Originally, the term ‘Stout’ (meaning strong) was used to refer to any strong beer, but later became associated with the dark, rich, heavy, ‘Porter’ style beer we now enjoy. There are two main types of Stout: the English sweet Stouts, and the more renowned Irish dry Stouts - both of which are brewed using top fermented yeasts.
Generally Stout is made from a mix of pale malts, and roasted, unmalted barley. Caramel malt or sugar is sometimes added. All Stouts are recognised by their almost black appearance and roasted, nutty flavour. Guinness - the most famous Irish Stout - has a dry, intense character, a rich roasted aroma and a smooth, creamy head (foam).
In the latter part of the 19th century, Stout carried a reputation as a health-giving drink - sometimes recommended for nursing mothers and athletes. Today - although not usually prescribed by doctors! - Stout’s popularity is on the up again. New varieties and expressions are being made available, as brewers experiment to enhance the chocolate, coffee, and spicy notes of malt’s wider profiles.
With their heavy mouthfeel and rich texture, Stouts are often associated with a relaxed drink on a wintry day. But their strong, smooth flavours, also beautifully compliment a hearty meal. Try them with roast beef, a porterhouse steak, or even a chocolate dessert. Add some Stout to your favourite stew recipe and you can have the best of both worlds!
Producers both large and small offer a kaleidoscope of different Stout-style beers, leaving you spoilt for choice. If you’re not sure where to start with Stout, let Dan Murphy’s help with our wide selection, including:
As soon as the beer is poured it displays hints of caramel and toffee. This superb draught beer finishes with a roasted dry bitterness.
This is it, the one that started it all. Crafted to perfection for over 200 years. Crack it open, and the first sip tastes as fresh as ever. The unmistakeable deep-dark colour. The crisp hint of roasted barley, the fresh breeze of hops. The refreshing bite. The bittersweet reward. Pure beauty, pure Guinness.
Deep and rich in colour, stout has a slightly nutty roasted flavour and chocolate characteristics, with a smooth and creamy body and smooth bitter taste.
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