A modern stout is a dark, top-fermented beer that is considered one of the most popular styles worldwide. The first known mention of Stout was in 1677 but referred to as a high strength beer, not the dark roasty beer we think of today. Later, in 1721, Porter began production, and higher strength Porter became known as ” Stout Porter.” This seems to be the point where Stout and Porter diverged, and the meaning of Stout meant a dark beer, not just strong beer. There are many Stout varieties, but the main four are Oatmeal, Dry, Milk, and Imperial.
Historically, oats were a popular beer ingredient added to the mash during the brewing process. Oats continued to be a staple of beer making until the 16th century when oats fell out of favour due to their tendency to add a bitter or astringent flavour. Oats used in Stouts were a way to differentiate it further from a Porter. Oatmeal Stouts continued in popularity until the mid 20th century when most production ceased worldwide due to lack of interest in the style, with newer, progressive stout styles emerging. In more recent years, there has been a return to some old styles in brewing, which have brought back an appreciation of oatmeal stouts. The Oatmeal Stout is beloved for its balanced sweet, earthy, nutty flavour, often with a hint of coffee and trademark smooth, strong body.
The Milk Stout gradually increased in popularity in England until it became the most popular type of stout in the early 20th century. Milk Stouts contains lactose, a sugar acquired from milk. Lactose cannot be fermented by beer yeast, which adds a distinct creamy, sweet finish to the product.
Dry Stout/Irish Stout
While Milk Stouts became the go-to in England, up in Ireland Dry Stouts were the drink of choice. Dry Stouts were less sweet than the predominant English and American stouts that used lactose or oatmeal. With time, Dry Stouts became the flavour most people think of when they hear the word Stout.
Imperial Stouts, or Russian Imperial Stouts, are amongst the darkest beers produced. With an alcohol percentage typically above 9%, they have become one of the most popular beers brewed by craft breweries worldwide. Imperial stouts often include ingredients such as vanilla bean, coffee, and maple syrup.
Dark roasted flavors are at the forefront of our Dry Stout. A smooth, enjoyable balance between a slight espresso character and a crisp bitterness, with a pleasant dry finish. Our take on an Irish pub classic, and an excellent addition to any wet coast adventures you come across.