- ABV = 5.0 – 7.0% (Normal to elevated)^
- IBU = 35-75
- SRM = 30-40
A moderately-strong, highly roasted and assertively bitter dark American ale.
Stronger and more assertive, particularly in the dark malt/grain additions and hop character, than American Porter. Generally has bolder roasted malt flavour and hopping than Oatmeal or Irish Stout. Bigger, stronger versions belong in the Imperial Stout style.
- Colour^ = Dark brown to black
- Clarity = Usually opaque; if not, should be clear
Key Aromas & Flavours:
- Malt = Moderate to high; roasted coffee or dark chocolate, burnt or charcoal notes acceptable at low levels
- Yeast = None to moderate; fruity, if present
- Hops = Very low to moderate; citrusy or resiny
- Other = (Optional: light alcohol-derived aromatics)
- Malt = Moderate to very high; coffee, roasted coffee beans, dark or bittersweet chocolate, lightly burnt; plus low to moderate malt sweetness, often with rich chocolate or caramel
- Yeast = None to low; fruity, if present
- Hops = Low to high; citrusy or resiny
- Perceived Bitterness^ = Assertive
- Balance = Towards the bitterness, from both hops and roasted malt
- Other = (Optional: alcohol flavour can be present up to a moderate level)
Medium to dry finish, occasionally with a lightly burnt quality
- Body = Medium to full
- Carbonation = Medium to high
- Creaminess = Can be somewhat creamy, particularly if a small amount of oats have been used to enhance mouthfeel
- Astringency = Can have a bit of roast-derived astringency, but this character should not be excessive
- Alcohol warmth = Light to moderately strong alcohol warmth, but smooth and not excessively hot
- Malt = 2-row or pale ale base malt, plus dark/roasted malts and crystal/caramel malts
- Yeast = American ale yeast
- Hops = American hop varietals
- Other = (Optional: adjuncts such as oatmeal may be present in low quantities.)
A modern craft beer and homebrew style that applied an aggressive American hopping regime to a strong traditional English or Irish stout. The homebrew version was previously known as West Coast Stout, which is a common naming scheme for a more highly-hopped beer.
Deschutes Obsidian Stout, Rogue Shakespeare Stout, Sierra Nevada Stout
^Sourced from the Cicerone Certification Program’s International Certified Beer Server Syllabus.
All other information is sourced from the BJCP 2015 Style Guidelines.