Local Stout Roundup: Part 1
It’s one of the most wonderful times of the year—stout season! With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, there are plenty of other stouts to celebrate with other than the beloved Guinness. Luckily, we have a wide array of stouts right here in Hampton Roads! Do you lean toward the sweet brews? Try Café Royale from AleWerks. How about a little spice? O'Connor added local chipotle peppers to their brew. Maybe you're in the mood for seafood in your beer. Back Bay has got you covered, and it is delicious. If you can't decide, I’ve visited or purchased a bottle from our local breweries’ stouts to deliver the scoop.
Now, let’s get to stout talkin’:
Back Bay Brewing Company, Virginia Beach
Queen Anne’s Revenge, Imperial Stout, 10% ABV
This lovely stout pours pitch black with a creamy, full head. The beer itself is extra chocolatey. Don't let the 'imperial' label steer you away. It tastes less boozy than it appears making this is an easy drinker.
Lynnhaven River Oyster Stout, 5.2% ABV
Just as you thought, this stout was brewed with whole oysters that the brewers caught straight from our Lynnhaven River this past month! Much different compared to Queen Anne’s Revenge, this stout is earthy, sweet and crisp with a salty bite.
O’Connor Brewing Company, Norfolk
Chocolate Chipotle Belgian Stout, 7.5% ABV
As the first beer from O'Connor's Steel Battalion series of unique small-batch beers, this stout begins with a little spice and ends on chocolate. Though dark in color, it’s a less pronounced stout that kicks and leaves a lingering heat.
AleWerks Brewing Company, Williamsburg
Café Royale, Barrel-aged Imperial Coffee Milk Stout, 8% ABV
This stout pours pitch black with a caramel head that dissipated very quickly leaving a bourbon aroma behind. The coffee notes are certainly present, but the bourbon overwhelms its overall flavor. It’s thick, viscous with an almost milkshake consistency that sticks to the roof of your mouth. It’s sweet—since it’s a milk stout—but it tastes boozier than it actually is.