Pumpkin-flavored season is upon us, and not everyone is suited for the taste. Instead, check out these stouts from local breweries this season. These five uniquely flavored craft beers are a departure from their ale counterparts and are a great way to support local businesses.
Coco Stout (West O Brewery, West Okoboji)
Awarded gold medals by the Great American Beer Fest in 2014 and 2015, this creamy stout tastes like camping, your morning coffee and your next favorite beer all in one concoction. Cocoa nibs and bourbon vanilla beans give the stout a s'more-like flavor while malts offer a hint of coffee goodness. Perfect for those who love a cup of Joe.
Grizzly Stout (Firetrucker Brewery, Ankeny)
Brewed in a converted fire station in Uptown Ankeny, this stout was created with smoke in mind. More than 70 pounds of cherry wood is smoked, in house, to give The Grizzly such a taste, combined with molasses and the chocolaty, coffee-like taste found in stouts.
Guardian Double Stout (New American Brewing Company, Ankeny)
Roasted with a lot of malt, barley and oats. From the first to the last sip, the barley dominates the flavor of this stout. Though it has a strong flavor, the taste is surprisingly smooth and creamy.
Rover Truck (Toppling Goliath Brewing Company, Decorah)
Should beer taste like oatmeal? Give this sweet stout a taste and find out. Roasted with an almond aroma, the oatmeal body is mild, but very sweet to taste.
Sodbuster (Olde Main Restaurant/Brewery, Ames)
Located in the heart of Cyclone country, Olde Main offers a wide variety of craft beer, including Sodbuster. This stout, available year-round, is a hearty ale with a rich, malty taste (chocolate and caramel), plus a bit of a hop.
You can also find these delicious brews at your local liquor and retail stores, such as Hy-Vee. Check with your favorite bars to see if they carry local beer from any of these fine breweries.