bender in late 2008. Santa Fe Brewing also released their Imperial Java Stout last year. Word is Good People Brewing down in Alabama will eventually release their Coffee Oatmeal Stout. We'll keep an eye out for that and any other coffee beers that come to cans. Cheers!


      
other canned coffee beers worth checking out...





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Redband Stout
Style: American Stout
Brewery: Great River Brewery
City: 
Davenport, Iowa  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 6.0%
IBUs: 36
Date: November 27th, 2011

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Monday, September 19th 2011

Bourbon's Barrel Stout
(Great Crescent Brewery)

Bourbon's Barrel Stout has the distinction of being the first, and only, barrel-aged stout in a can. Most folks don't know too much about this small Indiana brewery but they're quietly producing some amazing beers. Like their fellow Indiana brewers Sun King, Great Crescent also utilizes a multi-style blank can that allows them to adhere a sticker denoting what's in the can without having to order a truck load of cans. They can put as much, or as little, of a batch into cans as they want. Pretty smart thinking on their part. Okay, let's crack this open!

 

By the way,  a recent article discussing the bottle vs cans debate in the brewing industry quoted Jeff Bagby, head brewer at Pizza Port in Carlsbad, CA saying:

 

“I think it will always be a small part of the craft beer market,” Bagby said. “I don’t see it taking over bottles, especially with the high-end beers. I’d be amazingly surprised if we ever see barrel-aged beer in a can. It just doesn’t even sound right...”

 

From the Great Crescent site:

"This beer is a slightly bigger version of our regular stout that is aged in Maker's Mark Bourbon barrels. This stout is about 8% ABV and 65 IBU's to blend perfectly with the delicious aroma and flavor imparted by the bourbon and oak from the barrels."


Here we go...

 

Pour - inky, jet black with no light coming through whatsoever. Very thin, wispy coffee-colored head on top. Tiny streams of carbonation flowing upwards in the glass. Wow, this looks impressive.

 

Aroma - dark roast coffee, Oreos, chocolate cake batter, dark chocolate, cocoa, vanilla beans and heft amounts of dark roasted malt. This smells heavenly. Lots of aromas going on...

 

Taste - first sip and I realize right away that this has the mouthfeel of velvet. So smooth it is scary. Bitter roasted flavors abound with some sweet cocoa and coffee as well. There is a dry, tannic flavor in the background along with some notes of vanilla from the barrel aging. Not too overpowering, just a nice subtle flavor enhancement. No real sense of the alcohol in this brew, which is nice as sometimes that alcohol flavor in bigger stouts can be a bit much. Everything meshes very well in this stout and each sip complements the last. As this warms the flavors are enhanced and the glass gets emptier and emptier.

 

Overall - this beer is proof that you can put a bigger, more complex beer in a can with no issues whatsoever. The flavors and aromas of this beer are preserved perfectly and this tastes amazing. Lots of bitter roasty maltiness along with the unique qualities provided by the barrel-aging make this stout well-rounded and extremely enoyable. Bourbon's Barrel Stout is not too strong and thus there is no burn from the alcohol. This is smooth like silk going down and pure pleasure to drink. 

Would I buy more of it? - absolutely. I've got the cash in my hand. It may not sound right to you Jeff, but it sure tastes amazing to me!

 




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Bourbon's Barrel Stout
Style: American Stout
Brewery: Great Crescent Brewery
City: 
Aurora, Indiana  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 8.0%
IBUs: 65
Date: September 19th, 2011

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Sunday, December 19th 2010

Buffalo Sweat
(Tallgrass Brewing Company)

With a name like "Buffalo Sweat" and a package like this how can you not be intrigued? This is one of only a handful of canned stouts available (right now anyways) and one that I definitely recommend trying if you get the chance.

From the Tallgrass site:

"We love this beer here at the brewery, and think you will have one of those “I’ve never-tasted-a-beer-like-that” kind of moments when you try it!

What we really like about this beer is the smoothness that brewing with cream sugar brings to the palate. This smoothness balances out the copious quantities of roasted barley used in the brewing process to create a rich, complex, and delicious beer. If you have not been a stout drinker in the past, give this beer a try. It might just change your mind about how dark beers should taste. It tastes so rich, but is surprisingly easy to drink!"

Here we go...

Pour - deep, dark mahogany and coffee-colored with a nice inch of mocha brown head on top.

 

Aroma - coffee grounds, milk chocolate, cocoa, dark chocolate and plenty of dark delicious malty goodness. Wow.

 

Taste - super smooth, almost creamy or velvety in texture. Tons of delicious coffee and cocoa flavors come out and cover the tongue. Nice and sweet but not cloying. The dark, roasty and malty flavors make this a great brew to drink on a cold winter evening. Love that coffee and cocoa combination!

 

Overall - low in alcohol but oh so rich in flavor. Tons of rich chocolate and coffee flavors make this just plain delicious. Another great brew from Tallgrass and definitely worth checking out if you have the chance.

 

Would I buy more of it? - definitely. I've got one more can and I will be sad when I have to say goodbye. 

 

Note - Tallgrass currently cans their IPA, Ale, Kold, Oasis and Buffalo Sweat beers. Cheers!

 


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Buffalo Sweat
Style: Milk Stout
Brewery: Tallgrass Brewing Company
City: 
Manhattan, Kansas  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 5.0%
IBUs: 20
Date: December 19th, 2010

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Sunday, October 24th 2010

Buried Hatchet
(Southern Star Brewing Company)

Buried Hatchet is the "newest" of the three canned offerings from Southern Star. It will celebrate two years of being canned next month. Being one of only a couple (literally) strong stouts available in cans in the US thus far, this is definitely a brew to seek out!

From the Southern Star site:

"Jet-black in color, this monster smells of coffee and chocolate.  The taste is much of the same, with hints of creamy toffee and roasted malt.  Smooth and delicious, this medium bodied ale is all about the malts, but has enough hop bitterness to be balanced."

Here we go...


Pour - dark, dark, dark with some rubyish highlights sparking in the light. The head is tan and off-white and fades quickly to about a solid quarter-inch in depth. Looks pretty rich and tasty!

 

Aroma - chocolate, Tootsie Rolls, dark-roast coffee beans, vanilla, toast, coffee ice cream

 

Taste - cocoa, vanilla, malted milk balls, dark roast coffee, toffee. Lots of rich, roasty flavors are packed into this dark beauty. The coffee, cocoa and vanilla really stand out and your tongue is left a little dry and a little overwhelmed but not in a bad way. Great stuff. I don't have anything bad to say about this malty-meal in a can.

 

Overall - Buried Hatchet is rich, malty and delicious. Tons of malt flavor and super smooth on the palate. Not as potent as Ten Fidy but certainly as flavorful and delicious.

 

Would I buy more of it? - absolutely. There aren't many strong stouts in cans these days. Between Buried Hatchet and Oskar Blues' Ten Fidy its pretty much a canned-strong stout desert!

 

Note - The label on the can reads, “You hold in your hand a stout for stout lovers. Buried Hatchet is brewed with a large quantity of brown malt reminiscent of a traditional pre-Industrial Revolution malt profile. This stout is full of robust, roasted flavors which intermingle with a bittersweet creaminess that concludes to a perfect, warming finish.”

 

  



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Buried Hatchet
Style: Foreign/Export Stout
Brewery: Southern Star Brewing Company
City: 
Conroe, Texas  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Rahr Special Pale, Crisp Brown Malt, Briess Roast Malt, Rahr White Wheat, Rolled Oats
Hops: Saphir
ABV: 8.2%
IBUs: 50
Date: October 24th, 2010

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Sunday, August 30th 2009

Moo Thunder Stout
(Butternuts Beer and Ale)

Moo Thunder Stout is from the folks who've brought you such unforgettable beers such as Porkslap Pale Ale, Heinnieweisse Hefeweizen and Snapperhead IPA. This is the darkest of the bunch and one of very few canned stouts currently available.

From the Butternuts site:

"This stout beer pays tribute to the Butternuts Brewery's former life as a dairy farm. It's a more drinkable version of the Stout breed than its heavy, boorish and smelly European sisters. We use lactose sugar for body and mouthfeel; not too strong, not too viscous at 4.9% abv. Unlike a true bovine it has a malty, roasty aroma and a dry finish but no tail or teats, and leaves no unsightly cow pies laying around the yard for you to step in.."


Here we go...


Pour – dark, dark murky brown to black with about 3/4 of an inch of off-white head that slowly sinks away.


Aroma –toasted dark bread and roasted malt. Maybe a little bit of smokiness and dark-roasted coffee gets in there as well. Its got a bit of a morning campfire quality to it.


Taste – very rich and roasty, a lot like an iced black coffee with some of that smokiness coming out as well. Its a bit on the thin side but that isn't entirely a bad thing. The flavors are still very apparent and its very drinkable. There is something about this beer that reminds me a little of Yoo-Hoo.


Overall - tasty stuff and probably one of my favorites from Butternuts. Very simple but well done stout. No complaints, very rich, roasty and toasty. Great stuff for a fall camping trip or a cool summer night.


Note - Butternuts Beer and Ale was founded in 2005 and is owned by Chuck Williamson who is also the head brewer.  The brewery uses a 14 bbl brewing system and produced 2700 bbls in 2009.  Their flagship beer is their Porkslap Pale Ale and craft beer fans can find their beer in 10 different states.


 


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Style: American Stout
Brewery: Butternuts Beer and Ale
City: 
Garrattsville, New York  
Country: 
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 4.5%
IBUs: ???
Date: August 30th, 2009

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