RPGs are some of the biggest time sinks in the gaming world. They're often dramatic, immense in scale, and rife with detail. A perfect beer companion, then, ought to parallel these characteristics--it needs to be something both flavorful and rich that'll keep pace with the experience at hand. "I think for me especially, if it's an RPG kind of world, [I'd drink] something deep and contemplative, like an imperial stout," Zeschuk says. "Or--I wouldn't say slow moving, but definitely kind of more thought-provoking beers."
Stout / porter characteristics: Beer enthusiasts will argue all day long about the differences between stouts and porters (which you can read an in-depth explanation of here). For the purpose of this article, however, know that both are generally darker, thicker beers. Stouts are often brewed with roasted barley or malt, resulting in a creamy body with hints of chocolate or coffee flavors, while porters are usually characterized as having a slight caramel taste.
Stout / porter suggestions: North Coast Rasputin Imperial Stout, Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout, Guinness Dry Stout, Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter, Stone Brewing Smoked Porter