Stout is a type of British beer with a very dark colour and an alcohol content that ranges from 7 to 8%.
When it comes to enjoy a Stout beer, it is best to do it with some dessert, since it is the type of food with the most noticeable taste. Chocolate-based desserts go very well with this beer, so you can serve it accompanied by some chocolates or truffles.
If you prefer to drink a Stout beer during the meal, ideally that should be done with a strong dish such a stew or other meat dishes.
Origins of Stout beer
The origin of this type of beer dates back to the middle of the 18th century. At that time, brewer Ralph Hardwood had the idea of creating a beer that would combine old beer, copper beer and young beer. This is how Porter beer was born. Years later, to adapt to the tastes of consumers, it became darker and with a stronger flavour, happening to be finally called Stout.
Stout beer features
Colour: it is one of the darkest types of beer that exist in the world, since it is made with toasted barley malt. The colour of Stout beer is very close to black.
Flavour: it is a very bitter beer, with a very characteristic flavour.
Types of Stout
Although this beer is originally British, over the years different versions of it have appeared in other countries.
American Stout: it is the American version of Stout. It does not change much compared to the original beer, it simply has a higher amount of hops.
Oatmeal Stout: a type of Stout that is barely commercialized, although it can still be found in some areas of the United States and Great Britain. It is made with up to 30% oats.
Imperial Stout: A very special variety of Stout beer that is no longer marketed. It was elaborated in its beginning by Thrale Brewery for the court of the empress Catherine II of Russia. It is characterized by its high alcohol content, around 10%.
TASTING NOTES: Color: Young's Double Chocolate Stout 50cl is a dark beer with big bubbly head. Smell: Aroma with lots of black chocolate, cocoa and roasted malts. Mouth: Taste has dark chocolate, coffee, roasted flavours at the end of drying. Very light...
TASTING NOTES: Appearance: Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout 355ml is dense and opaque, very dark almost black brownish color, and small and fairly quick bubble. Its foam is pulling brownish beige, not too filling, open and soapy, leaving traces of lace....
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