OT: Favorite Nitro Beer

Submitted by evenyoubrutus on March 17th, 2015 at 10:53 PM

Seems as good a day as any to ask this question: what is your favorite nitro beer? When I turned 21 and tried alcohol for the very first time, I thought Guinness was the bomb.  Now that I am a micro-brew fanatic, I find it repulsive and cheap-tasting.  But I honestly don't know where to turn for good nitro beer.  Any suggestions?  More importantly, is there anything that you can buy in the beer aisle that is high-quality?



March 17th, 2015 at 11:00 PM ^

You referring to draft beer?  Nitrogen is hooked up to stouts in a bar setting.  Cans don't get the nitrogen, so they don't taste as creamy.  Left Hand has a Nitro Milk Stout I believe, but if you're looking for good stouts, I'd suggest Founder's Breakfast Stout.  I'm a fan.

Ivan Karamazov

March 18th, 2015 at 7:34 AM ^

Actually has invented a way to bottle nitrogen beers without a widget in the bottle, like you see with Guinness and others.  The six packs instruct you to "pour hard", which is to invert the bottle 180 instead of pouring down the side of a glass, to recreate the creamy head and cascade effect typical of nitro beers on tap. 

As a reccomendation try Wake Up Dead from Left Hand if you can find it, it is a nitro russian imperial stout.


March 18th, 2015 at 10:21 AM ^

Left Hand's Sawtooth Nitro is my favorite nitro beer, one of my go-to's in general, and it's made practically right here in the neighborhood -- brewed on the banks of the mighty St. Vtrain!

EDIT: I'm a wee bit surprised at Left Hand's profile here. New Belgium, then Oskar Blues, have always seemed to overshadow them, and they always felt a bit like Longmont's secret beer to me -- Longmont being the armpit of Boulder Cnty in the popualr imagination. Never been a huge fan of OB though I drank a lot it back in the 90s when I was just a couple blocks from their first brewery in Lyons. Now I get to sit by their brewery in Longmont and smell the good smells while waiting to pick up my kid from school, then go past LH on the way home...

I do like dumping those nitros in a glass.

In summary: beer.


March 17th, 2015 at 11:00 PM ^

I am typically a craft-brew aficionado, but I do really like Boddingtons. Hard to find much else in the beer aisle. Left Hand Milk Stout is a solid nitro stout. Shorts also had a nitro IPA at the brewpub a couple years ago that was pretty good.


March 18th, 2015 at 6:55 AM ^

I also enjoy Guinness, although as someone did point out they do have the nitro-infused cans and I would definitely recommend that over bottles. If you can find some near you - and this isn't easy everywhere (I've had to have my beer guy put in an order for it) - Guinness Foreign Extra is probably one of the more solid stouts out there too.

KC Wolve

March 18th, 2015 at 9:04 AM ^

The bottles use to have those packs that explode when the bottle is opened. That gave it the "draft" flavor and feel. They removed the packs a few years ago. You have to buy the pub cans now. I emailed them just to ask and I got a response that the bottles were tested and there is no difference. I respectfully disagreed.

Left hand on tap is my favorite nitro. The bottles are decent but get it on tap if you can.


March 18th, 2015 at 9:25 AM ^

I'll say this though, Guinness here, even off the tap and poured "correctly" is a totally different deal than a Guinness in Ireland. Local pubs are only allowed to pour it after their taps are inspected and approved by Guinness and their stock is rotated weekly if necessary. (except it's not necessary because everybody and their newborns drink the stuff morning, noon and night) From the pint can, poured hard and left to boil is not a bad beer at all. Great for breakfast.

Yostbound and Down

March 18th, 2015 at 10:47 AM ^

I don't mind it from the pint cans, and I'll drink it on tap when I can here. Cannot stand it when someone pours it just straight in and passes it to you. Let the 3/4 sit and then top it off. Should take around two minutes. It's worth the wait.

It tastes lousy in the widget bottles. 

I was in Dublin for a few weeks a couple summers ago. There were certain pubs that were supposed to get the best batches from the storehouse every week...maybe they paid off Guinness, who knows. They all tasted damn good to me. As good as it is over here my life won't be complete without a trip back to Dublin. Nothing like a Guinness with a full Irish breakfast to accompany.


March 17th, 2015 at 11:25 PM ^

None. Takes flavors away and I don't like what it does to body/mouthfeel. I suppose at some point I'll have a beer where I appreciate nitro but I'm not so sure. Doesn't do it for me.

Frank Booth

March 18th, 2015 at 12:03 AM ^

I'm not a big fan of nitro beers overall. The beer almost tastes flat to me. Howeva, watching nitros settle is very entertaining to me, and Guinness on draft makes an excellent beer float.

Powderd Toast

March 18th, 2015 at 7:41 AM ^

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. Hands down the best beer I've ever drank. The only problem is that it's a super limited release. It only comes out in November. 14.2& abv. Super smooth transitioning flavor from bourbon to beer to a nice coffee after taste.


March 18th, 2015 at 10:10 AM ^

Liberty Street Brewing Genius Nitro Stout

The regular Starkweather Stout is good, but Genius is a tasty nitro version. I think you can only get it at the brewpub.


March 18th, 2015 at 12:07 PM ^

I went over to Founders in GR last week (to pick up my KBS...woo!!) and had their Nitro T8R (as in 'tater'...made with potato flakes) Stout.  My buddy had their Nitro Oatmeal Stout.  I liked his a little better than mine, but both were tasty.


March 18th, 2015 at 12:50 PM ^

If you're ever on the west side of the state in Muskegon (you can sometimes find it in places like Hopcat), there's a place called Pigeon Hill that always has an LMFAO (Let Me Fetch An Oatmeal) stout on tap that's pretty damn good. They also have an oatmeal cream pie stout occasionally on tap that's also very good, although I prefer the CO2 version better due to better flavor. Both are definitely worth a try if you ever come across it.


March 18th, 2015 at 3:05 PM ^

No love for North Coast Old Rasputin? Great stout in general, and takes well to nitro. I'm pretty sure Ashley's usually has it, and I've had it on nitro here in AZ.

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