For a print-friendly view of this style, we recommending downloading our Study Guide

Beer StylesBeer Styles

Irish-Style Dry Stout

Dry stouts are black. These beers achieve a dry-roasted character through the use of roasted barley. The emphasis on coffee-like roasted barley and a moderate degree of roasted malt aromas define much of the character. Hop bitterness is medium to medium high.

Category: Stouts

Food Pairings

  • Seafood (Oysters), Ham
  • Irish Cheddar
  • Chocolate Desserts

Glassware
& Serving Temperature

Nonic Pint
50-55 °F

Commercial Examples

Commercial Examples

Appearance

Color

Black

Clarity

Clear to Opaque

Carbonation (Visual)

Slow to Medium Rising Bubbles

Flavor/Aroma

Alcohol

Not Detectable

Hop

Hop aroma and flavor are are not perceived to low, from European-type hops. Hop bitterness is medium to medium high.

Malt

Dry stouts achieve a dry-roasted character through the use of roasted barley. Initial malt and light caramel flavors give way to a distinctive dry-roasted bitterness in the finish. Emphasis of coffee-like roasted barley and a moderate degree of roasted malt flavors define much of the character.

Esters

Fruity esters are minimal and overshadowed by malt, high hop bitterness and roasted barley character.

Phenols

Not common to style.

Fermentation By-Products

Diacetyl should be very low, if evident.

Sensations

Body

Soft to Mouth-Coating

Carbonation

Low to Medium

Finish Length

Short to Medium

Attenuation

Medium

Ingredients

Hops

Kent Goldings

Malt

British Pale Ale, Flaked Barley, Black Roasted Barley

Water

Moderate carbonate water

Yeast

Ale

Other Styles you May Enjoy