If you're one of those people who doesn't see much difference between a porter and a stout, Bourbon Barrel Black Maple from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery in Athens, Ohio may be all the evidence you need to support your argument.
Two years ago I got a text message from my local bottle shop stating that I need to get over there quickly because they had a rare treat that just came in and would not last long. Trusting the text message I ducked out of work early and walked into the bottle shop just in time to get the last bottle of Alagash FV13. I had plans of running home and cracking it open but somehow it ended up getting lost in the back of the beer fridge not to be seen until this morning.
In early 2013, Tulsa, Okla.-based Prairie Artisan Ales released a new beer named Bomb!, an imperial stout blended with espresso beans, chocolate, vanilla beans and ancho chili peppers. While it was not the first beer to gain recognition outside of Oklahoma, Bomb! is considered by many to be the release that put Prairie Artisan Ales on the map and increased the demand for its beers nationally.
In 2008, Rogue Ales decided to purchase hop and barley farms in Tygh Valley and the town of Independence, Ore. in order to produce some beers made with all local ingredients. Called Rouge Farms, the brand within a brand uses barley, water hops and yeast grown on its farms in specific releases and blends.[ref]For those wondering, the correct pronunciation of Kölsch is Kul-sh. You can here it said by actual German people here.