The King of Ohio is back.

The beer competition, organized by beer bloggers and writers in the Buckeye State, is once again looking to crown the best of Ohio.

And this year, we are looking for the best stout in the state.

Is it Hoppin’ Frog B.O.R.I.S. the Crusher?

Or Rhinegeist Ink?

How about Maumee Bay Total Eclipse?

Or Great American Beer Festival winner JAFB Wooster New Stout?

But then again, there is Great Lakes Blackout Stout.

And of course, Jackie O’s Dark Apparition? Though we can’t forget BA Dark App, either. Or coffee vanilla Dark App!

Or perhaps it’s a gem you’ve never heard of.

Here’s how the King of Ohio competition works: Each Ohio craft brewery is invited to submit one stout for the blind judging, which is being organized this year by the Ohio Breweries Beer Blog and BrewMinds.com. (Patrick Woodward of Pat’s Pints, the other leg of this three-legged stool, is cavorting -- he might argue "educating himself" -- out of the country.)

The stouts will be broken into sub-styles, depending on how many we receive. The judges, including certified beer judges, will pick the best of each sub-style and then choose a “best of show” – or as we like to call it the King of Ohio.

The winner will be featured on the Ohio Breweries Beer Blog and BrewMinds.com, and highlighted in the Akron Beacon Journal newspaper.

The judging will take place Dec. 9 at Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. in Akron.

The inaugural King of Ohio competition showcased IPAs, with Hoof Hearted Wet Musk of the Minotaur winning. The second tasting featured session beers and Streetside Brewery took home the crown with Raspberry Beret.

Any brewery interested in competing can contact Rick Armon at rarmon@thebeaconjournal.com or Tom Aguero at tom@brewminds.com. The deadline to notify us about competing is Friday, Nov. 17.

We will make arrangements separately to gather the beers.

Also, any beer judges, Cicerones, bottle shop employees or passionate Ohio stout lovers interested in volunteering to help coordinate the event or judge beers please reach out to us as soon as possible.