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American Stout

American stout beer is perhaps one of the most identifiable creations of the American beer world. Stout beer is about as dark of an American beer as can be, and has a very noticeable of appearance, aroma and flavor. As one of the thicker, darker American beers on the craft beer scene, American stout beer is perfect for the colder seasons.

American Stout

Strikingly bold and undeniably beautiful, the American stout beer style blends generous amounts of dark malts with American hops to offer an adventurous experience that is unmatched by other styles of beer. Are you afraid of the dark? When it comes to American stout, don’t be. Allow your senses to run wild with this deceivingly sophisticated take on a European staple.

Stout Beer in America

Like many other beer styles that have become prized by American brewers and beer lovers alike, American stout is a distinct variant of a European stout beer counterpart. True to style, American stouts showcase generous quantities of the American hops fans have come to expect, and much like other stout beer types, American stout can be enjoyed year-round but is commonly considered a beer for the fall or winter months. The stout is a terrific companion to bold, hearty foods. Look for hearty game meats, as well as soups and strong cheeses to be particularly suitable for pairing for American stouts, in addition to a variety of after-dinner desserts.

Finding Your Next American Stout Beer

Reading about American stout is great, but we encourage you to seek out the style at a local brewery. Take advantage of our “Find a Brewery” map to discover a small and independent brewery near you to try your first, or next, American stout.

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Category: Stouts

Food Pairings

  • Grilled Lamb
  • Sharp Cheddar
  • Coffee Cake

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

Mild to Noticeable

Hop

Hop aroma and flavor are medium to high, often with American citrus-type and/or resiny hop aromas. Hop bitterness is medium to high

Malt

Low to medium malt sweetness with low to medium caramel, chocolate, and/or roasted coffee flavor is present, with a distinctive dry-roasted bitterness in the finish. The contribution of roasted barley and roasted malt to astringency is low and not excessive. Slight roasted malt acidity is acceptable

Esters

Fruity-esters flavors are low, if present

Phenols

Not common to style

Sensations

Body

Mouth-Coating

Carbonation

Low to Medium

Finish Length

Medium to Long

Attenuation

Medium - High

Ingredients

Hops

Horizon, Centennial

Malt

Pale, Black Roasted Barley, Chocolate, Crystal

Water

Varies

Yeast

Ale

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