Yeah so uh... Back in Black Stout Fest (great name) at Brouwer's. I wound up sick afterwards but it was so worth it. Five beers I drank, one of them is technically a porter but whatever.
Avery Mephistopheles: Lives up to everything I expected of it. Great stout, a little bit sweet, darkly bitter.
Deschutes Abyss (Reserve RIS), 2008: I'm going to go with what I said on twitter: words cannot describe the culinary orgasm that is this beer. It's chocolatey, it's malty, it's bitter... think of Baker's semisweet chocolate, but beer. Just goddamn amazing.
Stone RIS, probably late 2010 (current batch): I cannot in good conscience compare this to The Abyss because they're just such different approaches to RIS, so I think they're both my favorite stout. Pitch black, bitter, in-your-face malt, everything I remember about that fourth beer I'd ever had but so much better because it's on tap and I know good beer now.
Deschutes Black Butte XX (Reserve Oak-aged, espresso-and-cacao-nibs adjunct Imperial Porter), 2008: Much like the '08 Abyss, I had a glass of this last year. Much like the '08 Abyss, it has only improved with time. Not quite sure how to describe this. It's Black Butte with the metallic edge aged off, and this tiny hint of mocha rounding out the base. Also a new top note I can't quite identify but it does have that coffee-cacao character.
Sierra Nevada Empire Strikes Black, current batch: a respectable stout. Not much more to say about it. It's definitely a Sierra Nevada - comfortable, enjoyable, unoffensive. Not particularly exciting but hey, it's a good stout.
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