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Best sweet stout?

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  1. I've liked Left Hand Milk Stout and Lancaster Milk Stout and found Hitachino's Lacto Sweet Stout to be hit or miss (possibly based on the age of the product), but liked the "good" ones I've had.

    B. United recently started bringing in one of the more famous milk stouts, Farsons Lacto of Malta. http://www.bunitedint.com/portfolios/...
    I was unimpressed with it (possibly because it's so legendary and I was expecting more) and somewhat surprised at the large "Milk Stout with Caramel Color added" note on the front label- I'm sure there are many other "doctored" beers I drink but like all beer drinkers, I think I'd rather not know... even if it's "only" burnt sugar.

    Nothing replaces the original import version of Mackeson Stout. Haven't had the contract-brewed from Boston Beer Co. (Cincinnati) version since it first came out several years ago- was very disappointed at the time, but have been thinking of re-visiting it.

    1. I really like Goose Island Oatmeal Stout - and Brooklyn Brewery Chocolate Stout.

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      1. re: pellegrino31

        I love Brooklyn's Black Chocolate Stout (and don't want to get into one of those arguments about style and if a beer is a "pale ale" "bottled bitter" "American pale ale" "american ipa" or "English IPA"...) but I'd say that BBCS is certainly closer to a Russian Imperial Stout at around 10% ABV (IIRC) than to a "sweet stout"- which to my mind should be low in alcohol- altho' most US versions are at an average ABV of 5-6% (and, yeah, I guess I do lump "milk stouts" and "sweet stouts" together).

        I suppose I'm also comfortable with considering "Oatmeal Stout" as it's own style, as well, or just lumped into "Stout" .

        1. re: JessKidden

          I don't know if you can get it where you are, but Bell's double cream stout is sweet and amazing!!

          1. re: thebeavises

            Yes! Bell's Double Cream Stout is fantastic. I was close to tears when our local bar finally ran out.

            1. re: Faraway11

              Bell's Double Cream is good, but Bell's Kalamazoo Stout is a close second.

              Outside of that...
              Weyerbacher Heresy Imperial Stout, and Dominion's Oak Barrel Stout are good as well.

              1. re: manleyphoto

                Of these, only Bell's Double Cream is truly a sweet stout. I know the Kalamazoo Stout is classified on Beer Advocate as a sweet stout, too, but it sure doesn't taste like a sweet stout to me.

      2. I'll put my vote in for:

        ROGUE Chocolate Stout..........

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        1. re: jonathon

          IMO most Imperial stouts have at least a sweet "note" in their flavor, either a dominant note or at least a serious backnote of cherries....Dogfish Worldwide definitely has a sweet edge. Likewise Bells Expedition, Victory Storm King, Brooklyn Chocolate, Rogue Chocolate, Avery Czar, Founders Imperial, there's a long list of great ones.

        2. I like Mackeson's XXX Stout, Watney's Cream Stout, and some of the above already mentioned.

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          1. re: mojoeater

            The Mackeson's is like dessert in a bottle. so very good and special.

          2. Best sweet stout would have to be Samuel Smith Oatmeal stout. Amazing sweet chocolate flavor. This first sip is amazing.

            1. I'm not a stout lover, but Young's Double Chocolate is great. Also, this may be unrelated, but it you find a really deep roasty toasty coffee stout, put a scoop of good vanilla ice cream in it and make a float out of it. yum.

              1. I'm a big fan of Left Hand's Milk Stout.