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Must-try beers: International Stout Day 2016 edition

Few debates get beer lovers worked up more than the difference between a stout and a porter. We won't wade into that fray, but will recommend five ales to celebrate.

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Photo: Sober Island Brewing Co.

It’s International Stout Day! We suggest you celebrate with one of these local beers (plus a can’t-miss option from Quebec).

Belgian Milk Stout
North Brewing Co.
Halifax
Seasonal from Halifax’s favourite Belgian-inspired craft brewery. Wonderfully dark with light coffee and chocolate notes and a subtle flavour from the Euro-yeast.

Black and Tackle (Russian imperial stout)
Bad Apple Brewhouse
Berwick, N.S.
Weighing in at 9% ABV, this stiff drink will keep you warm. It took home the silver medal for the Strong Stout and Porter category at the 2014 Atlantic Canadian Beer Awards. Hard to track down, but worth effort—contact the brewery for advice.

Flat Black Jesus (stout)
Unfiltered Brewing
Halifax
This chocolately West Coast-style stout is astonishingly hoppy. The true adventurer among us will seek out its casked cousin, occasionally available at Stillwell on Barrington Street.

Oyster Stout
Sober Island Brewing Co.
Sober Island, N.S.
This start-up microbrewery is working to expand its reach past the Eastern Shore. This beer will help: a a smooth, medium-bodied stout with a hint of brine and roasted coffee undertones. Find it this weekend at Jamieson’s Irish Pub in Cole Harbour.

St-Ambroise Black Oatmeal (stout)
McAuslan Brewing (Brasseurs RJ)
Montreal, Q.C.
Oatmeal gives this intense ale its long-lasting head that retains a whiff of mocha. Grab a 6-pack at specialty stores across the city.

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