I recently found a new porter from Lakewood Brewing; their Holiday Bonus Festive Porter. I thought, great!, a new dark beer to try layering with.
Well my first attempt was a failure when I tried the porter on top of Franconia Wheat. The Franconia Wheat beer was my go-to bottom beer but not anymore. The porter immediately dropped down into the wheat and mixed. This told me that the porter was denser than the wheat. A few days later I tried pouring the wheat over the porter and it worked great.
Jan 24, 2016 Update: In using up the last of my Lakewood Holiday Bonus beer, I found two more great layered beer combinations. One with a Sam Adams and another with a Shiner Birthday Beer. See pictures below.
Here are two black and tan pictures from John in St. Louis. He said he made them on Thanksgiving Day while watching a ball game. Guinness Draught in cans works great as a top layer with a lot of beers. It also always works well with cider due to a ciders' higher density from the additional sugar content.
A few weeks ago we showed some beer layering attempts with Stella Artois. It worked pretty well as a top layer beer. Given that there is no such thing as a bad Belgian beer, I decided to try another classic, Leffe Blonde. The first attempt of pouring it over Rahr Ugly Pug Black Lager was a failure. The Leffe mixed into the black lager straight away so no layer formed as expected. I had assumed that the Leffe would be light like the Stella. I had also forgotten that the Rahr black lager is also relatively light. So, after forcing myself to drink the mistake, I tried the Leffe on the bottom. Well, it turned out great! After that I was on a roll. See the pictures below.
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