What is stout beer?
Stout is a type of dark beer that originated in the London area of England. Its predecessor is Porter, which has a slightly sweet taste and a strong burnt aroma. Stout, on the other hand, uses more raw materials than traditional Porter, especially in terms of the proportion of roasted barley and dark malt. This results in a higher alcohol content, a very strong burnt taste of roasted barley, and a more complex flavor profile.
According to the raw materials of Stout, it can be divided into five major Stouts:
- Added chocolate malt or cocoa powder, it has a very strong dark chocolate taste, or coffee taste.
- Dark black with tan head, classic European hop bitterness and a refreshing aftertaste after the chocolate fades.
- No more than 30% oats are added to the ordinary stout as a sugar raw material, which combines the characteristics of the famous oat bitter beer in history.
- The enhanced version of Stout has a stronger taste and higher bitterness.
- Adding lactose, the wine is full-bodied, sweet and high in energy.
History of Stout Beer
The history of stout beer can be traced back to the end of the 17th century. Early origins originated in England in the late 17th century, where it was originally known as "dark porter". Porter was a popular beer style at the time, and Stout was a stronger version of Porter.
Over time, the use of roasted barley and other dark malts became a key feature of stout beers. Stout became popular in Ireland in the 19th century and is known for its creamy, smooth texture.
The Rise of Stout
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Stout successfully expanded its influence from Ireland to the United States. Originally brewed by immigrants from Ireland and England. Over time, American craft brewers began experimenting with the style, creating new variations with unique flavors and ingredients.
Today, there are many different styles of stout, including Chocolate Stout Imperial Stout, Oatmeal Stout, Milk Stout, and Milk Stout, to name a few. These stouts are popular all over the world, and innovative brewers are constantly creating new variations.
All in all, stout has a rich history, evolving over the centuries. Despite its many variations, the style is still defined by its dark color, rich flavor, and creamy texture.