Believe it or not, I didn't begin drinking beer until I was 60. After about 6 months, it seems that my favorite beers were Porters, Stouts, and Bourbon Barrel Dark Beers, here are some of my favorites I'll recommend (although these recommendations are based on research since I've not tried all of them yet):

Favorite Beers

Favorite Porter/Bourbon Barrel Dark Beer City Alcohol % Month
Anchor Porter San Francisco, CA 5.60%
Arbor Brewing Black Bourbon Ann Arbor 9.00%
Arbor Brewing Figjam Ann Arbor 11.50%
Arbor Brewing Violin Monster Ann Arbor 9.30%
Arcadia London Porter Battle Creek 8.20%
Arcadia Shipwreck Porter Battle Creek 12.00%
Atwater Shaman's Porter Detroit 6.00%
Atwater VJ Black Detroit 11.00%
Bell's Black Note Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout Kalamazoo 11.50%
Bell's Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9000 Kalamazoo 14.90%
Big Buck Black River Stout Gaylord 7.80%
Big Buck Imperial Porter Gaylord 20.00%
Dark Horse Bourbon Barrel Aged Plead The 5th Marshall 14.00% February
Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale Marshall 7.50%
Dark Horse Thirsty Trout Porter Marshall 7.00% November
Deschutes Black Butte Porter Bend, OR 5.20%
Deschutes Black Butte XXV Bend, OR 11.30%
Deschutes The Abyss Bend, OR 11.00%
Founders Breakfast Stout Grand Rapids 8.30%
Founders Imperial Stout Grand Rapids 10.50% January
Founders KBS-Kentucky Breakfast Stout Grand Rapids 11.20% April
Founders Porter Grand Rapids 6.50%
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Chicago, IL 14.50%
Great Lakes Barrel Aged Blackout Stout Cleveland, OH 9.50%
Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter Cleveland, OH 5.80%
Hill Farmstead Birth of Tragedy Greensboro Bend, VT 9.00%
Hill Farmstead Damon Greensboro Bend, VT 10.50%
Hill Farmstead Everett Porter Greensboro Bend, VT 7.50%
Jolly Pumpkin Magrugada Obscura Dexter 8.10% January
Jolly Pumpkin Noel de Calabaza Dexter 9.00%
Kehnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia (4D) Warren 13.50%
New Holland Cabin Fever Brown Ale Grand Rapids 6.00% November
New Holland Dragon's Milk Grand Rapids 10.00%
New Holland Four Witches Grand Rapids 7.30% April
New Holland Night Tripper Grand Rapids 10.80% January
New Holland The Poet Oatmeal Stout Grand Rapids 5.20%
Russian River Porter Guerneville, CA 5.75%
Samuel Adams 13th Hour Stout Boston, MA 9.00%
Samuel Adams Imperial Stout Boston, MA 9.20%
Samuel Adams Millenium Boston, MA 20.00%
Samuel Adams Triple Bock Boston, MA 18.00%
Short's Bellaire Brown Bellaire 7.00%
Short's Bourbon Wizard Bellaire 11.80%
Short's Imperial Publican Porter Bellaire 9.15%
Sierra Nevada Narwal Chico, CA 10.20%
Sierra Nevada Porter Chico, CA 5.60%
Stone Brewing Imperial Russian Stout Escondido, CA 11.50%
Three Floyds Dark Lord Munster, IN 15.00%
Witch's Hat Night Fury Imperial Stout South Lyon 10.20%
Wolverine Massacre Imperial Dark Lager Ann Arbor 10.50% October

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