5 Washington Stouts to Enjoy on International Stout Day

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Image via International Stout Day

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Today is International Stout Day, and what better way to celebrate such a holiday than to raise a glass of the dark, roasty beverage? Stouts are a versatile beer style; you can drink it, plop some ice cream on top for a beer float, splash some in your next batch of chili, or pair it up with a dessert for an incredible experience. Whatever way you decide to enjoy a stout today just make sure you enjoy it responsibly.

Here are five stouts from Washington to satiate your dark beverage needs.

Aslan Brewing’s Stout:

IBU: 38 | ABV: 7.0% | Hops: Chinook, Simcoe  | Malts: 2-Row Pale, Munich, Wheat, Rolled Oats, C-60, Roast, Black

This American style stout keeps in tradition with the high volume of roasted malts used for flavor and color. Black, Roasted, and Chocolate malts are used for a roasted coffee bean, dark chocolate malt flavor. Balanced with Cascade and Centennial hops for a crisp, piney character that is neither bitter nor overpowering.


Elysian Brewing’s Dragonstooth Stout:

IBU: 56 | ABV: 8.1%  | Hops: Cascade, Centennial, Magnum | Malts: Crystal, Munich, Chocolate, Roasted Barley, Rolled Oats

Pours a deep, midnight black with a light tan head. Smells of coffee and dark chocolate and the mouthfeel is velvety smooth with flavors of roasted malts, oatmeal and warm bread. Dragonstooth is a very drinkable stout – satisfying but not heavy.


Fremont Brewing’s Bourbon Barrel-Aged Dark Star (aka KDS)

IBU: N/A | ABV: 11.0% | Hops: Cascade, Magnum, Willamette | Malt: 2-Row Pale, Roasted Barley, Crystal-60, Chocolate, Carafe-2, Flaked Oats

Our Imperial Oatmeal Stout aged in 15 year old single use Kentucky Bourbon Barrels. The roasted and chocolate malts complement the smooth oats to bring you a stout delight wrapped in gentle embrace of Bourbon Barrel aged warmth. A touch of sweetness dances in balance with the hops to finish with a wave and then she’s gone.


Kulshan Brewing’s Shuksan Russian Imperial Stout:

IBU: 95 | ABV: 9.5% |  Hops: Apollo, Willamette | Malt: 2-Row, Wheat, Munich, Crystal, Chocolate, Black, Roasted Barley

Rich Malt, with aggressive bitterness, and full flavored Roasted Malt focus. Roast layers unfold throughout, with hints of dark fruit, and alcohol.


No-Li Brewhouse’s Wrecking Ball Imperial Stout

IBU: 100 | ABV: 9.5% | Hops: Columbus | Malts: 2-Row Pale, Crystal, Chocolate, Special Roast, Black, Roasted Barley

We pulled out all the stops on this big Imperial Stout. Five types of dark, roasted malt are added to this beer to give it a complex flavor of coffee, chocolate and brown sugar. That much maltiness requires plenty of hops for balance. Two large hop additions prevent the dark malt from totally dominating this monster of a beer.


Certified Cicerone®, Editor for New School Beer - Washington, she has been in the local beer industry for two years. Currently slinging beers at Stoup Brewing and is founder of the Seattle chapter of Girls Pint Out, member of Pink Boots Society, and contributor to Volume by Alcohol and Brewed For Thought.

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