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ATTENTION: February is stout month

Article by Hazel's Beverage World Beer Manager Derek Ridge

Photography by Illustration Erin Holberg

Originally published in Boulder Lifestyle

Intrigued into taking a journey to the “dark side” of beers? At first glance, stouts may seem heavy and quite strong but they are actually fairly easy to drink and are delightfully balanced.

Stouts can come in a variety of styles, the mother of all stouts is of course is Guinness.

Guinness Draught in particular is called a Dry or Irish stout. This style as implied is drier with mild bitterness and a roasted malt backbone. Although Guinness draught may drink like a meal its ABV is actually only 4.2%.

Also popular are Chocolate Stouts—perfect for Valentine’s day. Some to try are the Rogue which has three varieties: chocolate, a double and hazelnut chocolate.


Boulevard Whiskey Barrel

Brewed by ~ Boulevard Brewing Co., Kansas City, Missouri
Style ~ American Imperial Stout 
ABV ~ 11.80% 

Founders Breakfast Stout

Brewed by ~ Founders Brewing Company, Michigan   
Style ~ American Imperial Stout 
ABV ~ 8.30% 

Finkel & Garf Oatmeal Stout*

Brewed by ~ Finkel & Garf Brewing Company, Boulder, Colorado
Style ~ English Sweet/Milk Stout 
ABV ~ 5.50%

North Coast Old Rasputin

Brewed by ~ North Coast Brewing Co., California
Style ~ Russian Imperial Stout 
ABV ~ 9.00% 

Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout

Brewed by ~ Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster), England, United Kingdom
Style ~ English Oatmeal Stout 
ABV ~ 5.00%

*Homegrown local pick!

  • Boulevard Whiskey Barrel
  • Founders Breakfast Stout
  • Finkel & Garf Oatmeal Stout
  • North Coast Old Rasputin