Posted on June 13, 2016
Man, is there nothing better than the feeling of downing a whole pint of nitro stout? It’s like drinking a loaf of bread (and about as calorically heavy, but who cares?) While the legendary Dublin brew of Guinness is without a doubt the most well-known of all the nitro stouts ever made, there’s a lot of variety out there. If you’re getting a bit tired of the same old Guinness, we have a few recommendations for you to try if you crave that milky head nitro stouts are known for, but want something a bit different.
Coleman’s Stout, Half Door Brewing Co, San DiegoThis Irish dry stout comes with a lot of bold character. At 4.8% ABV it’s a pretty solid session beer, which makes sense because this is not the sort of beer you only drink one pint of it. Coleman’s Stout has a pretty strong roasted coffee nose and a thick foamy head. As you start drinking it, expect to get a bit of a nutty taste as well. And at the very end, the finish is sweet and smooth. The only downside to drinking this beer is that it’s only available on tap at the brewery’s location in San Diego. Looks like you know where you’re going for your next vacation!
Murphy’s Irish Stout, Murphy’s Brewery Ireland Ltd, Cork
Obviously Guinness isn’t the only Irish brewery making
nitrous stouts. One of the better Irish alternatives to Guinness when it comes
to nitro is Murphy’s. It’s got a 4.0% ABV so it makes for a pretty smooth
drinking experience. Dark in color and medium-bodied, there are delicious coffee
and toffee undertones here. Only the slightest bitterness, and many drinkers
agree that it’s a bit sweeter on the finish than Guinness.
H2= 3. Cadillac Mountain Stout, Bar Harbor Brewing Co, Bar HarborHailing from the great state of Maine, this heavy stout doesn’t mess around. At 7.0% ABV, it packs a powerful punch. There’s a lot of complexity to this malty stout. It’s dark, with a creamy tan head. It has a bit of a cola and dark chocolate nose, and the taste is runs black coffee to cacao. It also has the distinction of being the top rated Irish dry stout on the notoriously competitive BeerAdvocate rating forum – in other words, you know that if you’re drinking a Caddy, you’re getting the best.
O’Hara’s Irish Stout, Carlow Brewing Co, CarlowO’Hara’s is an homage to tradition but without the stuffy legacy of Guinness– it’s an Irish nitro stout with a relatively new pedigree but a ton of awards to back it up. The ABV on this bad boy is 4.3%, perfect for a long session at the pub. There’s a strong roast coffee flavor, and a hint of licorice to add a bit of complexity. This is an Ireland-brewed stout you should definitely try.