Chances are there’s a stout out there perfect for your taste. The strong dark beer made from roasted malt or barley first became popular with London’s working-class river and street porters in the 1700s (hence its old moniker “stout porter”). Today wildly different styles are produced everywhere from Denmark to Japan—lighter English and Irish stouts, sweet oatmeal and milk stouts, strong Russian imperial stouts and even oyster stout, brewed with the bivalve to give extra body and protein to the beer. As for possible amorous side effects, that’s just one more reason to love the stuff.
1. Evil Twin Aun Mas a Jesus
This imperial stout from Denmark balances smoky, dark fruit flavors with crisp dryness.
Despite its dark color and toasty flavors, Guinness is deceptively light in body and has just 125 calories per 12 ounces.
3. Harvey & Son A. Le Coq Imperial
This Russian-style double stout, brewed in England, has notes of vintage port, dark cherry, espresso and spice.
4. Deschutes Obsidian Stout
An American stout with strong espresso and dark chocolate flavors and molasses sweetness.
5. Hitachino Nest Sweet Stout
Milk sugars are added to this Japanese stout, resulting in a smooth brew with sweet cream and malted chocolate flavors.