The Ins & Outs Of Stouts
Traditionally, stouts were classified as the strongest porters available, usually over 7%. Today they come in many forms and flavors, and the term stout is more associated with dark beer than strong beer.
Let’s begin with the basics. There are several varieties of stouts:
Milk Stout– This creamy style contains lactose, which is a sugar derived from milk.
Dry Stout– Also known as Irish stout, this standard style is dry and less sweet.
Oatmeal Stout– Slightly bitter compared to milk stouts but sweeter than dry stouts.
Chocolate Stout– A greater malt influence evident in the discernible dark chocolate flavor.
Imperial Stout– Features a high alcohol content, dark color and strong flavor.
Almost everyone loves a pint of Guinness Draught—the world’s top-selling stout. While it’s hard to argue with that, if you’re in the mood to try a festive seasonal stout for the holidays, then cozy up to the rich roasted flavors of these comforting craft brews.
Try our Top 5 seasonal holiday stouts:
Dogfish Head World Wide Stout – Dark, toasty and complex, World Wide Stout has more in common with a fine port than a typical beer. Brewed with a ridiculous amount of barley, this tasty treat is best enjoyed after dinner.
Lagunitas Imperial Stout – Rich, thick and decadent, this highly roasted malted barley is made in the traditional Russian style. Potent and complex, this popular brew features malty aromas, smoky notes and a touch of caramel sweetness.
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout – Aged in whiskey barrels, this unique craft brew features a deep midnight color with thick foam. The nose is an intense mix of charred oak, chocolate, vanilla, caramel and smoke. One sip delivers more flavor than your average case of beer.
Sam Smith Organic Chocolate Stout – Brewed with well water, this gently roasted English stout is made from organic chocolate malt and real cocoa. Aromatic, smooth and unbelievably creamy, this satisfying crowd pleaser is like dessert in a bottle.
Belching Beaver Peanut Butter Milk Stout – This delicious milk stout is foamy and silky yet remarkably light. Enjoy hints of roasted coffee and peanut butter on the nose. Experience the nutty, chocolatey goodness on your palate with a lingering finish.
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