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Stout beer style fatigue

Okay beer nerds, am I alone in running into what I call “style fatigue” when you get burned out from drinking too much of a single beer style?  In my case, I think I need to take a break from stouts.  Stouts are often associated with the winter season with their hearty roast flavors, generally heavier body,  and sometimes higher alcohol content.  I really embraced the style this year and ran through more than 15 different stouts (or imperial stouts) this season.  Side note: the stats feature for Untappd supporters is awesome!

However, the last few I’ve drank haven’t done anything for me.  That includes a Founder’s Breakfast Stout I had the other night which is one of my all-time favorite beers.  I know there’s a problem when the Breakfast Stout doesn’t do anything for me.  The only stouts that have really resonated were bourbon barrel aged varieties – and that’s probably more due to the bourbon.  I think I’ve had a stout overload lately.

Another sign that I may be burned out is I drank a couple of hoppy beers and was instantly excited by the burst of fresh flavor.  It’s like my taste buds were welcoming brought back to life after months of eating gruel.  I think I need to pump my body full of some Vitamin H with some heavy doses of lupulin.

Am I alone with my style burnout?  Does the same thing happen to you sometimes?

Mike Stuart

Craft beer enthusiast and hombrew dabbler. Part-time writer, sometimes funny.

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