Anyone who is even a little interested in beer has certainly come across Guinness dark beer. It was this brand of beer that made the Stout style famous practically all over the world. This dark, almost black, dry beer with a chocolate-coffee flavor is one of the most characteristic beer styles, which takes a prominent place among beer classics.
Classic stout has become the starting point for many variations on this style, which are gaining great popularity among craft breweries and craft beer lovers.
Its history begins in the British Isles in the first half of the 18th century and is inextricably linked to the history of porter, which has long been synonymous with stout. You can read about the details of the evolution of both styles in our text on the blog "Stout, the story of Porter's fall"
In this text, we will try to present the variety of variations of classic Stout, their characteristic features and look at it from a brewing point of view.
Different versions of Stout.
Nowadays, this style is brewed in many versions. From light and dry, through stronger, creamier and even sweet in taste, to extremely strong versions known as RIS or Russian Imperial Stout. There are also heavily hopped stouts, known as American Stout, smoked versions of Smoked Stout or even those with the addition of dark fruit. Let's look at the most popular of them.
Irish Dry Stout This is the popular and most classic version of this style. Dark, even black, opaque beer. The dominant flavor is roasted malts, cereals, coffee and dark chocolate. The taste may be mild or drier with chocolate, with greater bitterness coming largely from roasted malts. A slight astringent astringency may be characteristic, resulting from the use of roasted barley. Too strong is an undesirable feature. Thick, creamy, beige foam. Hopped mainly for bitterness, hop aromas undetectable or at a very low level, IBU value: 25-40. Initial gravity ranges between 9° and 11° BLG (OG: 1.036 – 1.044) Alcohol level 4% - 4.5%.
Most popular commercial examples: Guinness Draught, Beamish Irish Stout, Murphy's Irish Stout,