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All The Most Popular Stout Beers to Drink

All of the top-rated stout beers that we think you should try next time you’re feeling thirsty.

Stout beers are often considered to be strong beverages that are best for the fall season when the weather turns colder. But, stout can be enjoyed all year round. The bold, rich flavors of stout are quite intense to many but its creamy texture is like nothing else.

glass of stout beer

Many of us consider beer to be that fizzy, cold amber drink we enjoy with friends after a long hard day or at the end of the week. But, there is so much more to beer. Stout beer can be reminiscent of dark chocolate and a fresh cup of coffee. Sipping on its rich flavors of cocoa and roasted coffee flavors, you forget you’re even drinking a beer. It is truly a timeless yet versatile alcoholic beverage. 

There are stout beers to suit every beer drinker’s taste and for every occasion. From 10% ABV stouts that will send you to sleep after one to 5% ABV stout beers that make for a tasty afternoon drink, these beverages have always been popular around the world.

Luckily for you, the world of stout beer has improved leaps and bounds in recent years with bigger and bolder beers waiting for you. From pastry to barrel-aged pastry stout, we have the stout beer to blow your mind. Read on as we guide you through the very best stout beers on the market today. It may be a dark beer but it will help you see the light!

Best Stout Beers 

  1. Tsarish Double Imperial Stout
  2. Evil Twin Even More 8 LB 6 OZ Newborn Infant Jesus
  3. Stone Brewing Xocoveza Winter Spiced Mocha Stout
  4. Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout
  5. Guinness Extra Stout 
  6. Emelisse Imperial Russian Stout
  7. Schilling Beer Co. Resilience Geppetto Milk Stout
  8. Deschutes Obsidian Stout
  9. Beast Master
  10. Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout
  11. Hardywood Gingerbread Stout
  12. Goose Island Bourbon County Stout

Tsarish Double Imperial Stout

We begin with our favorite stout beer currently on the market. Tsarish Double Imperial Stout is a Spanish beer brewed in the style of famous English stouts such as Fuller’s London Porter and Arber Ale’s Breakfast Stout. 

At the Tsarish brewery, the beers are brewed using a traditional fermented high-temperature method. This is completed by bottle or cask conditioning. This strong, dark beer is double hopped meaning it has a great deal of character to it. Rare English hops known as Bullion are included that give it an authentic stout taste. Combined with the best natural ingredients available, Tsarish Double Imperial Stout will go down well, even with a stout newbie.


Evil Twin Even More 8 LB 6 OZ Newborn Infant Jesus

Evil Twin has, yet again, brewed a top-quality stout with this Newborn Infant Jesus. Imagine telling people, “yeah, I’m drinking a newborn infant Jesus.” You may be met with some looks of concern, but don’t worry, it’s a reference to the hit comedy film Talledega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.

Every beer brewed in the Evil Twin brewery has a variation on the “Even More Jesus” name making them great for a collection. But, we’re not here to discuss the names. We want to know the taste of the stout!

Well, this dark stout pours a black color with a two-finger thick tan or light brown foamy head. This fades pleasingly slowly leaving you with a decent foam lacing. We love the smell of this beer. Roasted malt, charred wood, smoked grains, light caramel, and coffee grinds result in an array of roast notes alongside ashy tones at its finish.

Its taste is similar to how it smells with hints of chocolate milk, piney hops, and tea leaf to top off the burst of flavors. With touches of sweetness and light spices, Evil Twin Even More 8 LB 6 OZ Newborn Infant Jesus is a perfectly balanced stout. 


Stone Brewing Xocoveza Winter Spiced Mocha Stout

Brewed in Berlin, Germany, Xocoveza Winter Spiced Mocha Stout is Stone Brewing’s first seasonal beer. With a generous layering of coffee, cocoa, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, pasilla peppers, and milk sugar, this stout beer will warm the hearts of anyone who tries it.

This winter delight from Stone Brewing is Mexican inspired with lip-tingling sensations with every sip. With the use of Mexican chocolate and cinnamon, you just have to close your eyes, sit back, and you will feel like you’re in an old Mexican market town. 

The flavor is utterly beautiful with hints of fruit and warm heat that are perfect for the fall. As soon as you notice the temperatures dropping, grab a Xocoveza to send you into a state of sheer bliss. With the addition of nutmeg and vanilla alongside the peppery aftertaste, your tongue will certainly come alive when you enjoy this delicious stout beer. 


Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout

Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout offers strong cocoa and espresso aromas. Combined with a subtle hint of American hops, this beverage is a fine example of oatmeal stout. 

Some would call this a decadent stout and we would have to agree. Every sip is rich and bursting with flavors. Rich dark chocolate and roasted coffee flavors are the stars of the show with Firestone’s stout. Top this off with a creamy head and a serenely dry finish and you are left with a perfectly balanced stout. 

Flavors of cocoa powder, hazelnut, and roast coffee are entwined with toasted pecan and vanilla. And, thanks to plenty of oats used in the brewing process, Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout has a wonderfully smooth texture when it touches your palate. A perfect silky beverage for a winter’s evening. 


Guinness Extra Stout 

Coming in 11.2-ounce bottles, Guinness Extra Stout has a distinctive black color to its full-bodied liquid. A creamy head touches the lips with serenity before you experience a perfectly rounded flavor of both bitter and sweetness. 

A medium and well-balanced stout, this Guinness beverage has a roast character entwined with hints of subtle fruitiness due to its classic fermentation. As it reaches your palate, you are welcomed with a smooth yet slight bite before meeting a dry finish. 

Guinness is iconic and this Extra Stout just lives up to the world-renowned name. In fact, this is the original Guinness drink that dates back to 1821! As you drink this, the malt flavor shines through with chocolate and bitter coffee flavors backing it up. Whether you enjoy this in bottles, cans, or from the tap, you will certainly be coming back for more. 


Emelisse Imperial Russian Stout

Now, we move to this Imperial Russian Stout from Emelisse, brewed in…Holland. Complex, stunning, fantastic. There is no other way to describe this delicious stout. With a dark brown, almost black color, Emelisse Imperial Russian Stout has a minimal tan head and minimal lace. 

It certainly provides a full mouthful of milk chocolate flavors upfront, chocolate at its finish, and, sandwiched between, beautiful hints of raspberry. On the lips, you have the joy of experiencing a fresh jam fruitiness that is unlike any other stout we have tried. 

This fantastic Russian stout has coffee and chocolate-like flavors with dark stone fruits and slight heat in the nose. Honestly, this could substitute a dessert! Sporting ingredients such as water, hops, yeast, malted barley, and sugar (as you would expect), Emelisse Imperial Russian Stout contains 11% alcohol meaning it’s ideal at the end of a long, busy day. 


Schilling Beer Co. Resilience Geppetto Milk Stout

This is one of, if not the, best milk stouts we have ever tried! This milk stout is characterized by its mouth-watering beige head and flavors including chocolate, coffee roast, and marshmallows. Get the camping gear out as Schilling Beer Co. Resilience Geppetto Milk Stout is the perfect campfire beverage. 

There are creamy notes of dark chocolate with subtle tinges of fruit acidity. These balance perfectly against the darker, roasted flavors complementing the stout wonderfully. Although a milk stout, this is not brewed with milk. Instead, it is made with lactose which is a dairy-derived sugar. This is what gives the beer its tasty sweetness.

A succulent coffee taste with a round, creamy body glistens against the dark chocolate flavor beneath. There is even a faint tamarind sour tone to the beverage that balances the roasted flavors with the woodfire that subtly remains after its Passumpsic pantry brewing process. 


Deschutes Obsidian Stout

If you’re looking for a good old American stout beer, look no further than Deschutes Obsidian Stout. With hearty, deep, and rich flavors, this is a stout to enjoy slowly. Notes of chocolate, espresso, black barley, and roasted barley shone through but none overpower another flavor. 

This is a perfect example of an American stout with complex flavors including chocolate and caramel. These offer enough bite to cut through the sweetness of the stout. Delve deeper into the beer and you will experience a backdrop of black licorice and dried fig notes. Altogether, these make up a truly remarkable stout beer.

Deschutes Obsidian Stout provides everything you want from an American stout beer. It has aromas of citrus and pine and flavors that seem to get better with every sip. 


Beast Master

The Beast Master stout beer certainly lives up to its gargantuan name. Hailing from Nottingham in the UK, this beverage is full to the brim with salted caramel and fermented with a London ESB strain of yeast. 

If you want a refreshing stout to suit any occasion and any season, Beast Master is ideal. It boasts a ton of cacao nibs to top off the rich, robust flavors within. 

What more can we say about this top-class stout? Only that you should enjoy its delights as soon as you can! Whether it’s mid-summer or mid-winter where you are, this British stout beer will offer you everything you need. 


Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout

Some stouts have a very high ABV percentage. Therefore, it can be hard to find a tasty one that falls below 5% ABV on occasion. Well, you do not need to look anymore as Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout offers just that. Foil topped, giving it an almost champagne feel, this stout beer is another classic English offering. And the Samuel Smith brewery has been producing some of the best stouts since 1758!

This classic stout boasts a delicate balance between its subtle roasted malt and sweetness qualities. The oats used in this beer help its body plump out resulting in a perfect, mouthwatering delight. From start to finish, every sip is a joy to behold.

We love the creamy texture of Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout. It’s effortlessly smooth with a light roasting and hints of chocolate. Thanks to the unique English mineral water used in the brewing process, this beer has a distinctive taste that goes down like a dream. Being only 5% ABV, Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout is one to enjoy throughout the day. 


Hardywood Gingerbread Stout

This award-winning stout beer captures the terroir of Virginia. Its creamy, rich texture becomes velvety on your palate with every mouthful being an intriguing mix of ginger and wildflower honey from Casselmonte Farm and Bear farm respectively.

The more you sip this captivating beer, the more milk chocolate and vanilla notes you notice. And, it doesn’t end there. There are tinges of cinnamon and honeycomb that burst through every now and again giving you a welcome surprise. As you reach its finish, you are welcomed by a snap of ginger. Looking for a drink for the holidays? This may be the one.

This beer has certainly put the Richmond-based Hardwood brewery on the stout beer map. And, for good reasons! It is one of the best quality new stouts we have tried and even challenges some of the most traditional kinds out there. Hardywood Gingerbread Stout is definitely here to stay. 


Goose Island Bourbon County Stout

This rich Imperial stout has been blended from a combination of bourbon barrels that hail from different distilleries such as Wild Turkey, Buffalo Trace, and Heaven Hill. Each batch is aged in fresh bourbon barrels for around 8 to 14 months. And it’s certainly worth the wait!

The flavors that shine through are vanilla, chocolate, oak, molasses, and whiskey. More tender notes that lie beneath include berry fruits, caramel, and almond. These all combine to create a complex tasting stout beer, especially blended with the old whiskey barrels.

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout is a world-class beverage. This oak and booze hinted stout has everything you want from a classic beer – chocolate, vanilla, and molasses notes. When you top this off with traces of whiskey, your palate will be experiencing something like never before.


Final Thoughts

When it comes to choosing your next stout beer, you should have no trouble at all after reading through this list. All of these stout beers are sure to please you and quench your thirst. So don’t wait any longer and get started finding your new favorite stout beer.

Which stout beer is your favorite? Leave a comment below and let us know so we can take a look!

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Written by Rocco Smith

Rocco is from Sanibel Island, Florida, and a recent graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor’s in Editing, Writing, and Media. With seven years’ experience in the restaurant industry as a cook, server, bartender, and more, he is deeply passionate about intertwining his fondness for food with his love of language.