Dark Beer List

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Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout

Product - Anderson Valley BF Oatmeal Stout
Self-Defined Style: 
Oatmeal Stout
Strength (ABV): 
5.8% ABV
Bitterness (IBU): 
14 IBU

Darkness. The deep ebony color, voluptuous mahogany head and bold, roasty flavors in our Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout are what serious beer drinkers expect from this style. Aromas of freshly baked bread, espresso, and dried cherries meld seamlessly with rich toffee flavors and a creamy mouth feel to create an unparalleled drinking experience. “It’s not just shy sluggin gorms neemer.”

Best With: 
FOOD PAIRINGS: French onion soup, pulled pork sliders, oysters, smoked meats, chocolate desserts CHEESE PAIRINGS: Smoked Gouda, Havarti
Awards: 
Bronze, 2010 World Beer Cup
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Brown's ESB

Product - Brown's ESB
Brewed By: 
Brown's
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Russian River Pliny the Elder

Product - Russian River Pliny the Elder
Brewed By: 
Russian River
Self-Defined Style: 
Double IPA
Strength (ABV): 
8.0% ABV

Pliny the Elder was a Roman naturalist, scholar, historian, traveler, officer, and writer. Although not considered his most important work, Pliny and his contemporaries created the botanical name for hops, "Lupus salictarius", meaning wolf among scrubs." Hops at that time grew wild among willows, much like a wolf in the forest. Later the current botanical name, Humulus lupulus, was adopted. Pliny died in 79 AD while observing the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

Awards: 
Gold Medal, 2006 World Beer Cup (Double IPA Category)
Gold Medal, 2005 GABF (Double IPA Category)
Bronze Medal, 2004 GABF (Double IPA Category)
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Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock

Product - Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock
Brewed By: 
Samuel Adams
Self-Defined Style: 
Chocolate Bock
Strength (ABV): 
5.5% ABV

Smooth, rich, and dark with the robust flavor and creamy texture of chocolate. Deep rich brown in color, Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock displays the distinct aroma of chocolate, toffee and malt. Tastes slightly sweet, full bodied with a finish of fine, world class chocolate.

Best With: 
This chocolaty dessert beer makes an ideal pairing with sticky date pudding, crème brûlée, or molten chocolate cake.
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Samuel Adams Brown Ale

Product - Samuel Adams Brown Ale
Brewed By: 
Samuel Adams
Self-Defined Style: 
Brown Ale
Strength (ABV): 
5.4% ABV

Samuel Adams® Brown Ale is a study in flavor, body, and style. Supported by an interesting blend of malts, it shines with a deep mahogany luster. The roasted malt blend is complex and deep as well, with notes of biscuit, nut and caramel. The hops are imported from Europe; Noble Spalt from Germany and citrusy Goldings, a traditional British ale hop selected from a single farm in East Kent. With moderate hop bitterness, a deep malt body, and a fruity ale fermentation character, Samuel Adams® Brown Ale satisfies the soul and doesn’t overwhelm the tongue.

Best With: 
The subtle malty sweetness of this brown ale bring out the flavors of barbecue (particularly with tomato and honey based sauces) phenomenally well. Also excellent with grilled meats, such as ribs or sausage.
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Samuel Adams Scotch Ale

Product - Samuel Adams Scotch Ale
Brewed By: 
Samuel Adams
Self-Defined Style: 
Scotch Ale
Strength (ABV): 
5.4% ABV
Best With: 
Game birds, lamb and roast pork are ideal food pairings for this Scottish Ale.
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Yuengling Dark Brewed Porter

Product - Yuengling Dark Brewed Porter
Brewed By: 
Yuengling
Self-Defined Style: 
Porter
Strength (ABV): 
4.7% ABV
Color (SRM): 
40º L

Yuengling Dark Brewed Porter is an original specialty beer that has been brewed expressly for tavern owners and family trade since 1829. We are proud to be recognized as one of the largest porter producers in the US. An authentic craft-style beer, our Porter calls for a generous portion of caramel and dark roasted malts, which deliver a rich full-bodied flavor and creamy taste with slight tones of chocolate evident in every sip. It pours dark, topped with a thick foamy head, and imparts a faint malty aroma.

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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout

Product - Goose Island Bourbon County Stout
Brewed By: 
Goose Island
Self-Defined Style: 
Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout
Strength (ABV): 
13.0% ABV

"I really wanted to do something special for our 1000th batch at the original brewpub. Goose Island could have thrown a party. But we did something better. We brewed a beer. A really big batch of stout-so big, the malt was coming out of the top of the mash tun. After fermentation, we brought in some bourbon barrels that aged the stout. One hundred days later, Bourbon County Stout was born. A liquid as dark and dense as a black hole with thick foam the color of a bourbon barrel. The nose is an intense mix of charred oak, chocolate, vanilla, caramel and smoke.

Best With: 
This beer is best paired with a rich chocolate based desert, with a top quality cigar, or on its own as a digestif.
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Guinness Extra Stout

Product - Guinness Extra
Brewed By: 
Guinness
Self-Defined Style: 
Extra Stout
Strength (ABV): 
5.0% ABV

Distinctive. Matured. Toasted. Bitter. GUINNESS® Strong tasting with a distinctive roasted bitterness, GUINNESS® Extra Stout is our authentic carbonated classic. It'll transport you back to an 18th Century world of stouts when the ancestor of this beer was known as GUINNESS® East and West India porter. In 1821, the definitive early GUINNESS® became known as Extra Superior Porter.

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GUINNESS® Extra Stout is beer to enhance the flavor of meat in a casserole and GUINNESS® to concoct your own cocktails. So handle with care.
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He'Brew Jewbelation

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Self-Defined Style: 
Extreme Chanukah/Anniversary Strong Ale
Strength (ABV): 
14.0% ABV

In commemoration of every miraculous year of Shmaltz Brewing, Jewbelation is brewed with the number of malts, hops, and ABV percentage as our anniversary. Our most recent edition of Jewbelation, Jewbelation 14, was brewed with 14 malts, 14 hops, and is 14% ABV, for example. The result is an uber-complex strong ale, bursting with flavors of chocolate, espresso, raisins, and molasses. Look for Jewbelation 15 in mid-October 2011!

2010 US Beer Tasting Championships - Best Imperial Stout (Mid-Atlantic/Southeast Regions); 2010 SF Weekly "Best Christmas Beer"

Best With: 
Great as a digestif. Pairs excellently with strongly flavored meats and rich chocolate desserts. Also amazing in vanilla ice cream floats.