The Styles and Brands to Buy
Try this: Boss Browar Witnica Black Boss Porter
$2.70 per 16-oz bottle; halftimebeverage.com
Tastes like: A balance of sweetness and intense coffee flavor, this Polish brew packs a surprising punch.
Try this: 21st Amendment Back in Black
$13 per six-pack; bierkraft.com
Tastes like: With a backbone of black malt and three kinds of fruity hops, this San Francisco IPA ups the complexity with a tinge of anise.
Russian Imperial Stout
Try this: Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout
$13 per 500-ml bottle; bierkraft.com
Tastes like: This Norwegian offering is less oily than many similar stouts but is still loaded with roasted-malt character.
Try this: Köstritzer
$3 per 500-ml bottle; wallywine.com
Tastes like: Peppy carbonation and the malty sweetness of dark bread make this a surprising session brew.
Try this: Left Hand Brewing Company Milk Stout
$9.50 per six-pack; argonautliquor.com
Tastes like: Milk sugar and chocolate malt make this vanilla-tinged Colorado brew rich but not heavy.
3 Ways to Mix It1. Port Stout
From Hatfield's in Los Angeles
A combo of black port and Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout is served in a brandy snifter for the spin on the boilermaker.
2. Coffee In Heaven
From the Farmers' Cabinet in Philadelphia
Dark rum, bitters, and an egg white are topped with a syrup house-made from Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout.
3. Stout & Stormy
From Goat Town in New York City
Dark-and-stormy redux: a float of Keegan Ales Mother's Milk Stout replaces the usual rum.