10 Dark Beers in Rhode Island for Winter Sipping

Satisfy your stout and porter cravings at these local breweries


Local craft brewers have mastered the art of blending black and dark malts to create truly unique porters and stouts perfect for winter sipping. Proudly utilizing regional ingredients and flavors, these breweries are pouring everything from velvety, coffee-infused stouts to barrel-aged porters this season – here’s a handful to begin your Rhody beer crawl. 

Please note that availability may be limited and can vary by season and vendor. For the most up-to-date information, call or visit the business' website or social media pages before making the trip. Missed your favorite? Let us know by tagging @heyrhody.

Baulson Porter at Ragged Island Brewing

Ragged Island Brewing pays tribute to the English porter, a brew that combines roasted coffee and toffee with hints of chocolate liquor, while infusing American twists that make it a modern classic. For stout enthusiasts, the 26 Pirates Imperial Stout’s notes of chocolate and raisin are sure to please the palate. Portsmouth,

Barrel-Aged Big Dumb Stout at Narragansett Brewery

This popular stout stands as a testament to the art of aging. After spending time in bourbon barrels, the resulting heavy-bodied 12 percent brew  boasts a rich chocolate flavor. For those seeking something a bit lighter, opt for their traditional English Porter. Providence,

Darkness Russian Imperial Stout at Trinity Brewhouse

A roasty toasty beer created with a variety of specialty malts, featuring espresso and chocolate notes, this pour is not for the faint of heart, coming in at 9.8 percent ABV. It’s best paired with

Monday Wing Night or Tuesday Trivia. Providence,

Chocolate Strawberry Milk Stout at Taproot Brewing Company

Taproot Brewing Company, located at Newport Vineyards, offers a stout that's comparable to dessert in a glass, rich with cocoa, strawberry, and vanilla flavors, and finishing with a smooth, smoky taste. Middletown,

Fine Line Porter at Apponaug Brewing Company

For the beer drinker who isn’t sure if they’re a dark brew fan, Fine Line is a low-ABV choice that isn’t too heavy, with sweet profiles of molasses, hazelnut, and a hint of toasted marshmallows. Recently reopened after flood damage, Apponaug is happy to welcome folks back to the taproom. Warwick,

Hazelnut Stout at Whalers

If you’re a Nutella fan, this pour might be perfect for you! Whalers’ creamy stout has a hazelnut aroma and flavor, with a smooth, velvety body teasing the taste of chocolate and coffee, available by the glass, flight, or 32-ounce howler. South Kingstown,  


Irish Twins Imperial Snickerdoodle Stout at Linesider

Winning Linesider’s inaugural March Madness, this smooth stout returns after a two-year hiatus for folks who want their beverages to taste reminiscent of a cookie. Vanilla and cinnamon offer a lightly spiced, irresistible palate. East Greenwich,


Malasada Stout at Newport Craft & Distilling Co.

Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Co. is delighting stout enthusiasts with their tribute to the classic Portuguese fried dough pastry, malasada. The confectionary creation is brewed with milk, sugar, and cinnamon bun extract. Newport,


Mole Stout at Rejects Beer Company 

This pondside brewery spices things up by blending cocoa, cinnamon, and chipotle peppers to make a Mole Stout. Their hot take on a classic makes for a clean, dry profile that packs a punch with big flavors. Middletown,


Watchemoket Chocolate Stout at Crook Point Brewing 

Crook Point Brewing unveils their debut dark beer with a stout named after the historic Watchemoket Square. Sweet chocolate and vanilla flavors combine to create a perfect sipper for those seeking a lighter stout. East Providence,


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