Each week on the Tavour app, we highlight top-notch beers from independent craft breweries across the U.S. — and sometimes even from abroad! Here are just a few of the crave-worthy Stouts we shared with beer lovers this week. Have you scheduled your beer delivery yet?
The Bruery - Vermont Sticky Maple - Barrel-Aged Stout
The Orange County dessert masters at The Bruery are renowned across California for their opulent Pastry Stouts. Vermont Sticky Maple is thick as molten chocolate and drizzled with syrupy goodness, thanks to hefty amounts of dark malts and a stint in Bourbon Barrels with real maple syrup.
The boozy treat smells like a stack of flapjacks but tastes more like dark chocolate, molasses cookies — it’s like an entire day’s worth of dessert packed into one can!
The warmth from the 11.3% ABV boldly comes through, though the layers of maple, chocolate, and oak spice help it feel like a snuggly blanket.
Destination Unknown Beer Company - Abuse of Stout - Coconut, Chocolate, Almond - Imperial Pastry Stout
New York Stout seekers gobble up Destination Unknown’s impeccable Abuse of Stout series for three reasons:
1. Real pastry ingredients for unforgettable dessert flavors.
2. Thick and creamy mouthfeels that flow like black silk across the tongue.
3. Incredibly boozy ABVs whose strength is expertly masked with the brews’ luscious taste.
And, you better believe this Coconut, Chocolate, Almond version lives up to those standards. This 12% ABV treat is like a velvety mocha mousse with its additions of honey, cacao nibs, coconut shavings, crushed almonds, and creamy vanilla!
Standard Brewing - Enemy of the Moon - Barrel-Aged Stout
Standard Brewing blew us away earlier this year with their lusciously smooth Enemy of the Sun Imperial Stout, aged for 15 months in Peated Westland Whiskey Barrels.
The brew vanished in a day, and we’ve been missing it ever since. But, what we didn’t know at the time was that the Standard crew secretly kept the second half of that Imperial Stout batch at the brewery — Enemy of the Moon.
This rich, chocolatey, 11% ABV boozebomb napped for an additional 3 months in the barrels before the brewers blended it with another Stout (aged by itself for 3 months in Elijah Craig 10yr Bourbon Barrels). The result is a scrumptious Stout brimming with notes of German chocolate cake and cordial cherries!
We don’t know if Standard has any other Stouts quietly aging in their Seattle brewery, but we do know this: this decadent limited release is a must-sip for every dark beer aficionado.
903 Brewers - Chupacabra 2.0 - Barrel-Aged Stout
Chupacabra 2.0, aged in spiced, Rum-soaked Oak Barrels, is as dark and deep as the midnight sky.
But, unlike the mythical, reptilian creature for which it is named, THIS Chupacabra is silky smooth and succulently sweet all the way through.
The skilled brewers at 903 pack it with heaps of cinnamon and brown sugar to compliment the rum barrels’ woody spice. Next, they add a load of milky coconut and nutmeg for luxurious flavors that flow like a top-notch Dark & Stormy cocktail.
Even if you aren’t gathered ‘round a campfire telling stories with your loved ones, this Barrel Aged Stout will taste like you’re right there.
White Elm Brewing Company - Lick the Spoon: Brownie Batter - Imperial Milk Stout
We like to think the brewers at White Elm were those kids who constantly hovered in the kitchen growing up — sneaking chocolate chips and swipes of brownie batter, then begging to lick the beaters when the time was ripe.
Now that they’re all grown up, they’re full-fledged bakers of their own — only their melty treats come in cans with boozy ABVs. Like Lick the Spoon: Brownie Batter Imperial Milk Stout!
This dark delight tastes more like ooey-gooey chocolate brownie batter with each silky sip. And it should, because the White Elm crew loaded the brew with a baker’s dream of liquid cacao, cocoa powder, and Ugandan vanilla!
We practically had to beg like kids in the kitchen for a stash.